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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.

Employment Opportunities

Adoption Specialist (Full-Time) - SPCA Pet Adoption Center

We are looking for a full-time Adoption Specialist to join the SPCA of Wake County’s team to match adopters with homeless pets and provide education and resources to the public!

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

Overview: The Adoption Specialist at the SPCA of Wake County is responsible for sending home all the pets. Ok, maybe not all the pets, but Adoption Specialists are responsible for matching prospective adopters with available pets. Adoption Specialists get to know adopters in a casual, conversational manner, learning about an adopter’s preferences and expectations for a new pet and allowing staff to make recommendations about suitable matches.

A Day in the Life: Adoption Specialists do a little bit of everything. One hour you’ll be photographing pets and writing their profiles for the website and the next you’ll be helping someone pick out the best supplies for their high-energy puppy. After lunch you might answer several phone calls about everything from where to look for a lost pet to explaining the benefits of crate training. Then you’ll meet a family who has picked out a rambunctious puppy. You’ll have a conversation about all the training this puppy still needs and they’ll decide an adult dog is more their speed.

You Might Be A Born Adoption Specialist If:

  • You’ve been told you’d talk about pets to a tree if you thought it was listening
  • You’ve given pet care advice to the mailman, your pharmacist, and your hairdresser
  • Your friends won’t go with you to PetSmart anymore because you talk them into spending more than they planned (but they know you’re right and they really did need everything you recommended.)
  • Your friends beg you to come to family gatherings because you remain calm in stressful situations and can defuse a situation with ease

The Nitty Gritty:

  • High school diploma and completion of college courses required; college degree preferred or equivalent work experience
  • Full-time (40 hours/week)
  • Hours include: Mondays 11:30-8:30PM; Tuesday–Friday 9:30-6:30PM; Saturdays 10:00-6:30PM and Sundays 12:00-6:30PM. Counselors are off two days per week which may vary, with rotating weekends off as staffing allows. *Please note hours may vary due to COVID.
  • Hourly pay rate is $13.00 + great benefits
  • Candidates must be able to work weekends (non-negotiable). Some holidays required.

Interested? Please send resume, SPCA employment application, and letter of interest to Kim Flowers at Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please (we’ll have our people call your people).

Relief Registered Veterinary Technician – Saving Lives Spay/Neuter Clinic, SPCA of Wake County

We are looking for a relief registered veterinary technician to join the SPCA of Wake County’s spay/neuter team to help make a difference in our community and homeless pets’ lives every day!

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

Overview: Qualified applicants must be licensed in the state of North Carolina and will have at least one year of experience in a veterinary setting with surgical assisting and anesthetic experience preferred. Responsibilities include administering pre-surgery medications and induction of anesthesia, as well as the surgical preparation of patients, anesthetic monitoring and recovery. Skills such as restraint, venipuncture, catheter placement and intubation for canines and felines are a necessity.

Also required of all applicants:  Excellent interpersonal skills and friendliness!  A positive attitude and collaborative, team-oriented spirit!  A strong history of reliability and stable employment.  A passion for the mission of the SPCA of Wake County: To transform the lives of pets and people through protection, care, education, and adoption.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of common veterinary terminology, canine and feline body language and humane animal handling techniques.
  • Excellent judgment and communication skills.
  • Ability to read and follow instructions and to deliver instructions clearly verbally and in writing.
  • Effective time-management skills.
  • Self-motivated, well-organized, and detail-oriented.
  • Capable of balancing multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Effective leadership skills and the ability to direct the medical assistant team.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a positive, fun, and meaningful environment.
  • 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.

Regular schedule is Monday-Friday daytime hours.  Pay rate is commensurate with experience. Note:  There is no regular schedule associated with this position.  Applicants will be interviewed for inclusion on a list of qualified substitutes to fill in for a staff RVT.

Interested? Please send resume, cover letter, and SPCA employment application to Dr. Julia Malatesta at Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please. (We’ll have our people call your people.)


Animal Care Specialist (Full-Time) - SPCA Wake Pet Adoption Center

We are looking for a full-time Animal Care Specialist to join the SPCA of Wake County’s team to provide daily care, enrichment, and support for all animals at the Adoption Center.

Full-time: Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, & inclement weather

Pay range: $13/hour, competitive benefits package

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

Position Summary:  The Animal Care Specialist is responsible for interacting with shelter pets in need of homes and ensuring proper cleaning of animal housing areas. The goal is to make every pet’s stay at SPCA Wake as happy, healthy, and stress-free as possible while they wait to be adopted. Responsibilities also include providing knowledgeable and friendly customer service to potential adopters, while ensuring the humane handling of all pets in our care.  Teamwork is essential to the success of this position, as is a genuine love for animals and for people. We work together every day to make a difference in the lives of animals.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide daily care, enrichment, and support of all pets in our care
  • Ensure proper cleaning of all animal housing areas and humane handling of all animals
  • Represent SPCA Wake in a professional manner in all situations with the public, volunteers, and fellow staff
  • Ensure daily tasks, reports, and checklists are completed accurately
  • Interact with and be comfortable handling a variety of pets
  • Assist with administration of medications and vaccines as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ability to demonstrate patience and kindness in all situations, with animals and with people, without exception.
  • Ability to comfortably handle a variety of pets, in a humane and force-free manner
  • Ability to read, write and communicate effectively and professionally
  • Ability to learn and quickly adapt to changes in programs and procedures
  • Capacity to take initiative while functioning as a member of a team
  • Ability to work courteously and cooperatively with other team members and volunteers
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minor supervision
  • Bilingual a plus but not required


  • Required: Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, & inclement weather. (We are open 7 days/week)
  • Required: A high school diploma. Preferred: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Required: Customer service experience. Preferred: One year or more experience in a professional setting
  • Required: Comfort with handling animals. Preferred: Prior professional animal handling experience
  • Required: Must be able to drive different transport vehicles of various sizes for animal transport

COVID-19 considerations:
Our in-person adoption process has been suspended until further notice. However, we are performing adoptions by appointment only, with only staff and limited volunteers in the building. Face masks are required to be worn by all.

Physical Demands: The physical requirements of the position include walking, sitting, standing, kneeling, reaching overhead, lifting (50 lbs.), carrying (50 lbs.), speaking, hearing, seeing, and depth perception. Must be able to work in very cold and very hot temperatures, indoors and out, and be able to work in environment with high noise level, foul odors, and fractious animals. Will be exposed regularly (and required to use) cleaning chemicals, including bleach and other caustic disinfectants, and will likely be exposed to parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi which could be zoonotic.

Other:  Valid NC driver’s license required. Competitive benefits package.

Interested? Please send resume, SPCA employment application, and letter of interest to Kim Flowers at Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please.