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Volunteer Job Descriptions

If you are interested in volunteering with us for one of the below positions, or wish to offer a specific skill, and meet the Volunteer Capabilities, please fill out our volunteer application. You will then receive an email invitation to our next Volunteer Information Session.

If you have any additional questions, please email: volunteer@seattleareafelinerescue.org

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In addition to the below, we may also be able to use the services of vets and vet technicians, general contractors, IT pros, fundraising and/or events specialists, grant writers, web/social media pros, graphic design, drivers for kitty transportation, and more!

Volunteer Jobs – Basic Descriptions

The following  are basic, generic descriptions and could be modified at any time.

Cat Care and Cage Cleaning

Purpose: To keep cat kennels clean and comfortable for the resident cats.

Requirements: 17 years or older. Be able to commit to a weekly two-hour shift for three consecutive months of service. Be able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand for two hours while working directly with cats and kittens. Be comfortable with direct contact with cats and kittens, dirty litter boxes, and cleaning agents such as bleach and accelerated hydrogen peroxide. Attention to detail and ability to follow instructions. Willingness and ability to learn the following tasks:

Duties:

  • Spot clean cat cages daily for each cat.
  • Prepare clean litter pans, food, and water bowls.
  • Clean dirty litter boxes and food bowls after cage cleaning is complete, washing dishes by hand.
  • Observe general cat behavior and make note of important changes.
  • Keep supply prep room clean and sanitary.
  • Sweep and mop.
  • Laundry

Supervisor: Cat Care Supervisor/Operations Manager

Training: Information Session, Hands-on Training

Shift Availability: Shifts are available every day from 10 am-12 pm and from 5:30 pm-7 pm.

Time Commitment: Volunteers are scheduled for a two-hour shift each week. There is a three-month minimum weekly commitment. Dependability is essential.

Clean Team: Dishes/Laundry/Floors/Etc

Purpose: To keep the rescue and all necessary supplies for caring for cats and kittens clean.

Requirements: Age 17 or older. Be able to commit to a weekly two-hour shift for three consecutive months of service. Be able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand for two hours. Direct contact with dirty litter boxes and cleaning agents such as bleach and accelerated hydrogen peroxide. Willingness and ability to learn the following tasks:

Duties:

  • Hand-wash dishes and litter boxes.
  • Laundry
  • Sweep and mop floors.
  • Wipe down counter tops and surfaces.
  • Empty trashcans.
  • Clean and sanitize crates.
  • Other cleaning, as needed.

Supervisor: Operations Manager/Volunteer Manager

Training: Information Session, Hands-on Training

Shift Availability: Shifts are available throughout the day.

Retail and Front Desk Reception

Purpose: To greet the public, introduce people to our adoption program, and sell retail products to guests and adopters.

Requirements: 17 years or older. Be able to commit to a weekly two to three-hour shift for three consecutive months of service. Excellent people and communication skills. The ability to represent Seattle Area Feline Rescue in a positive and appropriate manner. Ability to handle a cash register. Ability to learn the basics of each product for sale in the retail section and guide clients toward appropriate products. Willingness and ability to learn the following tasks:

Duties:

  • Assist the public, greet guests and potential adopters.
  • Explain our adoption process to prospective adopters.
  • Introduce adopters to products in the retail section.
  • Operate the cash register, handle money, and use a credit card machine.
  • Ability to operate an iPad for checkout processes.
  • Keep the front spaces clean and organized.
  • Special projects, as needed.

Supervisor: Operations Manager

Training: Information Session, Hands-on Training

Shift Availability: Shifts are available during our adoption hours: 12 pm-7 pm, Friday through Sunday and 2 pm-5 pm Monday.

Office Support

Purpose: To assist with management of paperwork.

Requirements: 17 years or older. Be able to commit to a weekly two-hour shift for three consecutive months of service. Basic proficiency with computers, including Windows 8, printing, scanning, and the ability to learn how to use a basic database program. Be able to bend for filing paperwork.

Duties:

  • Scan paperwork.
  • File paperwork.
  • Data entry
  • Create adoption packets.
  • Other special projects, as needed.

Supervisor: Operations Manager

Training: Information Session, Hands-on Training

Shift Availability: Shifts are flexible, but mostly available Sunday-Tuesday between 10-7.

Adoption Counselor

Purpose: To assist the public with all parts of the adoption process: Screen potential adopters and assist them in their adoption selection, have productive and informative conversations in order to educate the potential adopter, and overall, create a positive experience for the adopter and a good adoption outcome for our cats and kittens.

Requirements: 18 years or older. Able to commit to a set weekly shift for a minimum six consecutive month commitment, after completing adoption counselor training. Must complete cat care and retail training and shifts, and demonstrate high level proficiency in both before moving into adoption counselor training, or have previous experience. Understand the differences in cat personalities and how they may affect an adoption outcome. Demonstrate efficiency and comfort handling cats. Excellent people and communication skills. Represent SAFe Rescue in a positive and appropriate manner. Basic computer skills and ability to learn our shelter database program. Be an active learner and listener.

PLEASE NOTE: Mastery of our adoption process, protocols, and standards of service and care must be exhibited prior to facilitating adoptions on your own. Simply participating in training does not guarantee you a position as an adoption counselor. You must have an open mind and both the ability and willingness to learn the skills listed below:

Duties

  • Greet guests and potential adopters, answer questions, have informative conversations to understand what would be the best match for the adopters household and lifestyle.
  • Oversee meeting between potential adopter and cat to ensure proper handling and a good match. Ensure proper sanitization procedure between meeting each cat.
  • Know individual cats well enough to answer questions about individual animals for potential guardians and guests.
  • Socialize and groom adoption ready cats. Make notes and observations on their behavior toward different adopters.
  • Ensure all cats have fresh water and dry bedding. Refill water and food bowls as needed.
  • Maintain the overall cleanliness of the cat room, while following sanitation protocols at all times. Change litter boxes, as needed. Sweep the floor clean of litter or food periodically.
  • Introduce new adopters to products that the retail section carries, the benefits of types of food, as well as proper feeding protocol based on individual cats.
  • Process adoption paperwork, explain adoption agreement and medical history, advise on new cat introduction, licensing, and vaccinations.
  • Operating the cash register, handling money and using the credit card machine.

Supervisor: Operations Manager

Training: Information Session, Multiple Hands-On Training, counselor shadowing

Shift Availability: Shifts are available during our adoption hours: 12 pm-7 pm, Friday through Sunday and 2 pm-5 pm Mondays

Veterinary Support

Purpose: To ensure the health and well-being of every cat. Prepare the cat medically for adoption, including oral medications, FVRCP vaccinations and microchips, treatment of sick or injured cats, as needed.

Requirements: 18 years or older. Licensed Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician. Ability to learn Animal Shelter Manager software and use it to track and log medical updates.

Duties:

  • Logging into ASM to determine which cats need medical treatment.
  • Evaluating physical health of individual cats.
  • Observing general cat behavior and making note of important changes for staff.
  • Taking cats temperature and weighing cats, as needed.
  • Administering medication in the form of oral liquid or pill, vaccinating or giving cats subcutaneous fluids, as needed.

Time Commitment: We will work with your schedule to make volunteering as easy as possible. No long-term commitment is required.