Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shelter's Lovable Pooches Go to Market

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Meet some of the Montclair Animal Shelter's darling doggies at the Walnut Street Farmers’ Market this Saturday, August 23. Tiger, Tina, Buddy Love, Bonnie, and Olga will be at the market from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. with their terrific shelter volunteer humans Mary Wagner, John Sieck and Nancy Willis. Last week our sweet dog Stephanie found a foster home -- fostering a pet is always an option too!
If bring you home your new BFF from the event, you’ll get 50% off the adoption fee. Half price shelter adoption costs are: $70 for dogs ($140 full fee) and $50 for cats ($100 full fee).
The Montclair Farmers’ Market is held in the Walnut Street train station parking lot every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The market runs all summer and through the fall until Thanksgiving.
For more information about the famers’ market adoption event, contact shelter volunteer Nancy Willis at NancyW@MLBPA.ORG.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

MTAS seeking to hire a Volunteer Coordinator

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Post Date:                    August 15, 2014
Job Title:                      Coordinator of Volunteers for Animal Shelter

Description:                  Responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive volunteer program; acts as a link between employees and other volunteers to help advance agency goals.  Makes recommendations concerning volunteer program structure and determines procedures for recruiting, training, retention and supervision of volunteers. Maintains volunteer records and coordinates volunteer schedules, prepares department reports and budget, and liaisons with community to attract volunteers. Organizes and conducts the orientation and training of volunteers making sure all aspects of the training are in accordance with the organization’s mission and philosophy. Updates training materials and programs as needed and alerts volunteers to relevant education opportunities. Matches volunteers to appropriate jobs seeking to fulfill the needs of the organization as well as the individual. Regularly surveys staff to reassess needs for volunteer assistance and updates job assignments as needed. Conducts recognition programs to honor volunteers. Assists in resolving disputes, disciplines and/or terminates a volunteer not fulfilling expected duties or following policies and procedures. Ensures volunteer coverage is provided for events and typically attends those events. Confers with special events chairpersons (if applicable) to determine appropriate assignments, recruits and supervises volunteers for the event. Establishes relationships and liaisons with community organizations and businesses to promote the organization’s mission and recruit new volunteers. Develops and publishes a monthly newsletter for volunteers detailing volunteer activities and recognition, relevant information on the organization and animal welfare issues. Communicates to management the need for maintenance of office machinery and equipment. Is responsible for remaining current in general office technology.

Requirements:               Supervisory, motivation and decision-making skills. Able to teach, mediate disputes and solve problems. Program management knowledge that includes budget principals and procedures, as well as the ability to develop training materials. Organize and conduct training sessions. Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of volunteers and can build alliances with community organizations. Knowledge of effective interviewing techniques.

Salary:                          $13.46 per hour - 20 hours a week

Apply:                          Township of Montclair, Human Resources Department - 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Date:                August 29, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Township Employees Visit Montclair Community Farm Camp

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Department of Health and Human Services participated in the Montclair Community Farms camp at 108 Orange Road last week, sharing their time and enthusiasm with the campers, ages six to eight.

Sustainability Officer Gray Russell helped the kids get their hands dirty as they inspected a compost bin together to find out how many crawly critters they could discover.
“Kids are naturals at composting,” said Russell, “They understand that making compost from food scraps and garden trimmings not only improves our soil so we can grow more healthy veggies, but it also means less garbage to throw out. And they love those squirmy worms!”
Animal Shelter Manager Melissa Neiss and Animal Control Officer Shaune Jones brought former Shelter dog Chase to the camp. They talked about their work with the animals they take care of at the Shelter.
Pictured: Animal Shelter Manager Melissa Neiss with Chase the friendly dog and kids at farm cam.