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Humane Education Assistant (Paid Internship)

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The Humane Education Assistant works closely with the Community Programs Team of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and will assist with four (4) Summer Humane Education Day Camps which including facilitating arts, crafts, and games as well as planning presentation content and co-leading League tours. This position is based in Arlington, Virginia.

About the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

Since 1944, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington has been committed to improving the lives of animals. The League provides temporary care and refuge for homeless and suffering animals; places animals in loving responsible homes, provides animal control services to Arlington County, and subsidizes county funds to provide a wealth of animal welfare and community services. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

The Animal Welfare league of Arlington is dedicated to creating a world where all companion animals find compassionate and permanent homes. For more information, please visit www.awla.org

Reporting Relationships

This position reports to the Director of Community Programs and works within a team 2-3 additional staff members. The Humane Education Assistant will also work closely with League staff, volunteers, and the public.

Responsibilities

  • Plan, coordinate, and implement Humane Education Presentation content
  • Co-lead Humane Education Presentations and League Tours
  • Follow up with Guest Speakers when necessary
  • Facilitate daily art and craft activities for each of the four Day Camps
  • Resolve issues and provide support concerning campers either pre or post registration through email, phone consults, and in person
  • Organize and track camper registration
  • Answer correspondence and follow up with registrants as needed
  • Additional duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • 24 College credits (childhood education preferred)
  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate program with a full-time status
  • Full time Fall 2014 enrollment as a sophomore, junior, or senior for (minimum of 12 credit hours)
  • Excellent communication and counseling skills
  • Strong public speaking skills including experience presenting information to a wide variety of audiences
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to engage, inspire and instruct children
  • Available to work all camp dates/times, 35 hours per week for 8 weeks (June 16th – August 8th)
  • Computer literacy including MS Word, Excel, Email and Database skills

Desired Qualifications (helpful but not required)

  • Student working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
  • Experience in the field of animal welfare or animal shelter

Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to think analytically and problem solve, combined with a willingness to ask questions and work collaboratively
  • Ability and desire to work with children from diverse communities
  • Energetic, hard-working, and a team player
  • Highly organized, and detail-oriented self-starter
  • Positive, enthusiastic, professional image in representing AWLA, both internally and externally

Travel Requirements

None

Typical Physical & Mental Demands

Requires prolonged sitting or standing with some bending, stooping and stretching, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other office equipment. May be required to lift items and animals and be physically active. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with shelter animals, the public, volunteers, campers, and staff. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a fast paced ever changing environment.

Must enjoy working with children.

Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats, and small companion animals.

Compensation

This is a part time, temporary, 35 hour per week, non-exempt, hourly position beginning on June 16th with an anticipated end date of August 8th, 2014. There are no medical benefits or vacation/sick time associated with this position. Compensation for this position is $9.82 per hour, paid on a bi-weekly basis.

To Apply

Please submit the following application materials to Claudia West at jobs@awla.org with Humane Education Assistant Intern in the subject line:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant experience/qualifications including your experience working with children
  • Resume
  • Proof of College Enrollment must be included

Animal Welfare League of Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries, please.

 

Licensed Veterinary Technician

The Licensed Veterinary Technician works closely with the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and will assist with all duties relating to the medical care of the animals in the shelter.

Qualifications/Knowledge

  • General anesthesia techniques and safety
  • Animal handling and restraint
  • Basic knowledge of surgery and recovery
  • Willing to act as a mentor and assist with training of the animal care staff
  • Strong verbal communication skills and the ability to write clearly
  • Ability to work a fulltime 4/10 shift  (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Virginia Licensure at time of hire
  • Computer literacy

Responsibilities

  • Administer vaccinations and medications
  • Draw blood
  • Perform general physical examinations on animals in the facility
  • Perform IV, IM, and SC injections
  • Intubate animals of all sizes
  • General surgery cleaning, washing, and autoclaving
  • Wrap instruments and packs
  • Provide patient care to all species presented in accordance with organizational procedures and resources
  • Act as a mentor and assist with training of animal care staff
  • Perform euthanasia

Typical Physical & Mental Demands

Requires prolonged standing and/or sitting including bending, stooping, stretching, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. May be required to lift items at least 50 pounds in weight  and be physically active . Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with co-workers and managers. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.

Compensation

This is a full time, nonexempt, 40 hour per week position working a 4/10 shift on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Benefits include vacation and sick time, medical benefits, retirement option, CE allowance, uniform allowance and paid license fees. Salary range is $18-$20 per hour dependent upon experience.

To Apply

Please submit the following application materials to jobs@awla.org with Licensed Veterinary Technician in the subject line:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant experience/qualifications
  • Resume
  • Please include salary history for the past three roles

Animal Welfare League of Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries, please.

Animal Care Technician

Animal Care Technicians provide daily care and feed the animals. They are responsible for maintaining animal housing in a manner which provides a healthy and pleasant environment for the animals. They provide assistance to the other animal care personnel and show animals to potential adopters.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma
  • Ability to work well with volunteers, staff and the general public
  • Ability to receive the rabies prophylaxis
  • Ability to understand and follow detailed instructions
  • Must have a current valid drivers license
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time and to lift at least 50 pounds

Responsibilities:

  • Clean and disinfect cages and kennels of all animals on a daily basis. Keep kennels as clean and dry as possible throughout the day.
  • Feed animals and note eating habits to ensure each animal is well fed.
  • Give physical exams to incoming animals: check ears, check for fleas and ticks, and administer vaccinations and medications as needed. Bathe animals as needed.
  • Work with area veterinarians to discuss animal health and treatments. Medicate animals as recommended by a veterinarian.
  • Administer first aid to any injured animal as appropriate. Inform appropriate manager or Director of any animal needing professional medical care.
  • Become certified in euthanasia technique by a veterinarian after training. Assist in euthanasia and perform as needed.
  • Assist in maintaining the shelter grounds including but not limited to picking up trash, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow and pulling weeds.
  • Learn to use and enter information into the shelter’s computer database.
  • Handle calls and requests from the public.
  • Assist public in becoming acquainted with animals for adoption.
  • Monitor animal activities to determine personality and behavior traits and record this information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Accountability:  Report directly to the Manager of Animal Care.

Please forward cover letter and resumes to:  cfox@awla.org.

Animal Welfare League of Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries, please.