School Assignments Wake County Nc Animal Shelter

Employment Opportunities – Join the Team


Why join the SPCA family? The SPCA of Wake County is doing important things for homeless pets across North Carolina, so a position with the SPCA isn’t just a job. It’s an opportunity to make a difference. You’ll also have support from really cool coworkers (We’re not kidding – we have ugly sweater contests! What’s cooler than that?). Other benefits include reasonably priced health insurance, a retirement plan, and generous paid vacation/sick time. And where else can you cuddle a puppy on your lunch break? Talk about workplace benefits.

Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or disability.


 

Position: Animal Care & Behavior Associate (part-time)

Location: SPCA Pet Adoption Center (200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC)

The Overview: The Animal Care & Behavior Associate at the SPCA of Wake County is responsible for daily care (feeding, training, socializing) for the pets who are living at the Pet Adoption Center. Associates also work with volunteers and customers.

A Day in the Life: This job is so much more than cleaning kennels (though there is a fair amount of that, to be honest). The Animal Care & Behavior Associate improves the quality of life for SPCA pets. In the morning you might delegate your two volunteers to clean the dog kennels while you clean up after the puppies. After the Adoption Center opens, you talk to a family of 6 about several different dogs they’re interested in. Then you help an older couple who has questions about how to introduce the dog they like to the dog that have at home already. After lunch it’s time to take one of the dogs outside for a bit of training. Everyone is hoping that having some tricks and manners under his belt will help this extra high-energy fellow get adopted faster.

You Might Be A Born Animal Care & Behavior Associate If:

-You spend your evenings reading books and web articles about dog and cat body language

-You’re equally comfortable talking to pets or people – you can communicate with either!

-You consider yourself to be a bit of a time management freak – you love nothing more than thinking about the most effective way to get your work done

-You’re the first to notice when one of your (or your family’s) pets isn’t acting right and do something about it

The Nitty Gritty

-High school required and completion of college courses; one year professional animal handling experience preferred

-Part-time (12-22 hours/week)

-Hours include: weekday and weekend opening, midday and closing shifts, but may change depending on organization’s needs. Weekends and holidays are required.

-Hourly pay rate is $10.00 + great benefits

-Will be regularly exposed to (and required to use) cleaning chemicals, including bleach and other caustic disinfectants

-Is likely to be exposed to parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi that could be zoonotic

-Must be in reasonable physical shape: comfortable kneeling, crouching, reaching over head and lifting, carrying, and pulling up to 50 lbs.

Interested? Please send resume, SPCA employment application, and letter of interest to HR@spcawake.org. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please (we’ll have our people call your people).


Position: Medical Assistant (full-time)

Location:SPCA Pet Adoption Center (200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC)

The Overview: The Medical Assistant at the SPCA of Wake County is responsible for providing medical care to SPCA pets at the Adoption Center, and to SPCA pets in the Foster Care Program. The medical assistant works under the guidance of the SPCA’s DVM.

A Day in the Life: In the morning you ensure morning medications were given out. Later you’re updating records for a litter of foster kittens who had FIV tests when a staff member says one of the puppies is lethargic and throwing up. You immediately drop what you’re doing to run a parvo test. The test is positive so you arrange for the puppy to go offsite for the round-the-clock care it needs. Later you help the veterinarian with a dog that is receiving heartworm treatment. Before you leave for the day, you’re able to go back and finish entering the results of the kittens’ FIV tests.

You Might Be A Born Medical Assistant If:

-You dream about skin scrapings, fungal cultures, heartworm tests, and urinalyses

-Date entry excites you

-You’re so flexible, you were Gumby for Halloween. If you’re in the middle of cleaning your house when a sick friend calls and asks for help, you can easily stop what you’re doing, take care of the more pressing matters, and pick up where you left off later in the day.

The Nitty Gritty

-Experience required

-Full-time (40 hours/week)

-Hours include: Weekend and weekday hours between 10am and 8pm. Frequent weekends and some holidays required.

-Hourly pay rate is $12-14

-Great benefits package including health insurance, paid time off

-Will be regularly exposed to (and required to use) cleaning and sanitizing disinfectants

-Protective gear is provided; as with any exposure to stray animals, there is a small chance of exposure to gross stuff that humans are at risk of catching including parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

-Must be in reasonable physical shape: comfortable kneeling, crouching, reaching over head and lifting, carrying, and pulling up to 50 lbs.

-Must be able to work in a variety of conditions including cold weather and hot weather, indoors and out, and work with high-noise level, stinky odors, and potentially fractious animals.

Interested? Please send resume, SPCA employment application, and letter of interest to HR@spcawake.org. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please (we’ll have our people call your people).


Position: DVM/Veterinary Partner

WE’RE GROWING!

The SPCA of Wake County in Raleigh, NC is seeking a full-time veterinarian/partner to provide high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services for the SPCA and the public. This unique opportunity offers a great blend of autonomy, support, stability, and compensation – in a positive, collaborative, mission-focused environment.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing the re-visioning and expansion of an established, fully-equipped spay/neuter facility; developing standard operating procedures to ensure best practice-based medical procedures; ensuring highly efficient surgical flow; and providing leadership and oversight of all clinic operations. Must be able to perform or be trained to perform 25 – 30 spay/neuter surgeries per day.

Qualified applicants will have prior surgical experience and be comfortable with all aspects of spay/neuter surgery, including cryptorchids, pregnant spays, and pediatric sterilizations. Must be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, balance multiple priorities, and create and maintain a positive and supportive work culture.

Candidates must have a DVM in good standing from an accredited academic institution and have or be able to obtain a North Carolina DVM license within one month of hire. Preferred candidates will have 2 – 4 years of professional veterinary medical/surgery experience.

The SPCA of Wake County is a progressive, forward-thinking, 50-year organization taking in nearly 3,500 animals a year and experiencing strong growth and service expansion. Our mission is to transform the lives of pets and people through protection, care, education, and adoption. We offer a highly competitive compensation package, a predictable schedule, administrative support, and excellent benefits.

Contact: Please send cover letter and resume to Kim Janzen by email or 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or disability.

Volunteer

Volunteers are vital to the success of the SPCA and the enrichment of our animals. Thanks for your interest in volunteering with us!

 

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. However, volunteers may bring a minor (7-17 years old) with them on some tasks (Learn more about youth requirements).
  • Must commit to volunteering at least 25 hours per year (one shift per month).
  • Must have consistent access to internet and email.
  • Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions, and work well with others.
  • Must attend a New Volunteer Orientation and sign a waiver before volunteering. Additional training(s) may be required.

 

Getting started:

Please read about our volunteer tasks and Foster Care Program to decide if volunteering is right for you. You can also take a virtual tour (from a puppy’s point of view) of the SPCA’s two buildings (the Holding Center and the Adoption Center) via this video.

The next step to becoming a volunteer is to attend a New Volunteer Orientation at our Pet Adoption Center. Click here to select a date, review the information, then click “Sign me up.” Due to space constraints, you must be 14 or older to attend orientation.

 

Please note: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer court-related community service opportunities.

 

Current Volunteer? Go here for more information.

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