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.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is seeking an Administrative Assistant who will be responsible for working directly with the Finance Manager to handle administrative tasks, including bookkeeping, filing, completing forms, making phone calls to gather information, ordering supplies, preparing for meetings and coordinating repairs for facility needs.

Essential Functions of the Position:

Bookkeeping:

  1. Handle Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Bank Deposits
  2. Recording and posting transactions in journals and the general ledger.
  3. Assists the Financial Manager in the preparation for audit and production of financial statements, budgets and other financial reports.

Administration:

  1. Organize and maintain files as needed;
  2. Maintain and order office supplies and other miscellaneous items for all departments as necessary;
  3. Submit and track work order requests to the City;
  4. Ensure the proper functioning of all AWLA rented/owned equipment, including the copier, fax machine and vehicles and coordinate with repair companies when necessary;
  5. Maintain the organization’s calendar of important administrative deadlines for the organization and ensures we meet these deadlines – including submitting data to the State, renewing licenses and insurance policies;
  6. Copy and collate materials as needed;
  7. Provide administrative support to the Executive Director as directed;
  8. Other functions as needed by Finance Manager.

POSITION SPECIFICATIONS:

  1. Required:
    1. High school degree
    2. At least two years experience with bookkeeping and proficiency with QuickBooks;
    3. Strong attention to detail and accuracy
    4. Proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy workplace environment and successfully triage and prioritize tasks
    5. Willingness and ability to learn new tasks quickly
    6. Ability to effectively use standard office software and programs
    7. A friendly, positive attitude
    8. Ability to work in an office that may have animals
    9. Effective communication skills on the phone, in person and by email.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  1. Indoors within the administrative office within the animal shelter. Office will sometimes have animals.
  2. Equipment use:
  1. Includes use of PC, laser printer, copy machine, fax machine, telephone, scanner, projector
  1. Work hours:
    1. Regular work hours are Monday through Friday, a minimum of eight hours per day on a daily basis from 8-4:30pm with a 30 minute, unpaid lunch
  2. Limited exposure to animals (only office animals)

MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND COMMUNICATION DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Requires working alone or with minimal supervision, must be self-motivated
  2. Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional, or angry people
  3. Requires speaking and writing effectively and clearly in a professional manner
  4. Requires clear verbal communication over the telephone and intercom systems to internal and external individuals
  5. Requires treating people and animals with respect in a pleasant, courteous, and professional manner
  6. Requires the ability to work in a team environment
  7. Requires an ability to report directly to the Executive Director and prioritize and handle multiple tasks that he/she may assign
  8. Requires effective communication with executive staff members

Compensation: The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria offers an excellent benefits package and competitive compensation. The AWLA provides health care, dental, and vision coverage, a retirement plan, and additional employee benefits. This is a non-exempt position and salary will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply: email your cover letter, resume, salary requirements and application (see link below) to careers@AlexandriaAnimals.org with the subject line “Administrative Assistant”

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

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

The Animal Control Officer will be responsible for enforcing all state and local laws pertaining to the welfare and control of all animals in the City of Alexandria, including the investigation of all animal complaints and the resolution of such cases through education and voluntary compliance, or legal action.

Essential job functions include:

  • Investigating and resolving all complaints of cruelty to animals in the City of Alexandria in a prompt and efficient manner
  • Enforcing all state and city laws pertaining to the humane care and control of animals
  • Effectively working with attorneys, police officials, veterinarians, and others to resolve case of animal abuse and neglect
  • Ensuring that everything legally possible and prudent has been done to improve the quality of life for the animal involved, alleviate its suffering, and to educate or take appropriate legal action with the animal’s custodian when answering a call
  • Conducting follow-up with citizens, as appropriate, to ensure continuing compliance with laws and proper animal care; inspecting and issuing all permits indicated by law
  • Complying with all aspects of the rabies control program
  • Ensuring that animals are captured and transported as humanely and comfortably as possible and that emergency first aid and/or prompt veterinary care is rendered, if appropriate
  • Picking up and disposing of dead animals on public, non-highway, roads within the City of Alexandria
  • Humanely euthanizing animals when necessary
  • Properly maintaining individual City animal control vehicles, ensuring that vehicles are supplied with all necessary equipment and are maintained in a sanitary manner, and verify if inspections are current
  • Maintaining a polite, professional, and informative demeanor for other staff members, veterinarians, police department officials, attorneys, representatives from other agencies, and the general public
  • Administrative duties and other duties as assigned to support the League’s team effort

Required: Candidates must be at least 21 years old; have a high school diploma or equivalent; have a proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy workplace environment; have the ability to accurately perform basic mathematical calculations; have interest in the humane care and treatment of animals; have a proven ability to interact with others in a positive and friendly manner; have the ability to learn State code and City ordinances; have the ability to attain certification as a euthanasia technician within the first six months of employment; have the ability to pass the state’s Animal Control Basic Course within two years of appointment; have the ability to pass course in chemical immobilization techniques within one year of employment; have the ability to receive rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Preferred: Training and/or experience in a law enforcement field; training and/or experience in an animal care field.

Working Conditions: The Animal Control Officer will work indoors in a high noise, air-conditioned/heated building; outdoors at the shelter; on-location for various activities. On-call hours will be required and situations may sometimes involve unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors, such as human or animal violence, disease, traffic, wetness, dust, or equipment and machinery pose a risk of injury. The job includes use of PC, laser printer, copy machine, fax machine, telephone, animal control van, and various animal control equipment. Work hours will vary, with evening, weekend, and holiday hours required. Continuing education is required.

Compensation: The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria offers an excellent benefits package and competitive compensation. The AWLA provides health care, dental, and vision coverage, a retirement plan, and additional employee benefits. This is a non-exempt position and salary will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply: email your cover letter, resume, and application (see link below) to careers@AlexandriaAnimals.org with the subject line “Animal Control Officer”

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

Adoption and Community Outreach Associate

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is seeking an Adoption and Community Outreach Associate at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. The incumbent is responsible for providing assistance to visitors and clients with League-related business including, but not limited to animal adoption counseling, completing retail transactions and purchases by customers; answering phones; issuing licenses; receiving surrendered animals; providing animal care; providing humane education and participating and attending outreach events in the community, and other duties as assigned.

Requirements: Minimum of one year of experience in a customer service environment; proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy workplace environment; ability to accurately and consistently perform data entry; familiarity with Mircrosoft Windows and Microsoft Office; strong customer service skills and the ability to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times; ability to perform basic mathematical calculations; understanding of the humane care and treatment of animals

Education/Training: High school diploma or equivalent

Desired: Experience with animals; experience with the Chameleon animal shelter database; experience volunteering or working in an animal shelter environment

Bilingual Spanish/English speakers are desired but not required

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

Animal Care Technician

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is seeking a part-time Animal Care Technician, 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).

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.

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