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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.

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 please.

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


CURRENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

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
  • 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 ability to follow instruction and will read the job description and application instructions thoroughly

Please click here for a full job description. 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

Submissions without the required materials or qualifications will not be reviewed.

Facilities and Maintenance Technician 

The Maintenance Technician of the ARLGP is responsible for a range of repair, maintenance and custodial tasks. As half of a two-person department, the position requires an organized, self-motivated person who is comfortable with interruptions to address sudden, emerging situations without losing track of recurring tasks.

A day’s work will typically involve a range of maintenance tasks (such as replacing HVAC filters), custodial tasks (snow removal, trash removal, floor drain cleaning), supply ordering and receiving, repair tasks, interacting with vendors including those in the construction trades, and working alongside and interacting with the organization’s many volunteers and staff members.

The person in this position must be entirely comfortable around the dogs, cats, and various small animals who are at the heart of the daily business of the organization.

Experience with facilities-oriented tasks is a plus, as is experience with components of the construction trades, since part of the work involves recognizing and diagnosing problems with the building’s plumbing, electrical, HVAC, mechanical and structural systems, as well as problems associated with the equipment used in the buildings. We perform some repairs ourselves ranging from screwdriver repairs to those requiring a range of power tools, and hire vendors for others.

This position is full-time, 5 day/40 hrs per week, 7am-3:30pm. Applicants who are able to work either Tuesday-Saturday 7am-3:30pm or Wed-Sun 7am-3:30pm will be given priority. This position is considered essential personnel and reports to work regardless of weather-related factors.

Qualifications

  • Be able to work independently and provide feedback on the status of current projects
  • Excellent communication skills, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work effectively with others across the organization and with external vendors
  • Computer skills: Microsoft office suite
  • Pleasant and professional phone demeanor
  • Be able to perform basic building maintenance and repair tasks, including basic carpentry, plumbing, painting, and equipment maintenance tasks
  • Valid Maine driver’s license with good driving record
  • Basic grounds-keeping skills
  • Proactive and positive ‘recycle, reuse, re-purpose’ attitude
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. unassisted
  • Must be able to shovel snow
  • 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, climb and squat as part of normal job functions.

Please click here for a full job description. Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications, reasons for pursuing a career in animal welfare along with your resume to jobs@arlgp.org with the subject “Maintenance Technician”.

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.

Animal Caregiver (Feline and Small Animal) Full Time, Canine PT

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 Animal Care Technician/Adoption Counselor 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 with a focus on dog and cat skills is required, as is the desire and demonstrated ability to become conversant on the Meet Your Match and ARLGP assessment program, the basics of training and common behaviors as well as basic pet 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 per week with necessary flexibility in scheduling; the part-time is 18-20 hours a week.  This position is considered essential personnel and reports to work regardless of weather related factors.

Qualifications

  • Interest in and ability to work with all kinds of companion animals (cats, dogs, rabbits, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to lift 50 pounds unassisted
  • 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 of the Feline/Small Animal Position and here for the Canine position. 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” and indicate if you are interested in the full-time Feline and Small Animals or the part-time Canine position. 

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.


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