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Animal Care Team Member 

 This position is responsible for daily care of animals all along with the cleaning of their enclosures.  

Our staff strives to provide a healthy comfortable space that will allow felines and canines to adjust to their new environment. Staff is expected to perform daily tasks in accordance with protocols to keep themselves, the animals, fellow staff members, visitors and volunteers safe.  

Staff routinely will be working with cleaning agents such as disinfectants, bleach, and other cleaners. Team members have compassion for animals and human beings alike the ideal customer service skills teamwork and attention to detail skills would be wonderful. 

Essential animal care duties 

  • Safety and comfortably handling a variety of domestic animals 

  • Cleaning and disinfecting animal rooms cages and the facility  

  • Feeding and administrating medication to animals  

  • Sorting and folding laundry as well as operating washers and dryers  

  • Sweeping mopping and vacuuming throughout the facility 

  • Spending time with animals to provide comfort and help ease stress and provide individual behavioral feedback to the management team 

  • Perform animal intakes entering records into database and providing support to members of the public who are relinquishing animals 

  • Socializing and working on basic obedience Nail trimming grooming with animals 

  • Other responsibilities as directed 

Knowledge skills and abilities 

  • Animal handling experience in a kennel environment preferred 

  • Must be able to work closely with animal dander 

  • Adept inflexible multi's tasking abilities as well as excellent attention to detail 

  • Comfortable receiving direction feedback and guidance when appropriate 

  • Mature, friendly, and outgoing personality with a commitment to superior animal care 

  • Ability to work well under pressure time constraints in emotional situations 

  • Interest in animals and commitment to animal welfare 

  • Integrity and honesty in dealing with all facets of the position both with the public in animals 

  • Willing Ness an ability to do moderate to heavy physical labor in relation to cleaning the facility and handling animals 

  • Able to bend twist and lift with a weight of at least 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the course of a day's shift 

  • Weekend and holiday work is required 

  • Understanding and willingness to work as a team member with a variety of different personalities pitch in when needed in having fun problem solving skills 

  • Willing to try new processes or ideas of animal welfare  

  • Valid Vermont State license in reliable transportation. 

*Experience caring for animals and a flexible schedule is preferred. 

Duties include 

  • Feeding and administering medications as needed 

  • Cleaning enclosures 

  • Serving the public with surrenders and adoption counseling as needed 

  • Additional duties as required to ensure smooth operation and top-level animal husbandry 

Relevant experience one year preferred 


High school or equivalent diploma 

Volunteer Coordinator


The Volunteer Coordinator supports the growth and success of FCAR programs by developing and nurturing a model volunteer program. The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, training, engaging, retaining and communicating with volunteers and finding opportunities to invite the community into the shelter. The Volunteer Coordinator manages events that promote awareness and provides volunteers to help with daily operations.

Job responsibilities are:

• Volunteer Program

• Work with Franklin County Animal Rescue leadership in the assessment of volunteer needs.

• Coordinate and deliver on a regular basis – at least once monthly - volunteer orientation, trainings and other volunteer resources • Identify any and all volunteer opportunities to provide maximum support to grow the volunteer program and serve the needs of Franklin County Animal Rescue.

• Conduct individual volunteer interview and assessments and make appropriate placements depending on skill set and interests • Coordinate, assist with training, and supervise volunteers for animal and adoption care duties

• Ensure all volunteer paperwork and waivers are up to date and relevant 

• Develop and maintain a volunteer database with volunteer contact information, skills and training.

• Facilitate excellent communication between volunteers and staff through email, phone and social media.

• Support staff in each department in identifying and facilitating their department’s volunteers

• Design, facilitate and implement volunteer appreciation methods

• Maintain a clean and welcoming shared space for volunteers

• Coordinate successful events that represent the Franklin County Animal Rescue in the community at appropriate locations

• Coordinate successful and timely completion of all duties identified as volunteer duties

• Field requests for community service hours, group projects, and underage volunteers and make appropriate program matches or referrals.

• Work with the Shelter Manager and Executive Director to determine and document appropriate policies and procedures for the goal of a best practice volunteer program

• Act as a resource for visitors and volunteers regarding pet information.

• Cross-train to be able to fill in other Franklin County Animal Rescue functions.

• Handle last-minute and emergency requests.

TO APPLY: please send your resume and cover letter to

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