Helen Woodward Animal Center
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA
  • 13.00
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Part Time (Weekdays and Weekends) 


Educate people about animals and their care through a variety of programs such as onsite and offsite school classes, day camps, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, toddler play groups and birthday parties while handling animals, managing the group, and adhering to provided curriculum. Attend to the safety and wellbeing of animals, clients, and volunteers at all times. Organize set up and cleanup of spaces utilized for programs including decorating for birthday parties. Load up vehicles with supplies and animals in carriers for offsite presentations, being mindful of weather and location restrictions, travel time, and safe driving techniques. Lead people around Helen Woodward Animal Center while maintaining group safety and focus. Complete animal care responsibilities as needed and keep current in animal care and handling techniques. Keep current in knowledge about domestic and wild animals, the natural environment and other related topics in humane education. Assist with training of staff/volunteers. Maintain excellent customer service when interacting with clients. Perform various office tasks as needed, such as determining presentation order of scheduled programs, taking payments, acquiring signed waivers or photo releases, copying documents, passing out flyers, and decorating for seasonal events. Maintain compliance with the Center's 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 Center events as needed or required; ensures the highest quality of customer service; and completes other duties as assigned.


The following is not intended to be a comprehensive list of the essential functions of this position, but rather a general description of some of the requirements necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this position.  The employee must be able to perform the following tasks, among others:

Experience working with children and adults in a group setting.  Experience handling hoof stock, small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and other animals. Upbeat attitude, enthusiastic and proactive personality and a strong sense of professionalism. Knowledge of interpretive techniques, learning styles, and child development stages. Ability to use positive techniques for handling disruptive people of any age.  Ability to be flexible with unplanned changes to presentations. Valid CA driver's license and good driving record.  Ability to drive large vehicles safely.

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.

As this position may require driving duties, employee must possess a valid CA Driver's License.  Employee must complete a Driver Information Form and provide a recent DMV Driving Record Report to be kept on file, as well as proof of insurance; employment contingent upon the completion and acceptance of this form.



25 % of this job is conducted indoors under normal office conditions and 75% of this job is conducted outdoors. 

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

Helen Woodward Animal Center
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