Animal Care Specialist - ISO Wantagh

    • Job Tracking ID: 512682-644482
    • Job Location: Wantagh, NY
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 18, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Bideawee, a leading pet welfare organization serving the metropolitan New York and Long Island, is seeking full time time Animal Care Specialist to join our team in Wantagh, NY.

Position Purpose

The Animal Care Specialist provides supportive services under the direction of the Director of Adoptions and Resident Care. The Animal Care Specialist is responsible for the care of ISO cats and ISO dogs as well as other responsibilities on the resident Animal Care team. This includes but is not limited to administering oral or topical medications, as allowed by NY state law; syringe feeding, restraining animals, setting up equipment for all treatment rooms and maintaining records for all animals in ISO. The position also includes cleaning of isolation rooms. Responsible for care of in-house cats and dogs, this includes regular feeding, cleaning, socializing, grooming, and evaluation of physical and emotional well-being.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties/Functions/Tasks

The following is a list of essential job requirements. This list may be revised at any time and additional duties not listed here may be assigned as needed. Job Functions and Job Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Bathing - All ISO animals must be lime dipped and/or given Malaseb baths immediately upon arrival
  • Feeding - Making sure each animal gets the proper amount and type of food prescribed. And always has fresh water (unless it cannot for a medical reason)
  • Cleaning - making sure all animals are in a clean comfortable environment at all times. This includes properly disinfecting, removal of fecal matter or any debris in the area they are housed in, at all times. Make sure all areas are odor free at all times.
  • Assist inventory with licensed tech to maintain cleaning supplies food and litter
  • Socialization - Making sure all animals get proper social contact, as well as appropriate social experiences. And keep records of these activities.
  • Monitor Wellness Cards - Logging all behaviors, and eating habits, fecals or anything out of the ordinary, and provide documentation for coworkers. This includes signing off on treatment sheets as prescribed by the DVM and prepared by the LVT.
  • General well-being - Responsible for noting and bringing to supervisor’s attention any time an animal exhibits signs of not feeling well.
  • Exercise - Each animal gets the proper amount of exercise daily.
  • Medically Cleared Animals - maintain communication with PAWS managers and LVT for transfer to adoption centers and enter any observations or behavior traits in Petpoint
  • General Housekeeping - Keeping work stations clean and neat at all times, this includes all areas in and around the stations as well as the lunch room.
  • Laundry - Making sure the laundry is being done at all times and maintain general sterilization for disease control
  • Grooming - All animals are clean and bushed, nails are clipped, eyes and ears are kept clean. Any animal that has fecal matter or unpleasant substances on them should be bathed immediately. The animals should never have an unpleasant odor or unkempt appearance.

Experience and Skills:


  • Needs to be detail oriented and precise
  • Is kind and compassionate
  • Able to follow directions
  • Organized
  • Patient
  • Needs to be able to keep a clean uncluttered environment
  • Works quickly
  • Works well with others and understands the team approach
  • Flexible

Specific Work Requirements

  • Lifting of packages and large bags of food 25-40 pounds, as well as bags of kitty litter up to 40 pounds.
  • Lifting large animals for exams and/or grooming
  • Ability to restrain animals
  • Ability to attend staff meetings and training classes
  • Ability to understand the needs of the animals


  • Licensed Veterinarian Technician Preferred but not required


Bideawee offers a competitive compensation package including group health benefits, pet benefits, paid time off, 403b, and much more.