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 Specialist (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 (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 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 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
-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 required and completion of college courses; one year professional animal handling experience preferred
-Full-time (40 hours/week)
-Hours include: weekday and weekend opening, midday and closing shifts, but may change depending on organization’s needs. Weekends and holidays are required.
-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.

Interested? Please send resume, SPCA employment application, and letter of interest 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).

Saving Lives Spay/Neuter Clinic Job Openings (3)

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!

Positions (2): Veterinary Medical Assistant (full-time)

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

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

The Overview:

Qualified applicants will have at least one year of experience in a veterinary setting with surgical assisting experience preferred.  Skills such as restraint, venipuncture, catheter placement, and anesthesia monitoring 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.  And 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
  • Working knowledge of canine and feline body language
  • Working knowledge of humane animal handling techniques
  • Ability to read and follow instructions and to deliver instructions clearly verbally and in writing
  • Effective time-management skills
  • Excellent judgment
  • Enthusiasm for working in a positive, fun, 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.  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.

Please include a cover letter explaining why you are interested in working for the SPCA.


Interested? Please send resume, cover letter, and SPCA employment application to Lisa Kroll at lkroll@spcawake.org. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews; no phone calls please (we’ll have our people call your people).