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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 preferred

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 Associate – School for Dogs

Part-time position
16-28 hours per week

We are seeking a skilled, motivated, dependable individual to join our training team at the Richmond SPCA School for Dogs.

The ideal candidate will have previous professional experience training dogs using reward-based (aka positive reinforcement) training methods. They must excel at working with people and pets and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. A basic knowledge of learning theory, clicker training, agility, tricks, and/or behavior modifications is a plus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Performing daily training and enrichment sessions using reward-based methods
  • Providing superior customer service
  • Building and maintaining relationships with clients (both humans and dogs)
  • Working both independently and in collaboration with their teammates to help pet parents set achievable training goals for their dogs and being creative when no specific goals provided
  • Writing daily report cards and sending them to parents- updating them on training sessions and providing information to continue that training at home (including creating individualized training videos)
  • Scheduling and leading personalized private lessons with clients and their dogs
  • Completing daily housekeeping tasks such as laundry, sweeping, washing dishes, mopping, etc.  
  • Assisting with training volunteers as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements include:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • 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 including spay/neuter and pet adoption
  • Must embrace reward-based (positive reinforcement) training methods
  • Must be flexible and keep a positive attitude when faced with daily changes or challenges
  • Must have strong prioritization and organizational skills
  • Must be highly self-motivated and possess excellent time management skills
  • Must have basic computer skills (Word, MS Outlook)
  • Must be able to frequently stand and use stairs. Must be able to occasionally kneel, stoop, reach, pull and lift weights up to approximately 50 pounds
  • Must have the ability to safely walk and handle large dogs, including during inclement weather

Weekend and evening availability is a bonus as the ideal candidate will be able to take on additional responsibilities as their skills advance (such as instructing group classes and assisting with behavior helpline).

If you are interested, please submit an employment application and current resume to Eileen Holst-Grubbe at eholst-grubbe@richmondspca.org. In addition, please write and submit a short essay defining Classical and Operant Conditioning and give three examples of applications of both. Applications may also be dropped off at the front desk or faxed to 804-521-0540.


Client Services Representative

Full-time position, with benefits
40 hours per week

The Richmond SPCA is seeking a full-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 and resume to Ariel Libbon, at alibbon@richmondspca.org. Applications and resumes 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.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Full-time position, with benefits
40 hours per week

We are seeking a Licensed Veterinary Technician for our full-service veterinary hospital, which provides high quality care at low cost to income-qualified pet guardians in the Greater Richmond community, as well as pets adopted from our center and those in the care of local government shelters. This is a unique opportunity to join a well-respected group of doctors, technicians and support staff in the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.

Primary responsibilities include providing exceptional patient care, client education and assisting veterinarians as directed, among other duties as assigned. The Richmond SPCA offers a competitive salary, an attractive benefits package and the opportunity to make a difference in guaranteeing that all pets receive the veterinary care they need, regardless of their families’ financial capacities.

Applicants must hold a LVT license and possess a current State of Virginia license. Individuals with prior experience in a shelter or fast-paced hospital are encouraged to apply.

A successful candidate would be comfortable with basic vet tech skills such as IV catheter placement, blood draws, anesthesia induction/maintenance/monitoring, surgical prep, and radiographic positioning. Also important are basic wellness and medical knowledge as well as the ability to thrive in a team environment while providing outstanding client communication and patient service.

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


Retail Sales Associate

Part-time position
Hours: Approximately 16 hours on weekdays, weekends
Rate: $10 per hour

The Richmond SPCA is seeking a highly motivated and reliable individual to work in the organization’s gift shop as a part-time retail sales associate.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Performing cashier duties and completing accurate sales tender reconciliation
  • Keeping a tidy work space and general cleaning duties of the retail shop
  • Stocking inventory
  • Maintaining an appealing store layout and tidy product displays
  • Recommending, selecting and helping customers locate merchandise
  • Taking incoming customer calls and transferring customer calls to appropriate staff
  • Providing stellar customer service

Requirements include:

  • Occasional kneeling, stooping, using stairs, reaching, pulling and lifting weights up to approximately 50 pounds
  • Previous retail experience
  • Experience in the pet industry and pet product knowledge preferred
  • Display merchandising skills preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, MS Outlook)
  • Ability to multi-task and make appropriate prioritization decisions
  • Comfort handling/learning to handle both dogs and cats (petting, fitting for collars or harnesses, etc.)
  • Weekend availability
  • Understanding of animal welfare philosophy and dedication to the mission of the organization

Please complete the Richmond SPCA employment application and email it to Christina Bird at cbird@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.


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

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 Timothy Joyner:

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. 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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