Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Richmond, VA, USA
  • 15
  • Part Time

Part-time position, 28 hrs/week, $15/hr
Weekend and some holidays required
Reports to Animal Care Manager

The Richmond SPCA is one of our region's most beloved non-profit organizations. As a national no-kill leader in animal welfare, the Richmond SPCA is building a more compassionate community through the delivery of crucial programs of pet adoption, retention, training, advocacy, humane education, and more. Annually, we rescue, rehabilitate and adopt out nearly 4,000 homeless animals while also providing our community with vital safety net programs designed to keep pets in loving homes and out of shelters.

Animal Care Technicians play an essential role in caring for our homeless dogs and cats, many of whom are sick or injured and undergoing medical treatment. These team members help protect our animals' health and contribute to their overall wellbeing - making sure they are happy and loved while being readied for adoption to lasting homes.


  • Clean animal housing areas while ensuring all protocols and procedures are closely followed
  • Wash pet food and water containers
  • Scoop and clean litter boxes for cats and spot clean animal housing areas throughout the day as needed
  • Walk dogs and assist with behavior modification protocols as requested by trainers
  • Assist with doing pet laundry and deliver fresh bedding to pet housing areas
  • Provide socialization, enrichment and exercise for animals as outlined by management
  • Ensure every pet in your assigned area eats his or her food and consumes his or her medications every day
  • Maintain special feeding protocols for puppies and kittens as well as dogs and cats with special needs
  • Maintain open and regular communication with the Animal Care Manager, Assistant Manager and Lead Animal Care Technicians
  • Report any medical concerns or observations to the veterinary staff for monitoring
  • Report any behavioral concerns or observations to the shelter trainers for monitoring
  • Work with our awesome volunteers and respond to their questions in a professional manner
  • Notify appropriate personnel when animal care supplies are running low
  • Clean work areas and preserve the physical appearance of dog and cat areas
  • Empty garbage cans
  • Assist other colleagues in the department as needed
  • Perform side duties daily
  • Attend and participate in all required trainings and meetings
  • Complete special cleaning projects and other job-related duties as assigned


  • Able to react to change productively
  • Able to work in a high volume, fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Reliable transportation including during inclement weather
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Availability on weekends, holidays and some weekdays


  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Uncompromising commitment to the wellbeing of every pet in our care
  • Punctual with a sense of urgency
  • Strong work ethic
  • Resourceful, positive, get-it-done attitude
  • Team-oriented mindset
  • Good communicator
  • Prior experience working in an animal care environment a plus (but not required)
  • Comfort handling and learning to handle dogs and cats
  • Good time management and prioritization skills
  • Must be able to work independently at times
  • Ability to multitask


  • Able to routinely lift 40-50 lbs.
  • Able to push/pull a large cart
  • Able to work around animals (including those who are sick or injured or who have behavior challenges), loud noises, cat litter, animal waste, and various chemicals
  • Able to bend, kneel and use your arms in a repetitive manner
  • Able to stoop and use stairs
  • Able to be on your feet for an entire 8-hour shift
  • Have physical strength to perform cleaning duties effectively and efficiently


  • Rapid pace with exposure to potential hazards including animal waste and disinfectants
  • High levels of noise
  • Potential for animal bites and scratches and diseases that are zoonotic (can be transmitted from animals to people)
  • Work in a team environment with other passionate, hardworking and dedicated animal lovers, making a difference in their lives every day

All employees are eligible to become clients of the low-cost, full-service Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital of the Richmond SPCA and have access to an Employee Assistance Program and 401(k) retirement plan. The Richmond SPCA is a qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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