Helen Woodward Animal Center
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA
  • 14.00
  • Hourly
  • Seasonal

Seasonal (June-August), Part Time (M-F)


Handle a variety of animals to allow children interaction with live animals in a positive, safe environment. Prep animals for multiple classes at once by placing them in proper carriers with necessary items, following the provided rotation schedule of animal and classes, and managing time effectively so animals are not delayed going to their classes. Attend to the safety and wellbeing of animals, clients, and volunteers at all times. Supervise and direct teenage volunteer aides. Assist Education Animal Caregivers in daily feeding, cleaning, and exercise requirements of animals and the PET building following all USDA licensing guidelines. Use Center approved techniques to work with animals.  Maintain compliance with Helen Woodward Animal Center policies and procedures.  Perform all duties in accordance with established Center safety standards.  Participate in Center activities and events as required.  Complete other assignments as required.  Represent the Center's standards of professionalism.

In addition to the duties listed above, the Center expects the following of each employee:  adheres to Center policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the Center; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of the position; meets department productivity standards; participates in Helen Woodward Animal Center events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.


Ability to commit to training for 1 week from June 3-7, and 9 weeks of camp from June 10-August 9. Must have experience working with and handling domestic and exotic animals including, but not limited to, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, parrots, doves, pigeons, snakes, frogs, and lizards. Ideal candidate must have high school degree, preferably college level studying animal science related field. Must have firm understanding of animal behaviors. Upbeat attitude, enthusiastic personality and a strong sense of professionalism. Preferably experience supervising children ages 4-12 years in a classroom or group environment. Ability to use positive techniques for handling disruptive people of any age is preferred, but not required. Candidate must have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and in a fast paced work environment.  Good verbal and communication skills.  Candidate must be able to work around animal hair, hay, and wood shavings for long periods of time.

Employee must demonstrate ability to work effectively with others (including co-workers, customers, and others) by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress, timetables and issues; and addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions.

Employee must demonstrate regular and consistent attendance and punctuality.

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a smoke-free environment.  Smoking is not permitted in any Helen Woodward Animal Center building or vehicle.

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