Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

Animal Care Attendant (Casual on-call)

East Kootenay Branch

Posting date: June 23, 2017
Closing date: July 8, 2017 

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The BC SPCA was established over 120 years ago and we continue to grow stronger every year. We are a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia. Today we have 44 locations throughout BC that provide a wide range of services and programs to help more than 45,000 animals in distress and need each year.

Our East Kootenay Branch in Cranbrook is seeking casual/on-call Animal Care Attendants with the flexibility to cover shifts on short notice – including weekdays, weekends and statutory holidays. You are an energetic team player who will participate in all animal care duties and ensure that optimal levels of care are administered to the animals based on the Five Freedoms. You have experience in customer relations and previous experience in animal husbandry. You care deeply about animals and uphold the highest animal care standards. Under the direction of the Branch Manager, your experience with animals will assist you:

  • To maintain the entire physical plant in a clean, sanitary, and efficient manner on an ongoing basis and in a collaborative manner

  • To ensure kennels, runs, and cat cages are kept in a manner that is best suited for the animal’s health and welfare as per the ShelterSense protocols

  • To monitor the health and welfare of the animals through the maintenance of up-to-date kennel cards, recording information on whiteboard and daily logs, and completing daily welfare sheets

  • To maintain animals on a proper diet ensuring daily feeding, watering, exercise, and enrichment

  • To perform general bathing and grooming of animals

  • To treat animals humanely, with compassion and concern, and in a manner consistent with the BC SPCA’s five freedoms

  • To perform other duties as assigned

Required skills, knowledge and abilities to succeed in this role:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Valid Class 5 BC Drivers’ License

  • Strong desire to provide excellent customer service skills: patience, professional, positive attitude, attention to detail, adaptability

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written

  • Resourceful team player who excels at building trusting relationships with colleagues, customers and volunteers

  • Highly motivated self-starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision

  • A sound knowledge of animals, their breeds, characteristics and common diseases

  • Previous kennel or animal care experience will be considered an asset

  • Demonstrable interest in all aspects of animal welfare

  • Position is physically demanding and includes heavy lifting, pushing and pulling which requires an individual with the ability to maintain a level of fitness and endurance to fulfill the required duties

  • Computer experience: Windows, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)

  • The animals in our care require attention seven days a week, must be flexible and able to work weekdays, weekends and statutory holidays

If you are interested in becoming a part of the BC SPCA team and are legally entitled to work in Canada, complete the attached employment application (PDF) and email it along with your resume and a cover letter (in Word or PDF format) to: Help us make a difference.

To ensure delivery, please use the following subject line for your email: "BC SPCA Job Posting - EK cas".

We thank you for your interest in the BC SPCA; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

The BC SPCA is a registered not-for-profit organization BN 11881 9036 RR0001.


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