American Humane, a U.S. – based non-profit, is seeking an independent contractor to work part-time as an On-Call Certified Animal Safety Representative representing the organization's No Animals Were Harmed® program on motion picture, television, commercial and new media locations in Toronto and surrounding area to ensure the humane treatment of animal actors.
Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals. Our leadership programs are first to serve in promoting and nurturing the bonds between animals and humans. We are first to serve, wherever animals are in need of rescue, shelter, protection or security. Through our innovative leadership initiatives – from our “No Animals Were Harmed®” program in Hollywood to broad-based farm and conservation animal welfare certifications, to rapid response rescue and care across the country – American Humane sets the gold standard as the most visionary and effective animal welfare organization in the nation.
Responsible for representing American Humane Hollywood’s “No Animals Were Harmed®” program, on motion picture, television, commercial, and new media locations, to assure the humane treatment of animal performers, to document how the animals are housed and cared for, how various scenes and /or stunts using animal performers are accomplished. To advise regarding animal safety issues and uphold AH’s Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media. Work includes critical and sensitive contacts with animal trainers, production executives, crew members and occasionally the media.
Educate film personnel in humane matters, assist in any manner that pertains to the animals that are performing in the film, and ensure the safety and welfare of the animal(s) involved.
Timely and accurate report writing is critical; the report must be detailed in a manner that gives the reader a comprehensive understanding of the animal action, how it was achieved, and all safety precautions that were set in place to achieve the safety and welfare of all animals involved. Reports enable post production staff to determine whether a production will receive the AH end credit certification, “No Animals Were Harmed®”, provide information for the written review and determine a rating. Reports also serve as an accountability record regarding the treatment of the animal(s).
Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential, along with diplomacy to work effectively with Hollywood program staff and production personnel, including: producers, directors, assistant directors, special effects personnel, pyrotechnics personnel, firefighters, wranglers, trainers, veterinarians, and local enforcement agencies, if an incident requires adjudication. May need to act as liaison to local agencies that have jurisdiction over animal welfare issues.
NAWH CASRs are needed to work in their local and larger geographic regions as noted above as well as be available for travel to various locations throughout the country on an as needed basis. Additionally, international travel requiring a passport may be requested at times and is optional. Work assignments are often given on short notice and are subject to change. Production assignments vary greatly in length, from one hour to several months at a time on location. Production days may be 10-12 hours. CASRs must be equipped with various types of gear to adapt to extreme and changeable weather conditions that may occur during the filming of a production.
The Hollywood program will make every attempt to schedule a CASR that has experience and knowledge of the type of animal/animals that are scheduled to perform. At times the CASR may need to research a species to perform effectively on an assignment.
If there are questions, requests for further information regarding an assignment, the CASR is expected to contact the Hollywood program’s scheduling department to assist with any information i.e. species requirements for humane care and treatment, housing, safety precautions and filming specifics with which the CASR may not have adequate experience.
Dangerous animal action, i.e. explosives, stunts, pyrotechnics or any type of animal action that has the potential for serious injury requires the CASR to contact the Hollywood program office for instruction and/or experienced advice.
The general process is as follows:
Essential experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:
Physical demands and work environment:
To become a CASR, all selected applicants must complete and pass the CASR training during their probationary period. This training lasts approximately 5 weeks and consists of approximately 1 week of classroom training and 4 weeks of on-set training.
The work environment principally consists of motion picture production sound stages and off-lot motion picture production interior and exterior location sets in various types of buildings and/or outdoor locations. Requires the ability to work outdoors in rough terrain, and the ability to work in a variety of climatic conditions.
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Contractors are expected to adhere to all organizational policies and to act as role models, demonstrating American Humane’s core values:
Respect for all
Loyalty to mission
Honesty, integrity, trust
American Humane is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diverse candidates to apply