Animal Ambulance Driver

at The Lost Dogs Home
Published December 22, 2023
Location Melbourne, Australia
Category Other  
Job Type Full-time  


Animal Ambulance Driver The Lost Dogs Home location Melbourne.

About us The Lost Dogs' Home is one of the country's largest animal welfare organisations, caring for more than 20,000 cats and dogs each year. We pride ourselves on employing skilled and qualified individuals who demonstrate a strong personal connection with animals, the community and the cause.

About the role The Lost Dogs' Home currently provide a casual and after-hours (overnight) animal ambulance service in North Melbourne and surrounding areas to ensure lost and inured animals are collected safely and transported to our animal shelter. We are looking for candidates who have exceptional animal handling skills, flexibility and commitment to work a rotating roster, including after hours and weekends.

This integral role is critical to our success as a leading animal welfare organisation. In this role you will be responsible for ensuring that domestic animals and livestock are safely transported to the appropriate holding facility.

Key responsibilities include receiving jobs via the council's after-hours service and acknowledging them in a timely manner. Attending to stray, contained, injured and wandering large domestic animals and livestock within your allocated area. Confidently handling all animals to ensure their safety and welfare.

Liaising with members of the public, council representatives and other external stakeholders, including the police and veterinary clinics, both in person and via telephone. Accurate report writing, with a strong focus on attention to detail. Checking and maintaining equipment and vehicle.

To be successful in this role, you will have certificate in Animal Studies and/or relevant qualifications (desired). A current drivers' licence, held for over 1 year, with a proven track record of safe driving. Excellent animal handling skills including confidence with high risk dogs and livestock. Experience working with animals in a shelter type environment (desired).

Flexibility to work after various hours, overnight, weekends and/or public holidays. Have a good telephone manner, strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong self-motivation and confidence to work alone at night, travelling varying distances within set contractual response times. Exceptional customer service and problem-solving skills. A passion for animal welfare.

What we can offer you fantastic career development and opportunities to gain skills in the diverse field of shelter work. Attractive hourly rate and penalty rates for after hours and weekend work. Discounts and benefits at our vet clinic, Frank Samways. Unique and supportive work environment, surrounded by animals. Access to our Employee Assistance Program, including an onsite counselling service.

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