Elgin/South Elgin - Weekend Pet Sitter

Wild Things Pet Services - Elgin, IL

Part-time$14 - $18 an hour
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Wild Things Pet Services is currently seeking a responsible pet lover to fill a weekend pet sitting position in South Elgin and Elgin, IL.

You are responsible for caring for the client's pets while they are away from home. This position is on an "as needed" basis and you will not have a regular weekly schedule. A typical pet sitting request would be for three, 30-minute visits per day between 7am and 9pm (typically one in the early morning, afternoon, and again late evening). You must be available to cover all three visits Saturday and Sunday. Additional days available but not required.

Pet Sitter Responsibilities

Walk dogs of all shapes, sizes and temperaments, up to 3 at a time.
Provide affection and play to dogs, cats, and small animals.
Perform wellness checks on each animal in the home and relay any concerns to the pet owner or supervisor.
Feed animals.
Refresh water.
Administer oral or topical medications as needed.
Pick up pet waste.
Scoop litter boxes.
Clean up any accidents in the home.
Clean small animal or reptile cages.
Bring in mail.
Water indoor or outdoor plants.
Take out and bring in trash cans.
Communicate with the pet owner about each visit via text message, email journal, or hand written note as specified by the client.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Must live in South Elgin or Elgin, IL
Must love animals of all shapes and sizes.
Must be physically capable of handling dogs of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments.
Must have above average knowledge of dog behavior and body language, and be able to interact safely with dogs of all temperaments.
Must be knowledgeable about common health problems in dogs and cats, and be able to recognize and communicate symptoms to pet owner and supervisor.
Must be able to work outdoors for several hours, walking 5-7 miles per day in all types of weather.
Must be reliable, honest, organized, flexible, and be able to work independently.
Must have exceptional communication, customer service and time management skills.
Must be able to demonstrate exceptional problem solving skills and possess a great attention to detail.
Must be able to hear and see the environment around you.
Must be at least 21 years old with high school diploma or equivalent.
Must have internet access and a working smartphone with data plan and GPS.
Must have a reliable insured vehicle and valid drivers license, and be able to travel up to 50 miles per day.
Must be able to pass a background check.

Compensation

This is an employee position, not independent contractor. Pay is per visit performed. Employees average $14 - $18 per hour, plus gratuities.
Visits are scheduled on an "as needed" basis. We do not guarantee any set number of hours per week.
Ideal candidates understand that our clients value their pets like family members. A commitment to consistently providing exceptional service is essential. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!
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