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Employment Opportunities

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.

Positions

Adoption Specialist (full-time)

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
  • Hourly pay rate is $11.00 + great benefits
  • Candidates must be able to work weekends (non-negotiable). Some holidays required.

Interested? Please send resume, cover letter and SPCA employment application to Kim Flowers at kflowers@spcawake.org. 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)

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

Overview: Before they can be available for adoption, SPCA pets live at the SPCA Holding Center. The Animal Care Specialist 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. 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 Specialist If:

  • You’ve been told you’d talk about pets to a tree if you thought it was listening.
  • You spend your evenings reading books and web articles about dog and cat body language
  • 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
  • Your family might be afraid of your brother-in-law’s large, unruly dog, but you see him for the lovable goofball he really is.
  • 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 $11.00 + 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, cover letter and SPCA employment application to Ryan Nickason at rnickason@spcawake.org. 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 (temporary and full-time)

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

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 Specialist 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 kittens. After the Adoption Center opens, you talk to a family of six 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 already have at home. 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 high-energy fellow get adopted faster. After that, you help a family with a child find their perfect guinea pig that they saved up all year for!

You Might Be A Born Animal Care Specialist 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
  • 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’re the first to notice when one of your (or your family’s) pets isn’t acting right and do something about it
  • You’ve never considered yourself just a “dog person” or “cat person”; you’d snuggle up to any critter that let you!

The Nitty Gritty:

  • We are looking to add a team member while one of our own is on maternity leave. This position is temporary, with the possibility of becoming permanent if the position becomes open during the temporary time frame. This position will have an estimated start date no later than the beginning of February.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Full-time (40 hours/week)
  • Hourly pay rate is $11.00
  • 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, cover letter and SPCA employment application to Kim Flowers at kflowers@spcawake.org. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please (we’ll have our people call your people).

Facilities Maintenance/Handyman (part-time)

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

Overview: The maintenance/handyman at the SPCA of Wake Count is responsible for fixing broken things, maintaining working things, and installing new things. In short: repairs and maintenance on three aging facilities and a variety of equipment and mechanical systems.

A Day in the Life: The dryer has been making a suspicious noise. The parts you ordered arrived yesterday. You had planned to fix the dryer first thing this morning, but you arrive to a note saying a door handle came off one of the utility closets, so the dryer will have to wait. After the handle is back in place, you are able to fix the dryer and touch up a few spots that needed a fresh coat of paint. After lunch, you notice the ceiling vents could use a good cleaning, so you grab a ladder and work your way through the hallways. Before you leave for the day, you place an order for some PVC. You’ve been tasked with building some frames for event banners. You took measurements and drew up a plan yesterday, so now you need to order the materials.

You Might Be A Born Handyman If:

  • Some people always carry a pen, but for you, it’s a screw driver. You just never know where you’ll find screw that needs tightening.
  • Your friends have been known to call you when something in their house breaks. They know even if you’ve never fixed one before, you can’t resist a problem to be solved.
  • Your mother would say, even as a child, you never used a toy as it was intended to be used. She would say you find solutions others might miss because you can see the hidden potential in objects and think outside the box.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • Part-time (to full-time); 12-15 hours per week
  • Must have moderate skills in two or more trades: plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, appliance repair, etc.
  • HVAC maintenance/repair experience would be a plus.
  • Because we have two properties, applicants must have their own transportation.
  • Must enjoy working around dogs, cats and people.
  • A positive attitude and good communication skills are a must.
  • ideal candidate will be a flexible, highly motivated, creative problem-solver who is organized, detail-oriented and extremely dependable

Interested? Please send resume, cover letter, and SPCA employment application to Lisa Kroll at lkroll@spcawake.org. Applications can be printed or e-mailed.  You may also drop off your application during business hours at the SPCA’s adoption center at 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please (we’ll have our people call your people).