Pet Care Specialist
You may have found us because you have a passion for pets and are interested in a career working with them. (Who wouldn’t want to get paid to love on pets all day?) A career with Funky Bunch Pet Care is rewarding, uplifting, and filled with lots of furbabies! At Funky Bunch Pet Care, we treat pets like family. We offer dog walking and pet sitting services in Springfield and Sedalia. As a dog walker/pet sitter, you may be cross-trained on social media and administrative duties.
What do we do?
Our company provides peace of mind to pet parents who are busy working or traveling. We visit client’s homes to care for their pets. This could include taking dogs for walks on the sidewalk, woods, letting dogs out in the yard to play fetch, cleaning up after pets, feeding and providing fresh water, scooping litter boxes, providing medications if needed, and of course loving them and providing lots of TLC and belly rubs! For traveling clients, watering plants and collecting mail/packages is necessary.
We ask you that you drive to these appointments, check in and check out of appointments using our mobile app, and write nice informative updates with pictures to let clients know how their pets are doing.
Our team averages $13 per hour during their first 90 days. Our pay structure is comprised of:
Hourly Wages+ Gratuity (when applicable)
Incremental Sign On Bonus
Successful team members receive a pay bump at 90 days. Employees are eligible for pay bumps at 6 months and 12 months. Long term employees make between $15-$20 per hour depending on their longevity with the company and availability to work.
You may love all creatures great and small, or maybe you have a passion for pups and kitties! To make sure you are a GREAT fit for this position and for Funky Bunch Pet Care, we ask that you take some time to read the description of our position below. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee or tea and check out everything about our Pet Care Specialist Position and the details of working with us. We can’t wait to read what you have to say and contact you for an interview!
“Pet Care Specialist” is the term we apply to our Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers.
Our Pet Care Specialists main responsibilities include:
- The overall safety and well-being of the pets in their care
- The safety and security of the home in which the pets live
- Relaying peace of mind through clear communication, quality photos, constant positive interaction with pets and knowledge of pet care.
- Foster pet happiness through play, love, stimulation, manners training, activity and overall positive interaction with the pets in their care
- Following specific instructions, paying attention to detail and attending to the “small things.”
We schedule pet sits and dog walks seven days a week between the hours of 6am to 10pm. Most often, visits are not scheduled to start before 7am and the last visit is scheduled to start no later than 9:30pm. This position requires the Pet Care Specialist to have availability at the agreed upon days and times, including holidays. You will commit to at least 6 months of working with us, undergo a background check, and training.
A Pet Care Specialist's day will be filled first and foremost with lots of love, adoration and attention from dogs and cats of all sizes, shapes and personalities. We watch dogs as little as a pound all the way to dogs that are over 100lbs. We watch all breeds of dogs and cats. We also watch any caged pets in client’s homes. Being comfortable and able to care for pets of all kinds and sizes is a must.
Pet Care Specialists are constantly on the go and this job can be mentally taxing. Pet Care visits last anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes in length. Pet Care Specialists will be driving to/from visits as part of the job. Although we do our best to make routes that are as close together as possible, sometimes you will spend 20-30 minutes driving in between visits. We pay for drive time between visits.
Visits are timed and Pet Care Specialists are expected to stay off their phones and continue interacting with pets, cleaning up messes and performing job duties throughout the entirety of the timed visit.
Pet Care Specialists will constantly be learning through online learning portals, books, videos and team training.
Pet Care Specialists must be able to move constantly. Between playing with dogs in the backyard, cleaning up potty messes, taking dogs on walks, scooping litter boxes, cleaning up toys and constantly interacting with the clients in our care: pet sitters hardly ever sit down. The plus side? You get paid to be outside, petting sweet pets and exercising!
Pet Care Specialists need to own a smart phone with a great quality camera and fully-functioning battery. It is important to have unlimited (or very high limit) data. Our team uses an employee-facing app that GPS tracks visits, allows access to pet information and allows communication with clients.
This is not a job where you can easily call in sick, but, with proper notice most schedules can be worked around.
Must be based within or willing to drive to our service area on a daily basis. The closer you live, the more profitable, practical, and beneficial the job for you.
The amount of work you are scheduled for depends upon:
- Your availability schedule
- The reservations we have booked
- We do not guarantee a minimum number of hours or monetary compensation
Due to the nature of scheduling, it is quite common to be scheduled for one or two visits, have an unpaid break, and then be scheduled for more pet care visits.
Pet Care Specialists work in all-weather including rain, extreme cold and extreme heat (and everything in between). Team Members must be prepared for ice, snow, pouring rain, cold temperatures and staying hydrated in extreme heat. Rain gear is highly recommended as well as non-slip footwear for wet or slippery conditions.
Funky Bunch Pet Care views client confidentiality, privacy, trust and their personal & property protection as the second most important aspect of our jobs (the care of the pets being the absolute most important aspect). It is imperative that we foster confidence and trust at all times with our clients.
Friends, family, children or other pets are absolutely, at no time allowed to accompany you on visits – including – in your vehicle while you perform a pet care visit.
*Please note that because our demand is the HEAVIEST over holiday times, if you are unavailable for one or more holidays, you may not be considered for the position. Our heaviest demand times throughout the year are: Thanksgiving Week, Christmas Week, Spring Break Week and July 4th Week.
Job Type: Part-time
Pay: $12.00 - $15.00 per hour