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 Jason Moninger, Director of Volunteer Services at Volunteering@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 Dougherty, Director of Events & Corporate Giving at HDougherty@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:

Clinic Services Coordinator

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. We are seeking a veterinary technician who enjoys and excels at being part of a team which provides high-quality, compassionate care primarily to dogs, cats and rabbits. This includes high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter, wellness care, vaccine services, dentals and other routine veterinary care. The successful candidate must have a passion for working with pets as well as providing education and resources to people, with a focus on underserved populations. This position requires a positive, outgoing personality and comfort working with diverse populations. The ability to offer care and education in a compassionate, nonjudgmental way is a must.

It is essential that the candidate 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.

The candidate must support Animal Friends’ mission and goals and enhance and promote the programs and services of the organization.

Responsibilities:

Medical (80%)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Assisting veterinarians in medical procedures using proper restraint; including proper restraint for fractious patients
  • Performing routine diagnostics (radiographs, lab work, cytology, and more)
  • Maintaining cleanliness of the mobile surgical unit and in-house surgical suite as well as exam rooms and laboratory/pharmacy
  • Assisting with other related duties as requested

Customer Service (15%)

  • Communicating respectfully with clients and staff
  • Relaying important medical information about patients with goal of customer understanding
  • Counseling owners about end of life and other sensitive medical care decisions
  • Providing discharge instructions for patients and overseeing the dispensing of medications
  • Providing positive direction and feedback to veterinary technician students

Administrative/Other (5%)

  • Preparing medical records and performing client phone calls
  • Documenting all exam findings, test results, and treatment recommendations on medical record forms at direction of Veterinarian
  • Attending staff meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

The candidate also must be willing to work in a learning environment and provide support and training for
veterinary technician students.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Two years of veterinary technician experience working with cats, dogs, and rabbits
  • Prefer a candidate who is a licensed veterinary technician in the state of Pennsylvania or one who is willing to obtain a PA license
  • Must have excellent work history and access to professional references
  • Must possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and dependable transportation

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 Kristy Pszenny, Admissions Coordinator, at KPszenny@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.