Temp - Animal Care Specialist (Summer)


Job Classification: Temporary, Hourly, non-exempt

Job Relationships: Reports to Animal Care Supervisor

Job Summary: Work within a team setting to ensure the health and well-being of animals being sheltered at MAC. Responsible for daily cleaning, feeding and socialization of animals according to specified protocols, and for maintaining a safe and sanitary facility for animals and people.

Salary: $13.00 per hour

Job duties:

· Ensure each shelter animal receives appropriate food and water each day, as instructed and trained.

· Clean and/or sanitize animal cages, kennels, holding areas, rooms, hallways and other shelter spaces each day, as instructed and trained.

· Perform laundry, dish washing, and other general care and cleaning duties as assigned.

· Perform animal bathing, grooming, exercising and socialization as assigned.

· Observe, monitor and document the health and behavior of animals as assigned.

· Ensure that every interaction with animals, including caretaking, moving, handling, etc. is done according to fear-free humane techniques as instructed and trained.

· Ensure the most humane living environment for each animal possible.

· Provide daily enrichment activities for animals as assigned.

· Properly vaccinate/medicate animals as instructed and trained.

· Obtain euthanasia certification and perform humane euthanasia as necessary according to best practices and applicable laws and regulations.

· Participate in behavioral assessment and modification activities as assigned.

· Maintain a clean, orderly, appropriately stocked work environment.

· Follow all employee health and safety protocols.

· Ensure that all interactions with the public are positive and professional.

· Actively support and cultivate a positive, humane, professional work environment for fellow staff and volunteers.

· Assist with lost pet owner reunifications.

· Respond to general public inquiries (via phone, email or in person) as instructed and trained.

· Assist with rescue group transfers and transports as assigned.

· Support supervisory staff in training new employees and volunteers as assigned.

· Other duties as assigned.



  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Prior animal caretaking experience preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to care for all types of animals, including domestic, livestock and wildlife.
  • Ability to adhere to all MAC protocols regarding care and feeding of animals, staff safety, etc.
  • Ability to make sound judgments and to work independently or in a team setting while being faced with a fast-paced environment and demonstrate ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers, supervisors, and the general public, verbally and in writing.
  • Desire to support the mission of the McKamey Animal Center and be a positive representative of MAC.
  • Ability to humanely handle animals of all types, and willingness to follow all MAC protocols regarding humane animal handling.
  • Ability to use relevant computer programs and systems to document and research animal information.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to cover any and all assigned work shifts, and to managing changing work schedules.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing organizational needs and instructions.
  • Excellent customer-service oriented attitude and demeanor.


· Must be at least 18 years of age;

· Valid Tennessee Driver’s License and insurable driving record required;

· Random or required drug testing may be required.

Work Environment:

· Exposure to high noise levels, zoonotic diseases, and animal bites/scratches when handling animals;

· Exposure to cleaning agents;

· Exposure to all weather conditions when outdoors;

· Bending, reaching, and walking up to 8 hours a day.

Physical Activities:

  • Regular lifting of up to 50 lbs., with occasional lifting of up to 100 pounds with assistance
  • Potential for standing/walking up to ten hours a day
  • Various cleaning activities, including scrubbing kennels and cages;
  • Various animal handling tasks, including performing physical examinations and humane restraint
  • Handling of medications and medical tools, including syringes and needles.

Pre-employment Requirements: The McKamey Animal Center conducts criminal background checks and requires drug testing of all employment candidates.

McKamey Animal Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the position.