As a Support The North Driver, you will drive animals and or supplies from one location to another following Provincial traffic laws and Ontario SPCA transport protocols. Your role will assist the Animal Health Care team when necessary until the animals reach their final destination. Your role will also ensure a safe environment is maintained for the animals and the team members, along with ensuring the vehicle is in good working order prior to deployment.
- In some cases, assist with loading and unloading animals into and off of the vehicle as needed
- Follow Ontario SPCA transport protocols at all times
- Perform a vehicle check prior to departure
- Assist with route planning and refueling stops as needed
- Follow route plan as determined, contact Team Director immediately if the plan changes
- Clean and disinfect as required by protocols
- Assist with animal handling when needed during the transport
- Ensure safe and fun environment for animals and team members, during the trip
- Ensure proper restraints are used appropriately such as seat belts and perform safety checks of the vehicle along the way
- Ensure load is secure at all times
- 18 years of age or older with a valid Full G Ontario Drivers License
- A, AZ or D license would be an asset
- Clear driver abstract
- Experience driving a large truck with a trailer or a large van preferred
- Often night driving is required
- Comfortable driving on the 400 series highways and isolated areas
- Animal handling experience with dogs an asset
- Skilled communicator with an emphasis on safety as a priority
- Comfortable with changing timelines and working outside of regular business hours
- Comfortable driving in inclement weather
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to follow OSPCA best practices guidelines.
- Must have a genuine compassion for animals
- Ability to drive for long periods of time and/or overnight stays might be required
- Ability to lift 50 lbs
- Participate in Ontario SPCA training as required
- Please note some transfers require air transport to animal pick up locations
- This role will often require drivers to work with intermittent cell service/ communication, often for long periods of time.
- This role will require drivers to escort the animals often unassisted by ground transport for the duration of the trip.
- When possible this role will be partnered with an Animal Health Care member to assist with the care of the animals. Some airplane travel might be required.
- Travel might be required during inclement weather conditions on rural unlit remote roads.
- Evening/ night driving is often required.
- May be exposed to diseases or infections carried by animals.
- Bending. lifting, or reaching will be required when loading and unloading animals, along with some heavy lifting, up to 50 lbs
- Schedule changes might occur requiring additional travel time and or overnight stays.
Please Note: This position can be physically and mentally challenging but highly rewarding and satisfying!