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Behavior Assessment Specialist

Nebraska Humane Society locationOmaha, NE
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Job Type
Full-time Employee Show Shift
Custom
Mon: 8 am to 5 pm
Tue: 8 am to 5 pm
Wed: 8 am to 5 pm
Thu: 8 am to 5 pm
Sun: 8 am to 5 pm
Salary
Unspecified
Start Date
2020-06-29
Benefits
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dental
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Medical
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Bereavement Pay
  • Discounts on Employer Merchandise & Services
  • Holiday Party
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations
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    Job Location
    Omaha, NE, United States

    Description

    Behavior Assessment Specialists  primarily administer behavior evaluation protocols on dogs prior to adoption to make determinations about their adoptability and behavioral needs, and also work with difficult to handle dogs in the shelter as needed.

     

    Title:  Behavior Assessment Specialist       

    Departments: Behavior                                          

    This position reports to: Director of Animal Behavior

    This position supervises: N/A     

    Hours: Full-time; 40 hours/week

    Sunday-Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm                

                                                                         

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees are required to follow any other job related duties assigned by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, and does not alter the “at?will” relationship.

    • Administer ‘BARC’ (Behavior Assessments for Rehoming Canines) protocols on dogs prior to adoption to determine whether they are adoption candidates and what type of home will be best suited for them.
    • Conduct owner surrender intake interviews to gather more information about dogs’ behavioral history and needs.
    • Utilize shelter software program (Chameleon) to input behavior scores, research dogs’ histories, generate reports, and write memos.
    • Assist staff members in other departments with handling and restraining fearful, aggressive, and unruly dogs.
    • Provide support to dogs throughout the shelter by developing and implementing programs that will enrich their environment, prevent and manage problem behaviors, and improve their adoptability.
    • Implement behavior modification plans designed for fearful and unruly dogs currently enrolled in the Molly Project.
    • Communicate effectively and professionally with co-workers, volunteers, management, and the public at all times.
    • Assist in making euthanasia decisions.
    • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Director of Animal Behavior.                              

     

    Position Qualifications: Education, Experience, Certification, and Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

    Required

    • High school diploma or GED.
    • Minimum 1 year working in an animal shelter or other animal behavior/training/care capacity.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of canine body language and ability to quickly and accurately identify and communicate canine behavioral signals.
    • Experience safely and comfortably handling dogs of all breeds that may be fearful, aggressive, or unruly.
    • Affection and compassion for animals, concern for their welfare, and willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace.
    • Team-oriented mentality and ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with others.
    • Self-motivated and able to work efficiently with minimal supervision.
    • Independent judgement and ability to make difficult decisions about dogs’ outcomes.
    • Ability to handle the emotional aspect of work in an animal shelter environment, including the use of euthanasia.

     

    Desired

    • Ability to multitask and think clearly during intense situations.
    • General understanding of behavior and learning principles and ability to communicate these concepts to others.
    • Ability to generate new and inventive ways of assessing, training, or providing enrichment for dogs that need extra behavioral support.
    • Adaptable to different work circumstances or challenges.
    • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel; capable of learning shelter system database. 

     

    Work Conditions:

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions within the work environment.

    • The noise level in the office environment is usually quiet, though barking or whining of animals may be escalated at certain times in certain areas of the building.
    • High exposure to animals whose reactions to the shelter environment cannot be predicted.
    • Temperatures in the shelter environment are varied, though usually moderate, and dependent on the season.
    • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases and hazardous chemicals.
    • Ability to work around animals without severe allergic reactions.

     

    Physical Requirements:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

     

                Physical Demand

    Occasionally

    Frequently

    Constantly

    Walking

     

    x

     

    Bending

     

     x

     

    Standing

     

    x

     

    Sitting

     

    x

     

    Driving

     

     

    Lifting up to 50 lbs with or without assistance

     

    x

     

    Lifting over 50 lbs with assistance

     

    x

     

    Stretching/reaching

     

    x

     

    Distinguish smell/temperature

    x

     

     

    Hearing/Seeing

     

     

    x

    Exposure to hazardous materials

    x

     

     

    Climbing

    x

     

     

    Hand/finger dexterity

     

     

    x

    Stooping

     

    x

     

     

     

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