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Provincial Office - Reception & Office Admin

Location7 Scarfe Crt, Dartmouth, NS
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Part Time leading to Full Time
Salary 
$12-$14 an hour depending on experience

Purpose

With a primary focus to provide exceptional first point of contact for community members this position will play a key role ensuring the Nova Scotia SPCA’s outstanding responsiveness to the needs of the animals we serve.

Reports To

CEO

Responsibilities

Includes but is not limited to:

Reception

  • Answers multi-phone system, routing inquiries to the proper person and initiates messages for follow up;
  • Provides outstanding customer service;
  • Communicates to the public the principles that convey and impart an understanding of the policies and procedures of the Nova Scotia SPCA.

Office Assistant

  • Provides logistical support to SPCA Programs responding to inquires and processing applications for the PUP, Foster, Volunteer and TNR Programs
  • Performs accounts payable data entry & office filing
  • Assists in routine office projects which include, but are not limited to:  membership development, envelope stuffing, preparation of materials for mailing, addressing envelopes, counting coins, filing, stamping of educational materials, etc.
  • Maintains supplies by checking stock to determine inventory levels; anticipating requirements; placing and expediting orders; verifying receipt;
  • Maintains equipment by completing preventive maintenance; troubleshooting failures; calling for repairs; monitoring equipment operation; monitoring and purchasing meter fund
  • Maintains office schedule by picking-up and delivering items using automobile.
  • Other errands using automobile to pick up/deliver items within Nova Scotia.
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications

  • Experience with Simply Accounting/SAGE is an asset
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize with exceptional attention to detail and accuracy with strong follow through;
  • Very strong organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills/excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work collaboratively with volunteers and staff
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Comfort with and knowledge of companion animals an asset

Hours of Work

Work responsibilities require a 40 hours per week plus additional overtime as required fulfilling the duties associated with the position.

 Additional Information

  • Driver’s license is required

Physical Requirements

  • Requires frequent bending, reaching, repetitive hand movements, standing, walking, squatting and sitting, with some heavy lifting, pushing and pulling exerted regularly throughout a regular work shift.

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability.

The Nova Scotia SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment.  Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to emurphy@spcans.caIt is our intention to start reviewing resume’s immediately and quickly start the interview process. However, as long as this posting remains on the website it is an indication that the position has not been filled and we are still accepting resumes.

Please quote “Reception & Office Assistant Position” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to Elizabeth Murphy.  

 Please quote “PO Reception” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Yarmouth SPCA - Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Full Time

Location298 Hardscratch Rd, Yarmouth NS
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Full TIme
Salary 
To be negotiated

The Nova Scotia SPCA is seeking an experienced and dedicated RVT to join our team working in a fast-paced, high volume surgical environment part time with the remaining time working as an Animal Care Attendant at the Yarmouth SPCA Shelter.   The Nova Scotia SPCA Yarmouths’ Dyke Family Animal Clinic prides itself on providing high quality veterinary and surgical services to the animals in its care while offering a low income Spay/Neuter assistance program to the public

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will need to meet the following qualifications:

  • Strong anesthetic knowledge and can  multitask (prepare, induce, premed, monitor and recovering multiple patients)
  • Strong clinic pathology background to perform UA’s, fecals, cytology, (skin/ears), fna, pcvs and blood smears.
  • Recognize and intervene on emergencies.
  • The ability to follow protocols, and be comfortable working with pediatric patients.
  • Assist with ordering medical supplies for surgical team and hospital.

The Animal Care Attendant role includes:

  • Assures all nutritional, housing, grooming and medical needs are met on a daily basis according to approved processes. Responsible for maintaining a safe and sanitary facility for animals and people. Provides humane handling and care for all shelter animals.
  • Responsible for all duties related to the care of animals (cleaning of the holding areas, assuring that animals receive food and water, bathing and basic grooming). Provides humane handling and restraining techniques.
  • Observes animals for signs of illnesses or injuries and reports symptoms to the appropriate personnel.
  • Administers medications
  • Grooming, health checks, flea treatments and administering parasite control.
  • Performs continual maintenance duties that include repairs and upkeep. Cleans all equipment and work areas to maintain the highest standard of cleanliness and sanitation. Follows health and safety regulations and protocols.
  • Maintain accurate records for animal inventory, health, medications, treatments, procedures and behavior history.

In addition to the duties listed above, the SPCA expects the following of each employee: adheres to policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the shelter; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; demonstrates exceptional customer service; communicates regularly with supervisor about issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of the position; participates in events and on committees as needed or required; and Completes other duties as assigned.

 

Required Skills

In addition to having the ability to travel and a valid Drivers license, the following are some of the skills required of this role:

  • Time Management: work with multiple staff, managers and volunteers across the province. Ability to work under tight deadlines and pressure situations is essential.
  • Decision-Making Skills: Whether it is dealing with staff, management, government agents, veterinarians or suppliers, this person will have to make decisions that affect the Society. Having the ability to make hard decisions under pressure is crucial to success.
  • Speaking and Writing: strong written and oral communication skills.

 Qualifications

 

  • Education; A Registered Veterinary Technician and a member in good standing with the NSVMA or equivalent work experience
  • Animal welfare knowledge, Dog handling experience, volunteer relations, and computer skills are an asset.
  • Ability to identify signs of animal illnesses, diseases and injuries.
  • Ability to identify different medications and methods of administration.
  • Ability to perform sanitation procedures and general maintenance.
  • Ability to perform the SPCA’s basic medical intake process and other duties as outlined in SPCA Manuals
  • Employee must demonstrate ability to work effectively with others (including co-workers, customers, volunteers and others) by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress, timetables and issues; and addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions.
  • Employees must demonstrate regular and consistent attendance and punctuality

 Additional Information

  • Driver’s license is required

Physical Requirements

  • Requires frequent bending, reaching, repetitive hand movements, standing, walking, squatting and sitting, with some heavy lifting, pushing and pulling exerted regularly throughout a regular work shift.

Hours of Work

Work week can be flexible to work within applicants schedule but will be set consistent times each week, some flexibility may be required.  Scheduled hours range between 32 to 40 hours per week.

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to Elizabeth Murphy.  

 Please quote “Yarmouth RVT ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Yarmouth SPCA - Part Time Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Location298 Hardscratch Rd, Yarmouth NS
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Part TIme
Salary 
To be negotiated

The Nova Scotia SPCA is seeking an experienced and dedicated RVT to join our team working in a fast-paced, high volume surgical environment part time.   The Nova Scotia SPCA Yarmouths’  Dyke Family Animal Clinic prides itself on providing high quality veterinary and surgical services to the animals in its care while offering a low income Spay/Neuter assistance program to the public

 

Responsibilities

 

The successful candidate will need to meet the following qualifications:

  • Strong anesthetic knowledge and who can multitask (prepare, induce, premed, monitor and recovering multiple patients)
  • Strong clinic pathology background to perform UA’s, fecals, cytology, (skin/ears), fna, pcvs and blood smears.
  • Recognize and intervene on emergencies.
  • The ability to follow protocols, and be comfortable working with pediatric patients.
  • Assist with ordering medical supplies for surgical team and hospital.
  • Administers medications
  • Performs continual maintenance duties that include repairs and upkeep. Cleans all equipment and work areas to maintain the highest standard of cleanliness and sanitation. Follows health and safety regulations and protocols.
  • Maintain accurate records for animal inventory, health, medications, treatments, procedures and behavior history.

In addition to the duties listed above, the SPCA expects the following of each employee: adheres to policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the shelter; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; demonstrates exceptional customer service; communicates regularly with supervisor about issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of the position; participates in events and on committees as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education; A Registered Veterinary Technician and a member in good standing with the NSVMA or equivalent work experience

  • Animal welfare knowledge, Dog handling experience, volunteer relations, and computer skills are an asset.
  • Ability to identify signs of animal illnesses, diseases and injuries.
  • Ability to identify different medications and methods of administration.
  • Ability to perform sanitation procedures and general maintenance.
  • Ability to perform the SPCA’s basic medical intake process and other duties as outlined in SPCA Manuals
  • Employee must demonstrate ability to work effectively with others (including co-workers, customers, volunteers and others) by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress, timetables and issues; and addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions.
  • Employees must demonstrate regular and consistent attendance and punctuality

 

Additional Information

  • Driver’s license is an asset

Physical Requirements

  • Requires frequent bending, reaching, repetitive hand movements, standing, walking, squatting and sitting, with some heavy lifting, pushing and pulling exerted regularly throughout a regular work shift.

Hours of Work

Work week generally consists of Tuesdays and/OR Thursdays day time shifts, however this is subject to change based on the needs of the SPCA.  Hours of work are between 8 and 16 hours per week.

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. The Society provides a competitive salary, benefit package and a rewarding work environment. The Nova Scotia SPCA Provincial Office is located in Dartmouth NS. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to emurphy@spcans.ca .   It is our intention to start reviewing resume’s on immediately and to quickly start the interview process. However, as long as this job description remains posted it is an indication that the position has not been filled and we are still accepting resumes.

Please quote ” SPCA Yarmouth PT RVT ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however; only those selected for interview will be contacted.

LocationSydney
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Casual/On-Call
Salary 
To be negotiated

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Provincial Inspector, you’ll play an integral role in supporting the Nova Scotia SPCA in maintaining a high level of public safety and animal welfare. Maintaining a presence on reserves, and throughout CBRM you’ll ensure consistent monitoring and enforcement compliance with all animal control aspects. You’ll also enforce dog bylaws through patrols, evidence gathering, inspections and the preparation of necessary documents.

In addition to enforcement duties, you’ll also focus on education and awareness through public interaction and work with community members towards voluntary compliance on cases that involve complex dynamics.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is compassionate and has a positive attitude. Most importantly, you’ll possess strong interpersonal skills and be savvy in dealing with conflict resolution.

FORMAL EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Completion of Grade Twelve (12) or equivalent.
  • Completion of Enforcement training from a recognized institution required
  • Courses in safe handling of dogs/handling of dangerous dogs.
  • Valid NS Class 5 Driver’s licence.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ related experience working in local government by law enforcement combined with a demonstrated ability to interpret and apply bylaws, and an understanding of the legal system and procedures involved with enforcement of bylaws pertaining to dog control.
  • Including a minimum of two (2) years dog control experience.

Knowledge and Qualifications/Skills required

  • The ability to respond to client/public inquiries and complaints and handle sensitive and confidential information in a trusted and responsible manner
  • The ability to travel and work flexible shifts, including evenings and weekends and be on call
  • Medically and physically fit to work in all weather conditions (cold, hot, rain, etc) as this position may require bending, lifting and transporting animals in need.
  • As your career progresses, you’ll also complete job-required courses related to role, as well as other specialized training including Animal Protection
  • Providing dog Bylaw and Community Safety awareness, education, and prevention to the community and public
  • Providing dog bylaw enforcement services on First Nation Reserves and throughout CBRM
  • Must be able to work with other staff, volunteers, and the public in a positive, practical manner and be able to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent computer skills , statement writing and preparing court documents
  • Will require criminal records check and will require appointment from Department of Justice.
  • Candidates with previous experience in working with a First Nations 

are strongly encouraged to apply

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to Jo-Anne Lansburg.  

 Please quote “Cape Breton Animal Control Officer ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Yarmouth SPCA - Enforcement/Bylaw Officer Part Time

Location298 Hardscratch Rd, Yarmouth NS
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Part TIme and/or Casual On Call
Salary 
To be negotiated

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Provincial Inspector, you’ll play an integral role in supporting the Nova Scotia SPCA in maintaining a high level of public safety and animal welfare. Maintaining a presence on reserves, and throughout Yarmouth County you’ll ensure consistent monitoring and enforcement compliance with all animal control aspects. You’ll also enforce dog bylaws through patrols, evidence gathering, inspections and the preparation of necessary documents.

In addition to enforcement duties, you’ll also focus on education and awareness through public interaction and work with community members towards voluntary compliance on cases that involve complex dynamics.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is compassionate and has a positive attitude. Most importantly, you’ll possess strong interpersonal skills and be savvy in dealing with conflict resolution.

FORMAL EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Completion of Grade Twelve (12) or equivalent.
  • Completion of Enforcement training from a recognized institution required
  • Courses in safe handling of dogs/handling of dangerous dogs.
  • Valid NS Class 5 Driver’s licence.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ related experience working in local government by law enforcement combined with a demonstrated ability to interpret and apply bylaws, and an understanding of the legal system and procedures involved with enforcement of bylaws pertaining to dog control.
  • Including a minimum of two (2) years dog control experience.

Knowledge and Qualifications/Skills required

  • The ability to respond to client/public inquiries and complaints and handle sensitive and confidential information in a trusted and responsible manner
  • The ability to travel and work flexible shifts, including evenings and weekends and be on call
  • Medically and physically fit to work in all weather conditions (cold, hot, rain, etc) as this position may require bending, lifting and transporting animals in need.
  • As your career progresses, you’ll also complete job-required courses related to role, as well as other specialized training including Animal Protection
  • Providing dog Bylaw and Community Safety awareness, education, and prevention to the community and public
  • Providing dog bylaw enforcement services on First Nation Reserves and throughout Yarmouth and surrounding Counties
  • Must be able to work with other staff, volunteers, and the public in a positive, practical manner and be able to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent computer skills , statement writing and preparing court documents
  • Will require criminal records check and will require appointment from Department of Justice.
  • Candidates with previous experience in working with a First Nations

are strongly encouraged to apply

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to Jo-Anne Landsburg.  

Please quote “Yarmouth Animal Control Officer ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Yarmouth SPCA - Enforcement/Bylaw Officer Full Time

Location298 Hardscratch Rd, Yarmouth
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Full Time
Salary 
To be negotiated

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Provincial Inspector, you’ll play an integral role in supporting the Nova Scotia SPCA in maintaining a high level of public safety and animal welfare. Maintaining a presence on reserves, and throughout Yarmouth County you’ll ensure consistent monitoring and enforcement compliance with all animal control aspects. You’ll also enforce dog bylaws through patrols, evidence gathering, inspections and the preparation of necessary documents.

In addition to enforcement duties, you’ll also focus on education and awareness through public interaction and work with community members towards voluntary compliance on cases that involve complex dynamics.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is compassionate and has a positive attitude. Most importantly, you’ll possess strong interpersonal skills and be savvy in dealing with conflict resolution.

FORMAL EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Completion of Grade Twelve (12) or equivalent.
  • Completion of Enforcement training from a recognized institution required
  • Courses in safe handling of dogs/handling of dangerous dogs.
  • Valid NS Class 5 Driver’s licence.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ related experience working in local government by law enforcement combined with a demonstrated ability to interpret and apply bylaws, and an understanding of the legal system and procedures involved with enforcement of bylaws pertaining to dog control.
  • Including a minimum of two (2) years dog control experience.

Knowledge and Qualifications/Skills required

  • The ability to respond to client/public inquiries and complaints and handle sensitive and confidential information in a trusted and responsible manner
  • The ability to travel and work flexible shifts, including evenings and weekends and be on call
  • Medically and physically fit to work in all weather conditions (cold, hot, rain, etc) as this position may require bending, lifting and transporting animals in need.
  • As your career progresses, you’ll also complete job-required courses related to role, as well as other specialized training including Animal Protection
  • Providing dog Bylaw and Community Safety awareness, education, and prevention to the community and public
  • Providing dog bylaw enforcement services on First Nation Reserves and throughout Yarmouth and surrounding Counties
  • Must be able to work with other staff, volunteers, and the public in a positive, practical manner and be able to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent computer skills , statement writing and preparing court documents
  • Will require criminal records check and will require appointment from Department of Justice.
  • Candidates with previous experience in working with a First Nations

are strongly encouraged to apply

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to Jo-Anne Landsburg.  

Please quote “Yarmouth Animal Control Officer ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Yarmouth SPCA - Reception & Animal Care Part Time

Location298 Hardscratch Rd, Yarmouth NS
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Part TIme
Salary 
To be negotiated

Job Description

A Shelter’s Receptionist and Animal Care Attendant is a key member of the Nova Scotia SPCA team. This individual’s primary focus is to provide exceptional first point of contact for community members while ensuring the Nova Scotia SPCA’s outstanding responsiveness to the needs of the animals we serve. This individual also participates in the day to day animal care and operational practices of an Animal Shelter making certain they are compliant with the Society’s animal care standards.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is compassionate and has a positive attitude. Most importantly, you’ll possess strong interpersonal skills and be savvy in dealing with emotionally charged situations.

Reception
• Answers multi-phone system, routing inquiries to the proper person and initiates messages for follow up;
• Provides outstanding customer service with a friendly can-do attitude;
• Performs data entry, filing, fills out forms
• Communicates to the public the principles that convey and impart an understanding of the policies and procedures of the Nova Scotia SPCA.
• Works directly with volunteers, oversees and provides support to volunteers assisting with front desk and administration tasks.
• Oversees day to day cash management process.
• Assists with marketing, recruitment and retention of foster program volunteers.
• Ensuring that adoptable pets are promptly posted in an internal database and made available on the SPCA NS website with photos and write up.
• Engaging the public through social media

Animal Care
• Responsible for all duties related to the care of animals (cleaning of the holding areas, assuring that animals receive food and water, bathing and basic grooming). Provides humane handling and restraining techniques.
• Observes animals for signs of illnesses or injuries and reports symptoms to the appropriate personnel.
• Administers medications and assists as required by restraining animals, grooming, health checks, flea treatments and administering parasite control.
• Performs continual maintenance duties that include repairs and upkeep. Cleans all equipment and work areas to maintain the highest standard of cleanliness and sanitation. Follows health and safety regulations and protocols.

• Maintain accurate records for animal inventory, health, medications, treatments, procedures and behaviour history.

In addition to the duties listed above, the SPCA expects the following of each employee: adheres to policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the shelter; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; demonstrates
exceptional customer service; communicates regularly with supervisor about issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of the position; participates in events and on committees as needed or required; and
completes other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each task satisfactorily. A degree in Office or Business Administration would be considered an asset. Willingness to learn and adhere to Animal Care Standards.

Additional Information
• This position requires a flexible schedule. Evenings and weekends may be required.
• Driver’s license is required

Physical Requirements
• Working conditions include working alone, working outside in varying weather conditions, frequent interruptions, and some meetings.
• Requires frequent bending, reaching, repetitive hand movements, standing, walking, squatting and sitting, with some heavy lifting, pushing and pulling exerted regularly throughout a regular work shift.

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to Elizabeth Murphy  

Please quote “Yarmouth Reception & Animal Care ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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