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Why Work with Furry Friends?

If you love animals and want to help address the homeless pet crisis in Florida, you’ve found the right place!

We offer competitive wages along with these great perks for full-time employees (after a probationary period):

  • Heavily discounted visits, services, and prescriptions for your pets at our clinic
  • An outstanding benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, along with an employee assistance plan
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Professional development and lots of opportunities for growth

Take a look at our open positions below. If you would like to submit your resume for a position not listed here, please email hr@furryfriendsadoption.org.

Canine Caretaker

Job Title: Canine Caretaker (Full Time)

Location:  Palm City

Reports to: Canine Pathway Supervisor

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Canine Pathway Supervisor, Animal Caretakers are responsible for the daily care, exercise, feeding and general well-being of the dogs in our care.  

Culture Statement and Responsibility:  We value attitude over aptitude, and we treat Kindness as a discipline because it is paramount in our culture along with our other core values.

Key Responsibilities:

Maintain a safe workplace, valuing, and modeling safe work practices, adhering to organizational safety practices and rules, and communicating about unsafe practices and conditions.  

Demonstrate kindness and the Golden Rule in our everyday actions by practicing inclusion and respect for every person for the value they bring to the table. Be a role model for the spirit of authenticity, kindness, and positive influence with each other, our visitors, volunteers as well as to the animals every day.  

Understand and follow Furry Friends’ protocols for cleaning, feeding, exercising and monitoring the well-being of the dogs in our care.

Keep all areas clean and free of clutter at all times.

Assist with meet and greets and other adoption activities.

Assist with play groups

Provide kennel enrichment.

Work in partnership with the behavior team to develop plans for the needs of each dog in Jupiter and the ranch. 

Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Experience:

Customer-centric, non-judgmental approach to engaging with adopters, partners, visitors, volunteers, and colleagues; familiarity and comfort with an open adoption process.

Ability to work with, leash, kennel, walk, and handle all dogs, including those with health and/or behavior conditions/concerns; basic ability to identify and speak to medical and behavioral characteristics of dogs.

Resourceful, get-it-done attitude; an initiative to assist in any area or process; problem-solving, seeking answers independently and enthusiastically; the flexibility to persist until goals are achieved.

Strong interpersonal skills, a team player, personable, professional, and able to get along with people from different backgrounds.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with well-developed organization skills to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands

Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule; the position includes weekends, nights, and holiday work.

1 year of professional animal care experience preferred

Physical and Other Requirements:

Must be able to:

Routinely lift 40 pounds and perform daily strenuous activity including, but not limited to lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning, and bending.

Work on your feet for eight hours daily. 

Work indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold.

Exposure to dogs, cats, and other animals of all sizes, temperaments, and medical status. 

Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule; the position includes weekends, nights, and holiday work. 

Exposure to cleaning products and disinfectants.

Feline Caretaker

Job Title: Feline Caretaker (Full Time)

Location:  Palm City

Reports to: Feline Care Supervisor

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Feline Care Supervisor, Feline Caretakers are responsible for the daily care, exercise, feeding and general well-being of the cats in our care.  

Culture Statement and Responsibility:  We value attitude over aptitude, and we treat Kindness as a discipline because it is paramount in our culture along with our other core values.

Key Responsibilities:

Maintain a safe workplace, valuing, and modeling safe work practices, adhering to organizational safety practices and rules, and communicating about unsafe practices and conditions.

Demonstrate kindness and the Golden Rule in our everyday actions by practicing inclusion and respect for every person for the value they bring to the table. Be a role model for the spirit of authenticity, kindness, and positive influence with each other, our visitors, volunteers as well as to the animals every day.

Understand and follow Furry Friends’ protocols for cleaning, feeding, exercising and monitoring the well-being of the cats in our care.

Keep all areas clean and free of clutter at all times.

Assist with adoption activities

Provide kennel enrichment.

Work in partnership with the behavior team to develop plans for the needs of each cat in Jupiter and the ranch.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Experience:

Customer-centric, non-judgmental approach to engaging with adopters, partners, visitors, volunteers, and colleagues; familiarity and comfort with an open adoption process.

Ability to work with cats in a safe and humane manner.

Resourceful, get-it-done attitude; display initiative to assist in any area or process; problem-solving, seeking answers independently and enthusiastically; the flexibility to persist until goals are achieved.

Strong interpersonal skills, a team player, personable, professional, and able to get along with people from different backgrounds.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with well-developed organization skills to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands

Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule; the position includes weekends, nights, and holiday work.

Knowledge of basic cat behavior and an understanding of cats and their needs is preferred

Physical and Other Requirements:

Must be able to:

Routinely lift 40 pounds and perform daily strenuous activity including, but not limited to lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning, and bending.

Work on your feet for eight hours daily. 

Work indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold.

Exposure to dogs, cats, and other animals of all sizes, temperaments, and medical status. 

Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule; the position includes weekends, nights, and holiday work. 

Exposure to cleaning products and disinfectants.

Assistant Trainer

Location: Jupiter and Palm City

Reports to: Director of Training and Behavior

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Director of Training and Behavior. Handlers are responsible for working with shelter dogs alongside trainers and other handlers, facilitating playgroups, providing enrichment and basic obedience training to enhance the quality of life, improve adoptability and shorten length of stay.

Culture Statement and Responsibility:  We value attitude over aptitude, and we treat Kindness as a discipline because it is paramount in our culture along with our other core values.

Key Responsibilities:

Maintain a safe workplace, valuing, and modeling safe work practices, adhering to organizational safety practices and rules, and communicating about unsafe practices and conditions.  

Demonstrate kindness and the Golden Rule in our everyday actions by practicing inclusion and respect for every person for the value they bring to the table. Be a role model for the spirit of authenticity, kindness, and positive influence with each other, our visitors, volunteers as well as to the animals every day.  

Training both independently and in group sessions with other trainers and handlers.

Assist with meet and greets and other adoption activities.

Assisting with group classes and orientations as needed.

Provide kennel enrichment.

Work in partnership with animal caretakers to develop plans for the needs of each dog in Jupiter and the ranch. 

Assisting trainers with playgroups

Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Experience:

Customer-centric, non-judgmental approach to engaging with adopters, partners, visitors, volunteers, and colleagues; familiarity and comfort with an open adoption process.

Ability to work with, leash, kennel, walk, and handle all dogs, including those with health and/or behavior conditions/concerns; basic ability to identify and speak to medical and behavioral characteristics of dogs.

Resourceful, get-it-done attitude; an initiative to assist in any area or process; problem-solving, seeking answers independently and enthusiastically; the flexibility to persist until goals are achieved.

Strong interpersonal skills, a team player, personable, professional, and able to get along with people from different backgrounds.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with well-developed organization skills to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands

Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule; the position includes weekends, nights, and holiday work.

1 year of professional dog training experience preferred

Knowledge of basic dog behavior and an understanding of learning theory in dog training. 

Physical and Other Requirements:

Must be able to:

Routinely lift 40 pounds and perform daily strenuous activity including, but not limited to lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning, and bending.

Work at a computer or driving a car for extended periods of time with repetitive typing, sitting, arm, and hand motion. 

Work indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold.

Exposure to dogs, cats, and other animals of all sizes, temperaments, and medical status. 

Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule; the position includes weekends, nights, and holiday work.

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch is seeking caring, compassionate, and dedicated Shelter Veterinary Technicians with surgical experience to make a difference in the lives of pets and people in our community!

We’re looking for the best and brightest in our field to join a dedicated team at our state of the art shelter and clinic! We shelter dogs and cats–and we have a range of programs to help address the larger issues of pet over population and homelessness. Experienced Veterinary Technicians, this is your chance to help save animals and work for a more humane Florida!

Email your resume to hr@furryfriendsadoption.org. Be sure to note the position you’re applying for in the subject line.

We offer competitive wages along with these great perks for full-time employees (after a probationary period):

Heavily discounted visits, services, and prescriptions for your pets at our clinic

An outstanding benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, along with an employee assistance plan

Paid time off and holidays

Professional development and lots of opportunities for growth

Join our amazing team working to save lives every single day with our programs for pets and people!

Email your resume to hr@furryfriendsadoption.org. Be sure to note the position you’re applying for in the subject line.

Job Type: Full-time

Wage: $17.00 – $20.00 per hour

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Greeting clients, obtaining patient history and documenting in the electronic medical record

Assisting the veterinarian with physical exams

Client education and communication

Handle basic care duties, administering medication, collecting samples, and checking vitals

Assist with diagnostic imaging and lab work, including blood tests, analysis of urine samples and cytology

Provide assistance to the veterinarian during surgical procedures, this includes anesthetic monitoring and recovery of the patient

Cleaning and sterilizing instrumentation, stocking the exam and operating rooms, and confirming that equipment is all working properly

Maintaining clinic inventory

QUALIFICATIONS:

Clinical skills and an understanding of animal behavior and healthcare

Passion for working with animals and clients

Are compassionate, empathetic and meticulous

Possess stellar communication skills

Ability to prioritize and manage numerous different patient needs at one time

Willingness to take direction

2+ year of experience in a veterinary technician role

Knowledge of Avimark Veterinary Software preferred

Be able to comfortably lift 45 lbs

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Potential for standing/walking/bending up to eight to ten (8-10) hours a day.

Must be able to perform physical tasks like animal restraint, physical examinations of animals, scrubbing cages, cleaning floors and more.

Proficient in handling syringes and needles.

Quick reflexes and ability to use both hands simultaneously (example: open cage door while handling animal, react to escaping animal).

Ability to bend and squat in order to leash/harness, and/or pick up an animal.

Ability to see well enough to move safely around the building, distinguish animal body language, read instructions, and read an animal’s paperwork.

Ability to hear if an animal is giving warning signs, such as growling, yelping or hissing.

Ability to effectively communicate verbally.

Ability to cope with a very loud environment due to animal noises.

Must not have strong allergies to dogs, cats or other companion animals that can’t be managed by medication, or to chemicals used in grooming or cleaning.

Ability to deal with strong and unpleasant odors.