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Animal Behavior Counselor

Animal Behavior Counselor
Requisition Number 2015-1925
Department Adoption Center
Location New York, NY
Job Summary:
This position supports the Behavior function by providing behavior assessments and rehabilitation treatments to shelter animals (primarily dogs) in addition to interacting with clients and volunteers regarding behavioral issues.
Job Responsibilities:
• Evaluate dogs for adoptability and rehabilitation: NYPD cruelty/neglect cases and dogs recently released to Animal Placement (former NYPD cases).
• Assist in transition, acclimation and continuity during various stages of rehabilitation process.
• Help to implement and develop behavioral enrichment and rehabilitation programs for NYPD dogs housed in ARC and Animal Placement.
• Provide behavioral support for dog adopters through email and phone consults who have adopted former NYPD cases.
• Train staff, volunteers, and the public about animal behavior (dog walking, socialization, body language, treadmill training, etc.)
• Assist in developing written materials for the Behavior Department (protocols, information sheets, data sheets, PowerPoint presentations, etc.)
• Offer pre and post-adoption consultations for NYPD cases with regard to behavior and training.
• Maintain spreadsheet tracking behavioral progress and treatments.
• Identify dogs that would be suitable for foster placement.
• Assist the Behavior Team in identifying and working with breed specific rescue groups
• Participate in euthanasia decisions for behaviorally compromised dogs
• BS or BA required or comparable work experience
Knowledge Requirements:
• 2 -3 years dog obedience training preferred
Skills Requirements:
• Ability to train dogs
• Ability to instruct people
• Communication skills with people, enjoy working with people
• Excellent organizational and time management skills
• Good customer service and interpersonal skills
• Good team player
Training Requirements:
• CCPDT certified
Additional Information:
• Experience handling cats preferred
• Must have the ability to work in a team environment and contribute to the overall treatment and care plans for the animals in Adoptions.
The ASPCA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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Animal Behavior Counselor

Date Posted:  03/25/2015
Experience Level:  Experienced
Career Group:  Programs
Cause Type:  Animals

424 E. 92nd St
New York, NY 10128-6804

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