Specialist, Field Rescue

La Vergne, TN, USA Req #822
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
 Grade 87
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking a Field Rescue Specialist for the Animal Rescue Team (ART).   The primary purpose of this position is to support work of the Animal Rescue team by responding to requests of animal rescue due to natural disasters or emergent situations of neglect/abuse.

You will be responsible for:

Deploying to large scale animal cruelty and disaster responses with the Animal Rescue Team; ensuring the team is adequately equipped for response and carries out initial equipment shipping/receipt and set up as a lead or as part of a team;
Assisting the Manager of Field Rescue and Response with determining deployment needs, planning and arranging shipment, receipt, or procurement of equipment; managing inventory including restocking, decontamination of, and repair of animal care and capture equipment;
Serving in various roles on deployment as assigned and works with Animal Rescue Team members and volunteers during field responses including rescue, sheltering, and animal transports. Participating in the rescue and sheltering of animals; handles animals humanely, safely, and with compassion;
Assisting with fleet maintenance, to include animal transport vehicles, response trailers and rigs, disaster response boats and others. Includes routine stocking, decontamination, cleaning of interior and exterior spaces, scheduling repairs and service and delivering vehicles to the shop;
Contributing to the training and development of Animal Rescue Team members with regard to driving and utilizing transport or other HSUS vehicles, connecting trailers, operating generators, operation of disaster response boats and other equipment;
Coordinating with property owners and managers regarding Animal Rescue Team temporary shelter needs, facility maintenance and repairs, and utilities;
Performs other duties or responsibilities, as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent required;
Three (3) year of experience in animal control or animal sheltering required;
Three (3) years of experience in disaster/emergency response required
Professional driving with a CDL preferred;
Successful completion of Fear Free Shelters, FEMA courses IS100, IS200, IS700 and IS800 within 3 months of employment;
Ability to attend and successfully complete Animal Search And Rescue Training within 12 months of employment;
Willing and able to travel and work a flexible schedule as needed, often on short notice and occasionally for extended periods of 2 weeks or more for cruelty or disaster response, and the ability to travel for training or other activities as needed;
A valid driver’s license is required, and a clean driving record is strongly preferred, with the ability to demonstrate and maintain a safe driving record while employed. A Commercial Driver’s License is highly desirable;
Ability to work independently or as a team and clearly communicate operational and individual needs; contribute to the culture of teamwork and togetherness and exemplify team and organizational norms;
Ability to safely operate a forklift and pallet jack or learn to satisfactorily operate them within 6 months of employment;
Animal handling skills and knowledge of animal protection issues, including animal control and shelter experience, particularly animals under stress;
Working knowledge and experience with NIMS/ICS or commitment to take and pass required courses within six months;
Proficiency of Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook);
Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills;
Attention to detail and commitment to excellence demonstrated by the delivery of quality and timely outcomes;
Strong interest in animal protection issues preferred.

This position is located in La Vergne, Tennessee

Please submit your resume and cover letter as one document.

The health and safety of our candidates, employees, and the communities in which we work is our top priority. The Humane Society of the United States has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all U.S. employees, including new hires. We make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs. All U.S. new hires will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status.  EOE 

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