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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


Canine Adoption Counselor/Care Technician PT or FT

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 full-time position is 40 hours with necessary flexibility in scheduling. The part-time role is 18-24 hours a week with the option of working shorter than 8 hour shifts. They are primarily  dog focused roles, 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 PT or FT”. If you are applying for the part-time role, please include what hours you are hoping for.

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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