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 Animal Caregiver

Part-time Clinic Services Veterinary Technician

Part-time Adoption Counselor

Part-time Volunteer Coordinator

Full-time Accounting/Human Resources Coordinator

Part-time Clinic Services Veterinarian


Unpaid Internships

Communications Intern (Voice)

Communications Intern (Visual)

Volunteer Department Intern

Individual & Foundation Giving Intern

Event Intern

Animal Friends for Life Community 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 Michele Batiste, Director of Human Resources, at MBatiste@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 Michele Batiste, Director of Human Resources at MBatiste@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls please.

 

 

Individual & Foundation Giving Intern

Reports To: 

Development Coordinator

Job Overview and Responsibility:

This intern will work closely with the Development Coordinator to assure the success of all Animal Friends fundraising efforts.

This role primarily focuses on database management using 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 will 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 Individual Giving opportunities including memberships, cage sponsorships, memorial bricks, memorial garden, wedding favor donations and others.
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 be 18 years or older.
  • Must be able to troubleshoot and problem solve effectively, while maintaining composure around clients, donors, animals and volunteers.
  • Ability to follow directions, work independently, and efficiently manage one’s time.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Computer literacy required; working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
  • Must be comfortable soliciting and working with individuals and businesses.
  • Comfortable working with and around shelter animals - dogs, cats, 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. 

Term of Position: 

Fall 2017

No fewer than 10 weeks.

Hours TBD as needed for college credit (if applicable)

Compensation: 

Unpaid

Course credit (if applicable) 

To Apply: 

Please submit cover letter and resume to Michele Batiste, Director of Human Resources at MBatiste@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 Michele Batiste, Director of Human Resources at MBatiste@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls please.


 

 

Communications Intern (Visual)

Reports To:

Communications Coordinator

Status:

Part-time (approximately 12 hours per week)

Term:

Summer 2018
Minimum term 6 weeks 

Compensation:

Unpaid
Course credit (student must provide necessary paperwork)

Job Description:

The Communications Intern (Voice) will work alongside the Communications team to handle project overflow. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Updating branded material such as fliers, posters, brochures and certificates.
  • Developing and implementing promotional campaigns to spread awareness of the programs and services at Animal Friends.
  • Preparing promotional materials (cutting, laminating, folding, etc.).
  • Organizing and maintaining photo database.
  • Photography of Animal Friends’ residents, programs and events.

Qualifications:

A qualified candidate for the Communications Internship must have a sincere interest in the mission of Animal Friends and must be:

  • A college student or college graduate.
  • Pursuing a degree in Graphic Design or a related field.
  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Photography experience preferred.
  • Experienced with and willing to handle animals.
  • Willing to attend animal handling training sessions at the start of the internship to learn Animal Friends’ policies and procedures.
  • Have access to reliable transportation.

To Apply:

Qualified and interested candidates – please send a cover letter and resume to Michele Batiste, Director of Human Resources, at MBatiste@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.
 

 

 

 

Communications Intern (Voice)

Reports To:

Communications Coordinator

Status:

Part-time (approximately 12 hours per week)

Term:

Summer 2018
Minimum term of 6 weeks  

Compensation:

Unpaid
Course credit (student must provide necessary paperwork)

Job Description:

The Communications Intern (Voice) will work alongside the Communications team to handle project overflow. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Producing and sending press releases.
  • Assisting with website updates.
  • Proofreading and editing internal and external communications materials.
  • Writing and editing biographies for adoptable animals.
  • Researching and writing educational content for blog posts.
  • Assisting with social media postings.
  • Preparing promotional materials (cutting, laminating, folding, etc.).
  • Developing and implementing promotional campaigns to spread awareness of the programs and services at Animal Friends.

Qualifications:

A qualified candidate for the Communications Internship must have a sincere interest in the mission of Animal Friends and must be:

  • A college student or college graduate.
  • Pursuing a degree in Creative Writing, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism or a related field.
  • Experienced in social media management (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with content management systems preferred.
  • Experienced with and willing to handle animals.
  • Willing to attend animal handling training sessions at the start of the internship to learn Animal Friends’ policies and procedures.
  • Have access to reliable transportation.

To Apply:

Qualified and interested candidates – please send a cover letter and resume to Michele Batiste, Director of Human Resources, at MBatiste@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.

 

 



Animal Friends for Life Community Outreach Intern

 

Reports To:

Animal Friends for Life Coordinator

 

Status: 

Unpaid
College course credit (if approved by counselor) 


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. We work 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 their pets right at their front doors.

AFFL’s mission is to build positive relationships with pet owners and empower them with the resources and information they need to make the healthiest decisions for their pets. Through our dedicated outreach efforts, more pets are staying in their homes, reducing shelter populations and unwarranted 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. By meeting people and their pets at their homes through door-to-door outreach, this internship will provide a great deal of experience with a wide variety of tasks, both on-site and in the field.

The AFFL Outreach Internship allows applicants to gain clinical, administrative and community-building experience while helping to provide services and information to underserved pet owners in Pittsburgh.

 

Responsibilities:

Conducts door-to-door community outreach with the AFFL Coordinator for a minimum of four hours weekly.

Assists AFFL Coordinator with administrative duties such as data entry, phone calls to clients, organizing paperwork, filing and event planning.

Serves as an advocate for spay/neuter and proper animal wellness through community-based outreach.

Provides critical education on the various aspects of trap neuter vaccinate return (TNVR), feral cat colony management, the importance of spay/neuter and vaccinations.

Assists the AFFL Coordinator by providing support to clients through the transport of pets 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.

Complies with applicable organization and program procedures and policies.

Assists with other program-related duties as requested.

 

General Qualifications:

Experience and Training

Must have experience in reception, administration and customer service.

Must have 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.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Basic knowledge of, and ability to learn and communicate general health, reproductive and spay/neuter information of companion animals.

Willingness to learn or experience in performing basic veterinary technician duties such as, but not limited to weighing, restraining, and administering basic services like flea/tick prevention and fitting dogs for harnesses.

Ability to work a flexible schedule regular weekend hours required.

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/or 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 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 have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel within work vehicle. Driver's license required if assisting with transportation of animals.

Must be able to work organizational special events including AFFL Community Outreach Event.

Must have a sincere interest in the work, program and mission of Animal Friends, Inc.

 

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Michele Batiste, Director of Human Resources, at MBatiste@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 Michele Batiste, Director of Human Resources, at MBatiste@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.

 

 

Volunteer Coordinator

Reports To:

Director of Volunteer Services

 

Position Summary:

The Volunteer Coordinator will work with volunteer programs from planning stages to implementation in a nonprofit setting, including, but not limited to individual, organizational and court-ordered volunteer opportunities. This position will assist with a wide variety of tasks in a fast-paced environment.

 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Administrative duties will include work with the Volgistics Volunteer Management System to update, input and compile data.
  • The Volunteer Coordinator position will require program research, supply organization, materials ordering, etc.
  • Responsibilities will include implementation, scheduling, and confirmation of mentor sessions, birthday parties, various training classes and meetings, Getting Started Orientations, the greeter program and other volunteer programming.
  • The Volunteer Coordinator will contribute skills to assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of all volunteer related activities.
  • Additionally the Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for responding to emails and phone messages in a timely manner.
  • Hands-on duties include setting up for volunteer events, assisting with volunteer fairs and service days for corporate and college groups – set up/take down of folding tables, directing volunteers, placement of event décor, etc.
  • The Volunteer Coordinator will also be required to attend all special volunteer functions and stay after the events to help the team and volunteers tear down as needed.
  • The Volunteer Coordinator will be one of the on-site representatives and a contact person for volunteer questions and scheduling.
  • He/she should be able to troubleshoot and problem solve effectively, while maintaining composure around staff, clients, donors, animals and volunteers. 

The Volunteer Coordinator will work with the Director of Volunteer Services, staff, and volunteers to assure the success of the Animal Friends Volunteer program and assist with other relevant duties as requested.

 

Culture:

Must adhere to, and apply, all Culture expectations as stated and defined in the mission, vision and cultural statement policies.

 

Personal Characteristics:

  • Active Listening - Ability to actively attend to, convey, and understand the comments and questions of others.
  • Adaptability - Ability to adapt to change in the workplace.
  • Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Autonomy - Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Communication, Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Conflict Resolution - Ability to deal with others in an antagonistic situation.
  • Customer Oriented - Ability to take care of the customers’ needs while following company procedures.
  • Interpersonal - Ability to get along well with a variety of personalities and individuals.
  • Tolerance - Ability to work successfully with a variety of people without making judgments.


Education Requirements:

Experience Required: 1-2 years previous volunteer management or related experience required.

Preferred: Bachelor's Degree

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office Suite and Volgistics a plus.

 

Other Requirements:

  • Must be comfortable working with and around shelter animals – dogs, cats, and rabbits.
  • Must be willing to work at least 50% of weekend and holiday coverage for the Volunteer Department. Some evenings and early mornings may also be required.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation to and from Animal Friends and be open to local travel. A valid driver’s license is required.


Physical Requirements:

Vision:

  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading
  • The worker is required to have visual acuity to operate motor vehicles.

Sense of Sound:

  • The worker is required to perceive the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and have the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and make fine discriminations in sound.

Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • Gloves, Gown, Mask, etc. as needed


Work Environment:

  • The worker is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions: Activities occurring inside: protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes. Activities occurring outside: No effective protection form weather.
  • The worker is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as may be encountered when working directly with animals.
  • The worker is exposed to infectious diseases both animal specific and zoonotic.
  • The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work).


To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Michele Batiste, Director of Human Resources at MBatiste@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls please.

 

 

 

Adoption Counselor

 

Status:

Part-time

 

Reports To:

Adoption Coordinator

 

Job Overview:

Adoption Counselors are the most public face of Animal Friends, setting the tone for our clients’ experiences at our Resource Center. This position requires a person with flexibility and public relations augmented by a compassionate spirit. It is essential that the incumbent have communication and organizational skills, computer knowledge and a sincere interest in serving both people and animals. The candidate must also be knowledgeable about Animal Friends and enhance the programs and mission of the organization.

 

Responsibilities:

  • The primary function of the Adoption Counselor is to assist the public in all phases of the adoption experience.
  • Participate in the adoption process, including:
    • Proactively assisting prospective adopters in the selection of animals while promoting animals to the public.
    • Preparing adoption applications and contracts.
    • Advising new owners of Animal Friends’ contractual requirements, including medical care, lost pet procedures and change of address notification.
    • Contacting adopters to follow up with them following adoption and providing supportive resources and counseling as appropriate.
  • Educate the public on proper animal handling techniques, basic medical care and training options.
  • Maintain a familiarity with all shelter animals including animals available for adoption in foster care and also available for home-to-home placement.
  • Assist with off-site adoption events.
  • Preparing adoptable animal bios for publication.
  • Serving as the point person for the Adoptions Department and performing all duties therein.
  • Overseeing the VCA sign-up sheets and database. Ensuring the information is correct, complete and communicated appropriately.
  • Serving as the liaison for Pet-Assisted Therapy. This includes communication with Behavior staff for animal selections, communication with Pet-Assisted Therapy volunteers and gathering follow-up information for documentation.
  • Assisting in the planning and preparation of adoption events.
  • Review shelter records to identify owners of lost pets.
  • Compile daily records required by Animal Friends through use of Chameleon software.
  • Participate in customer service and other seminars as assigned.
  • Maintain a clean and organized environment including sweeping, mopping, glass-cleaning and other light duties as assigned.
  • Maintain a professional, courteous demeanor with clients, volunteers and other employees at all times.


Relationships:

Reports directly to the Adoption Coordinator.

Actively engages with the Animal Care and Enrichment, Medical Wellness, Admissions and Foster and Behavioral Wellness Departments.

Works with Volunteer Services Department and volunteers.


Qualifications:

  • High school diploma required. Must be 18 years of age.
  • Previous customer service and/or public relations experience required.
  • Must be a team player but also able to handle difficult situations independently.
  • Must have animal handling experience. Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats and rabbits of varying size, age, breed and temperament.
  • Must have a basic knowledge of animal behavior issues and a general understanding of animal health-related concerns.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, computer literacy, organizational ability and time management skills.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel. Valid driver’s license preferred.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends and some holidays.
  • Must be able to work special events including, but not limited to, Bark in the Park, New Year’s Rescue, Liberation Day Rescue and Black Tie & Tails.
  • Must be able to push, pull, lift and/or carry up to 50 lbs. Shelter work can be physically demanding.
  • Must have a sincere interest in the work, programs and mission of Animal Friends.

 

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Michele Batiste, Director of Human Resources at MBatiste@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls please.
 

 

 


Accounting/Human Resources Coordinator

Reports To:

Chief Financial Officer 

Department:

Finance & Administration

Status:

Full-time
Hourly
Non-exempt

Job Overview:

Animal Friends is seeking a highly motivated, organized and detail-oriented person to support our growing accounting and humane resources needs. It is critical for this person to maintain the strict confidentiality of privileged information and maintain unbiased objectivity when working with staff. The Finance & Administration Department interacts with every person within the organization. As such, each member of the department has the opportunity to champion and reinforce a team-focused, supportive work environment and to provide excellent customer service to internal clients. As a member of the Animal Friends team, it is the responsibility of the Accounting/Human Resources Coordinator to embrace, emulate, support and carry out the organization’s vision, mission and workplace culture.

Responsibilities:

Projects and ongoing duties include but are not limited to:

Accounting:

  • On a daily basis, verify that financial files from other systems accurately synced to QuickBooks and correct entries if necessary.
  • Assist with the recording of income in QuickBooks.
  • Process bi-weekly and interim payables.
  • Ensure the accuracy of data captured in QuickBooks during monthly closing process.
  • Provide senior management with monthly reports of departmental financial performance versus budget.
  • Prepare quarterly journal entries to mark-to-market the assets held in trust.
  • Assist with the preparation and analysis of the schedules required for the annual audit.
  • Assist with the validation of data as additional system feeds are created to sync with QuickBooks.

Human Resources:

  • Coordinate the onboarding and off-boarding process.
  • Oversee building access by maintaining door schedules and swipe cards in Galaxy system.
  • Coordinate background checks, ensure compliance, and provide periodic status reports.
  • Track when employees are eligible for health benefits and enroll/terminate employees in medical, dental, and vision plans.
  • Report on-the-job incidents to our workers compensation insurance carrier and maintain OSHA log.
  • Process requests from employment verification companies, PA unemployment compensation office, Social Security Administration, Department of Public Welfare, and other government entities.
  • Administer COBRA by educating employees about COBRA, providing eligible exiting employees with the required COBRA notification on a timely basis, tracking COBRA usage, and notifying participating employees of changes and the termination of eligibility.
  • Coordinate open enrollment of benefits each November.
  • Distribute required annual retirement plan notices.
  • Complete annual Disclosure to CMS form.
  • Distribute annual Medicare Part D disclosure notice.
  • Ensure we remain compliant with labor law posters.

Skills:

  • Thorough understanding of accounting and application of GAAP.
  • Practical human resource experience.
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex, and confidential issues and situations.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Must be organized, detail oriented and self-motivated with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

Qualifications:

  • Must have a sincere interest in the vision, mission and culture of Animal Friends.
  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
  • Must have 2-5 years of progressively responsible experience in accounting and human resources.
  • Must be proficient in QuickBooks and Microsoft Office.
  • 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 required days.
  • Animal Friends is a 24/7 operation. Must be able to work flexible shifts, days of the week and holidays as needed.
  • Must be comfortable working with or around our around dogs, cats and rabbits.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to the attention of Tracey Eakin, Chief Financial Officer, Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or email to TEakin@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

 

 

 


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: 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Carol Whaley, Director of Clinic Services, Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Building 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or email to CWhaley@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.



 

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Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000 | Fax: 412.847.7001
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