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Animal Care Services Behaviorist

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Overall Job Objective Position Summary & Duties Responsible POSITION SUMMARYUnder the direction of the Animal Care Services Manager, responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring all programs intended to identify, correct and prevent problem behavior in dogs and cats. The Behaviorist is responsible for assessing, socializing, training, working to modify behavior and evaluating progress of Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center (BCACS) animals to ensure physical and mental stimulation, quality of life, and adoptability, while also developing and providing dog training/behavior education and training to staff, volunteers, and the community.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES SUMMARYIdentify target areas, develop and implement pain-free behavior modification and training programs for behavioral problems in dogs and cats.Responsible for program evaluation, including statistical data collection, entry, analysis, preparation and presentation.Assess animals; make recommendations for disposition, including suitability for adoption, rehabilitation or transfer or euthanasia.Assess owned animals for acceptance by BCACS and/or a training/behavior modification plan to assist the dog owner in retaining ownership.Prepare and implement individual pain-free training/behavior modification plans to improve behavior and adoptability and meet the individual needs of the animal, specifying tools and techniques to be used.Monitor behavioral and training of the animals at BCACS.Ensure proper execution of pain-free behavior modification and rehabilitation programsDevelop and present materials on established and proposed programs for the organization.Participate in the development and implementation of on-going training for volunteers as well as BCACS staff.Develop and implement programs for staff and volunteers to enrich the animal's environment, to prevent problem behaviors, and to improve their emotional wellbeing and adoptability.Assist in preparing and maintaining budget for the behavior program.Promotes humane awareness towards the care and treatment of animals through training, education and outreach programs.Performs duties of lower level classifications, as needed in emergent situations, to provide adequate coverage and customer service; works as a team with department staff to ensure cross functionality and back up support as needed.*The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required of all employees assigned to this job.  Minimum Qualifications Associates Degree plus three (3) years' experience to include dog training, animal handling and/or animal behavior experience, professional and educational expertise in animal learning theory, scientific behavior modification strategies, and positive based, force-free animal training including strong clicker training skills; OR any related combination of education from an accredited college or university or direct experience totaling 5 years. Related education and experience may substitute for the required education and experience and may be interchangeable on a year for year basis.Certified as a CPDT-KA or CBCC-KA or documented equivalent earned training and or behavior certification preferred.Knowledge in the assessment of aggressive behavior and behavior modification techniques.Knowledge of best practices in the application of tools and equipment used in the handling, treatment, care, evaluation and behavior modification of animals within a sheltering environment and home placement.Knowledge of state and local animal care laws and statutes.Knowledge of state and local euthanasia laws, rules and regulations.The skill to comfortably handle dogs and cats of all breeds, sizes and energy levels.Must have the ability to work effectively with both animals and people.Must have the ability to tolerate stress and thrive in a fast-paced environment.Must have the ability to establish and maintain positive contacts and collaborations with comparable departments or organizations.Must have the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written English. Bilingual (Spanish) communication skills a plus.Must have the ability to exercise sound judgment concerning assigned work duties and ability to analyze both emergency and non-emergency situations in the workplace Supplemental Information SCREENING AND COMPLIANCEThe offer of this Bernalillo County position requires compliance with the following:Employee must successfully complete the post-offer employment drug and medical examination.Must successfully complete a Background Check.Employee must comply with the safety guidelines of the County.Employee must possess a valid New Mexico driver's license by employment date and retain a valid license while employed in this position.WORKING CONDITIONSDuties are performed primarily indoors, although the duties may be performed outdoors when supervising field operations or doing field investigations.  When duties are performed outdoors, a County vehicle may be used.Indoor duties are performed in a temperature-controlled environment.Worker is exposed to natural weather conditions while performing outdoor duties.Indoor duties are performed in a facility setting with cement, carpeted or tiled floors.Outdoor duties are performed on surfaces which may be even or uneven, wet, or dry.  Stairs may be required in performing indoor or outdoor duties.  Outdoor duties may be performed on natural ground, asphalt, concrete, snow, ice, or mud.Work hazards or potential work hazards include use of vehicle, stairs, exposure to extreme weather conditions, driving in adverse weather conditions.Worker may be exposed to animals, aggressive animals, animal bites, disease, odors, animal dander, animal byproducts and chemicals.Worker performs duties alone or as part of a select team.Worker is exposed to intermittent noise or vibration factors, particularly when driving County vehicle over unsurfaced roadsWorker may be required to be on-call as necessary to include evening, weekends and holidays.EQUIPMENT, TOOLS AND MATERIALSEquipment used in performing duties includes computer, multi-line telephone, two-way radio, facsimile (fax) machine, photocopy machine, and computer printer.Operate a variety of veterinary diagnostic and surgical instruments and animal care and handling equipment in a humane, safe and effective manner.Handles a variety of forms and paperwork, writing utensils, and other basic office supplies while performing duties.May use a variety of equipment including but not limited to a net, rope, leash, snare, squeeze cage, halters, tranquilizing equipment, ladders, horse trailer, and camera in the performance duties.Operates a County vehicle as needed.

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