Careers

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!

Full-time Positions

Part-time Positions

Internships

 

Volunteer Intern

Reports To:

Director of Volunteer Services
Volunteer Coordinators

Status:

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

Compensation:

Unpaid

Job Description:

Animal Friends is a non-profit companion animal resource center serving the needs pets and people for 70 years. With more than 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
  • 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 Tracey Eakin, Chief Financial Officer at TEakin@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.

 

Behavior Care Technician

Reports to:

Senior Behavior Care Coordinator

Status:

Part-time
Hourly position
6 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-10 p.m. shifts available
Weekends and weekdays

Job Overview:

The Behavior Care Technician’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 and upkeep of the entire shelter. Behavior Care Technicians 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. Behavior Care Technicians are expected to maintain a professional, courteous demeanor with co-workers, visitors, volunteers and other staff at all times. Candidates must also embrace the programs and mission of Animal Friends.

Responsibilities:

To care for the shelter’s animals, Behavior Care Technicians are responsible for:

  • Daily cleaning of all animal enclosures;
  • Feed and water all animals;
  • Keep work and animal areas clean and well-organized;
  • Restocking of supplies;
  • Walk and/or socialize animals as needed;
  • Collect stool and urine specimens as directed;
  • Report any behavioral or health concerns;
  • Assist in transporting animals to veterinary hospitals as needed.

To assist with shelter maintenance, Behavior Care Technicians are responsible for:

  • Laundry;
  • Garbage removal;
  • Clean restrooms;
  • Assist in cleaning of public areas;
  • Assist in snow removal from sidewalks;
  • Notify supervisor when repairs or additional supplies are needed.

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 is 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 Carla Patarini, Senior Behavior Care Coordinator at CPatarini@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 Pisano, Director of Events & Corporate Giving at HPisano@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.


Shelter Hospital Veterinarian

Status:

Full-time

Job Overview:

Do you want to change the world one pet at a time?  If so, Animal Friends, Inc. is looking for you! We are a fully equipped, progressive shelter providing for the care of more than 2,500 adoptable animals every year.  Come spread your wings on our 75-acre campus right outside of Pittsburgh, PA which is repeatedly honored as one of America’s Most Livable Cities.

We are seeking a full-time veterinarian who is experienced in practicing high quality medicine using digital radiography, digital dental radiography, Dentalaire dental machine, ultrasound, cold laser therapy, fully-equipped surgery suite and a highly qualified staff of technicians and volunteers to support you daily. There is also an emergency and specialty practice less than a mile away that we enjoy a close working relationship with when necessary.

Along with the medical team, our veterinarian works closely with the behavior department, an enrichment team, the humane investigations officers and a large and dedicated group of volunteers and fosters to enhance and cultivate a positive experience while the animal is residing at the shelter. Through collaborative efforts and enrichment across all departments we strive to reduce stress and promote effective strategies to move animals from admission to adoption.

If you are a licensed veterinarian, consider coming to Animal Friends and learn of our life-saving mission and of the exceptional work the medical team does. We are by far one of the oldest and most respected humane organizations in Western Pennsylvania. Come work in a supportive environment that clearly delivers on its mission of improving the lives of homeless animals each and every day.

Hospital Responsibilities Include:

  • Orchestrating medical care of cats, dogs, and rabbits in our care in-house and in foster care
  • Surgery including but not limited to spay/neuter (including pediatric)
  • Other surgeries including but not limited to amputations, enucleations, mass removals, cystotomies, etc.
  • Working collaboratively with other departments for the best outcome of each animal
  • Supporting humane investigations cases
  • Development of SOPs
  • Disease outbreak management
  • Education of staff and volunteers

Requirements:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD)
  • Eligible to be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Pennsylvania. (We will pay fees.)
  • Current DEA license for controlled substances. (We will pay for renewal fees.)
  • Willingness and ability to work hours necessary for successful organizational operations and care of the 250+ animals on site, including coverage on some weekends, holidays, evenings and also on-call.

Benefits:

  • Health/Vision/Dental Benefits
  • 401K available
  • Licensing Expenses
  • Continuing Education Expenses
  • Professional organizations memberships (AVMA, PVMA, WPVMA)
  • Paid Time Off—holidays, sick time, vacation, and your birthday!
  • Free and confidential employee assistance program
  • One “priceless” animal adoption per year

Job Information:

  • Location: suburban 75-acre campus, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, United States
  • Position Title: Shelter Hospital Veterinarian
  • Company Name: Animal Friends, Inc.
  • Job Function: Veterinarian
  • Entry Level: No
  • Job Type: Full-Time

To Apply:

Qualified and interested candidates, please contact Ann Ensminger, Chief Operating Officer at AEnsminger@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.

 

Clinic Services Veterinary Technician

Supervisor:

Medical Director

Status:

Full-time and Part-time positions available
Hourly
Non-Exempt

Position Summary:

Animal Friends, Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA is a progressive 501(c) 3. For more than 75 years, we have continually set and raised the bar for humane programming in the Pittsburgh region.

Animal Friends’ Clinic Services program provides access to high-quality spay/neuter and primary veterinary care to pet owners experiencing financial and accessibility constraints. 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 high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter, 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 spay/neuter program, vaccine clinics and wellness appointments. Your time will be split between both surgery and wellness, as needed.

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, positive personality, excellent communication skills, a sincere interest in serving both people and animals, and comfort working in a fast-paced team environment.

Responsibilities:

Administrative Duties include:

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

Technician Duties include:

  • Performing anesthetic monitoring during our high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics including the use of isoflurane, injectable anesthesia, and performing drug calculations
  • Performing surgical preparation of patients including intubation, clipping and surgical scrub
  • Providing proper handling of pharmaceuticals including, drawing up medications, proper logging of controlled substances and dispensing and/or administration of patient medications
  • Providing comfort, diagnostic, surgical and nursing care to all patients
  • Participating 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 following instructions of a veterinarian
  • 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 analyzing 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
  • Providing training/guidance for new full-time and part-time veterinary technicians as well as veterinary technician students and volunteers
  • Assisting with other related duties as requested

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Associates Degree in Specialized Technology from an accredited school – Veterinary Technician Program.
  • Must have excellent work history and access to professional references.
  • Must possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and dependable transportation.
  • Valid PA Child Abuse, State Police and FBI Fingerprint Clearances.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Animal Friends offers a competitive wage, a positive work environment, as well as:
  • Health, vision and dental benefits
  • Profit sharing retirement plan with employer contribution
  • Licensing expenses
  • Continuing education expenses
  • Paid time off – holidays, sick time, vacation, and your birthday
  • Free and confidential employee assistance program
  • No on-call responsibilities
  • One priceless adoption per year
  • Discount at our clinic and retail store
  • Being part of a lifesaving team making a difference every day!

To Apply:

Qualified and 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 CWhaley@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.


Admissions Counselor

Reports To:

Admissions Coordinator

Status:

Part-time

Schedule:

  • Friday Noon-7 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday Noon-7 p.m.

Job Description:

Do you want to change the world one pet at a time? If so, Animal Friends, Inc. is looking for you! We are a fully equipped, progressive shelter providing for the care of more than 2500 adoptable animals every year. Come spread your wings on our 75-acre campus right outside of Pittsburgh, PA which is repeatedly honored as one of America’s Most Livable Cities.

We are seeking a part-time Admissions Counselor. Admissions Counselors are a public face of Animal Friends, setting the tone for our clients’ experiences at the 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 organizationAdmissions counselors are responsible for managing daily flow of animals into our facility. Flow is the process by which we admit and medically clear and behaviorally clear animals to provide the shortest and smoothest route to the adoption floor and permanent homes.

Responsibilities included:

  • The primary function of the Admissions Counselor is to assist the public in all phases of the admissions process
  • Maintain daily working knowledge and understanding of the kennel population within the shelter and in foster in order to appropriately communicate current admissions needs to the public
  • Professionally communicate admissions guidelines to all requests in a timely manner offering alternative resources when needed
  • Assist in organizing transfers from other shelters and animal control facilities by identifying our needs in regard to open spaces, kennel population and diversity through consistent and cooperative communication. This includes any duties or tasks deemed necessary for safe and successful transfers
  • Assists with the conducting of preliminary behavior assessments on animals seeking admission to Animal Friends in order to determine suitability and approval
  • Provides resources and referrals to the client if the animal is not able to be admitted
  • In an effort to keep pets in homes, educate the public on proper animal handling techniques, basic medical care and behavior training options
  • Support Foster Care program by sending foster animals into their foster homes and re-admitting animals from foster care as necessary
  • Support Foster Care program by helping the Admissions and Foster Care Coordinator to identify animals requiring foster care, selecting appropriate foster homes, and contacting foster parents to request placement in their homes
  • Maintaining contact with Animal Friends foster parents to ensure that they have all of the tools and supplies necessary to provide care for their fosters
  • Support clients who have lost their pet or who have found a pet by providing information on other shelters, animal control facilities and websites whose goal is to reunite animals with their families
  • Maintain the lost and found reports, following up with those posted on a regular basis.
  • Attend and contribute to morning meeting and flow when Admissions & Foster Care Coordinator is not in
  • Compile daily records required by Animal Friends through use of Chameleon software
  • Participate in training seminarsincluding animal handling and other seminars as assigned
  • Maintain admissions applications. Assist in calling applicants to bring in animals as openings from adoptions occur
  • Maintain a clean and organized environment including sweeping, mopping, and other light duties as needed or assigned
  • Maintain a professional, courteous demeanor with clients, volunteers and employees at all times

To Apply:

Qualified and interested candidates – please send a cover letter and resume to Lauren Leffakis, Admissions Coordinator, at LLeffakis@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.

Retail Associate

Status:

Part-time

Reports to:

Retail Coordinator

Job Summary:

The Retail Associate is the face of the retail store and the final step in the adoption process.  Retail Associates must have excellent customer service skills in order to ensure customers have a positive shopping experience.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to managing inventory, restocking items, organizing products on the store floor, and handling money at the register. The retail store serves as a cashier for donations and is also the conclusion of the adoption process.  For this reason, it is essential to the success of Animal Friends that the retail associate works cooperatively with all departments within the organization.

Essential Functions:

  • Assisting customers as they enter the Retail Store
  • Managing inventory
  • Restocking merchandise
  • Organizing products on the sales floor
  • Handling money at the register
  • Processing donations
  • Conducting the conclusion of the adoption process
  • Rectifying end of day closing reports
  • Maintaining cleanliness of the retail space
  • Leverage volunteer talent by engaging their assistance within the department, thereby helping us to further our mission and vision and to achieve the organization’s expectation of 100% integration of volunteers into our programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Preferred 1 year of retail experience
  • Proficient in current technology and Point of Sales systems (Clover POS)
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel
  • Valid driver’s license preferred
  • Flexible work availability preferred; may be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays and/or special events at times, including Black Tie & Tails
  • The physical demands for this job are as follows: Medium Work – Medium work is defined as lifting 50lbs maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 35lbs
  • Valid Pennsylvania Child Abuse, State Police, and FBI Fingerprint Clearances
  • Must have a sincere interest in the vision, mission, and culture of Animal Friends
  • Must meet essential functions within 60 days of hire

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Communication Proficiency – Ability to orally express information and ideas to others when speaking
  • Customer / Client Focus- Actively seeks out ways to aide Animal Friends guests and/or volunteers to ensure the best possible customer service is provided
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Ability to welcome, support and value individuals with similarities and differences that may vary from your own
  • Stress Management – Ability to maintain baseline behavior / composure during stressful situations
  • Teamwork Orientation – Ability to work with others to accomplish likeminded goals and tasks for the organization

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to Alex Stelitano, Retail Coordinator at AStelitano@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.

 

Admissions & Foster Care Coordinator

Status:

Full-time

Reports to:

Director of Admissions and Behavior Services

Position Summary:

The Admissions and Foster Care Coordinator oversees the Admissions department as well as the Animal Friends Foster Care Program. As a public face of Animal Friends, this position requires a person with flexibility, excellent communication (internally and externally), high energy, and strong public relations augmented by a compassionate spirit.

The primary responsibilities of the Admissions and Foster Care Coordinator are to oversee the process of animals being admitted to the shelter, to coordinate transfers with rescues, shelters, and animal control facilities, and to oversee the Foster Care Program.

This position requires strong decision-making skills, knowledge of animal sheltering, and an ability to see the big-picture view of animal welfare. The Coordinator must be comfortable handling cats, dogs, and rabbits of varying sizes, temperaments, ages, and backgrounds, and be able to work in emotional situations while remaining poised and professional. As with every position within Animal Friends, the Admissions and Foster Care Coordinator is expected to be a positive ambassador for the organization and abide by and promote its mission, policies, and vision.

Essential Functions:

  • The Admissions and Foster Care Coordinator manages, plans, and oversees all activities – day-to-day and big picture – in Admissions
  • Balances, coordinates, and communicates all aspects of admissions from owner surrender applications, area animal control facilities, shelters and rescue groups, Humane Investigations, adopted and foster animals that need to be returned, walk-ins, emergency clinics / other medical facilities, and abandoned animals
  • Works with the Adoption, Medical and Behavioral Wellness departments to lead, coordinate, and manage the transfer of animals from animal control facilities and other organizations
  • Conducts preliminary behavior assessments on animals seeking admission to Animal Friends, both on-site and at off-site locations, in order to determine suitability for admission. Provides resources and referrals to the client if the animal is not able to be admitted
  • In an effort to keep pets in homes, educate the public on animal behavior, basic medical care, and training options
  • Supervises and guides Admissions Counselors in the day-to-day of the Foster Care Program
  • Maintains daily working knowledge and understanding of kennel availability within the facility as well as in the foster population. This knowledge is necessary to appropriately communicate current space availability both on-site and in foster homes
  • Coordinates volunteer support for the Admissions and Foster Department including making arrangements for intake bathing of all dogs transferred in from other shelters and animal control facilities
  • Demonstrates commitment to integrating volunteers into the Admissions and Foster Care programs. Supports volunteer recruitment, training, evaluation, and recognition
  • Develops Standard Operating Procedures as dictated by the department’s needs
  • Co-coordinates (with the Director of Admissions and Behavior Services) the New Year’s Eve rescue
  • Provides written weekly and monthly updates as directed
  • Trains Admissions Counselors in all facets of the admissions process so that they may be able to independently handle the daily activities of the Admissions Department
  • Works with other departments to maintain the Home-to-Home adoption program
  • Manages Lost and Found program and associated web-linked database
  • Participates in continuing education opportunities
  • Maintains a clean and organized environment, including sweeping, mopping, and other light duties.
  • Compile daily records required by Animal Friends through use of Chameleon software
  • Participate in training seminars, including animal handling and Day of the Dog, and other seminars as assigned
  • Maintain a clean and organized environment including sweeping, mopping, and other light duties as needed or assigned
  • Maintain a professional, courteous demeanor with clients, volunteers and employees at all times
  • Leverage volunteer talent by engaging their assistance within the department, thereby helping us to further our mission and vision and to achieve the organization’s expectation of 100% integration of volunteers into our programs
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required
  • Previous customer service and/or public relations experience required
  • Computer literacy required including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and the internet. Working knowledge of Chameleon shelter software is helpful
  • Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, problem-solving ability, organizational skills, and proficiency in time management
  • Must be a team player but also able to handle difficult situations independently
  • Must possess basic knowledge of animal handling and behavior and animal health-related concerns
  • Access to dependable transportation required and must be open to frequent local travel. Valid PA driver’s license required
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including early mornings and late nights, as well as weekends and some holidays
  • Must be able to successfully manage multiple situations simultaneously
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull, and carry 50 pounds.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel. Valid driver’s license preferred
  • Flexible work availability preferred; organization is a 24hr operation, which may require individuals to work evenings, weekends, holidays and/or special events at times, including Black Tie & Tails
  • Must be able to push, pull, lift and/or carry up to 50 lbs. Shelter work can be physically demanding.
  • Valid Pennsylvania Child Abuse, State Police, and FBI Fingerprint Clearances
  • Must have a sincere interest in the vision, mission, and culture of Animal Friends
  • Must meet essential functions within 60 days of hire

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Communication Proficiency – Ability to orally express information and ideas to others when speaking
  • Customer / Client Focus- Actively seeks out ways to aide Animal Friends guests and/or volunteers to ensure the best possible customer service is provided
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Ability to welcome, support and value individuals with similarities and differences that may vary from your own
  • Stress Management – Ability to maintain baseline behavior / composure during stressful situations
  • Teamwork Orientation – Ability to work with others to accomplish likeminded goals and tasks for the organization

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to Lauren Leffakis, Chief Operating Officer at LLeffakis@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.  No phone calls, please.

 

Humane Society Police Officer

Status:

Full-time

Reports to:

Humane Investigations Coordinator

Position Summary:

The Humane Police Officer (HSPO) plays a key role in securing the rights of animals and preventing their abuse and suffering.  This position investigates reports of animal abuse and neglect in the community while serving as a point person for community outreach, education, and supportive resources.  The HSPO is tasked with educating pet owners and ensuring compliance with the law and ensuring standards of health and welfare of animals.  The HSPO has police powers as defined by the Pennsylvania HSPO Act (22PA. C. S. A. Chapter 37) to enforce the Cruelty to Animals law found in the PA Crimes Code, Title 18 (see attached).  The HSPO should direct his/her efforts to prevent cruelty to animals and, when warranted, rescue animals in danger, in accordance with the law.  The HSPO is expected to adhere to procedures defined by the PA State law and with policies defined by Animal Friends’ management.  The HSPO is expected to carry out the mission of Animal Friends as part of our community resource efforts and serve as a positive ambassador for the organization in our region.

Responsibilities:

  • Uphold all HSPO duties as defined by Animal Friends and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and adhere to the organization’s established standards of protocol.
  • Investigates and, when necessary, prosecutes individuals who neglect or abuse animals according to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Adheres to procedures defined by the PA State law and with policies defined by Animal Friends’ Board of Directors.
  • Responds to calls and complaints, determining whether, in fact, an offense has been committed, and what further action is taken, from increased education to prosecution, if necessary.
  • Keeps thorough reports and appropriate documentation through daily reporting in our database of each investigation including action taken and final disposition of the case and any court proceedings.
  • Educates pet owners of laws concerning basic standards of responsible pet ownership.
  • As directed, works collaboratively with other HSPO’s, animal control, dog warden, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Vehicle Administration
    • Maintains designated Humane Investigations vehicle, organized and clean, equipment, and supplies as prescribed through the HI Vehicle Policy Agreement.
  • Administration and Community Education
    • Attends regularly scheduled Humane Investigations department meetings.
    • Provides constant communication with the department Coordinator about casework and strategizes efficient use of time and resources including admissions to the shelter, search warrants, cooperative efforts with other agencies and work with the District Attorney’s Office and Special Prosecutor.
    • Engages in networking and educational opportunities with other animal agencies, police departments, and community organizations to educate these groups on responsible pet ownership.
    • Provides accurate reports and follow-up information on a regular weekly basis to supervisor.
    • Follows developed protocols for communication with media.
    • Assists with other related duties as requested.

Expectations

  • The Humane Society Police Officer must execute his/her duties in a professional, honest, and fair manner and in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • The HSPO must work various hours as required by the work load, court schedule, and Animal Friends’ events; must be available and will be regularly scheduled to work nights and weekends; must be able and willing to travel out of town if necessary.  Out of town travel is required for approved training and continuing education.
  • The HSPO must execute his/her duties always keeping in mind the safety and best interest of the officer, the animal, and the organization.
  • In court, the HSPO must make every attempt to present evidence and convey the truth in an objective manner.
  • The HSPO must adhere to the laws of the Commonwealth and rules of criminal procedure.
  • The HSPO must adhere to the organization’s use of vehicle policy, use of electronic equipment policy, and employee handbook.
  • The HSPO must keep the Humane Investigations Coordinator informed of the status of any case involving criminal prosecution and/or litigation involving Animal Friends or the Police Officer.
  • The HSPO must be attired in the appropriate uniform befitting the season and the situation.
  • The HSPO must abide by and uphold the mission, vision and culture statement of the Animal Friends’ Organization.

Relationships

  • Reports to the Humane Investigations Coordinator
  • Works closely and in tandem with other HSPO and Humane Investigations Resource Liaison.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma and minimum of two years of law enforcement experience preferred.
  • Satisfactory completion of the training program established by PA Act 1994-135 governing Humane Society Police Officers, including criminal history background check required by the Act.
  • Must be experienced and comfortable approaching, handling and/or restraining all animals regardless of temperament, medical condition, or overall health.
  • Familiarity with rules of criminal procedure.
  • Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills; experience dealing with crisis situations and/or in advocacy-related work is preferred.
  • Must be computer literate and comfortable with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel; experience with project management software helpful.
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, high-energy environment; must be able to prioritize effectively and manage workday hours efficiently.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to travel.  Valid driver’s license required.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays on a regular basis.  On-call work required.
  • This is a physically demanding position which requires the ability to:
    • push, pull, and/or lift 50 pounds
    • maneuver safely across varying outdoor terrain
    • maneuver safely across a variety of indoor conditions
    • comfortably drive in all weather conditions
  • Must have a sincere interest in the work, programs, and mission of Animal Friends.
  • PA Act 33 and 34 clearances as well as FBI Criminal Background Check required.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to Krista Sobecki-Koontz, Humane Investigations Coordinator at KSobecki@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.  No phone calls, please.

 

Associate Veterinarian

Status:

Part-time

Reports to:

Medical Director—Shelter Medicine

Schedule:

18-24 hours per week and requires one weekend day

Position Summary:

The Associate Veterinarian – Shelter Medicine assists in fulfilling the mission and vision of Animal Friends by acting as an advocate on behalf of animals and by providing prompt and quality veterinary services to all animals within the organization’s care while preparing them for adoption. The Veterinarian supervises the day-to-day medical care of animals—dogs, cats, and rabbits–both residing on site and in foster care.  The position requires a working knowledge of shelter medicine and epidemiology as well as surgical proficiency.

The Veterinarian must have a big-picture view of animal welfare, herd health, and shelter medicine while being able to work in emotional situations while remaining poised and professional.  This position requires flexibility, high energy, strong problem-solving skills, a solution based mind-set, and effective positive communication skills augmented by a compassionate spirit.  As with every position within Animal Friends, the Veterinarian is expected to be a positive ambassador for the organization, abide by and promote its mission, policies, and vision.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversees and manages the veterinary functions for all Animal Friends animals, including medical, surgical and foster care programs, to ensure quality and professionalism.
  • Examine, diagnose, and treat sick and/or injured animals.
  • Commitment to “force free” handling techniques.
  • Performs surgical procedures on a daily and as-needed basis including, but not limited to, ovariohysterectomy (including pediatric), orchiectomy/castration (including pediatric), tumor/lump/cyst removal, hernia repair, teeth extractions and other surgical procedures as appropriate.
  • Ensures appropriate medication is administered by Medical Wellness staff.
  • Performs humane euthanasia in a timely and compassionate manner as according to Animal Friends’ protocols, procedures, and no-kill tradition.
  • Reviews medical records to ensure staff provide appropriate treatment and follow-up.
  • Oversees and participates in training and continuing education for the department.
  • Coaches staff by providing regular, ongoing feedback and direction
  • Interfaces with other departments to provide educational opportunities as needed
  • Evaluates and determines the disposition of animals in the organization’s care according to standard medical procedure and legal requirements.
  • Consults as needed with the Behavior and Humane Investigations departments concerning the disposition of animals and provides evaluation, documentation and testimony on animals involved in suspected cruelty and neglect investigations.
  • Responsible for “on call” coverage (via cell phone) for telephone consultations re: emergency care.
  • Consults with other veterinary professionals as needed.
  • Provides guidance to staff for situations that require immediate problem solving.
  • Oversees and takes control of situations which could be damaging to the professional image of the organization.
  • Demonstrates commitment to integrating volunteers. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Doctoral degree in veterinary medicine and current Pennsylvania license required.
  • DEA license must be current or obtainable.
  • A minimum of three to five years’ prior work experience as a veterinarian preferred. Excellent surgical skills required; knowledge of shelter medicine desirable.
  • Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats, and rabbits of varying breed, size, age, background, and temperament.
  • Must have the ability to cope with physically and emotionally demanding work.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, computer literacy, organizational ability and time management skills. Computer competency in a Windows environment required; experience with Chameleon (animal shelter software) helpful.
  • Must be willing to work in an environment that includes exposure to high noise levels, animal bites and scratches, as well as hazardous chemicals such as volatile anesthetics, injectable anesthetics, injectable antibiotics, etc.
  • Must be willing to perform euthanasia and necropsy services.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation, and openness to local travel. Valid driver’s license preferred.
  • Must be willing to be “on call” to provide support in medical emergency situations.
  • Flexible work availability required; must be able to work extended hours as needed– organization is a 24hr operation, which may require individuals to work evenings, weekends, holidays and/or special events at times.
  • The physical demands for this job are as follows: Heavy Work – Heavy work is defined as frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 50lbs
  • Valid Pennsylvania Child Abuse, State Police, and FBI Fingerprint Clearances
  • Must have a sincere interest in the vision, mission, and culture of Animal Friends
  • Must meet essential functions within 60 days of hire

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Communication Proficiency – Ability to orally express information and ideas to others when speaking. Proficient knowledge of veterinary medicine specifically that of companion animals (dogs, cats, and rabbits)
  • Customer / Client Focus – Ability to work with people of various backgrounds and in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment with a commitment to developing long-term relationships with colleagues, clients, and community.
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Ability to welcome, support and value individuals with similarities and differences that may vary from your own
  • Stress Management – Ability to maintain baseline behavior / composure during stressful situations
  • Teamwork Orientation – Ability to work with others to accomplish likeminded goals and tasks for the organization. Ability to respond positively to direction and supervision.  Ability to provide direction and training to veterinary technician staff.
  • Time Management—Efficient in movement, thought, and time management. Ability to set the pace for the day.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to Ann Ensingmer, Chief Programs Officer at AEnsingmer@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. For questions, please call 412.847.7091

 

Clinic Services Program Assistant

Status:

Full-time

Reports to:

Clinic Services Coordinator

Position Summary:

The Clinic Services Program Assistant is responsible for the coordination of all facets of Animal Friends’ low-cost spay neuter program.  The position assists in the daily functioning of the program, such as client education about spay/neuter and feral cat colony management, data collection and reporting, phone contact, filing and paperwork completion.  The Program Assistant is a strong public face of Animal Friends, setting the tone for our clients’ experiences at the Howard Ash Animal Wellness 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 in a fast-paced team environment. Must be customer service savvy with a big-picture view of animal welfare and be very detail oriented.  The candidate must also support the Animal Friends’ mission and vision and enhance and promote the programs and services of the organization.

Essential Functions

  • This position provides front-line customer service support for our Animal Wellness Center ensuring an efficient and friendly experience for our clientele. The incumbent must practice superlative customer service standards as determined by the organization, with a focus on client education in regards to spay/neuter, colony cat management and trapping, vaccines, and wellness services.
  • The Program Assistant must  provide prompt recognition to our on-site clients and have the capability to multitask in a busy environment while providing support to clients both on-site and over the phone.
  • The Program Assistant provides critical education on timing of surgery, basic medical knowledge and the necessity of spay/neuter, vaccines and general wellness as directed by our Clinic Services Medical Director.
  • The Program Assistant is responsible for timely scheduling of spay/neuter appointments, wellness appointments, and vaccine appointments – as well as client check-in and check-out.  Must be available to work both check-in and check-out shifts (7am-3pm and 11am-7pm) as well as evenings and weekends when requested.
  • The position supports Clinic Services high-volume vaccine clinics both on-site and in the community through data entry, engagement and education of clients, restraint of pets, and collection of funds and scheduling of appointments.
  • The Program Assistant is responsible for general clerical duties including, but not limited to:  answering phones, updating client files, scanning and copying documents, responding to emails, faxing records, etc.  Additionally, they will be required to learn our scheduling and client database, Clinic HQ.
  • The Program Assistant supports the shelter functioning as requested. This includes but is not limited to tasks associated with and participation at special events, all staff trainings, and daily events such as morning briefings.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must have experience in the area of reception, administration, and customer service.
  • Must have excellent work history and access to professional references.
  • High school diploma or GED required. Post-secondary education is preferred, equivalent work experience will be considered.
  • Basic knowledge of, and ability to learn and communicate general health, reproductive and spay/neuter information of companion animals including cats, dogs and rabbits.
  • Willingness to learn or experience in performing basic veterinary technician duties such as but not limited to weighing and restraining.
  • Ability to work a fixed schedule (both check-in and check-out shifts); regular weekend hours will eventually be required.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with diverse populations and the ability to engage in judgment-free and open-minded thinking.
  • 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 (including feral cats) and rabbits.
  • Must be able to handle animals while placing into cages or carriers. Must be able to lift cats in humane traps or carriers. Must be able to walk dogs on leashes.
  • Must be able to walk, bend, stand and lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel. Valid driver’s license preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Communication Proficiency – Ability to orally express information and ideas to others when speaking. Proficient knowledge of general health, reproductive and spay/neuter information of companion animals (dogs, cats, and rabbits).
  • Customer / Client Focus- Actively seeks out ways to aide Animal Friend guests and/or volunteers to ensure the best possible customer service is provided.
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Ability to welcome, support and value individuals with similarities and differences that may vary from your own.
  • Stress Management – Ability to maintain baseline behavior / composure during stressful situations.
  • Teamwork Orientation – Ability to work with others to accomplish likeminded goals and tasks for the organization. Ability to respond positively to direction and supervision.
  • Efficiency in movement, thought and time management
  • Exceptional comfort in working with and restraining of animals, particularly dogs, cats (including ferals), and rabbits.
  • Availability to work organizational special events as required.
  • Sincere interest in the work, program and mission of Animal Friends, Inc.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to Kaley Kaczynski, Clinic Services Coordinator at KKaczynski@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

 

Janitorial Technician

Status:

Part-time

Reports to:

Maintenance Coordinator

Position Summary:

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 Janitorial Technician to embrace, emulate, support and carry out the organization’s vision, mission and workplace culture.  This role is responsible for on-going cleaning, stocking of critical supplies, and general upkeep of the Animal Friends campus areas and buildings, ensuring the health, safety, and wellness of the staff, volunteers, and visitors. This role requires an individual who is comfortable and effective working independently and without direct supervision.  Because of the nature of this role, the incumbent MUST be comfortable working alone in the early-evening into late-night hours.

Essential Functions

  • Custodial:
    • Maintaining cleanliness of all spaces/areas
    • Sweeping and mopping all areas except animal housing areas
    • Cleaning and vacuuming carpeted areas, carpet runners and rubber mats
    • Dusting
    • Removing trash
    • Window cleaning, including frames, doors and door frames
    • Cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, kitchenettes and breakrooms
    • Stripping and buffing floors as needed
    • Setting up and tearing down for various activities
    • Cleaning sidewalks and patios
    • Removing snow, salting of sidewalks/walkways

    Other:

    • Setting/checking alarm/building systems at the end of the shift
    • Monitoring supply inventory
    • Restocking supplies
    • Assisting with special projects
    • Performing light maintenance
    • Contacting First Responders as well as the Animal Friends Responder on Call for any/all emergencies or concerns included, but not limited to: animals in distress, abandonments, after-hours visitors to the campus, power failure, suspicious activity, etc.
    • Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must be organized, detail oriented and self-motivated with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • 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 possess basic computer skills
  • 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 comfortable working and handling emergency situations when alone on the property
  • 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
  • Must be able to attend quarterly all-staff training and other mandatory attendance days
  • Must be able to work early evening-late night shifts, varying days of the week and holidays as needed.  Animal Friends is a 24/7 operation.
  • Must be comfortable being on-campus alone after normal business/operating hours.
  • Must be comfortable responding to unexpected emergencies appropriately and efficiently.
  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Communication Proficiency – Ability to orally express information and ideas to others when speaking
  • Customer / Client Focus- Actively seeks out ways to aid Animal Friends guests and/or volunteers to ensure the best possible customer service is provided
  • Teamwork Orientation – Ability to work with others to accomplish like-minded goals and tasks for the organization

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to Tom Snee, Maintenance Coordinator at TSnee@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.