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Listed below are current employment opportunities at the ARLGP.

Please read full job descriptions for qualifications and responsibilities.

To apply for open positions, please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@arlgp.org with the position as the subject line in either a .pdf or Word document format.

The ARLGP will review applications and resumes solely for posted positions and, due to the significant interest in our job openings, follow-up communication is limited to candidates who meet the posted qualifications. Due to the volume of interest in our positions, no calls or walk-ins, please.

Please note: we do not have a veterinary intern program at this time


CURRENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

Assistant Humane Educator (part-time/temporary)

Under the general supervision of the Director of Community Engagement at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP), the Assistant Humane Educator will utilize and create opportunities to provide presentations, workshops, camps, birthday parties, lessons and outreach for youth and other individuals to promote responsible pet care and motivate humane behavior based on a curriculum of compassion, kindness and responsible pet care.

This is a part-time, temporary position, beginning November and running through March. 

Click here for a full job description

Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications, reasons for pursuing a career with our organization, and your salary requirements, along with your resume to jobs@arlgp.org with the subject “Assistant Humane Educator”.

The ARLGP will review applications and resumes solely for posted positions and, due to the significant interest in our job openings, follow-up communication is limited to candidates. Submissions without the above requested materials will not be reviewed.

Feline and Small Animal Adoption Counselor/Caregiver

As the face and voice of the ARLGP to the adopting public, Care Technicians are responsible for fostering a spirit of goodwill and trust between the public and the shelter, delivering superior customer service, maintaining clean, humane and healthy living conditions for pets in the shelter, advocating for animals in our care and in the community, educating the public about Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland services, procedures and policies, as well as basic animal care and health and behavior counseling.

The Care Technician position requires exemplary phone and in-person customer service skills functioning at a high-level in a fast paced, sometimes emotionally charged atmosphere. ARLGP staff must interact with the public in all manner of transactions in a calm, professional, non-judgmental way. Candidates must possess a high degree of initiative, be detail oriented, punctual, dedicated, adept at multi-tasking in a busy environment and be able to consistently contribute positively in order to function in a team atmosphere. The people that excel in this position really enjoy managing multiple priorities, are able to stay good-natured and positive under stress and find working with the public genuinely enjoyable and energizing.

The ability to learn safe animal handling skills is required, as is the desire and demonstrated ability to become conversant on the Meet Your Match program, the basics of training and common cat behaviors as well as basic feline health in order to assist the public with frequently asked questions and to provide post-adoption support.

Computer competency and the ability to work in a database is a must in order to process incoming animals efficiently and to maintain accurate animal records, as is the ability to type and use the internet. Weekend shifts and occasional holiday work are required.

This position is full-time at 40 hours with necessary flexibility in scheduling.

Qualifications

  • Ability and desire to work with cats and a variety of small animals
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Able to access a non-handicapped accessible building several times per day as well as climb steep stairs unassisted
  • Able to scoop, bend, twist, lift, squat and stand for long periods of time as part of normal job functions
  • Possess a valid State of Maine driver’s license
  • Ability to find creative solutions to challenges
  • Ability to work in a database and to type
  • Outstanding customer service attitude
  • A team-oriented approach to work, with an ability to bring out the best in peers
  • Experience handling domestic animals preferred

Please click here for a full job description.

Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications, reasons for pursuing a career in animal welfare and salary requirements, along with your resume to jobs@arlgp.org with the subject Animal Care Technician/Adoption Counselor Cats and Small Animals.”

The ARLGP will review applications and resumes solely for posted positions and, due to the significant interest in our job openings, follow-up communication is limited to candidates. Submissions without the above requested materials will not be reviewed.

If you have not been contacted within a month of application, you may assume that you have not been selected as a candidate. The ARLGP is an equal opportunity employer. It is our intention that all qualified applicants are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors. Thank you for your interest in our organization.

Surgical Technician Assistant

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland’s Spay/Neuter Clinic sees over 1,000 public pets a year, in addition to the shelter’s more than 4,000 pets annually. Our high volume/high quality spay and neuter model allows us to provide alteration surgeries to the maximum number of pets and the Surgical Technician Team is a large part of that process. Being in the clinic during surgery is like watching a well-choreographed Broadway show; everyone does their part of the dance and each person is an integral element. Being able to work as a part of a close team is a must! Like that Broadway show, one person who is off their mark can throw off the entire process.

The ideal candidate:

  • has veterinary technician experience
  • enjoys a fast-paced work environment
  • stays calm under pressure
  • can change course when new priorities arise as they so often do in a shelter environment
  • is eager to learn and expand his/her skill set
  • can follow verbal instruction
  • is excellent at simple math calculations
  • genuinely likes people as much as they like animals. This position will be highly visible to our community and will engage with our constituents constantly
  • has excellent reading comprehension and will read the job description and application instructions thoroughly

Please click here for a full job description. This role is full-time at 40 hours, with 4, 10 hour shifts, Monday through Thursday. To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like to be a surgical technician assistant in an animal shelter clinic and how your previous experience meets the position requirements, both in .pdf format to: jobs@arlgp.org.

The ARLGP will review applications and resumes solely for posted positions and, due to the significant interest in our job openings, follow-up communication is limited to candidates. Submissions without the above requested materials will not be reviewed.

If you have not been contacted within a month of application, you may assume that you have not been selected as a candidate. The ARLGP is an equal opportunity employer. It is our intention that all qualified applicants are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors. Thank you for your interest in our organization.

Canine Team Leader

The ARLGP is looking for a Canine Team Leader to help lead our team of canine adoption counselors and caregivers to success. The right candidate for this position is happy getting right into the mix and leading by example by doing the work, while at the same time keeping an eye out to make sure everything is flowing smoothly and redirecting efforts as needed.   A combination of organized and go with the flow, the Canine Team Leader loves the fun of a busy work environment and can make on the spot decisions to reroute as business needs dictate and at the same time keep track of what is happening in an efficient and organized way and is always searching for new ways for the work to be done better.

The Canine Team Leader must love people. Not in a, “I can talk to people if I have to” kind of way, but in a, “people are interesting and I love making real connections” way. The shelter is here to help homeless pets, but you cannot help pets without helping, engaging and caring about people; and as the job title states, the Canine Team Leader leads a team of staff people. Our staff is incredibly valuable and deserves to have a Team Leader who enjoys working with them, enjoys mentoring and training them and likes engaging with them to problem solve and triage.

The pets that come through the ARLGP will also find this person vital. Dog savvy is necessary; we have pets coming from many different circumstances and situations and being able to work with those dogs safely and kindly is essential. Being able to do a basic examination, administer injections, oral medications and microchips and properly restrain animals is required, as is being able to learn how to conduct our behavior survey process and positive reinforcement based dog training techniques. A dog training, shelter or veterinary practice background would be a bonus. Please note, this is not an entry level role and requires the qualifications list in the job description. 

Click here for a full job description.

Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications, reasons for pursuing a career in animal welfare and salary requirements, along with your resume to jobs@arlgp.org with the subject “Canine Team Leader”.

The ARLGP will review applications and resumes solely for posted positions and, due to the significant interest in our job openings, follow-up communication is limited to candidates. Submissions without the above requested materials will not be reviewed.

If you have not been contacted within a month of application, you may assume that you have not been selected as a candidate. The ARLGP is an equal opportunity employer. It is our intention that all qualified applicants are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors. Thank you for your interest in our organization.

 

 


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