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Animal Care Technician

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.

Animal Care Technician


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.

  • Open Until Filled
  • Availability to start by beginning of November, 2016


Animal Care:

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


  • Ensure that paperwork and records are maintained accurately and that Chameleon information is updated
  • 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
  • Develop a basic working knowledge of the League’s procedures, guidelines, and protocols for the safe handling of animals
    • Legal and statistical reporting procedures, and veterinary protocols
    • Federal and Commonwealth of Virginia substance regulations, and Commonwealth of Virginia and municipal animal regulations
    • Understand and comprehend League Animal Care Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
    • Assist on an as needed basis with League inventory and report necessary product orders


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


  • Required:
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy workplace environment
    • Ability to accurately perform basic mathematical calculation
    • Understanding of humane care and treatment of animals
    • Ability to obtain certification as a euthanasia technician within the first six months of employment
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Fluent in English preferred
      • Experience in animal care


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


  • Regular exposure to animals, cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal feces, bites, scratches
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds
  • The employee must frequently bend, grip and be flexible to do so
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
  • Ability to work around pet dander, dust and other allergens without issue
  • Regularly required to stand and walk
  • Strong data entry skills and the ability to maintain accurate records in Chameleon
  • Requires working alone or with minimal supervision – must be self-motivated
  • Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional, or angry people
  • 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
  • Requires treating people and animals in a pleasant, courteous and professional manner
  • Adherence to the League’s policies and philosophies
  • 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, cover letter and completed employment application to with the subject line “Animal Care Technician.”

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