Full-Time Kennel Manager at Pixie

12 Jan 2024

The Pixie Project is seeking an organized, high energy, positive person to join our team as Kennel Manager. This position is central to the shelter’s operations and interfaces with nearly every other member of the team. We’re looking for someone who can manage others with integrity and lead by example by working with AND alongside kennel techs.

Duties Will Include:

-Leading the kennel department and manage 4-5+ part-time kennel staff, including hiring, training, scheduling and skill development.

-Providing Animal care: Feeding, exercise, medication, socialization, enrichment, plus cleaning and sanitation

-Establishing and maintaining policies/procedures to ensure top quality animal care and safety/wellness of staff and animals.

-Maintaining detailed files for all animals including medical histories, vaccination records, and behavioral notes.

-Assisting CVT and trainers with intake exams and evaluations for newly arrived dogs and cats.

-Communicate regularly with adoption staff to keep them updated about health, behavior, and well-being of adoptable dogs and cats, including coordinating with clinic to schedule spay/neuter surgeries, dental cleanings, and other procedures.

Desired Skills + Experience:

‣Confident handling and working around dogs and cats of varying ages, health statuses, and temperaments.

‣Prior experience working with animals valuable. Must be comfortable performing (or willing to learn) basic care and handling. We utilize safe and effective animal handling so an openness to learn and adopt (potentially) new techniques is essential.

‣Comfort working in a physically demanding job - cleaning, lifting animals, walking animals outside, moving quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment while still being safe and mindful.

‣Comfort working morning/evening hours in an (at times) noisy, busy environment.

‣Drivers License Required

‣Commitment to clear, direct communication, even in difficult situations. A positive and confident attitude, honesty, and kindness required. Working in a shelter environment can include certain emotional demands, as we frequently work with animals coming from crisis situations, so emotional intelligence and resilience a plus. It is crucial that the person in this role can not only regulate themselves in this environment, but can also be a leader and source of strength for the kennel staff they manage.

‣You will be responsible for keeping tabs on a lot of important information and will work within a system involving many moving parts. We are looking for someone who can build and maintain systems for keeping information and documents organized and available to various people who need to access them.

About The Pixie Project: The Pixie Project is raising the bar on animal rescue! Located in Portland, Oregon, Pixie’s goal is to transform animal adoption and rescue into a fun, family-friendly, and positive experience by taking a personal approach to each and every adoption. We also run a low-cost veterinary clinic that offers homeless and low-income Portland residents access to vital veterinary care they can afford. Our clinic keeps hundreds of animals out of the shelter system and out of pain every year.

This is a full-time position. Benefits include employer-paid health and dental insurance, and paid time off.

To apply, please email your resume, a brief cover letter, and contact info for three references. In your cover letter, please tell us why you are interested in this position and why you think you’d be a good fit. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: From $20.00 per hour, depending on experience

Expected hours: No more than 40 per week


Flexible schedule

Employer-Paid Health and Dental Insurance

Paid time off

  • ID: #50857776
  • State: Oregon Portland 97201 Portland USA
  • City: Portland
  • Salary: Starting at $20/hr, depending on experience
  • Job type: Full-time
  • Showed: 2024-01-12
  • Deadline: 2024-03-12
  • Category: Nonprofit