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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:

FACILITIES AND MAINTENANCE MANAGER

PRIMARY PURPOSE: To facilitate the efficient operation of the shelter and additional buildings in accordance with established policies and procedures and to ensure the proper repair and maintenance of facilities, equipment and grounds. To initiate and maintain relationships with vendors/contractors in our community to the benefit of the organization.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for providing effective and proper routine and preventative maintenance and repair for efficient operation of the ARLGP campus including hospital grade HVAC, refrigeration, cooling, sanitation systems, vehicles, appliances, laundry equipment and security/alarm systems.
  • Assess and consider daily 1) the safety and comfort of our employees, animal guests and patrons 2) the security of our assets
  • Initiate and promote satisfactory relationships with and supervise outside contractors and vendors executing the maintenance of the ARLGP grounds, buildings, equipment and vehicles
  • Prepare and submit proposed budgets and facility recommendations to the Director of Operations and the Executive Director in accordance with approved guidelines
  • Manage facility maintenance schedules for required regular maintenance of systems and for licensing and certifications
  • Performs maintenance and repair work, or arranges for such work to be completed as needed to ensure buildings, appliances and shelter areas are safe to employees, public and the animals
  • Ensures maintenance supplies and parts are on hand so that repairs can be made within budget and in a timely manner
  • Monitors budget and related areas for assigned department and maintains spending limits as applicable
  • Oversees and maintains the overall appearance and functionality of the premises
  • Provides necessary training for staff and volunteers to ensure proper operation and usage of the organization’s facilities
  • Maintain MSDS sheets
  • Coordinates storage of all shelter supplies
  • Orders shelter materials and supplies and maintains a working-level inventory

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervises the Facilities Coordinator’s daily workflow and activities
  • Supervises contracted workers/companies

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee the set-up and tear-down of special events as needed and storage of equipment
  • Travel to offsite locations based on the needs of the organization
  • Maintain suitable employer/employee relations within the organization
  • Interview applicants/ contractors in areas of responsibility as needed
  • On-call for building emergencies and after-hours alarm calls
  • Other duties as assigned as the needs of the organization dictate
  • Works reliably independently with consistent feedback on status of current projects

SKILLS & ABILITIES NECESSARY:

  • Candidates should have excellent communication skills, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work effectively with others, as coordination with multiple departments within the organization is frequently required
  • Computer skills required including Word, Excel, email and all other forms of electronic communication
  • Building maintenance and grounds care experience
  • Be able to perform basic building maintenance and repair tasks, including basic carpentry, plumbing, painting, and equipment maintenance tasks
  • Project management experience

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 10+ years of experience in facilities maintenance
  • Proactive, positive, ‘recycle, reuse and repurpose’ attitude
  • Valid Maine driver’s license with good driving record
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Able to access a non-handicapped accessible building several times per day as well as climb steep stairs unassisted
  • Must be able to shovel snow and use a snow blower
  • Able to work from step ladders
  • Able to work with arms overhead
  • Able to scoop, bend, twist, lift and squat as part of normal job functions
  • Pass pre-employment physical assessment

WORK ENVIRONMENT

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently exposed to odors or airborne particles including animal fur and toxic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is very loud. Frequent driving between facilities is required. This position is a member of ARLGP Management Team and is required to be available after hours and on weekends as necessary.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements, along with your resume to jobs@arlgp.org with the subject “Facilities and Maintenance Manager”. 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 qualifications and 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.

ADOPTION COUNSELOR/ANIMAL CARE TECHNICIAN

As the face and voice of the ARLGP to the adopting public, Adoption Counselors/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 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 in our behavior assessment program, the basics of training and common dog behaviors as well as basic animal 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.

The position is full-time at 40 hours with necessary flexibility in scheduling. It is primarily dog focused, but cross-training in feline and small animal areas will be required.

  • Ability and desire to work with dogs of all sizes and temperaments
  • 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

For a full job description please click here.

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: Dogs FT”.

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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