Job Requirements

Tiger Training

Minimum Qualifications Or Standards Required To Perform Essential Job Functions For All Paid Positions at Big Cat Rescue.

Physical Requirements:

Volunteer Working on a Cage
Volunteer Working on a Cage

Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including a tractor,  lawn mower, weed eater, edger, tiller, chain saw, battery charger, two-way radio, bobcat, gas powered blower, copy machine, computer, engraving equipment, etc. Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, 25 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for extended periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, push, pull, climb, balance, and perform manual labor. Must be able to lift/carry weights of  50-75 pounds.

Data Conception:

Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural or compositional characters (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communication:

Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes receiving assignments and/or directions from supervisors and giving assignments and/or directions to volunteers and work study students.

Language Ability :

Requires the ability to read a variety of policy and procedure manuals, work orders, equipment instructions, fertilizer/pesticide instructions, daily reports, memos, etc. Requires the ability to prepare reports, supply orders, etc., with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using


all parts of speech. Must be able to speak with clarity, voice control and confidence and to articulate information to others.


Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in oral, written, diagrammatic or schedule form. Requires the ability to make independent judgments in the absence of supervisor; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information and the ability to comprehend and implement basic office and specialized machinery functions.

Verbal Aptitude:

Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical or professional terminology including horticulture/landscaping, Latin (botanical names).

Numerical Aptitude:

Requires the ability to add and subtract totals, to multiply and divide, to determine percentages and decimals, to determine time and weight. Must be able to use practical applications of fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion.

Form/Spatial Aptitude:

Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape; identify and create harmonious or contrasting combinations in shape, form, color; and visually read various information.

Motor Coordination:

Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using automated office equipment, specialized and communications machinery; to operate motor vehicles.

Manual Dexterity:

Requires the ability to handle a variety of items including keyboards, office equipment, control knobs, switches, hand and power tools, gardening tools, etc. Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination:

Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament:

Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be a “team player”. Must be adaptable to performing under minimal levels of stress when confronted with an emergency or tight deadline. The worker may be subject to danger or risk to a moderate degree.

Physical Communication:

Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear). Must be able to hear and understand communications through a telephone.

Performance Indicators

Concern for the animals: Must put the welfare of the animals in their care ahead of all personal gratification and needs.  Capable of understanding the personalities of the animals and willing to cater to their individual needs.

Knowledge of Job: Has knowledge of the policies, procedures and methods of the division as they pertain to the duties of the job. Is skilled maintaining grounds including such areas as mowing, planting, applying proper chemicals, etc. Has the ability to operate and utilize various types of landscaping equipment and machinery. Knows and practices safety procedures in operating equipment and utilizing tools. Has the ability to provide leadership to volunteers in such areas as assigning and reviewing work, coordinating activities, etc. Has the ability to communicate effectively with supervisors, other staff members, members of the general public, and all other groups and agencies involved in the activities of the division. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology used within the division. Is familiar with the necessary documents and records to be maintained and is able to do so in an accurate and organized manner. Is able to work in extreme weather conditions and in environments which utilize toxic agents. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations. Knows how to maintain machinery and equipment used in daily operations. Is able to perform the duties of the job without the need of direct supervision.

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interface with all Big Cat Rescue departments and divisions, co-workers and customers, and the general public.

Quantity of Work: Maintains effective and efficient output of all duties and responsibilities as described under “Specific Duties and Responsibilities.”

It's Hard, Dirty Work
It's Hard, Dirty Work

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and for meeting deadlines. Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, Big Cat Rescue policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Accepts accountability for meeting assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends work regularly and on time with a minimum of tardiness and absences and adheres to Big Cat Rescue policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and acceptable direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgments in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with Big Cat Rescue policy or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within Big Cat Rescue.

Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and staff for mutual and Big Cat Rescue benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all Big Cat Rescue employees and volunteers. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with division employees, staffers and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, customers, and the general public so as to maintain good will toward Big Cat Rescue and to project a good image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within Big Cat Rescue. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image within Big Cat Rescue. Interfaces effectively with higher management, professionals, customers, and the general public.

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of elements of work and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules. Maintains a calendar for meetings, deadlines and events.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by Big Cat Rescue and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.


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