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Overnight Animal Caretaker




The Overnight Animal Caretaker's chief responsibility is to provide for the health, care, and safety of the PAALS assistance dogs in training housed on-site and for the security and appearance of the property. Responsibilities will vary with current needs of staff, dogs, and the season of the year.


  • To thoroughly clean and disinfect the dog housing areas of the facility during evening and early morning hours to ensure health of all puppies and dogs

  • To observe animal appearance and activity for heneral physical condition, obvious signs of illness, desease, unusual activity, and/or discontent and report information to trainers and the Executive Director

  • To exercise dogs as needed

  • To be prepared to handle emergency situations in the housing facility

  • To keep food prep area and storage areas clean and neat

  • Administer medications, heartworm, and flea/tick treatments as needed

  • To wash and dry towels and blankets

  • To wash and sterilize water and food bowls

  • To perform general cleaning as needed

  • To keep equipment and tools put away in proper storage areas

  • Others duties assigned as required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and helpfule disposition

  • Ability to work independently, be flexible, and handle multiple tasks

  • Knowledge of common dog diseases, syptoms and means of transmission

  • Detail oriented

  • Physical effort: often requires lifting and carrying materials weighing up to 40 pounds

  • Frequently required to handling of materials weighing up to 20 pounds

  • Handling dogs weighing up to 120 pounds

  • Knowledge of cleaning and disinfecting methods, and the use and care of cleaning materials and equipment

  • Knowledge of basic animal behavior

  • Must be able to reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


  • At least one year of animal care experience required

Job Location:

221 North Grampian Hills Road, Columbia, SC, USA


Based on Experience




Monday - Friday 7pm-10pm & 5am-6am (must stay overnight at facility)
Plus must be available at least two weekends per month.

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