About the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Helping Animals, Supporting Community
Since 1946, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria has been a resource for our community and a shelter for homeless animals. Through adoptions, spay and neuter assistance, education and community service and outreach, the League plays a key role in promoting responsible pet care across Northern Virginia. The League has contracted with the City of Alexandria to provide animal care, control and sheltering services since 1989. As part of our contract with the City, we operate the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility accepting any and all animals brought to us. We have made a commitment that if an animal is in need, we will provide the care that every animal so richly deserves. 
We place more than 1,300 companion animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas, chinchillas and many more, in permanent, loving homes each year. An additional 300 stray pets are reunited with their owners through the League annually. Our specially-trained staff also assist area wildlife that have been injured or are in distress—with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into their natural habitat or transferring them to licensed wildlife rehabilitators for care and eventual release. 
The League has a vibrant volunteer corps of 200 animal lovers who support our 40+ full and part-time professional staff. In everything we do, League staff and volunteers demonstrate that love and compassion are just as important as food and water for the animals in our care. 

AWLA is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Part-Time, Seasonal Animal Care Technician

Summer Camp Assistant


Part-Time, Seasonal Animal Care Technician

  • Open Until Filled
  • Availability to start immediately
  • Position effective until August 31, 2016

 JOB SUMMARY:  Responsible for daily cleaning, feeding, and provision of any medical treatments to the animals in our care. Employees will also be expected to perform euthanasia, assist staff and the public with handling animals, and keep the non-administrative areas of the shelter clean.


Animal Care:

  1. Ensure that all animal areas are clean, sanitary, and comfortable
  2. Feed, water, groom, and medicate animals on a daily basis, while monitoring the physical condition and behavior or each animal
  3. Provide affection and socialization to all animals on a regular basis, including walking dogs as needed for housetraining purposes
  4. Administer emergency first aid to sick or injured animals
  5. Humanely euthanize animals when necessary



  1. Ensure that paperwork and records are maintained accurately and that Chameleon information is updated
  2. Learn and use the descriptive identification used by the League, and develop a current working knowledge of all American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized breeds and other commonly seen dog breeds, as well as commonly seen cat breeds
  3. Develop a basic working knowledge of the League’s procedures, guidelines, and protocols for the safe handling of animals
  4. Legal and statistical reporting procedures, and veterinary protocols
  5. Federal and Commonwealth of Virginia substance regulations, and Commonwealth of Virginia and municipal animal regulations
  6. Understand and comprehend League Animal Care Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  7. Assist on an as needed basis with League inventory and report necessary product orders



  1. Provide support to the League’s team effort including, but not limited to:
  2. Assist in keeping the Vortex and Healthy Hold areas neat and clean
  3. Communicate regularly with supervisors and coworkers to ensure that they are aware of any issues pertinent to their areas of responsibility
  4. Participate in staff meetings to share ideas and suggestions for improving animal care and the quality of the organization as a whole




  1. High school diploma or equivalent
  2. Proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy workplace environment
  3. Ability to accurately perform basic mathematical calculation
  4. Understanding of humane care and treatment of animals
  5. Ability to obtain certification as a euthanasia technician within the first six months of employment
  6. Valid Driver’s License
  7. Fluent in English


  1. Experience in animal care


  1. Indoors in a high noise, air-conditioned/heated building, outdoors at shelter,  or on-location for various activities
  2. Equipment use:
  3. Includes use of PC, laser printer, copy machine, fax machine, telephone, power washer, industrial dish washing machine, laundry machine, dryer, and cleaning supplies
  4. Work hours:
    1. Work hours will vary
    2. Early morning, evening and weekend hours will be required



  1. Regular exposure to animals, cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal feces, bites, scratches
  2. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds
  3. The employee must frequently bend, grip and be flexible to do so
  4. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
  5. Ability to work around pet dander, dust and other allergens without issueRegularly required to stand and walk
  6. Strong data entry skills and the ability to maintain accurate records in Chameleon
  7. Requires working alone or with minimal supervision – must be self-motivated
  8. Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional, or angry people
  9. Must have the ability to effectively communicate; verbally and written, over the phone and intercom, with a wide variety of both internal and external individuals, including the Directors, Managers, Coordinators, the staff, a volunteer workforce, partner organizations, and private citizens
  10. Requires treating people and animals in a pleasant, courteous and professional manner
  11. Adherence to the League’s policies and philosophies
  12. Must be willing to receive Rabies vaccine and/or titers test upon request

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by their supervisor.  This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and completed employment application to careers@alexandriaanimals.org with the subject line “Part Time ACT.”

SUMMER CAMP ASSISTANT (Seasonal, Part-time) – Open until filled

The Summer Camp Assistant will assist the Summer Camp Teacher with AWLA Summer Camp for rising first through eighth graders. Summer Camp is Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and is held at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia. This position is supervised by the Summer Camp Teacher.

Essential Functions of the Job Include: 

  • Assisting the Summer Camp Teacher with supervision of children
  • Assisting the Summer Camp Teacher with the facilitation of camp activities
  • Preparing materials and supplies as needed for daily camp activities
  • Performing administrative duties related to camp
  • Other projects as assigned

Minimum Requirements: 

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Experience supervising groups of children
  • Experience working with children grades 1 to 8
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Must be able to write and speak effectively
  • Well-versed in Microsoft Office software applications
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a criminal background investigation
  • Ability to pass a check of the Child Protective Services Registry to the satisfaction of the employer
  • Passion for teaching children
  • Passion for animal welfare

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • First aid and CPR certified
  • Spanish proficiency
  • Experience working with/around animals

Working Conditions: 

  • Indoors in a high-noise, air-conditioned/heated building or outdoors in our play yards
  • Exposure to animal dander and other allergens
  • Work hours: The hours of the camp will be 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Summer Camp Assistant will work between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Summer Camp Assistant must be available for at least 4 hours before the first day of camp to work with the Summer Camp Teacher to prepare for camp. This time will be flexible.

Mental, Physical, and Communication Requirements: 

A successful candidate must be able to:

  • Be around animals with little fear or allergic reactions
  • Handle small animals, cats, and calm dogs to show children
  • Communicate effective in English verbally and in writing
  • Enter data in a computer database system and maintain accurate records
  • Move tables and furniture within classroom and carry supplies

To apply for this position, please send your resume and completed employment application to careers@alexandriaanimals.org with the subject line “Summer Camp Assistant.”
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