Come work with the very best. All your clients will wiggle with happiness when they see you. This fun work offers an unbeatable opportunity to serve your community and our company offers training, expenses, and mileage reimbursement for all employees, with health & retirement benefit plans for permanent full timers.
PET CARE PROFESSIONALS:
Now hiring part-time and full-time Pet Care Professionals. We’re looking for career animal professionals who live in or within 5 minutes of Alexandria, to join our small neighborhood teams providing in-home pet sitting and dog walks. We’re a deeply caring team with wonderful loyal clients who hire us primarily for our expertise working with animals.
We seek individuals who care strongly about about providing personalized quality care for clients with very high expectations, who want to be rewarded with great pay and a supportive low-drama workplace.
Holiday and weekend hours are required, and paid at time-and-a-half. To apply, read the following requirements and complete our online application below.
Send us your resume outlining your prior experience with animals in a paid or volunteer capacity, and all other work experience in all industries. Preference given to candidates who have worked with animals (veterinary technicians, vet assistants, shelter employees, adoption or foster managers, volunteers, animal control, daycare, boarding facility, breeding or training facility, and other animal specialists).
Experience and Education:
Has experience handling and working with a variety of pets other than your own
Administers all medications: pilling dogs and cats, injecting insulin, measuring and administering liquid suspensions, and giving subcutaneous fluids
Has a background of handling emergency situations
Proficient in animal first aid; pet first aid certification preferred
Has 4-year college degree, or commensurate experience
Capable of working outdoors in all types of weather
Capable of controlling two strong dogs simultaneously on leash
Capable of walking several miles a day
Has no allergies to animals, dander, fur, or saliva
Performs, without restriction, all moderately strenuous physical tasks including walking several miles, bending, stooping, ascending and descending stairs, restraining animals, lifting up to 40 lbs
Lives in or near zip codes we serve (zip 22301, 22302, 22303, 22304, 22305, 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309, 22311, 22312, 22314)
Has some availability 7 days a week. Weekdays, nights, weekends and holiday hours required
Adapts to a pet sitter’s lifestyle, working in “chunks” of time 1-3 hours morning, 1-4 hours afternoon, 1-2 hours evenings
Wants the best for all animals, and is focused on their individuality, routines, comfort and happiness
Manages a daily schedule of appointments without supervision
Works well independently in a client team environment where virtual teamwork and constant communication are essential
Is a perfectionist, trustworthy, punctual, and works ethically when no one is watching
Uses proficiently multiple technology apps, websites and smartphone
Works accurately from multiple sources of written instructions
Retains verbal instructions and written details
Has the maturity to care for client homes, to handle pet emergencies, to think proactively, to ask questions, and to seek clarification
Is an excellent written and oral communicator who’s fluent in English
Works as a cheerful, service-oriented, enthusiastic team player
Passes a complete background check
Has reliable car or truck (all-wheel drive preferable for inclement weather), an excellent driving record, a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance
Visit household pets of all types in their own homes: dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, etc.
Hours: 10-40 hours/week, as needed
Schedule: Varies day to day. 2-5 hours daily as needed between 7am – 10pm, 7 days a week
Evening, weekend, and holiday hours are all required
Weekends and holidays are paid at time-and-a-half
No overnights, housesitting, or taking in pets at your home
2. EMail your cover note with your full resume and a list at least 3 professional references to: office at alexandriapetcare.com
What Happens Next:
We contact qualified applicants to schedule a phone interview, and candidates who pass the phone interview are invited to an in-person meeting and face-to-face interview with a manager.
Following interviews, selected candidates pass a national background check, ID verification, criminal history check, and reference check before being hired.
New hires begin work with a reduced schedule for paid training time in the first several weeks to ensure a successful transition, during which time they will meet with pet owners, meet with pet professionals already on staff, ride along on select client appointments with an experienced employee, and build up to working a solo schedule of appointments in 60-90 days.