Pet P.A.L. Job Description
Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the Happy Paws Home Care crew. We are always looking for committed, animal enthusiast applicants that wish to pursue supplemental income through professional pet sitting. We are very selective with whom we hire and it’s a process that is never rushed. We are always searching for just the right person.
You will find our job description below. If after reading it, you feel you may be a good fit for our crew, please complete our online application at http://www.happypawscare.com/online-job-application/.
Please do not apply if you DO NOT live within the 275 loop or no more than 10 miles outside of the northern edge! If you do not live within 10 miles of our service area your application will not be considered.
You are an ideal candidate if you:
*live in the Cincinnati area (look at our service map) and are willing to travel to our clients
*have a reliable vehicle
*love working with and spending time with animals
*are responsible, punctual, honest, detail oriented
*enjoy working outside in all types of weather
If you can’t commit to six months, are anticipating a move out of the area, or will be seeking a full time job soon, this is NOT the job for you.
This job is best suited for students, retirees, at-home moms with kids in school, and people with extra time during the day.
JOB TITLE: Pet PAL
SUMMARY: Pet PALs provide a wide range of services for owners of a variety of animals which could include dogs, cats, birds, and exotics. Positions are part time with the ability to extend hours if desired as you gain experience as a professional pet sitter. It’s the perfect permanent part time position with potential for growth and also great for someone looking to supplement their current income. The best candidates are those with open availability. Most of our dog walk clients prefer walks between 11am-1pm. Visit times usually cluster around morning, midday, and evening times.
Pet PALs may be required to feed, medicate, and give water to animals under their care while keeping their space and bowls clean. They are expected to pick up after any animal they care for (litter box cleaning and pooper scooping). Pet PALs must be attentive and pay close attention to pets during their visits and must be able to articulate in a pet care journal that will be sent to client immediately following each visit. They must be detail oriented, problem solving individuals who can easily follow written instructions and who can express themselves in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in their writing.
Pet PALs must maintain emotional control during stressful situations, which may involve aggressive or sick animals, last minute schedule changes, changes in care instructions, extreme weather, emergencies, etc. Certain visits may require frequent standing, brisk walking, lifting of heavy animals, and potentially dealing with dogs that jump up and have poor manners. Energy, good physical health, strength, fitness, animal sense and stamina are a must. All Employees are required to pass a reference and background check, a drug screen, and must be over the age of 20 and have a valid driver’s license as well as a Smartphone or Tablet with data plan.
Pet PALs must have a working knowledge of the Internet, be comfortable learning new web-based programs, have a Smartphone or Tablet with data plan, be able to access and respond to emails at least twice a day (once in the morning and again in the evening), and be extremely responsive.
Pet PALs are hired as Employees and are paid flat rates for services performed. Sitters are paid by direct deposit for visits they have completed every two weeks.
*Must have experience caring for animals. This can include providing food and water, dog walking, scooping litter, minor grooming and administering medication.
*Able to access e-mail at least twice daily and should be proficient with texting.
*Able to stay current with any emails sent from our office – ex: reading all emails/responding quickly.
*Required to have a Smartphone or Tablet with data plan.
*Must be professional, courteous and communicative.
*Must have daily access to the Internet and know how to navigate the web.
*Must have a high level of customer service.
*Must be able to handle stressful situations with a calm, assertive demeanor.
*Must have clear handwriting, proper grammar, and good spelling.
*Must be able to concisely express themselves.
*Dog Walkers must be able to walk 2 dogs at once in a proper heel position.
*Dog Walkers must be able to work with all dog breeds.
*Must have experience with a variety of animal ages ranging from babies to geriatrics.
*Are required to, at times, pick up and drop off keys and supplies to the office in Kenwood.
*Are required to meet with clients during the Client Meeting or Sitter Introduction.
*Must have a strong ability to follow written instructions, be self-motivated and, self manage.
*Must be friendly, confident and comfortable with meeting new clients and answering questions.
*Must maintain a proactive, meticulous approach to caring for client’s homes and pets.
*Must have good communication skills and a positive demeanor.
*Must have a willingness to take direction and develop their skills accordingly.
*Must possess a strong attention to detail.
*Sitters should be familiar with our service areas.
*Must have reliable transportation that can accommodate extreme weather and high gas prices.
*Must have the ability to walk and drive in inclement weather and heat.
*Must be flexible and able to handle change with ease.