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Employment Opportunities

We are excited to expand our team with dedicated people who are committed to our lifesaving mission. Please see below for our list of current employment opportunities with the Richmond SPCA.

Send your completed application for employment and any requested accompanying documents to the hiring manager listed in each of the descriptions. Make sure to reference the position for which you are applying. We look forward to hearing from you!


Animal Care Technician

Part-time position
Hours: 20 to 28 hours per week (both Saturday and Sunday availability is required)
Rate: $10 per hour

We are seeking an energetic individual with excellent communication skills and a genuine desire to work for the welfare of animals in a fast-paced, team-oriented atmosphere. Responsibilities include maintaining a clean and pleasant living environment for the dogs and cats in our shelter, monitoring their health and behavior, and providing extra tender loving care! We are looking for a dependable/punctual, self-motivated person who has daytime availability. Sorry, but we do not hire seasonal help. 

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Daytime availability on Monday through Friday (most shifts are 8am-5pm or 8am-noon)
  • Availability on weekends and holidays
  • Reliable transportation (including during inclement weather)
  • Comfort handling/learning to handle both dogs and cats: general handling (petting, leash-walking, some lifting and carrying), and restraint (placing animals in cages/carriers)
  • Frequent kneeling, stooping, using stairs, reaching, pulling and lifting weights up to approximately 50 pounds
  • Valid driver’s license

Please complete the Richmond SPCA employment application and email it to Danny MacKay at dmackay@richmondspca.org. Applications may also be faxed to 804-521-0540 or dropped off at our front desk. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.


Behavior and Training Specialist: Shelter Training

Full-time position
Hours: 40 hours per week

The Richmond SPCA seeks a self-motivated, reliable individual who has at least one year of experience in reward-based dog training to join its shelter training team. While the position will largely focus on the training of shelter dogs, some assistance with the training of shelter cats may be desired. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently while communicating effectively and cooperatively with other members of his or her team as well as with other departments within the organization. The person applying must be very comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. He or she must also possess a working knowledge of learning theory, clicker training and behavior modification.

Responsibilities include:

  • Delivering enrichment and training modification for dogs in our care using reward-based methods
  • Evaluating pets who are displaying behavior concerns and deciding on appropriate management and training protocols
  • Writing thorough trainer notes to provide information and instruction to staff and potential adopters
  • Keeping supervisors informed about training progress being made with specific animals
  • Providing guidance, training and support to staff members in other departments as well as to volunteers
  • Introducing pets with behavioral challenges to prospective adopters and communicating with and delivering education to those families about the animals and their unique challenges
  • Learning safe and appropriate restraint techniques to assist with medical procedures as needed
  • Assisting with foster care placements as needed
  • Assisting with volunteer programs, including Green Team (dog training) and Blue Team (cat training)
  • Providing support to the Richmond SPCA School for Dogs and the Kids & K9s summer camp as needed
  • Replying to behavior helpline calls and emails as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements include:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have at least one year of professional dog training experience (CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA certification preferred)
  • Must have daytime availability
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must possess excellent customer service skills and the ability to interact professionally and effectively with others, both verbally and through written correspondence 
  • Must demonstrate a strong commitment to the no-kill philosophy as well as spaying and neutering and pet adoption
  • Must embrace reward-based training methods
  • Must have strong prioritization and organizational skills
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Must be able to safely walk and handle large dogs both indoors and outdoors (including during inclement weather)

This position requires frequent standing, occasional kneeling, stooping, using stairs, reaching, pulling and lifting weights up to approximately 50 pounds.

If you are interested in this position, please submit an employment application and current resume to Jackie Laubacher, CPDT-KSA, at jlaubacher@richmondspca.org. Additionally, please write and submit an essay of 500 words or less on the topic “Three Things Every Shelter Pet Needs.”  Applications may also be dropped off at the front desk or faxed to 804-521-0540 (attention: Jackie Laubacher).

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. Please do not call or walk in to inquire about the status of your application.


Birthday Party Host

Part-time position 
Hours: weekend availability is required, hours vary

The Richmond SPCA is seeking an independent, dependable and creative party host who loves working with children for our birthday party program. No birthday party host experience is necessary but experience with children strongly preferred.

Responsibilities include:

  • Setting up the party area
  • Supervising party attendees
  • Leading activities
  • Communicating with parents and collecting payment
  • Cleaning up at the conclusion of the party

Requirements include:

  • Must have daytime weekend availability, some weeknights may also be available
  • Must possess excellent communication skills with parents and children
  • Must have reliable transportation to the Robins-Starr Humane Center
  • Must be 17 years of age or older
  • Must be self-motivated, organized and enthusiastic
  • Must be comfortable handling both dogs and cats

If you are interested in this position, please submit an employment application and current resume to Kyla Finck at kfinck@richmondspca.org. Applications may also be dropped off at the front desk or faxed to 804-521-0540 (attention: Kyla Finck). If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


Client Services Representative

Part-time position 
Hours: approximately 20-25 hours per week (early morning and evening availability required)

The Richmond SPCA is seeking a part-time Client Services Representative to work in our full-service Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital. This is a great opportunity to join this established, well recognized private no-kill humane society. 

Requirements include:

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task, take and follow directions, provide productive feedback to management
  • Adapt and accomodate to changing demands and make appropriate prioritization decisions
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn new computer systems quickly. Knowledge of Avimark a plus
  • General cleaning, restocking and upkeep of work space: sweeping, dusting, mopping, taking out the trash and restocking supplies and maintenance of existing organizational systems
  • Comfortable handling/learning to handle both dogs and cats – general handling (leash-walking, lifting and carrying), and, placing animals in cages/carriers
  • Ability to perform occasional kneeling, stooping, reaching, pulling and lifting weights up to about 50 lbs
  • Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to, client communications, data entry, answering multiple phones lines, updating medical charts, filing, scheduling appointments, client education, and handling money
  • Experience working in the veterinary field strongly preferred
  • Early morning and evening availability required

If you are a reliable, energetic worker who is comfortable with working in a fast-paced team environment, please email your completed application to Gina Russell, at grussell@richmondspca.org. Applications may also be faxed to 804-521-0540 or dropped off at our front desk in our veterinary hospital. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


Humane Education Assistant

Seasonal position (May – September) 
Hours: up to 40 hours per week 

The Richmond SPCA is seeking an outgoing and creative self-starter to support our Department of Humane Education during our summer camp season. This position requires that candidates be organized, detail-oriented and punctual. The ideal candidate should also be dedicated to our mission as well as be enthusiastic about providing education to children within our community. This staff member will generally work a set schedule of Monday-Friday, but should have flexible availability as needed, with the potential of working some weekend days in May and September. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist Coordinator of Humane Education with training, delegation, supervision, conflict resolution, and problem solving; seeking assistance where necessary
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with Richmond SPCA staff, volunteers, and members of the public
  • Assist in organizing activities for camp each week and lead a variety of group activities Supervise the campers, with first priority being their safety, and at all times following camp policies set forth by the manager of education and training and the coordinator of humane education
  • Serve as a positive role model for campers, camp counselors, and junior counselors
  • Show a genuine interest in campers
  • Work to ensure that all campers are comfortable, safe and feel included
  • Ensure that the camp area is kept clean and organized
  • Communicate with management, co-workers, and parents about incidents involving campers
  • Help guide the junior counselors (high school students) to have a deeper understanding of leadership and counseling skills
  • Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with the camp and facility areas
  • Assist with school tours and programs as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, some college or a four-year degree is preferred
  • Must have a reliable form of transportation
  • Must have previous experience with children, preferably in a camp setting
  • Must be available weekdays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. starting June 3 through August 30 (up to one week of unpaid vacation will be permitted June-August)
  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to multitask, take and follow directions, and make appropriate prioritization decisions
  • Must be comfortable handling/learning to handle both cats and dogs
  • Must be able to perform occasional kneeling, stooping, reaching, pulling, and lifting weights up to approximately 50 pounds

Employment will be subject to background check. 

To apply, please complete the Richmond SPCA employment application available at the top of this page and email it along with a resume and cover letter to Kyla Finck, kfinck@richmondspca.org or by fax at 804-521-0540. Applications may also be dropped off at our front desk. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.


Summer Camp Counselor

Internship opportunity or seasonal position 

We are seeking an independent, dependable and creative summer camp counselor who loves working with children for our summer camp program. Camp counselors serve as the primary adult responsible for the campers throughout the summer.

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have a reliable form of transportation
  • Be available weekdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. starting May 28 through August 30 (one week of vacation will be permitted) *Certain scheduling accommodations related to the start of classes will be taken into account*

Requirements Include:

  • Must have excellent communication skills
  • Must be able to multi-task, take and follow directions, and make appropriate prioritization decisions
  • Must be comfortable handling/learning to handle both cats and dogs
  • Must be able to perform occasional kneeling, stooping, reaching, pulling, and lifting weights up to approximately 50 pounds
  • Strong commitment to no-kill principles (including spay/neuter and pet adoption)
  • Must have previous experience with children

Responsibilities Include:

  • Supervising the campers, with first priority being their safety, and at all times following camp policies set forth by the senior manager of education and training and the coordinator of humane education
  • Serving as a positive role model for campers
  • Being punctual and organized
  • Showing a genuine interest in campers
  • Working to ensure that all campers are comfortable, safe, and feel included
  • Ensuring that the camp area is kept clean and organized
  • Communicating with parents, co-workers, and management about incidents involving campers’ behaviors or other problems
  • Helping guide the Junior Counselors (high school students) to have a deeper understanding of leadership and counseling skills
  • Problem solving through situations and seeking assistance when necessary
  • Assisting in organizing activities for camp each week and leading a variety of group activities
  • Knowing, enforcing, and following safety guidelines associated with camp and facility areas
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Employment will be subject to background check

To be considered, please email the following to Melissa Jordan at mjordan@richmondspca.org or fax to 804-521-0540:

If you are selected for an interview you will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


Training Class Instructor: Advanced Agility

Part-time position 
Hours: Flexible (weekend availability may be required)

We are seeking self-motivated and enthusiastic individuals with excellent communication skills to teach a variety of classes in a well-established environment.

As an instructor for the Richmond SPCA you would promote the positive training philosophies of the organization and ensure a safe environment for pet parents and their dogs, as well as staff, volunteers, and customers of the Richmond SPCA.

You would be responsible for following approved class curriculum, evaluating the training needs and goals of our clients’ dogs, recommending the appropriate classes, and helping students implement the techniques necessary to achieve those desired goals. 

Other job responsibilities include communicating with students regarding class schedules and light housekeeping before and after classes to ensure the cleanliness of the training space.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Advanced agility experience
  • CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA preferred

Requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Previous experience teaching positive reinforcement dog training techniques in group or class settings
  • Possess excellent customer service skills and the ability to interact professionally and effectively with others through verbal and written communication
  • Strong commitment to no-kill principals (including spay/neuter and pet adoption) and to reward-based, positive reinforcement training methods
  • Have ability to teach and guide others in a supportive and encouraging manner
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time and handle large dogs
  • Be comfortable with frequent bending, kneeling, reaching, pulling and lifting weights up to approximately 50 pounds

To be considered for the position, please email the following to Kyla Finck:

Applications may also be faxed to 804-521-0540 or dropped off at our front desk. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.


Veterinary Assistant

Part-time position 
Hours: approximately 25 hours per week (early morning and evening availability required)

The Richmond SPCA is seeking a part-time veterinary assistant to work in our full-service Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital’s surgery suite. This is a great opportunity to join this established, well recognized private no-kill humane society.

Requirements include:

  • Excellent client communication skills and professional customer service
  • Ability to multi-task, take and follow directions, adapt and accommodate changing demands and make appropriate prioritization decisions
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn new computer systems quickly. Knowledge of Avimark a plus
  • General clean-up, restocking and upkeep of work space: sweeping, dusting, mopping, cleaning of kennels, taking out the trash and restocking supplies
  • Maintenance of existing organizational systems, including accurate medical record keeping (training provided)
  • Must be comfortable handling/learning to handle both dogs and cats- general handling (leash-walking, lifting and carrying), animal restraint, and placing animals in cages/carriers
  • Ability to perform occasional kneeling, stooping, reaching, pulling and lifting up to about 50 lbs.
  • Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting in our high-volume spay/neuter clinic, animal restraint, clerical work, speaking with clients and client education, cleaning and working closely with the entire Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital team
  • Experience working in the veterinary field strongly preferred
  • Early morning and evening availability required.

Please complete the Richmond SPCA employment application and email it to Janice Scheibe at jscheibe@richmondspca.org. Applications may also be faxed to 804-521-1338 or dropped off at our front desk. Please submit your resume along with your application. No phone calls, please.

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