Overnight House-Sitters/Pet-Sitters

Submitted by hspetcare on Tue, 04/24/2018 - 5:36pm

Calling all pet lovers! Heaven Sent Pet Care, a professional dog walking and pet-sitting company (serving Evanston, Wilmette, and Kenilworth) is currently looking for dynamic, caring, and trustworthy pet lovers to join our expanding team. Start making supplemental income doing what you love!

We are currently hiring for OVERNIGHT HOUSE-SITTERS/PET-SITTERS and we will be thorough in finding the next good "fit" for our expanding team. If you love to spend time outdoors, are a self-starter, and are able to work independently and manage a changing schedule, this may be the job for you!

How We Work:

Our services: This position requires OVERNIGHT STAYS (sleeping over in a client's home) with the client's animals. House-sitters are contacted for each House-sitting job that a client schedules, and may accept or decline each job.

Overnight house-sitting with Heaven Sent:

  • Each overnight stay begins from the dinner period (5-7pm) and continues until the morning period (7-9am).
  • Clients are expecting the house-sitter to be in the home with their animals during that overnight period, but outside of simple pet/home care tasks, feedings, and taking the dog(s) out for walks and to do its business, the house-sitter spends most of the evening in the client's home how they wish. Our clients want their sitters to be comfortable during their stay! However, please note: You will not able to have guests with you at any time in the client's home during your stay.
  • House-sitting jobs last anywhere from 1 night to 2 weeks (you must be able to do all nights in that house-sitting order). On average, a typical booking for a house-sitter is 3-6 nights in a row.
  • Compensation: starts at a base rate of $30+ for an overnight with one animal and goes up from there. That rate is increased depending on client surcharges, number of animals the sitter is caring for, whether the sitter is able to complete the midday walks, etc. (Any gratuity from clients is paid 100% to our sitters, and is not included in this rate).

Generally, House-sitting is caring for dogs and may include other animals (cats, gerbils, fish etc). The type of work included in house-sitting is:

  • walking dog (according to client profile)
  • feeding each pet their special diet and maintaining each pet's daily routines
  • spending time playing with or exercising each pet
  • administering medication (when necessary)
  • combing or brushing each pet's coat (and any other animal care specified)
  • mail and newspaper retrieval
  • other specified care

We offer comprehensive administrative support to our sitters:

We provide a professional work environment. This is a supported position and we are office staffed from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday for any questions or help a sitter might need.

We also have emergency contacts for sitters, if an issue arises after business hours.

We offer continuing training and tips for new sitters to become successful in this industry.

Our fees:

Each of our staff is an independent contractor and gets paid a percentage of the client fee charged.

We pay every other week via Direct Deposit to your account.

The rate sitters are paid starts at $30 for an overnight, and goes up from there depending on client surcharges.

We are looking for candidates whose priority is providing quality care to our furry clients and their owners. If money is your primary motivation, this may not be the job (nor the industry) for you.

Skills & Qualifications: 

Is this a good fit for you?
We are looking for candidates who:

Are organized, dependable, trustworthy, timely, and professional.

Have great customer service and communication skills.

Are team players who can handle last-minute changes and requests from clients.

Are able to work independently and responsibly.

Enjoy being outside in all four seasons and the weather that comes with them! (Rain, snow, heat, cold, wind...)

Are interested in long-term work. We view this position as a supplemental career choice and do not often hire just seasonally or temporarily.

Love Animals! You don't have to have any animal work experience, but we find it is helpful if you have at least had pets of your own before.



Background & References: You need to be at least 21 years old, able to pass a background/criminal check, and have at least 2 references.

Physical Requirements:You need to have excellent dog-handling skills and intuition to walk and control dogs of all sizes and breeds.

Supplies & Equipment:You need to have: (1) a reliable insured automobile and a valid driver's license OR access to reliable transportation to and from your house-sit assignments (2) a computer with access to the internet, (3) a printer, (4) a smartphone (preferably with a data plan or texting). 

Location:  Because Heaven Sent does not compensate for travel time/commute, it is best if you live in or near one of our service areas (Wilmette, Evanston, or Kenilworth).

Holidays: It is our preference that you are available to take a house-sitting booking on at least 2 out of our 3 major house-sitting holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years, and/or Spring Break). Holidays incur an additional surcharge that is paid to the house-sitter.

**For holiday house-sitting, we can make arrangements for the day of the holiday so that you may spend time with family and friends. For example, we would send another walker to do a dinner visit at the home, so that you could arrive later in the evening.

To Apply: 

Interested in applying? Please reply to this posting to tell us a little about yourself, including your answers to the following questions:

1. Are you over 21 years of age?

2. Do you have a car?

3. Where do you live? (Which neighborhood?)

4. What appeals to you about working with a pet care team?

5. Please describe your personal pet experience (can be personal or professional).

6. Do you have any allergies to pets?

7. Are you comfortable around cats? Do you enjoy being around them?

8. Are you currently working? (List where you work, location, and what hours. If you are not currently working, please list your last place of employment and why you left.)

9. Are you a student/grad student? What are you studying and when do you take classes (Daytime, evenings, Weekends, online, etc.)

10. Do you have a computer? Access to internet? Access to a printer for daily use?

11. Is your cell phone a smart phone with a data plan? If not, do you have texting capabilities?

12. Do you participate in any activities or have any ongoing conflicts that would interfere with you staying inside the client's home from 7pm in the evening to 7am the following day?

13. Are you available weeknights as well as weekends?

14. What would be your ideal length of stay for a house sitting booking? (For example: 1-2 nights, 5 nights, 1 week, etc.)

15. Which holidays would you definitely be available for house-sitting? (Spring Break, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc.)

16. What is your estimated duration of employment in this type of position? 3-4 months, 4-6 months, 6-8 months, 8 months to 1 year, or longer?


We look forward to hearing from you!

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