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Angels Rest (Animal Cemetery) Caretaker

Location: Kanab, Utah
One of the most special places at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is Angels Rest a beautiful and uplifting final resting place for beloved pets. If you have ever been there, you'll know it's a place of profound joy rather than sorrow, with wind chimes shimmering in the breeze and beautiful red rock canyons cradling the memories of loved pets. It's a special place that needs a special caretaker. And we're looking for someone to fill that role. You'll not only be looking after these beautiful grounds and placing departed animals in their final resting spots, but also, you'll be there for people as they say goodbye to their beloved furry family members. You'll participate in a monthly blessing of the animals who have passed. And you'll welcome visitors who want to visit a placed animal, or who just want to see what makes these grounds so special. It's a unique role for someone who loves animals, and who knows how it feels to grieve for one. Some physical strength and maintenance know-how is important, along with being a natural at treating people with empathy and respect, and having a deep love for the animals who find peace here.
Position Summary:
The Angels Rest Caretaker has the very special responsibility of placing Sanctuary and Best Friends animals who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. This person also participates in the monthly Blessings for Sanctuary animals who have passed. This requires a keen sensitivity to the grief of those who have lost a loved one. This person must be emotionally supportive to caregivers and members and conduct all services with reverence and respect. Additionally, this position provides regular maintenance of the grounds of Angels Rest and Angels Overlook.
The Caretaker must be comfortable interacting with Sanctuary visitors and volunteers, directing members to specific site locations and occasionally leading a tour group. This important front facing opportunity means that this position requires a commitment to the mission and goals of Best Friends Animal Society.
Responsibilities:
Placements and services in Angels Rest and Angels Overlook for animals and cremains from the Sanctuary and Best Friends members.
Cemetery site preparation for the placement of animals and cremains.
Regular maintenance of the grounds including sweeping, weeding, picking up trash, picking up fallen wind chimes, repairing broken wind chimes, pruning bushes and trees, planting bushes and straightening markers.
Placement and maintenance of memorials including wind chimes, dedication plaques and granite stones and other personal memorials.
Participate in the monthly Blessing service for Sanctuary animals who have passed.
Engrave memorials using an engraving machine.
Operate and maintain tools and equipment.
Keep the tool shed in order and request necessary supplies, grave markers and pavers.
Meet and greet visitors at Angels Rest and Angels Overlook and assist them in locating specific animal sites as needed.
Work with volunteers on service projects for upkeep of the cemetery grounds.
Conduct special Blessings for VIP group visits.
Lead special tour for VIP group visits.
Update map sites to ensure they're current.
Accompany workshop attendee tours of Angels Rest and answer any questions.
Follow safe work practices and observe safety precautions.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
Must possess a respectful attitude and be emotionally supportive to Best Friends caregivers and the public.
Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
Able to meet, greet and assist visitors and volunteers.
Should have a basic knowledge of methods, tools, equipment, materials and practices used in construction and maintenance.
Must be able to make sound judgments in sensitive situations.
Must have basic computer skills, including email and Google docs.
Able to work independently and follow through on projects without direct supervision.
Must have a valid driver's license with three years clean driving record.
Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends' position on issues.
Physical Requirements:
Must be able to share the lifting of 100 pounds.
Work is primarily outdoors so must be able to work in all weather conditions, with temperatures ranging from below freezing to 100 degrees.
Physically able to perform strenuous manual labor.
Ability to sustain prolonged periods of standing, stooping, reaching and climbing.
Manual dexterity, coordination, agility, strength and stamina is important.
Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.



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