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Behavior Associate


  • Humane Society Silicon Valley
  • 01/27/20
  • Milpitas, CA
  • 95035
  • $19 / Hourly
  • Full-Time
Function: To participate in internal shelter behavior programs, which assess and modify animal behavior, provide environmental enrichment, reduce stress, and encourage appropriate matches. To provide support to Intake and Rescue teams to assist in selection and assessment of incoming animals. To participate in external behavior programs which encourage the human-animal bond through behavioral counseling.

SUCCESS FACTORS:

To participate in internal shelter behavior programs, which assess and modify animal behavior, provide environmental enrichment, reduce stress, and encourage appropriate matches.
To provide support to Intake and Rescue teams to assist in selection and assessment of incoming animals.
To participate in external behavior programs which encourage the human-animal bond through behavioral counseling.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Education and Experience:

High school graduate or equivalent. BS degree, CPDT or CCBC credential preferred.
Minimum of 1-3 years experience in an animal related field with an emphasis on evaluating and/or modifying behavior.
Knowledge of operant conditioning, clicker training and strong commitment to using positive reinforcement to modify behavior.
Knowledge and demonstrated ability to identify animals by breed, gender, age and health conditions.
Computer skills including knowledge of database applications, data processing, spreadsheets, required.
Understands and is compatible with Humane Society policies, philosophy, and mission.

Skills:

Interpersonal skills in representing the Humane Society to employees, volunteers and the public.
Mentoring, training and leadership skills.
Decision-making and Problem-solving.

Abilities:

Ability to regularly, and for extended periods of time, handle all animals safely and humanely using proper restraint techniques.
Ability to accurately and objectively perform and document behavior evaluations on dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets.
Ability to handle scared, undersocialized, and vicious animals including but not limited to dogs and cats.
Ability to identify animals generically by breed, gender and other general characteristics.
Ability to train and mentor others effectively.
Ability to listen, understand, and make informed decisions on information presented in oral or written form in English, either in person or on the telephone.
Ability to communicate effectively in English with staff, volunteers, and the public.
Ability to work well without supervision.
Ability to lift and carry 25 pounds frequently and 50 pounds occasionally as well as control heavy dogs of up to 120 pounds or more when on leash.
Ability to operate office equipment such as a computer, calculator, charge card machine, etc., record information accurately regarding animal health, treatment, medical history, owner information in computer system.

APPLICATION PROCESS
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