Young at Heart is a nonprofit organization based in Woodstock, IL. Young at Heart's mission is to provide senior dogs and cats with a safe haven to ensure they live with comfort, compassion, and companionship in their golden years. We operate a cageless adoption center for senior dogs and cats, a permanent resident sanctuary program for hospice senior pets, and a foster home program. We are an organization that embraces a positive work environment, positive reinforcement training with our animals, and a positive attitude toward rescuing and rehoming senior dogs and cats in our community. In addition to our wonderful staff, Young at Heart has a network of over 150 volunteers who cheerfully contribute to every area of Young at Heart's work.

As a team member of Young at Heart, you’ll enjoy engaging and rewarding work, and a friendly, fun-loving atmosphere. Our commitment to giving homeless senior pets the opportunity to enjoy their golden years guides us as a team in everything we do.

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Position Title: Evening Animal Care Team
Classification: Part-time, non-exempt
Date: September 2022

Here we grow again!

Hiring additional Animal Care Team members for the following part-time shifts:
Dinner/Bedtime shift (4pm - 9pm).

The ideal candidate will be able to work every Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and alternating Saturdays/Sunday PM shifts. Doggy daycare, kennel, or vet care experience is preferred but not required.

Holidays are required. Must be 18 years of age. Must be able to handle both dogs and cats in group settings.

**Please read the information about the job in full and then follow the directions in the "HOW TO APPLY" section to be considered for the position. To ensure your resume is considered, please show us you can follow directions. Please do not call, email, or drop in about the job. We will contact all applicants that apply as instructed.**

Position Summary

Young at Heart is a nonprofit organization based in Woodstock, IL. We operate a cage-free adoption center for senior dogs and cats, as well as a foster home program. We are an organization that embraces teamwork and a positive attitude toward rescuing and rehoming senior dogs and cats in our community.

We are seeking a part-time Evening Animal Care Team person to join our team. The Animal Care Team provides safe and compassionate care for the senior dogs and cats at Young at Heart’s adoption center. The Evening Animal Care Team is responsible for the dinner shift, where they feed and medicate all the animals, clean and re-set the facility for business the next day, and work closely with the other staff in caring for the pets.

The preferred applicant is skilled at working with both groups of dogs and cats of varying temperaments and sizes, has a positive attitude, and is highly committed to keeping our adoption center clean and organized. The ideal candidate is a team player who is adaptable, reliable, people-oriented, pays attention to detail, and has excellent communication and organizational skills.

Animal Care - What's involved?

  • Prepare and provide food and water for the dogs and cats and medical care as assigned.
  • Medicate both dogs and cats (pills, ear meds, eye meds, medicated baths, ointments) per instructions
  • Clean, disinfect, and maintain pet areas at the adoption center and follow established disease control protocols
  • Monitor dogs and cats and report health or behavioral abnormalities
  • Assist with fitting and labeling of collars and harnesses, and ensure that all dogs wear appropriate equipment at the appropriate times
  • Ensure pets have adequate and clean bedding at all times
  • Perform dog bathing and basic pet grooming when needed
  • Create and maintain animal care records for use by staff and volunteers
  • Practice and encourage the humane treatment of dogs and cats

Facility Care

  • Be comfortable with cleaning up pet urine and feces and occasional vomit
  • Clean, de-clutter, and organize community spaces and storage areas
  • Empty and remove garbage and recycling from all areas in the adoption center
  • Clean and sanitize restrooms
  • Operate laundry and dish-washing equipment
  • Wash and fold adoption center laundry
  • Scrub litter pans and wipe down walls
  • Restock, note supply needs, and organize supplies
  • Mop and vacuum floors
  • Deep clean different area of the shelter as needed, both inside and outside
  • Ensure all pet living quarters are clean, comfortable, and presentable at all times

People Care

While this job is mainly animal care, the ideal candidate will also be able to do the following when the situation arises:

  • Demonstrate and promote a welcoming and supportive environment and proactively engage with adopters, volunteers, and donors to ensure they feel the Young at Heart love and have positive experiences
  • Integrate, lead, mentor, and retain volunteers to assist with pet care and cleaning duties
  • Maintain open and timely communication with staff and volunteer team members, and update data management resources
  • Work cooperatively with all volunteers, recognizing the skills and commitment they bring to Young at Heart
  • Provide feedback and guidance to volunteers regarding safety protocols and model safe work practices
  • Provide quality customer service to adopters, volunteers, staff, donors, and visitors
  • Welcome guests to Young at Heart’s adoption center, assist with adopter/pet introductions, provide information about the pets, and assist with adoption or foster placements
  • Practice discretion with sensitive information regarding adopters, volunteers, employees, and our pets. Remain calm and reserve judgment in difficult or emotional situations.
  • Accept and acknowledge in-kind donations

Reports to:

  • Facility Supervisor/Shift Manager

Position Requirements

  • Work is performed at Young at Heart’s adoption center, which includes communal areas where dogs and cats live and are cared for, isolation area with medical cages, office spaces, many stairs, and outdoor locations.
  • Work is both indoors and outdoors in all weather
  • Regular exposure to free-roaming office and adoption center dogs and cats.
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling dogs and cats of unknown temperament
  • Regular bending, reaching, kneeling, mopping, scrubbing, reaching, sitting on the floor, stair climbing, crouching, and dog walking with occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds
  • Wrangling of dogs both inside and outside as they want to go through doors or gates, and coordinating the opening and closing of doors and gates while dogs are pulling on leashes.
  • Occasionally works at computer station and operates electronic equipment
  • Exposure to disinfectant solutions
  • Exposure to zoonotic diseases
  • All staff are required to become a certified Fear Free™ shelter professional (training provided)
  • All staff are required to learn and utilize our humane, science-based positive reinforcement program provided by A Sound Beginning (training provided)
  • Must live in the state of Illinois

Required Education & Experience

All applicants must be 18 years of age or older
High school diploma or equivalent is required

  • Previous experience working with animals in a doggy daycare, vet office, boarding facility, or animal shelter preferred
  • Experience with volunteering, animal rescue, animal welfare, or nonprofit work is a plus but not required
  • ALL COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS MUST BE FOLLOWED AT ALL TIMES. We follow all CDC and local guidelines for Covid safety, which can change at any moment. Masks may be required in the buildings as part of our health and safety protocols for staff and volunteers.

Knowledge, Abilities, & Skills

  • Highly motivated, communicative, polite, and with a professional manner
  • Team player, able to work in a busy work environment, embrace and foster change, problem solve, and regularly demonstrate flexibility
  • Ability to calmly and efficiently handle situations ranging from routine to emergency
  • General knowledge of dog and cat behavior and care
  • Ability and skill to successfully work with various kinds of dogs and cats safely and responsibly
  • Commitment to positive reinforcement handling and training methods
  • Comfortable and willing to accommodate dogs or cats in work and office spaces
  • Ability to multitask and work at an efficient pace
  • Ability to follow daily and weekly task lists and charts
  • Ability to follow written and verbal directions
  • Ability to use a variety of cleaning tools, including but not limited to: vacuum, shop-vac, mop, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, disinfectant wipes, and solutions
  • Willingness to learn, ask for clarification or help whenever needed, and seek out guidance from senior staff in situations you're unsure of
  • Passion for helping senior pets and the people who love them

Salary & Benefits

  • The starting pay for this position is $13.50 per hour
  • This is a part-time, non-exempt position
  • Up to 25 hours per week available

Young at Heart is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.
Background checks and references are required for all final applicants.


Working at Young at Heart isn't just a job; it's being a part of making the world a better place for homeless animals. And it's working side by side with people who want to make the world a better place for homeless animals, whether that be your team members, volunteers, supporters, or adopters. Our senior animals' comfort and safety are our top priority here, so to apply for this position:

1. Please submit a paragraph about why you feel you would be a good addition to Young at Heart and include a copy of your resume to:
2. To ensure your resume is considered, please respect our request for no job-related phone calls, emails, or drop-ins.
3. We will follow-up with all applicants that apply as instructed.

Young at Heart is located at 4301 S IL Route 47, Woodstock IL 60098

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