Exotic Animals Volunteer

SUPERVISOR: Exotic Animal Administrator

GOAL OF POSITION: To provide the best possible care for all exotic animals while housed at PHS/SPCA.

TIME COMMITMENT: At least one shift must be scheduled per week for a minimum of one year. Shifts are available daily from 8am-5pm.

DUTIES: Exotic Animal Volunteers can specialize in either avian or reptilian species. You have the opportunity to work directly with and handle a diverse assembly of animals. Basic Duties include: cleaning enclosures, feeding animals, providing enrichment, washing dishes and general housekeeping.

TRAINING: Completion of Volunteer Orientation and on-the-job training is provided by the Exotics Department.

QUALIFICATIONS: Safety, Safety, Safety! Exotic animals are wild by nature and ability to follow all safety precautions is required. Occasionally, dangerous animals will be housed in the exotics department. Good communication is required to ensure that all animals receive the best possible care and no injuries occur to either you or the animal. Volunteers must have a keen interest in exotic animals, good physical stamina, and ability to follow exact instructions and work independently. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

EMOTIONAL CONSIDERATIONS: It is very easy to become attached to the animals you care for, and you may not agree with all exotic adoptions or specific aspects of their care. The staff is happy to discuss any reservations, but you must be able to follow protocol. Many exotics are sick or injured on intake and despite our best efforts may pass on or require euthanasia.

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