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.

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Job Opportunities


Internships

 

 

 

 

 

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 and resume to Ashley Rieser, Director of Volunteer Services at ARieser@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.


 

 

Animal Caregiver

Reports to:

Animal Wellness Coordinator and Animal Care Coordinator

Status:

Part-time
6 a.m.-2 p.m. | Fri., Sat. and Sun.

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 Shalyse Bolash, Animal Care Coordinator at SBolash@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.

 


 

Event Intern

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 off site.

Daily tasks may include:

  • Planning, coordination, supervision and implementation of events.
  • Conceptualizing and presenting ideas for new third party events.
  • Acting as a positive ambassador of the organization, promoting Animal Friends' 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.
  • Miscellaneous office tasks.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Must have a flexible schedule, including being available on nights and weekends.
  • Must be open to local travel and have access to reliable transportation.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • 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 dogs, cats and 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.

Term of Position:

Spring 2018

Hours TBD as needed for college credit (if applicable)

Compensation:

Unpaid

Course credit (if applicable)

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Heather Dougherty, Director of Events & Corporate Giving at HDougherty@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.

 

 


 

 

Clinic Services Veterinary Technician

Reports To:

Clinic Services Veterinary Technician Team Leader
Veterinarians of Clinic Services

 

Status:

Part-time
Hourly
Non-exempt

 

Job Overview:

The Clinic Services Veterinary Technician serves as an integral member of the Clinic Services team providing quality patient care through all facets of our clinic day. This position assists in the daily functioning of surgery, wellness and vaccine clinics.

The Clinic Services Veterinary Technician is responsible for providing high-quality and compassionate medical care for our on-site and mobile Low-Cost Spay/Neuter program, vaccine clinics and wellness appointments.

The Clinic Services Veterinary Technician must ensure a humane environment while providing client education about spay/neuter, vaccinations and our standard of care protocols. 

It is essential that the incumbent have an outgoing and positive personality, excellent communication and organizational skills, computer knowledge, a sincere interest in serving both people and animals and comfort working in a fast-paced team environment. The candidate must support Animal Friends’ mission and goals and enhance and promote the programs and services of the organization.

 

Responsibilities:

Administrative duties include:

  • Preparing records, consent forms, etc.
  • Admitting patients for surgery and procedures.
  • Dispensing medications, pet foods and supplies.
  • Filing records and updating client/patient files.
  • Maintaining computer records/backups.
  • Performing client phone calls.

Technician Duties include:

  • Perform anesthetic monitoring during our high-quality high-volume spay/neuter clinics including the use of isoflurane, injectable anesthesia and performing drug calculations.
  • Perform surgical preparation of patients including intubation, clipping and surgical scrub.
  • Provide proper handling of pharmaceuticals including, drawing up medications, proper logging of controlled substances and dispensing and/or administration of patient medications.
  • Provide comfort, diagnostic, surgical and nursing care to all patients.
  • Participate in our high-volume vaccine clinics including restraint, providing prescribed treatments to client-owned animals and client education to produce the proper wellness plan for each patient.
  • Taking accurate and appropriate patient history.
  • Reviewing vaccination records and preparing vaccines according to our vaccine protocol.
  • Assisting veterinarians in medical procedures using proper restraint, including proper restraint for fractious patients.
  • Maintaining and using medical equipment such as hematology machines, dental machine, x-ray machine and autoclave.
  • Performing routine laboratory procedures and analyses in hematology, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology.
  • Preparing samples for outside laboratory analysis.
  • Administering treatments and injections following the instructions of a veterinarian or a treatment form.
  • Initiating emergency procedures.
  • Maintaining pharmacy records, and controlled drug, anesthesia, fecal, FIV/FeLV, lyme, and heartworm test logs.
  • Taking radiographs, performing venipuncture, bandaging.
  • Taking vital signs of animals including temperature, pulse, and respiration.
  • Performing dental cleanings.
  • Performing and analyze skin and ear cytologies.
  • Performing catheterization: urinary and venous.
  • Educating clients based on veterinarian’s standard of care.
  • Discharging patients to owners following surgery/visit.
  • Completing ear cleanings, nail trims and anal gland expression.
  • Maintaining cleanliness of the mobile surgical unit and in-house surgical suite as well as exam rooms and laboratory/pharmacy.
  • Share responsibility of veterinary technician on-call cell phone. Required of all technicians working at least 2 days per week on a regular basis.

Practice superlative customer service standards as determined by the organization with a focus on client education.

Support the daily operations of the shelter, specifically the Operation Department, as requested. This includes but is not limited to tasks associated with and participation at special events, specifically Bark in the Park and Black Tie & Tails.

Comply with applicable organization and program procedures and policies.

Assist with other related duties as requested.

 

Relationships:

Reports to the Clinic Services Veterinary Technician Team Leader.

Maintains close interdepartmental relationship with Medical Wellness as well as the other departments within the shelter.

Ensures open communication with Mobile Resource Center partner organizations.

 

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Associates Degree in Specialized Technology from an accredited school or Veterinary Technician Program.
  • A veterinary technician license in the State of Pennsylvania is preferred but not required.
    Prior work experience in high-volume spay/neuter will be considered in place of degree.

Must have excellent work history and access to professional references.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Comprehensive understanding and experience with anesthetic monitoring and surgical prepping is required.
  • Basic knowledge of, and ability to learn and communicate general health, reproductive and spay/neuter information of companion animals (dogs, cats and rabbits).
  • Must be comfortable working with and around animals, particularly dogs, cats (including ferals) and rabbits.
  • Ability to restrain dogs of all sizes, cats (including ferals) and rabbits in a manner safe for both the animal and staff.
  • Ability to perform venipuncture, intubation and nursing skills in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekend and evening hours both on the Mobile Resource Center and on-site.
  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or written direction and respond positively to direction and supervision.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment with a commitment to developing long-term relationships with colleagues, clients, and community.
  • Ability to maintain a positive outlook and to work well in a collaborative environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with diverse populations and ability to provide excellent customer service.
  • Strong computer literacy, excellent time management and organizational skills are required.
  • Access to dependable transportation and open to local travel. Must possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.
  • Sincere interest in the work, program and mission of Animal Friends.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, assist in lifting large dogs, crates, carriers and feral cat traps.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel. Valid driver’s license required.
  • Must be able to work organizational special events as required.
  • Must have a sincere interest in the work, program and mission of Animal Friends, Inc.

Physical:

  • The position requires the ability to stand for long periods of time, assist in lifting large dogs, crates, carriers and feral cat traps.
  • The candidate must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.


To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Carol Whaley, Director of Clinic Services at CWhaley@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.


 


Clinic Services Veterinarian

Reports To:

Veterinarian of Clinic Services and Director of Clinic Services

Status:

Part-time
Hourly
Non-exempt

Job Overview:

Animal Friends, Pittsburgh’s premiere, progressive Companion Animal Resource Center, seeks an energetic, compassionate, knowledgeable and progressive veterinarian. The incumbent must be an advocate for the health and well-being of community pets, shelter animals and feral cats.

The successful candidate must have a passion for working with people and pets, with a focus on underserved populations. This position requires an outgoing personality and comfort working with diverse populations. The ability to offer education and care in a compassionate, nonjudgmental way is a must.

Animal Friends’ Clinic Services Program consists of three core components each uniquely designed to support a targeted population by offering pets high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines and wellness services. The components include our Animal Wellness Center Program offering spay/neuter, vaccine and wellness services; our Mobile Program supporting small, rural shelters and community groups where access to low-cost spay/neuter services is limited; and our Community Program partnering with local veterinary clinics to provide subsidized spay/neuter options for clients in their communities.

As a regional leader in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter, our program has altered over 73,000 companion animals and feral cats since 2009. Last year, our program provided over 21,000 vaccines and related services. With the opening of the Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center in 2017, we are positioned to increase our annual spay/neuter numbers as well as meet the need for affordable, accessible wellness services for underserved pet owners.


Job Functions:

The Clinic Services Veterinarian assists in ensuring that our program meets the needs of underserved communities by providing high-quality, high-volume (HQHV) spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and basic wellness services through our spay/neuter program at the Animal Wellness Center and on the Mobile Resource Center. The Veterinarian also provides support at high-volume vaccination clinics at the Animal Wellness Center and in the community during summer vaccine clinics and Animal Friends for Life outreach initiatives.

The animal population focus at our Wellness Center is shelter, owned and feral cats as well as shelter and owned dogs. Our Mobile clinic supports shelter, owned and feral cats. Other duties include, but are not limited to, physical examination of animals, diagnosing of disease, and monitoring of patients.

The Clinic Services Veterinary is supported by a well-trained technician team as well as administrative staff. The primary responsibilities of this position are:

  • To perform high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgery according to the standards set forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Spay-Neuter Task Force in “The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs” (JAVMA, Vol 233, No. 1, July 1, 2008) and under the leadership and guidance of the Veterinarian of Clinic Services.
  • To provide vaccines during surgery and at high-volume vaccine clinics both at the Animal Wellness Center and in the Community.
  • To perform Wellness Exam Appointments at the Animal Wellness Center.

In addition, the position will require a clinician who is capable of “thinking outside the box” when providing care for pets through our Animal Friends for Life Initiative as well as our other surgical patients with conditions manageable through our current capabilities. It is our responsibility to give the best care to each patient while they are with us.

The candidate must be a positive ambassador for the organization and act as a mentor in guiding staff to work to the best of their abilities.

Relationships:

Reports to the Veterinarian of Clinic Services and Director of Clinic Services.

Maintains close interdepartmental relationship with the Medical Wellness team as well as other departments within the shelter.

Provides direction to Veterinary Technician staff and volunteers during surgery, vaccine and wellness appointments.

Willingness to work in a learning environment and provide support and training for veterinary and veterinary technician students.

Qualifications:

Experience and Training

The ability to perform or the willingness to acquire the skills to perform at least 30-35 surgeries per clinic.

The candidate must also possess a strong background in clinical skills, a high level of professionalism and the willingness to treat both medically and/or surgically minor illness/disease and minor wounds/trauma.

The position requires a current license to practice veterinary medicine in Pennsylvania and a valid driver’s license.

Education

The position requires a DVM or equivalent.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability and willingness to follow professional direction from the Veterinarian of Clinic Services and the Director of Clinic Services.

Ability to work with people of various backgrounds including underserved communities.

Ability to compassionately and skillfully restrain dogs (of all sizes), cats (including ferals) and rabbits.

Ability to perform spay/neuter surgery on dogs, cats and rabbits.

Ability to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment with a commitment to developing long-term relationships with colleagues, clients, and community.

Ability to maintain a positive outlook and to work well in a collaborative environment.

Ability to follow verbal and/or written direction and respond positively to direction and supervision.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with diverse populations and ability to provide excellent customer service.

Strong computer literacy, excellent time management and organizational skills are required.

Access to dependable transportation and open to local travel. Must possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.

Sincere interest in the work, programs and mission of Animal Friends.

Physical

The position requires the ability to stand for long periods of time, assist in lifting large dogs, crates, carriers and feral cat traps. The candidate must be able to kneel, stoop, crouch and crawl.

As well, it requires the dexterity to perform high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgeries, and the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time.

Compensation:

Animal Friends offers a competitive wage, a positive work environment as well as staff discounts at our clinic and retail store.

Animal Friends and the Clinic Services Program enjoy a positive relationship with surrounding animal welfare agencies, local governmental agencies and veterinary clinics. The organization has been touted as one of the top sheltering facilities in the country and is dedicated to pursuing innovative solutions for community animal welfare issues.

To Apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Carol Whaley, Director of Clinic Services at CWhaley@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.

 


 


Animal Care Senior Team Leader

Reports To:

Animal Care Coordinator

Status:

Full-time
Hourly position

Job Overview:

The Animal Care Senior Team Leader provides the link between the Animal Care Coordinator and the Team Leads, Trainer and Caregivers, by providing overall guidance, leadership and communication in the Coordinator’s absence. The Senior Team Leader is also responsible for implementing new staff training for incoming Caregivers. It is expected that the training is achieved and documented with instructional, shadowing and hands-on components and includes courses taken through Volunteering Services. It is expected that the Senior Team Leader be a team player, but must also be able to handle difficult situations independently. Duties involve direct oversight of shift staff and direct care of the shelter animals. Animal care involves feeding the animals and cleaning their enclosures, as well as general cleaning of the entire facility. The Senior Team Leader is 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. This is a full-time position, with a work schedule that compliments that of the Coordinator to allow for the best overall coverage.

While exemplifying flexibility, organization and a compassionate spirit, key components of the Senior Team Leader position are providing the link between the caregiver staff and the Director of Animal Wellness, Animal Care Coordinator and other shelter departments, through providing leadership, supporting teamwork, providing vital communication, responding to special needs and ensuring all work is complete and satisfactory. Overall, the Senior Team Leader encourages and empowers the team to work together so that their work is as successful and effective as possible.

Responsibilities:

To provide Supervision and guidance to the Team Leads, Trainers and Caregivers and to provide essential communication to the Departmental managers.

  1. Referencing email communications and responding to and distributing the information contained within.
  2. Accessing the Chameleon database as necessary to address concerns about inventory and housing locations.
  3. Ensure that posted information is current and accurate, including but not limited to staff schedules, meeting schedules, training schedules, special event information, animal health and flow information.
  4. Take responsibility for anything urgent that is seen or heard by taking appropriate actions

To provide training to new Animal Care staff members.

  1. Maintain a working knowledge of all current animal care standard operating procedures.
  2. Provide hands-on training to new hires on the basic job duties of Animal Care.
  3. Provide guidance to volunteers, temporary workers and community service workers that are assisting with kennel maintenance and janitorial tasks.
  4. Communicate with the Animal Care Coordinator on training progress and needs.
  5. Ensure that all posted signage is followed. Respond appropriately if signage appears to be missing.

To provide direct oversight of shift staff.

  1. Provide direction to caregivers. Provide direction to volunteers and community service workers as needed.
  2. Manage staff breaks, lunch times, and organize immediate shift coverage needs due to call offs.
  3. Contact person for caregiver staff and volunteers during scheduled shift
  4. Provide thorough and specific communication intra-departmentally, inter-departmentally, between shifts, and to supervisors.
  5. Accountable for the overall condition of animal environments during scheduled shift, reviewing checklists and all physical areas prior to the end of the shift. Communicate any issues promptly and correctly to the appropriate parties.
  6. Participate in process improvement by identifying situations that can be better handled either through providing assistance or by alerting appropriate personnel.
  7. Respond quickly and appropriately to any emergency situations.
  8. Report medical and behavior concerns to the appropriate departments and assist staff and volunteers to follow similar reporting lines.
  9. Lead by example with a focus on team work.
  10. Maintain a professional and courteous demeanor with clients, volunteers and employees at all times, with a focus on building stronger relationships with volunteers who donate their time during the shift.

To care for the shelter’s animals.

  1. Keep animal enclosures clean at all times, scrubbing daily and disinfecting as directed.
  2. Feed and water animals.
  3. Keep work areas in the facility clean and well-organized.
  4. Exercise and handle animals as needed and directed.

To assist in veterinary care of the shelter’s animals.

  1. Collect stool and urine specimens as directed.
  2. Report any behavioral or health problems through appropriate channels.
  3. Assist in transporting animals to veterinary hospitals as needed.

To assist in building maintenance.

  1. Maintain Food Prep and Storage Area to established standards.
  2. Do laundry.
  3. Collect and bag garbage.
  4. Perform routine maintenance tasks as directed.
  5. Notify Animal Care Coordinator when repairs are needed or supplies need to be reordered.
  6. Use and handle necessary chemicals using safe handling practices.

The Animal Care Senior Team Leader will maintain a professional, courteous demeanor with customers, volunteers and staff at all times.

Relationships:

Reports directly to the Animal Care Coordinator.

Actively engages with the Adoption, Admissions, Medical, Volunteer and Behavior programs.

Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED required and be at least 18 years of age.

Must have 2 years’ experience leading and motivating a team.

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, Black Tie & Tails and other major events or rescues.

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:

Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Shalyse Bolash, Animal Care Coordinator at SBolash@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.


 

 


Maintenance/Custodial Assistant

Reports To:

Senior Maintenance Coordinator

Department:

Maintenance

Status:

Part-time
Hourly
Non-exempt
24-28 hours per week

Job Overview:

Animal Friends is seeking a highly motivated, organized and detail-oriented person to support our maintenance department. This position is primarily responsible for the overall appearance, cleanliness and general maintenance of the facilities, equipment and grounds.

The Maintenance Department interacts with every department within the organization. As such, each member of the department has the opportunity to champion and reinforce team-focused and supportive work. As a member of the Animal Friends team, it is the responsibility of the Maintenance/Custodial Assistant to embrace, emulate, support and carry out the organization’s vision, mission and workplace culture.

The Maintenance/Custodial Assistant duties include, but are not limited to:

Maintenance:

  • painting
  • carpentry
  • electrical
  • plumbing
  • HVAC
  • preventive maintenance and minor repairs of vehicles and other equipment
  • troubleshooting and solving maintenance issues

Custodial:

  • basic cleaning
  • mopping
  • sweeping
  • dusting
  • floor stripping and buffing
  • trash removal
  • window washing
  • cleaning bathrooms
  • setting up and tearing down for various activities
  • cutting grass
  • weed control
  • outdoor plant care
  • cleaning sidewalks and patios
  • snow removal

Other:

  • keeping track of supply inventory
  • stocking of supplies
  • assisting with deliveries and pick-ups
  • assisting with special projects
  • other tasks as needed


Qualifications:

  • Must be organized, detail oriented and self-motivated with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • Maintenance/Custodial experience preferred
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record in order to be covered under our insurance as an authorized driver
  • Must possess strength, stamina and mobility to perform required physical work
  • Must be proficient in use of various hand tools and power tools
  • Must have excellent work history, time management skills and a team-focused approach, including the ability to work well with and take direction from others
  • Must be able to pass federal and state criminal background checks and child abuse history clearance
  • Must be able to work in a support capacity for all primary fundraising activities, including but not limited to, Black Tie & Tails and Bark in the Park
  • Must be able to attend quarterly all-staff training and other mandatory attendance days
  • Must be able to work flexible shifts, days of the week and holidays as needed. Animal Friends is a 24/7 operation.
  • Must be comfortable working with or around our dogs, cats and rabbits.
  • Must have a sincere interest in the vision, mission and culture of Animal Friends.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to the attention of C. Patarini, Senior Maintenance Coordinator, Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or email to CPatarini@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.

 

 


Animal Friends for Life Community Liaison

Status:

Part-time
Non-exempt
Hourly
May include weekends

 

Reports To:

Animal Friends for Life Coordinator

 

Job Overview:

Positively impact our region’s underserved communities through this life-changing opportunity in the animal welfare field. Engage pet owners in their community, bridging the gap to service and keep pets in their homes for life. This dynamic, community-outreach focused position requires an energetic and compassionate individual with a desire to be of service to people and their pets. Our program accomplishes its goals of ending overpopulation and providing affordable wellness services to pets through door-to-door canvassing in the Northside of Pittsburgh.

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 underserved communities within 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 AFFL Community Liaison should have a strong understanding and belief in the AFFL philosophy.

The AFFL Community Liaison builds new relationships in the community with other providers of services to strengthen the network of resources available to individuals who face socioeconomic challenges. 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 out-going, positive personality; excellent communication and organizational skills; computer knowledge; a sincere interest in serving both people and animals; and comfort working with diverse populations.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a supporting role for the AFFL Coordinator with daily operations, as well as outreach event and community vaccine clinic planning, promoting and facilitating.
  • Engages community members through door-to-door canvassing in the Northside of Pittsburgh. Provides critical education on the various aspects of pet wellness, spay/neuter and community cat colony management. Builds awareness of spay/neuter and wellness services provided by the AFFL program in targeted communities.
  • Works closely with the AFFL Coordinator to complete spay/neuter appointment scheduling, confirmation calls, paperwork entry and follow-up calls.
  • Provides support to clinics through the transport of dogs and 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.
  • Maintains knowledge of basic medical needs of domestic dogs, cats and rabbits as well as community cats.
  • Supports shelter functions such as, but is not limited to Black Tie & Tails.
  • Complies with applicable organization and program procedures and policies.


Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working with diverse populations is preferred.
  • Experience in engaging and providing direct services to diverse audiences is preferred.
  • High school diploma or GED required. Post-secondary education or veterinary technician education is preferred, equivalent work experience will be considered.
  • Basic knowledge of, or ability to learn and communicate general health, reproductive and spay/neuter information of companion animals and community cats.
  • Understanding of the systemic issues that affect underserved populations and ensuring a commitment to serve the community without prejudice or judgement.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule; including mornings, evenings and weekend hours.
  • Computer literacy, organizational ability, teamwork and time management skills required.
  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or written direction and respond positively to direction and supervision.
  • Must be comfortable working with and around animals, particularly dogs, cats (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 such as 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 be able to physically lift and transport animals in carriers and traps.
  • Must be able to work outside in various landscapes and weather conditions.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel. Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to work organizational special events when scheduled.
  • Must have a sincere interest in the work, program and mission of Animal Friends.


To Apply:

Send your cover letter and resume to Carol Whaley, Director of Clinic Services at CWhaley@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please!

 



Development Coordinator

Reports to:

Director of Individual & Foundation Giving

Department:

Development

Status:

Full-time
Hourly
Non-exempt

Job Overview:

Animal Friends, southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier companion animal resource center, is seeking a highly motivated, organized and detail-oriented person to fill the position of Development Coordinator.

The Development Coordinator provides support for creating and implementing a comprehensive fund development plan that focuses in the areas of annual giving, grant gaining, planned giving, and capital/endowment campaigns. The Development Coordinator provides support for the direct cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual, corporate, and foundation support.

The Development Coordinator promotes a professional and positive image for Animal Friends through his/her knowledge of the organization’s activities and ability to communicate its vision, mission, culture and policies to all constituency groups. As with every position at Animal Friends, the Development Coordinator is expected to support an environment of collaboration, teamwork and mutual respect.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
  • Three or more years of fundraising experience with a non-profit organization.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, computer literacy, organizational ability, administrative and time management skills.
  • Able to work flexible hours (occasionally on short notice), including evenings, weekends and holidays when necessary.

Preferred:

  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, Convio, BidPal and Greater Giving software.
  • Access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel.
  • Valid driver’s license.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Heather Dougherty, Director of Events & Corporate Giving at HDougherty@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.


 

 


Animal Caregiver

Status:

Full-time
2-10 p.m. shift

 

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:

  • Keep animal enclosures clean at all times, scrubbing daily and disinfecting as directed.
  • Feed and water animals.
  • Keep work areas in the facility clean and well-organized.
  • Exercise and handle animals as needed and directed.

To assist in veterinary care of the shelter’s animals:

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

To assist in building maintenance:

  • Maintain Food Prep and Storage Area to established standards.
  • Do laundry.
  • Collect and bag garbage.
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks as directed.
  • Notify Care Coordinator when repairs are needed or supplies need to be reordered.
  • Use and handle necessary chemicals using safe handling practices.
  • Assist with snow removal when requested by the Maintenance Coordinator.

Includes other duties as needed and assigned.

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

 

Relationships:

Reports directly to the Team Lead, Senior Team Lead, and the Animal Care Coordinator.

Actively engages with the Adoption, Admissions, Medical, Volunteer and Behavior Departments.

 

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, Black Tie & Tails, and other major events or rescues.

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.

 

To Apply:

Please send a current resume and cover letter to Shalyse Bolash, Animal Care Coordinator, at SBolash@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.  No phone calls please.

Job Opportunities

Animal Friends

Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000 | Fax: 412.847.7001
speak@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org
M-F 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | S/S 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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