Do you want to work in a place where you can really make a difference?

See below for current job opportunities at Animal Friends. We offer an exciting, fast-paced work environment with an enthusiastic team of dedicated animal lovers. Animal Friends is an equal opportunity employer and gives equal consideration to all applicants for employment regardless of race, color, age, disability, creed, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.

Don't forget! We depend on volunteers to do many different types of work at Animal Friends. Click here to become a volunteer!

 

Job Opportunities

Part-time Administrative Assistant

Full-time Veterinary Technician

Part-time Animal Caregiver

Full-time Animal Care Coordinator

Part-time Animal Friends for Life TNVR Liaison

 

 

Internships

Volunteer Department Intern

Individual & Foundation Giving Intern

Administrative Internship (Educational Event Planning and Support) 

Event Intern

Animal Friends for Life Outreach Intern

 


 

 

 









 

Volunteer Department Intern 


Reports To:

Director of Volunteer Services
Volunteer Coordinators

Department:

Volunteer Center

Status:

Part Time (15-25 hours per week)
Unpaid Internship
May include weekends and evenings

Job Overview:

Animal Friends is a non-profit companion animal resource center serving the needs pets and people for 70 years. With over 3,000 active volunteers, Animal Friends has contributed over 2,000,000 hours of volunteer service to our shelter and community over the past 10 years at our Camp Horne Road facility.

The Volunteer Department Intern will gain first-hand experience in volunteer program planning, advertising, and implementation in a non-profit setting, including, but not limited to individual and day of service group volunteer opportunities.

Hands-on duties will include:

  • Assisting with developing marketing and advertising strategies for volunteer events and programs
  • Set up and tear down for volunteer functions
  • Assisting with volunteer fairs and day of service group programs
  • Assisting with directing and managing Day of Service volunteer programs and office assistance volunteers
  • Aide in event planning, decorating, and implementation

Administrative duties will include:

  • Update, input and compile data with Volgistics Volunteer Management System
  • Volunteer program research
  • Email and phone correspondence
  • Assist with other relevant duties as requested

The intern will be one of the onsite representatives and a contact person for volunteer questions and scheduling. He or she should be able to trouble shoot and problem solve efficiently, while maintaining composure around clients, donors, animals, and volunteers.

Relationships:

Reports directly to the Director of Volunteer Services and the Volunteer Coordinators.

Actively engages with various departments throughout Animal Friends.

Qualifications:

  • Must be over 18
  • Must have the ability to follow directions, work independently, and efficiently manage one’s time
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be willing to work (set up, run, tear down) Animal Friends volunteer programs when needed, in conjunction with the Volunteer Department team and volunteers
  • Must be comfortable working with and around shelter animals including, dogs, cats, and rabbits
  • Must have sincere interest in the vision and mission of the Animal Friends organization and be willing to comply with our culture statement
  • Must have access to reliable transportation to and from Animal Friends and be open to local travel
  • Computer literacy required with a working knowledge Microsoft Office Suite. Volgistics, and preferably Blackbaud.
  • May be working with materials of a confidential nature and must be able to maintain confidentiality of information

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Ashley Rieser, Director of Volunteer Services, at ARieser@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 



 

 

Administrative Assistant

 

Status:

Part-time, 16 hours per week
Hourly position

Job Overview:

The Administrative Assistant is often the first point of contact members of the community have with Animal Friends. All telephone calls and interactions with visitors must be handled professionally, cheerfully and in a timely manner. While many of the calls are not complicated, some are more complex and require not only an understanding of animals but also of Animal Friends’ admissions, adoptions and veterinary clinic procedures. The Administrative Assistant is also responsible for the efficient operation of the office. Most importantly, this position, as well as all positions within the Company, must embrace the mission, vision, and culture of Animal Friends and act as a positive ambassador for our organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Answer and route incoming calls during Animal Friends' hours of operation, Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat., and Sun.10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Maintain telephone system routing and voicemail scripts to ensure they are kept current.
  • Act as the liaison for the organization with our telephone maintenance provider.
  • Sort and distribute incoming mail and package deliveries. Schedule outgoing package pick-ups. Ensure that all current employees have a labeled slot for mail.
  • Maintain postage meter including ordering supplies, cleaning machine, refilling with postage as necessary and running postage usage reports.
  • Maintain fax machine and distribute incoming faxes in a timely manner.
  • Maintain photocopier.
  • Maintain master calendars for all organizational activities, room and company vehicle reservations and site rentals.
  • Coordinate the weekly ordering of office supplies, ensuring the ongoing availability of photocopier paper and other general supplies. Match packing slips to order log and submit purchase orders for payment of invoices in a timely manner.
  • Maintain employee contact list and all-staff email distribution list.
  • Process general inquiry emails.
  • Maintain cleanliness of entire administrative area including tidying areas, cleaning refrigerator and vacuuming floors.
  • Support other divisions as work load permits including but not limited to returning calls for Clinic Services Division, booking appointments and processing credit card payments to hold the appointments. Supporting this division requires an understanding of the importance of spay/neuter, humane feral cat colony management and the operation of the division. This position provides critical education on the timing of the spay/neuter surgery, the recognition of heat cycles, and basic medical knowledge. This position must maintain current knowledge on the needs and requirements of local veterinary practices that partner with Animal Friends, the geographic distribution of these clinics and those neighborhoods serviced by our mobile resource center and upcoming in-house events.
  • Support the greeter desk position when necessary.
  • Assist with other administrative requests and projects as needed.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Must possess a minimum of two years of administrative or customer service experience.
  • Must have excellent work history and access to professional references.
  • Must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills and be computer literate.
  • Must have the ability to effectively handle emergency, challenging, emotional and difficult situations gracefully and maintain composure with highly emotional and/or inconsiderate people. Must be able to remain judgement-free and open-minded in difficult situations.
  • Must possess or have the ability to learn and communicate information on general animal health, animal reproduction, spay/neuter, trap/neuter/vaccinate/return and humane feral cat colony management.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to travel. Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 50 pounds as work in the Resource Center can be physically demanding.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours as this is part of a job share. The Administrative Team must be able to cover each other’s days when needed to ensure coverage of this position during our operating hours. Must enjoy working in a team atmosphere.
  • Must be able to attend quarterly all-staff training days and significant organizational events including but not limited to Black Tie & Tails, Bark in the Park, and Mutt Strut.
  • Must be able to follow verbal or written direction and respond positively to constructive criticism.
  • Must be comfortable around dogs, cats, and rabbits.
  • Must have a sincere interest in the work, programs and mission of Animal Friends, Inc.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to Cait Kowal, Administrative Coordinator at CKowal@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Individual & Foundation Giving Intern


Reports To:

Development Coordinator

Term of Position:

Spring 2017
No less than 10 weeks
Hours TBD (as needed for college credit)

Compensation:

Unpaid Internship
Course Credit

Job Overview and Responsibility:

The Individual & Foundation Giving Intern will work closely with the Development Coordinator to assure the success of all Animal Friends fundraising efforts.

This role focuses primarily on database management utilizing Raiser’s Edge as well as foundation relations, utilizing strong writing and storytelling to gain funding from foundations and trusts, both local and national.

Daily tasks include but are not limited to:

  • New constituent entry and ongoing maintenance.
  • Gift entry.
  • General database clean-up.
  • Sending acknowledgment letters and renewals.
  • Assisting with foundations relations through research, proposals, letters of inquiry and reports.
  • Assisting with the following individual giving opportunities: membership, cage sponsorship, memorial bricks, memorial garden, wedding favor donations and others.

Additionally, he/she will gain first-hand fundraising experience by completing the following tasks:

  • Solicitation phone calls and email correspondence.
  • Filing paperwork and organizing supplies.
  • Other miscellaneous office tasks.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Must be over 18.
  • Must be able to effectively troubleshoot and problem solve while maintaining composure around clients, donors, animals and volunteers.
  • Ability to follow directions, work independently, and efficiently manage time.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Computer literacy required: working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
  • Must be comfortable soliciting and working with individuals and businesses.
  • Comfortable working with and around shelter animals – dogs, cats and rabbits.
  • Must be open to local travel and have access to reliable transportation to and from Animal Friends.
  • Must have sincere interest in the work, programs and mission of Animal Friends.
  • Required to become an Animal Friends volunteer prior to start date.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Chelsea McMullen, Development Coordinator, at CMcmullen@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls please. 



 

 

 

Veterinary Technician


Reports To:

Medical Wellness Coordinator

Schedule:

Full time
Sun.-Thur.

Job Overview and Responsibilities:

  • The veterinary technician at Animal Friends is responsible for providing high-quality animal care while maintaining the highest standards of medical care.
  • The veterinary technician must ensure a humane environment and experience for all the animals (dogs, cats and rabbits of all sizes, breeds, temperaments and ages) entrusted to the organization’s care.
  • The veterinary technician, with guidance from the organization’s Medical Wellness Coordinator, Veterinarian, and Director of Animal Wellness, administers the activities of the Medical Wellness Department in collaboration with the departments of Animal Care, Adoption, Admissions, Behavioral Wellness, Foster and others.
  • This position requires flexibility, high energy and strong public relations skills augmented by a compassionate spirit. The position also demands the ability to work in emotional situations while remaining poised and professional.
  • As with every position at Animal Friends, the Veterinary Technician is expected to be a positive ambassador for the organization, abide by and promote its mission, policies and vision.
  • Weekend and evening work required.

Requirements and Qualifications:

All applicants must be proficient in the following:

  • Venipuncture.
  • Stool sample analysis.
  • Obtaining vitals.
  • Assessing degree of illness or injury.
  • Animal restraint – dogs, cats and rabbits of varying age, breed, size, temperament and condition.
  • Vaccine administration.
  • Dispensing and administering medications.
  • Microchipping.
  • Performing humane euthanasia.
  • Surgery prep and monitoring.
  • Nutrition.
  • Parasite identification and treatment.
  • Disease control.
  • Animal husbandry.
  • Radiology.
  • Hematology.
  • Documentation and record keeping.

Other requirements:

  • Must possess excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal skills with diverse populations, organizational ability and time management skills.
  • Computer proficiency with knowledge Microsoft Outlook and other Microsoft software required. Experience with Chameleon shelter database software helpful.
  • This position requires a high degree of problem-solving skills, customer service skills, flexibility and conflict resolution skills. Must have the ability to exercise good judgment and make independent decisions with limited supervision.
  • Must have the ability to cope with physically and emotionally demanding work.
  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or written direction and respond positively to direction and supervision.
  • Must possess positive teamwork skills and function positively in a team setting.
  • Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats and rabbits of varying size, age, breed and temperament.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 50 pounds. Shelter work can be physically demanding.
  • Must have a sincere interest in the work, program and mission Animal Friends.
  • High school diploma required. Veterinary Technician degree or equivalent preferred in conjunction with LVT or CVT or equivalent.

Qualifications:

  • Must possess a minimum of 3 years prior work experience in animal care/welfare or in a veterinary clinic environment
  • Previous shelter experience strongly preferred.

To Apply:

Qualified and interested candidates – please send cover letter and resume to Eleanor Miller, Medical Wellness Coordinator at EMiller@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.  No phone calls, please.



 

 

 

 

 

Animal Caregiver

Reports to:

Animal Wellness Coordinator and Animal Care Coordinator

Status:

Part-time
Hourly position

Job Overview:

The Animal Caregiver's primary duties involve direct care of the shelter animals. This care involves feeding of the animals and cleaning of the cages, as well as general cleaning of the entire shelter. Animal Caregivers are in direct contact with the public, volunteers and other shelter staff and thus a positive, friendly attitude and ability to work with others are essential components of this position. The candidate must also embrace the programs and mission of Animal Friends.

Responsibilities:

To care for the shelter’s animals, the Animal Caregiver will:

  • Keep cages clean at all times, scrubbing daily and disinfecting as directed.
  • Feed and water animals.
  • Keep work areas in the kennel clean and well-organized.
  • Exercise and walk animals as needed.

To assist in veterinary care of the shelter’s animals, the Animal Caregiver will:

  • Brush, bathe and treat animals for external parasites as needed at the medical department’s direction.
  • Collect stool and urine specimens as directed.
  • Report any behavioral or health problems to the medical department and/or behavior coordinator.
  • Assist in transporting animals to veterinary hospitals as needed.

To assist in building maintenance, the Animal Caregiver will:

  • Clean bathrooms.
  • Remove snow from the public sidewalks of the shelter and its property.
  • Do laundry.
  • Collect and bag garbage.
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks as directed.
  • Notify the Animal Care Coordinator when repairs are needed or supplies need to be reordered.

The Animal Caregiver will maintain a professional, courteous demeanor with customers, volunteers and staff at all times.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel.
  • Valid driver’s license preferred.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and some holidays.
  • Must be able to work special events including, but not limited to, Bark in the Park and Black Tie & Tails.
  • Must be able to push, pull, lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds. Shelter work can be physically demanding.
  • Must have a sincere interest in the work, programs and mission of Animal Friends, Inc.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to Liesl Wiesen, Animal Wellness Coordinator at LWiesen@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Care Coordinator

Reports to:

Director of Animal Wellness

Status:

Full-Time
Non-Exempt
Hourly Position

Job Overview:

The Animal Care Coordinator is a compassionate and knowledgeable team player who is responsible for the overall management of the day-to-day activities of the Animal Care Program. The Animal Care Coordinator leads the team who is responsible for the overall welfare of the animals housed at Animal Friends, respecting the dignity and basic rights of each animal. The Animal Care Coordinator is responsible for all staff scheduling, training, evaluation, assessment and continuing education; inventory management; and supervision of caregiver staff and department volunteers. Working in conjunction with the Director of Animal Wellness, this position is responsible for developing policies and procedures for the department and communicating them with the staff through regular weekly meetings.

The Animal Care Coordinator regularly works with other departments within the organization and fosters teamwork to accomplish its goals and objectives. As with every management level position within Animal Friends, the Animal Care Coordinator is expected to be a positive ambassador for the organization, abide by and promote its mission, policies and vision.


Responsibilities:

Supervisory:

  • Provides overall direction and leadership of the program including budget management, maintaining appropriate staffing levels, overseeing on-going training and utilizing excellent communication skills and leadership styles that foster a team atmosphere.
  • Responsible for supervision, recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, and performance evaluations of Animal Care staff.
  • Ensures that all incoming Animal Care Staff are properly trained in all aspects of kennel responsibilities including safe animal handling techniques and cleaning agents/equipment.
  • Provides for the day-to-day management of all animal care activities, ensuring a humane environment for all the animals entrusted to the organization’s care.
  • Ensures that the responsibilities, authorities, and accountability of all direct subordinates are defined, communicated, and reviewed on an on-going basis.
  • Acts as a liaison to ensure quality relationships with all departments, staff, volunteers, and the public.
  • Develops and implements procedures and controls to promote communication and adequate information flow to the department as well as the organization as a whole.
  • Establishes reviews and modifies performance-based goals for the Animal Care Department.
  • Establishes and coordinates work schedule of staff and volunteers to expedite accomplishment of essential day to day activities, issues instructions, examines work results, and oversees training to improve performance.
  • Facilitates regular and routine team meetings and distributes written communications ensuring accuracy and professionalism.

Daily Activities:

  • Conducts and/or oversees daily observation of all areas of the shelter to ensure a humane environment for all the animals entrusted to the organization’s care.
  • Ensures that proper food, care, and shelter are provided for animals under the care of the organization.
  • Ensures that animal housing areas are kept cleaned, disinfected and maintained.
  • Ensures the proper handling of animals, especially those with specific medical or behavioral needs.
  • Responsible for overseeing the tracking, ordering and receiving of all Animal Care related supply inventories.
  • Responds appropriately to emergencies of human, animal, and/or facility in nature, and trains others to do so.

Administrative:

  • Recommends and implements changes as needed to ensure the optimal operation of all Animal Care and kennel related functions.
  • Ensures that all activities are carried out in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws governing non-profit entities.
  • Participates in the PA Department of Agriculture kennel inspection process.
  • Compiles, updates, reviews, and revises a Policy and Procedure manual for the Animal Care Department. The manual should include all pertinent information relative to the daily operations of the department.
  • Evaluates the results of overall operations regularly and systematically and reports these results to the Director of Animal Wellness in writing as directed.
  • Demonstrates commitment to integrating volunteers into the Animal Care program. Supports volunteer recruitment, training, evaluation, and recognition.Engages in networking with other animal welfare personnel, organizations and agencies to further the work of Animal Friends.
  • Participates as a standing member of the Evaluation Committee, which meets on a weekly basis to discuss the overall animal population and particularly those in need of medical attention, behavioral plans, and/or placement into foster care as well as the progress of those who have already received such care, attention, and/or placement. Participates in decision-making process for humane euthanasia and assists in communicating information to staff and volunteers.
  • Actively participates in other committees as deemed necessary by Director of Animal Wellness and upon invitation of committee chairperson.
  • Assists with other related duties as requested.

Relationships:

  • Reports directly to the Director of Animal Wellness.
  • Supervises Animal Care staff and volunteers.
  • Works collaboratively with the departments of Admissions, Adoption, Humane Investigations, Medical Wellness, Behavior Wellness, Foster and Volunteer.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Must possess a minimum of three years of animal welfare and management experience. Shelter environment experience preferred.
  • Must possess knowledge of animal health, disease prevention, and behavior and must be comfortable handling dogs, cats, and rabbits of varying breed, size, age, condition, and temperament.
  • Must possess excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal skills with diverse populations, leadership skills, organizational ability, and time management skills.
  • Computer proficiency with knowledge Microsoft Outlook and other Microsoft software required. Experience with Chameleon shelter database software helpful.
  • This position requires a high degree of problem-solving skills, customer service skills, flexibility, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Must have the ability to exercise good judgment and make independent decisions with limited supervision.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekend work, evenings, nights and holidays as needed (Animal Care is scheduled 24/7/365.)
  • Must have the ability to cope with physically and emotionally demanding work.
  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or written direction and respond positively to direction and supervision.
  • Must possess positive teamwork skills and function positively in a team setting.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel. Valid driver’s license required.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 50 pounds. Shelter work can be physically demanding.
  • Must have a sincere interest in the work, program and mission Animal Friends, Inc.

To apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to Ann Ensminger, Director of Animal Wellness at AEnsminger@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Internship

This internship provides support to Animal Friends’ 2017 summer camp program.

We host 10-12 animal-loving campers per session with 15 sessions running over nine weeks. Additional details and camp dates can be found here.

Reports to:

Education Coordinator

The Education Coordinator is assisted by six Camp Teachers. The Administrative Intern will be supporting the Education Coordinator, and as needed, the six Camp Teachers with behind-the-scenes organization and communications.

The Administrative Intern does not teach our campers, and as such, no Education experience is required. Rather, this position is ideal for someone looking to make a meaningful contribution in a fast-paced non-profit setting while supporting the work of Animal Friends.

Responsibilities: 

  • Serve as the liaison for camp parents on the first day of camp, welcoming the families, and confirming registration details.
  • Develop and implement a brief digital camp survey for parents that they that may take the week following camp.
  • Communicate with the parents of the previous weeks’ campers to thank them for attending, emailing them the camp photo and the link to the brief camp survey.
  • Provide administrative support to the Education Coordinator and Camp Teachers.
  • Event planning for two camp graduations (40+ guests per event) within the allotted budget.
  • Monitor, manage, and replenish inventory of camp supplies, camp snacks, and camp t-shirts.
  • Create and manage a digital photo album of summer camp activities.
  • Inventory remaining camp t-shirts and make recommendations for next season’s t-shirt order based on remaining inventory.
  • Synthesize and summarize the results of the camp survey.
  • Write a brief report that summarizes camp attendance and administration.

 

Qualifications:

  • must be a college student or college graduate
  • experience in a non-profit or corporate setting preferred
  • professional communication skills via email, telephone, and in-person
  • must be an Animal Friends volunteer or able to attend General Volunteer Orientation
  • must have completed Humane Education Orientation or able to do so
  • experience with GoogleSheets, Microsoft, and digital photography
  • ability to provide own transportation in private vehicle to and from Animal Friends
  • updated clearances (Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance or residency affidavit); application directions will be provided 

 

Location:

Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Term of Position:

  • commit to attending the first day of each camp session and two camp graduations
  • commit to completing all training as detailed above
  • commit to attending camp sessions at least two weekdays per week to fulfill position responsibilities
  • commit to summarizing and evaluating the summer camp season
  • times will vary weekly as dictated by camp schedule

Compensation:

unpaid

course credit (optional)

Application Deadline:

Application deadline is Monday, March 6, 2017, but the posting may be removed earlier if a suitable candidate is found prior to the deadline.

To Apply:

Both a resume and a cover letter tailored to this particular internship are required for consideration. Please submit via email to Dana Schultz, Education Coordinator, at DSchultz@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Intern

 

Description:

Animal Friends is a non-profit companion animal resource center serving the needs of pets and people for more than 70 years.

Our progressive programs have been nationally recognized and include humane rescue, shelter and adoption services for homeless pets, humane education, pet behavior classes, pet-assisted therapy, wellness programs and more. In addition, Animal Friends is leading the way towards ending pet overpopulation in western Pennsylvania through comprehensive community-wide spay/neuter programming.

Reports To:

Event Coordinators 

Job Overview and Responsibility:

This intern will work closely with the Event Coordinators in preparation and staffing of events both on and offsite.

Daily tasks may include:

  • Planning, coordination, supervision and implementation shelter events.
  • Conceptualize and present ideas for new third party events.
  • Act as a positive ambassador of the organization, promote the organization’s mission, vision, culture and policies throughout the community.

Additionally, he/she will gain first-hand experience in fundraising by completing the following tasks:

  • Solicitation phone calls and email correspondence.
  • Filing paperwork and organizing supplies.
  • Plus other miscellaneous office tasks.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Must be over 18.
  • Must have a flexible schedule, including being available on nights and weekends.
  • Must be open to local travel and have access to reliable transportation.
  • Ability to follow directions, work independently and efficiently manage one’s time.
  • Must be able to troubleshoot and problem solve effectively, while maintaining composure around clients, donors, animals and volunteers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be comfortable soliciting and working with individuals and businesses.
  • Comfortable working with and around shelter animals - dogs, cats, rabbits.
  • Must have sincere interest in the work, programs, and mission of Animal Friends.
  • Required to become an Animal Friends volunteer prior to start date.

 

Location:

Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15237 

Term of Position

Summer 2017

No fewer than 10 weeks

Hours TBD, as needed for college credit

Compensation:

Unpaid

Course credit

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Danielle Brunner, Third Party & Community Events Coordinator, at DBrunner@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Friends for Life Outreach Intern

 

Reports To:

Animal Friends for Life Coordinator

Program Overview:

The Animal Friends for Life (AFFL) program extends the reach of free or low-cost animal welfare services, resources and information to people and pets in the underserved communities of Pittsburgh. Our mission through AFFL is to remove any and all barriers to accessible pet wellness resources with a strong focus on spay/neuter. Each week through direct outreach efforts, our staff meets people and pets right at their front doors.

AFFL’s goal is to build positive relationships with pet owners and empower them with the resources and information they need to make the best decisions for their pet’s health. Through our dedicated outreach efforts, more pets are staying in their homes, reducing shelter populations and euthanasia within the community.

Internship Overview:

The AFFL Outreach Intern will gain first-hand experience working in the neighborhoods of Perry Hilltop and Observatory Hill, meeting people and their pets at their homes through door-to-door outreach. This internship will provide a wide variety of experiences both at Animal Friends and in the field.

The AFFL Outreach Internship allows applicants to gain experience with underserved populations in direct community outreach with a focus on building communities and working with both neighborhood organizations and government agencies. This position will require a basic knowledge of veterinary care, administrative skills and experience with various office-related functions. 

Animal Friends for Life Values:

  • Although our program’s goal is to extend services to pets, it is truly about creating meaningful, trusting and long-lasting relationships with community members in order to better assist them and their pets.
  • The backbone of this program is to conduct strategic door-to-door community outreach. We go block-by-block, meeting people where they are (geographically and otherwise), reaching clients who likely would have never reached out to us.
  • This program is entirely data-driven. Researching which areas of the community are in the most need, collecting data in the field and continuously analyzing data helps us know what services and staff are needed to make the best outcome for pet owners and pets within our target communities.
  • Case management and analytic skills are used and developed within this work. No two client and pet issues are the same. We work hard to find individual, creative solutions that are realistic for our clients and their pets.
  • Animal behavior work, animal handling, safe and secure transportation of pets and pet wellness knowledge skills will also be developed.

Responsibilities:

Community Work

  • Community organizing and engagement.
  • Community assessments.
  • Addressing social and resource inequities. 

Administrative Work

  • Volunteer management.
  • Data collection and analysis.
  • Grant funding and reporting.
  • Event planning.

Clinical Work

  • Case management.
  • Home visits.
  • Communicating client needs to the Animal Friends for Life Coordinator.
  • Assisting in making creative and individualized decisions to serve clients realistically and efficiently.
  • Extending the mission and vision of Animal Friends and the Animal Friends for Life program to clients within target communities.

Term of Position:

No fewer than 12 weeks

Schedule TBD based on the needs of the program and requirements of internship.

Weekend hours may be required, especially during the summer months. 

Compensation:

Unpaid.

Course credit available (if approved by counselor).

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Must be over 18, college students preferred.
  • Must complete Animal Friends' general orientation.
  • Must be comfortable conducting door-to-door outreach in Perry Hilltop and Observatory Hill while accompanied by other interns and/or the AFFL Coordinator.
  • Ability to follow directions, work independently and efficiently.
  • Computer literacy required – Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Maps and Email.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be willing to work at community outreach events including event planning, set up, running and tear down, along with AFFL Coordinator.
  • Must be comfortable working with a diverse clientele.
  • Must be comfortable meeting and working with clients’ pets including dogs, cats and rabbits.
  • Should have driver’s license and access to reliable transportation to and from Animal Friends as well as local travel.
  • Must have sincere interest in the work, programs and mission of Animal Friends.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Kaley Kaczynski, Animal Friends for Life Coordinator, at KKaczynski@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Friends for Life Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return (TNVR) Liaison

 

Reports To:

Animal Friends for Life Coordinator

Status:

Part-time

Hourly

Non-exempt 

Job Overview:

The Animal Friends for Life (AFFL) Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return (TNVR) Liaison is responsible for the coordination of all facets of Animal Friends’ AFFL TNVR program. The position coordinates and implements trapping programs at various locations as directed by the Animal Friends for Life Coordinator and the Director of Clinic Services. A majority of TNVR projects will be located within AFFL target neighborhoods. However, the AFFL TNVR Liaison may also be responsible for conducting and completing TNVR projects in other locations as determined by the Director of Clinic Services. The position also conducts client education about spay/neuter and community cat colony management, data collection and reporting, phone contact, filing and paperwork completion.

The TNVR Liaison is a strong public face of Animal Friends, setting the tone for our clients’ experiences in the field as well as at the Resource Center. This position requires a person with flexibility, high energy and strong public relations augmented by a compassionate spirit. It is essential that the incumbent have an outgoing, positive personality, excellent communication and organizational skills, computer knowledge, a sincere interest in serving both people and animals and comfort working with diverse populations.

The Animal Friends for Life program extends the reach of free or low-cost animal welfare services, resources and information to people and pets in underserved communities in Pittsburgh. Our mission is to remove barriers to veterinary care with a strong focus on spay/neuter. Through direct community outreach, we meet people and pets right at their front doors. Through positive relationship building, AFFL empowers pet owners, with information and access to resources, to make the best decisions for their pet’s health. Our dedicated outreach efforts enable more pets to stay in their homes. Animal Friends for Life is committed to the belief that one’s love for their pet is not directly related to their income. Through our non-judgmental and compassionate approach, we are erasing the stigma of pets living in poverty. The TNVR Liaison should have a strong understanding and belief in the AFFL philosophy.

Must be a “people person” with a big-picture view of animal welfare and be very detail oriented. The candidate must support the Animal Friends and AFFL mission, and enhance and promote the programs and services of the organization. 

Responsiblities:

  • Coordinates and performs trapping under the guidance of the Animal Friends for Life Coordinator and Director of Clinics Services.
  • Serves as a liaison by contacting TNVR clients to gather information and coordinate trapping for surgery appointments.
  • Provides critical education on the various aspects of TNVR and community cat colony management.
  • Provides support to clinics through the transport of feral cats to and from their scheduled appointments. These functions require excellent communication skills, as it is critical to convey post-surgical instructions and other directions necessary for proper follow-up care.
  • Ability to physically lift and transport animals in carriers and traps.
  • Ability to work outside in various landscapes and weather conditions.
  • Provides monthly written reports for inclusion in departmental board reports.
  • Maintains current knowledge of ordinances in local municipalities as well as geographic distribution of colonies within the area.
  • Must maintain knowledge of basic medical needs of community cats.
  • Supports shelter functions including, but is not limited to Bark in the Park and Black Tie & Tails.
  • Complies with applicable organization and program procedures and policies.

Relationships:

Reports to Animal Friends for Life Coordinator

Overseen by Director of Clinic Services 

Qualifications:

Experience and Training

  • Previous experience with TNVR and community colony management is preferred.
  • Proven excellence in customer service especially when working with diverse and underserved communities.
  • Excellent work history and access to professional references.
Education

  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Post-secondary education is preferred, equivalent work experience will be considered.
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Basic knowledge of, or ability to learn and communicate general health, reproductive and spay/neuter information of companion animals and community cats.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including mornings, evenings and weekend hours.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with diverse populations.
  • Computer literacy, organizational ability, teamwork and time management skills required.
  • Must be able to follow verbal and written direction and respond positively to direction and supervision.
  • Must be comfortable working with and around animals, particularly dogs, cats (especially feral and stray) and rabbits.
  • Must be able to handle animals while placing into cages or carriers.
  • Must be able to work outside in various conditions including rain, snow and heat.
  • Must be able to navigate various terrain including hills and steps.
  • Must be able to walk, bend, stand and lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel. Valid driver’s license required.
  • Must be able to work organizational special events including but not limited to Bark in the Park and Black Tie & Tails.
  • Must have a sincere interest in the work, programs and mission of Animal Friends. 

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Kaley Kaczynski, Animal Friends for Life Coordinator, at KKaczynski@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

 

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562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000 | Fax: 412.847.7001
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