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: Animal Care Specialist (full-time)

Location: SPCA Admission Center (327 Hwy 70 E, 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 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, 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.


Position: Animal Care Assistant (full-time)

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

Overview: We are looking for a full-time Animal Care Assistant to join our brand new spay/neuter team to help make a difference in our community and homeless pets’ lives every day!

Responsibilities include maintaining proper disease control protocols and a clean facility as well as the preparation of surgical packs, laundry and general maintenance of the clinic. This position requires working closely with the Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Assistant and other staff on a daily basis. Regular schedule is Monday-Friday. Pay rate is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health/dental/vision insurance, paid time off and the opportunity to join a committed, mission-driven staff.

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