Kennel Attendant

Position: Kennel Attendant (Part-Time)

Reports to: Animal Care Manager

Location: Newark, DE

Are you passionate about being a champion for companion animals? Do you embrace optimism and
compassion, meeting everyone with an open mind, kindness and respect? Want to join a growing team
dedicated to bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love? Become a part of
the Delaware SPCA family! We are looking for animal lovers who want to make a lasting difference for
needy pets in our area. The Delaware SPCA located in Newark, DE (Stanton), is a private, nonprofit
organization that is Delaware’s oldest animal welfare agency, founded in 1873.

Position Summary: The Kennel Attendant is responsible for the overall care of the animals within our
shelter by providing food, water, and a clean environment. The role requires physically strenuous
custodial activities and routine maintenance duties, including; cleaning kennels and cages; providing
food and water for the animals; animal handling; and maintaining a safe and secure environment for the
animals. The Kennel Attendant also provides customer service to guests seeking to adopt animals and
oversees meet-and-greets and provides animal socialization. Candidates must be able to work
independently, follow protocol, be comfortable working with animals, and have reliable transportation.
Weekend and holiday availability required. Stamina is a must due to prolonged hours of walking and/or
standing, scrubbing, and holding and/or lifting animals. Ability to lift 50 lbs. Previous professional animal
care experience a plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Clean and maintain kennels and animal living areas on a daily basis
  • Provide each animal with food and water, following feeding protocols
  • Assist other employees, guests, and volunteers in a cheerful and respectful manner as a
    representative of the Delaware SPCA
  • Oversee meet-and-greets, answer questions about specific animals, and offer advice/education
    to potential adopters to ensure the best outcome for animal and adopter
  • Inform Animal Care Manager of any health issues with the animals
  • Clean other shelter areas: sweep, take out garbage, wash windows, etc.
  • Clean and maintain shelter equipment: e.g. carriers, leashes, brushes, etc.
  • Wash food and water bowls and put them away in an orderly fashion
  • Help as needed with the intake of new animals
  • Follow proper safety measures and procedures when using chemicals and cleaning supplies
  • Help with washing, drying, and folding of laundry
  • Help maintain a clean and organized warehouse
  • Responsible for other duties as assigned

Skills & Experience:

  • 1 year of experience working with animals preferred; volunteer work credited as experience
  • Minimum high school diploma or GED required, degree preferred
  • Knowledge of and ability to implement and use care-related animal sheltering best practices
  • Initiative to resolve problems independently and enthusiastically persist until goals are achieved
  • Proven communication skills with experience interacting with the general public
  • Must be able to professionally advocate Delaware SPCA’s positions on issues and act in best
    interest of operations
  • Must have the ability to foster a cooperative work environment with staff as well as volunteers

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to routinely lift 40 pounds
  • Must be able to perform strenuous physical activity on a regular basis, including, but not limited
    to: climbing up and down ladders, lifting and carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning,
    and bending.