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. 

Job Opportunities

The League offers opportunities for applicants interested in the profession of animal sheltering.  Please check this page frequently for open positions and apply to join our team of compassionate animal care professionals.

Animal Care Technician

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is seeking two full time Animal Care Technicians, who will be responsible for cleaning, medicating, feeding, caring for, and showing the utmost compassion for all of the animals at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. Applicants should have the ability to remain positive and calm in stressful situations, and feel rewarded by helping animals in need.

Required: Applicants should have a proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy, physically-demanding workplace environment; basic computer proficiency; a genuine compassion for all animals, regardless of their condition; ability to routinely lift 50-75 pounds; a desire to learn and ability to stay open-minded. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, must be able to pass a background check, and must be willing to receive the complete Rabies Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.

Preferred: Applicants should have prior experience in animal care or sheltering.

Education/Training: Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

The Animal Care Technician will work indoors in a high-noise, air-conditioned/heated building, outdoors at the shelter, or at various locations. Weekend and holiday hours are required. This is a non-exempt position.

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and application (see link below) to Careers@AlexandriaAnimals.org with the subject line “Animal Care Technician” (no quotes).

Development and Communications Assistant

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is seeking a full time Development and Communications assistant, who will be responsible for providing administrative support and assistance with the communication efforts of the organization. He or she will be responsible for accurately completing data entry and ensuring the accuracy of the donor database and preparing the daily reconciliation and deposits. He or she will participate in event execution and development efforts to increase donor support.

Please follow this link for the full job description which lists the essential duties, requirements, and working conditions for this position: Development and Communications Assistant Final

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and application (see link below) to Careers@AlexandriaAnimals.org with the subject line “Development and Communications Assistant” (no quotes).

This position will remain open until filled.

Veterinary Care Coordinator

The Animal Welfare League is hiring a full-time Veterinary Care Coordinator.  The Veterinary Care Coordinator assists the Shelter Veterinarian in the examination and treatment of shelter animals.

Responsibilities include: completing daily rounds with the Shelter Veterinarian, identifying animals that need laboratory work and ensuring blood work is collected; entering diagnostic results into the database and filing paperwork in the animal’s record; collecting and reviewing medical histories of surrendered animals; coordinating the Visiting Vet program; developing and maintaining strong relationships with veterinarians and veterinary practices in the community; sending animals for outside veterinary care when necessary; becoming certified as a Euthanasia Technician and assisting with euthanasia; collaborating with the Animal Care Manager to provide medical care training for Animal Care staff; ability to work with Foster Coordinator in order to ensure all animals in foster care receive timely exams and veterinary treatment as needed; successfully schedule surgical procedures for shelter animals at multiple veterinary hospitals.

Applicants should have the ability to remain positive and calm in stressful situations, and feel rewarded by helping animals in need.

Required:

  • A proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy, physically-demanding workplace environment
  • Minimum one year of experience working in the veterinary medical field
  • Excellent skills in companion animal handling
  • Knowledge of proper administration of medication to animals; ability to dose out medications according to veterinarian’s instructions
  • Ability to draw blood and collect urine and fecal samples; ability to perform other lab tests as directed
  • Skill in completing and maintaining files, records, and forms
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public
  • Basic computer proficiency and ability to learn how to use shelter database in a timely manner
  • A genuine compassion for all animals, regardless of their condition
  • Ability to routinely lift 50-75 pounds
  • A desire to learn and ability to stay open-minded
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment background check
  • Willingness to receive the complete Rabies Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to coordinate logistics for multiple surgical procedures scheduled at other veterinary hospitals

Preferred:

  • Applicants should have prior experience in animal care or animal sheltering

Education/Training:

  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent

Working Conditions:

  • The Veterinary Care Technician will work indoors in a high-noise, air-conditioned/heated building, outdoors at the shelter, or at various locations

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria offers a competitive benefits package for regular full time employees including medical and dental coverage. This is a non-exempt position.

Applicants should complete and return an Application for Employment, cover letter, and resume to careers@AlexandriaAnimals.org with the subject line”Veterinary Care Coordinator” (no quotes).

This posting will remain open until the position has been filled.

Download our Application for Employment