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, Garner, NC

The Overview: The Animal Care & Behavior Associate at the SPCA of Wake County is responsible for daily care of shelter animals at one of the SPCA’s two locations. This position is needed at the SPCA’s Admissions Center, the first stop on a pet’s journey to a new home.

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 & Behavior Associate 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 & Behavior Associate.

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 totake the best possible care of your pets
-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
-Full-time (40 hours/week)
-Must be willing to work weekends and holidays
-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 overhead 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. 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’ll 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).



Position: DVM/Veterinary Partner

WE’RE GROWING!

The SPCA of Wake County in Raleigh, NC is seeking a full-time veterinarian/partner to provide high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services for the SPCA and the public. This unique opportunity offers a great blend of autonomy, support, stability, and compensation – in a positive, collaborative, mission-focused environment.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing the re-visioning and expansion of an established, fully-equipped spay/neuter facility; developing standard operating procedures to ensure best practice-based medical procedures; ensuring highly efficient surgical flow; and providing leadership and oversight of all clinic operations. Must be able to perform or be trained to perform 25 – 30 spay/neuter surgeries per day.

Qualified applicants will have prior surgical experience and be comfortable with all aspects of spay/neuter surgery, including cryptorchids, pregnant spays, and pediatric sterilizations. Must be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, balance multiple priorities, and create and maintain a positive and supportive work culture.

Candidates must have a DVM in good standing from an accredited academic institution and have or be able to obtain a North Carolina DVM license within one month of hire. Preferred candidates will have 2 – 4 years of professional veterinary medical/surgery experience.

The SPCA of Wake County is a progressive, forward-thinking, 50-year organization taking in nearly 3,500 animals a year and experiencing strong growth and service expansion. Our mission is to transform the lives of pets and people through protection, care, education, and adoption. We offer a highly competitive compensation package, a predictable schedule, administrative support, and excellent benefits.

Contact: Please send cover letter and resume to Kim Janzen by email or 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.

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.