Employment Opportunities – Join the Team


Why join the SPCA family? The SPCA of Wake County is doing important things for homeless pets across North Carolina, so a position with the SPCA isn’t just a job. It’s an opportunity to make a difference. You’ll also have support from really cool coworkers (We’re not kidding – we have ugly sweater contests! What’s cooler than that?). Other benefits include reasonably priced health insurance, a retirement plan, and generous paid vacation/sick time. And where else can you cuddle a puppy on your lunch break? Talk about workplace benefits.

Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or disability.


Position: Veterinary Medical Assistant (part-time)

Location: SPCA  Pet Adoption Center (200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC) and SPCA Admission Center (327 Hwy 70, Garner, NC)

The Overview: The SPCA Medical Assistant will work with all of the animals at both the SPCA’s adoption center (majority of hours) and admission center (up to ten hours per week), as well as those in foster care; work with medical and admission staff to assess new animals seeking entry into the SPCA adoption program; and work with staff veterinarian and other staff to provide each pet with medical care. The medical assistant will also be responsible for some data entry. Candidates must be friendly, professional, and flexible. Must love animals and really enjoy working with a diverse group of people!

A Day in the Life:
First thing in the morning you print the list of vaccines that are due for various SPCA animals. Before you can finish, a volunteer tells you one on the puppies is bleeding. You stop what you’re doing to check it out and find the incision site from the puppy’s recent spay surgery has opened. After taking care of the puppy, you are able to get back to the vaccination report. You soon notice one of the dogs is coughing and has some nasal discharge, so you make a note to have the vet look at him for a possible upper respiratory infection. Once the vaccines are finished, you sit down at your computer to update the medical records for each pet that received a vaccine. Then you spend 10 minutes sitting with a cat who hasn’t been eating well. (You’ve discovered the secret is that she wants company and a little extra wet food mixed in.) In the afternoon, you do a urinalysis for a cat who won’t consistently use the litter box and get a skin scrape for a dog whose hair loss looks suspiciously like mange.

You Might Be A Born Veterinary Medical Assistant If:
-You dream about FeLV/FIV tests, parvo tests, skin scrapings, fungal cultures, heartworm tests, and urinalyses.
-You live for data entry.
-You’re so flexible, you were Gumby for Halloween. If you’re in the middle of cleaning your house when a sick friend calls and asks for help, you can easily stop what you’re doing, take care of the more pressing matters, and pick up where you left off later in the day.
-Professional event planners are envious of your time management skills – you really know how to get things done efficiently!

The Nitty Gritty:
-High school required; completion of college courses a plus; relevant work experience required
– Self-starting with high energy and the ability to work with minimal supervision required
– Excellent interpersonal skills and friendliness are essential!
– Currently accepting applications for part-time, 16-24 hours/week. Work hours currently needed are weekend hours plus limited weekday hours. Hours may change according to the organization’s needs. Some holidays required.
-A strong history of reliability and stable employment should be illustrated

Interested? Please send resume, SPCA employment application, and letter of interest to Dr. Alice Hunsucker at ahunsucker@spcawake.org. Applications can be downloaded from the SPCA website and printed or e-mailed. You may also drop off your application during business hours. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please (we’ll have our people call your people).


Position: Animal Care Associate (full-time)

Location: SPCA Admission Center (327 Hwy 70, Garner, NC)

The Overview: Before they can be available for adoption, SPCA pets live at the SPCA Admission Center. The Animal Care Associate at the SPCA of Wake County is responsible for daily care for those pets.

A Day in the Life:
This job is so much more than cleaning kennels (though there is a fair amount of that, to be honest). The Animal Care Specialist improves the quality of life for SPCA pets. When you work at the admission center, you are among the first to meet new SPCA pets. You’ll learn their likes and dislikes as well as what’s “normal” behavior for them. That’s all important information in order to keep them happy and healthy while they’re with the SPCA. In the morning you might clean kennels and hold a few dogs while they get vaccines. Then after lunch you might find yourself comforting a nervous cat with some quiet, one-on-one attention in between loads of laundry. Later you might organize a play date for two dogs who need a little extra exercise to be happy. It’s all in a day’s work for the Animal Care Specialist.

You Might Be A Born Animal Care Associate If:

-You spend your evenings reading books and web articles about dog and cat body language

-Your goal in life is to have a house full of pets to look after

-You consider yourself to be a bit of a time management freak – you love nothing more than thinking about the most effective way to get your work done

-You’re the first to notice when one of your (or your family’s) pets isn’t acting right and do something about it

The Nitty Gritty:

-High school diploma or equivalent required

-Full-time (40 hours/week)

-Hourly pay rate is $10.00 + great benefits

-Will be regularly exposed to (and required to use) cleaning chemicals, including bleach and other caustic disinfectants

-Is likely to be exposed to parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi that could be zoonotic

-Must be in reasonable physical shape: comfortable kneeling, crouching, reaching over head and lifting, carrying, and pulling up to 50 lbs.

-Must be able to work in a variety of conditions including very cold and very hot, indoors and out, and work with high noise level, foul odors, and potentially fractious animals

Interested? Please send resume, SPCA employment application, and letter of interest to Ryan Nickason at rnickason@spcawake.org. Applications can be downloaded from the SPCA website and printed or e-mailed. You may also drop off your application during business hours. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please (we’ll have our people call your people).


Position: Animal Care Associate (full-time)

Location: SPCA  Pet Adoption Center (200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC)

The Overview: The Animal Care Specialist at the SPCA of Wake County is responsible for daily care and enrichment (feeding, training, socializing) for the pets who are living at the Pet Adoption Center. They also work with volunteers and customers.

A Day in the Life:
This job is so much more than cleaning kennels (though there is a fair amount of that, to be honest). The Animal Care Associate improves the quality of life for SPCA pets. In the morning you might delegate your two volunteers to clean the dog kennels while you clean up after the puppies. After the Adoption Center opens, you talk to a family of 6 about several different dogs they’re interested in. Then you help an older couple who has questions about how to introduce the dog they like to the dog they have at home already. After lunch, it’s time to take one of the dogs outside for a bit of training. Everyone is hoping that having some tricks and manners under his belt will help this extra high-energy fellow get adopted faster.

You Might Be A Born Animal Care Associate If:

-When you saw the movie How to Train Your Dragon, you really identified with Hiccup’s training methods

-You’re equally comfortable talking to pets or people – you can communicate with either!

-You consider yourself to be a bit of a time management freak – you love nothing more than thinking about the most effective way to get your work done

-You’re the first to notice when one of your (or your family’s) pets isn’t acting right and do something about it.

-Sometimes your friends call you Joy, referring to the character from Inside Out, and you’re flattered because you love her upbeat way of approaching life.

The Nitty Gritty:

-High school diploma or equivalent required

-Full-time (40 hours/week)

-Hourly pay rate is $10.00 + great benefits

-Will be regularly exposed to (and required to use) cleaning chemicals, including bleach and other caustic disinfectants

-Must be able to drive different transport vehicles of various sizes

-Is likely to be exposed to parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi that could be zoonotic

-Must be in reasonable physical shape: comfortable kneeling, crouching, reaching over head and lifting, carrying, and pulling up to 50 lbs.

-Must be able to work in a variety of conditions including very cold and very hot, indoors and out, and work with high noise level, foul odors, and potentially fractious animals

Interested? Please send resume, SPCA employment application, and letter of interest to Kim Flowers at kflowers@spcawake.org. Applications can be downloaded from the SPCA website and printed or e-mailed. You may also drop off your application during business hours. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please (we’ll have our people call your people).


Position: Animal Care and Behavior Assistant Supervisor (full-time)

Location: SPCA  Pet Adoption Center (200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC)

The Overview: Working with the animal care team members, this person provides daily care and enrichment to the pets at the pet adoption center. This person also manages the animal care volunteers and assists with training, scheduling, motivating, and supervising the animal care team members in the supervisor’s absence.

A Day in the Life: The Animal Care and Behavior Assistant Supervisor wears many hats. One morning you may come in to find that all but one of your scheduled dog-area volunteers canceled. That means you and another team member must work with your remaining volunteer to feed the dogs, get them outside, and clean up their rooms before the adoption center opens. As soon as it’s all done, the first visitor walks in the building – you managed to finish just in time. On your way to train a team member on a new task, you hear one of the dogs coughing. When you determine who it is, you also see some nasal discharge. You leave a quick note for the medical team to have a look at this dog, then it’s back to training your new team member. After lunch, you help an adopter do a meet-and-greet between their current dog and the dog they want to adopt. You also get 3 new rabbits settled in their cages and make a mental note to check back on them later to be sure they’re adjusting well.

You Might Be A Born Animal Care and Behavior Assistant Supervisor If:

-You’re equally comfortable talking to pets or people – you can communicate with either! Whether it’s talking to a volunteer about what still needs to be done or handling a complaint from a visitor (or possibly a team member), you’re able to stay calm and assess the situation.

-Your friends envy your organizational skills. They come to you when they need to get something done because they know you’ll have a plan.

-Sometimes your friends call you Joy, referring to the character from Inside Out, and you’re flattered because you love her upbeat way of approaching life.

-You always loved student council – people working together to get things done. Whatever the position, you were always a favorite candidate because people knew they could count on you.

-You’re equally comfortable with dogs (large and small), cats, reptiles, and rodents.

The Nitty Gritty:

-High school diploma or equivalent required

-Full-time (40 hours/week)

-Hourly pay rate is $10.00 + great benefits

-Minimum 2 years of supervisory experience

-Will be regularly exposed to (and required to use) cleaning chemicals, including bleach and other caustic disinfectants

-Must be able to drive different transport vehicles of various sizes

-Is likely to be exposed to parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi that could be zoonotic

-Must be in reasonable physical shape: comfortable kneeling, crouching, reaching over head and lifting, carrying, and pulling up to 50 lbs.

-Must be able to work in a variety of conditions including very cold and very hot, indoors and out, and work with high noise level, foul odors, and potentially fractious animals

Interested? Please send resume, SPCA employment application, and letter of interest to Kim Flowers at kflowers@spcawake.org. Applications can be downloaded from the SPCA website and printed or e-mailed. You may also drop off your application during business hours. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please (we’ll have our people call your people).


Saving Lives Spay/Neuter Clinic Job Opening

Are you looking for a veterinary staff position that you love? Join the SPCA of Wake County’s brand new spay/neuter team and make a difference in homeless pets’ lives every day!

Position (1): Registered Veterinary Technician (full-time)

Location: SPCA Saving Lives Spay/Neuter Clinic (300 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC)

Want to Make a Difference?

Before the SPCA of Wake County can pull pets at risk of euthanasia from high-intake shelters, current SPCA pets must be adopted to make space for new pets. Before pets can be adopted from the SPCA, they must be spayed/neutered. So you see, having a reliable team performing the spay/neuter surgeries makes all the difference! A strong history of reliability and stable employment is a must!

The Overview:

If you have at least one year of experience in a veterinary setting, then you know you’ll need skills like restraining a squirmy four-legged patient as well as anesthesia monitoring for cats and dogs. Venipuncture and catheter placement should be no big deal.

Even though you’re a vet tech, your coworkers are human! You’ll also need people skills! We’re looking for a positive attitude and collaborative spirit for a positive, meaningful environment.

You Might Be a Born Vet Tech If:

-Your friends refuse to watch any more animal TV shows with you. They’re tired of you correcting the handling techniques.

-Your dog’s vet stopped simplifying instructions for you long ago. He knows you understand the veterinary terminology without a filter.

-Your nickname is Judge Judy. Your friends value your judgment and the way you assess a situation and make a decision.

-You like to cook because you are excellent at following instructions. After all, a recipe is just a culinary set of instructions. Using a cookbook vs. watching Iron Chef – what’s the difference? You can follow written and verbal instructions. You also have excellent time-management skills.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • Regular schedule is Monday-Friday.
  • Pay rate $12-$15, depending upon experience and (for techs) certification. Benefits include health/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, and the opportunity to join a committed, mission-driven staff.
  • Must be able to repeatedly lift and carry loads up to 50 pounds throughout the day. Must be able to carry heavier loads with assistance.
  • Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly.

Interested? Please send resume, cover letter, and SPCA employment application to Lisa Kroll at lkroll@spcawake.org. Applications can be downloaded from the SPCA website and printed or e-mailed. You may also drop off your application during business hours. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please (we’ll have our people call your people).