Looking for a career change which better reflects your passion? Have you ever thought about working to improve and save the lives of companion animals who are suffering in Atlanta? Take this opportunity to check us out now! LifeLine Animal Project at DeKalb County Animal Services currently has the following job openings:

 

Reports to: Manager of Placement Services

Manage the Adoption department. Hire, train, coach and counsel staff. Coordinate with other placement areas to identify animal behavior in order to ensure a good match with potential adopters. Counsel the public about potential pets for adoption.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Hire, train, coach and counsel staff.
  • Ensure all Adoption employees understand LifeLine adoption policies and procedures (Adopters Welcome).
  • Provide counseling to potential adopters about options to declawing, potty training methods, the need for puppy/kitten follow-up shots, yearly veterinary care, the importance of canine heartworm prevention, and other pet related information.
  • Answer questions about specific pets for adoption including the behavior of specific breeds, dog and cat behavior, pet care, whether a specific pet would be good with children or other dogs and other pertinent information.
  • Observe and evaluate animals to assist in matching adopters with pets.
  • Perform data entry as needed.
  • Answer emails and phone calls from the public regarding pets for adoption.
  • Coordinate with Clinic management concerning the surgery schedule, heartworm treatments, microchipping, etc.
  • Assist in identifying animals for “ready to go” surgery and coordinate surgery scheduling.

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of dog and cat behavior, training, and animal breed recognition.
  • Knowledge in animal health and well-being to include nutrition needs, resources for information, knowledge of common animal diseases.
  • Ability to identify animal species, breeds, ages and sexes. Ability to identify signs of animal illnesses and injuries. Ability to recognize common animal behavior.
  • Demonstrated personal communication knowledge to include effective phone skills, effective interviewing techniques, public speaking and ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Qualifications/Educational Background:

    • Three plus years supervisory experience.
    • Minimum of high school diploma and 1+ years experience in animal related field.
    • Must pass general knowledge test and animal knowledge test.
    • Must be available to work on weekends.
    • Must pass background check and drug screening.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and salary history to employment@lifelineanimal.org.

Reports to: Kennel Manager

Responsible for cleaning cages and kennels, feeding animals, processing animals during intake, assisting people looking for their lost pets, and assisting customers who are interested in adopting a pet. Other duties may include washing dishes, doing laundry, unloading dog food, assisting with euthanasia, and other tasks as assigned.

Desired Skills:

  • Previous animal related employment experience required. Examples of previous experience include employment at an animal shelter, veterinary clinic, doggy daycare or other animal related business where you had hands-on experience with animals.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time (8 hours a day) and to bend and reach to perform assigned work activities. Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs without assistance.
  • Ability to interact with impounded dogs, cats, and other animals including vicious, stray, sick or injured animals. Ability to determine which animals are aggressive.
  • Ability to handle seeing and dealing with animals that have been abused, neglected, or treated cruelly.
  • Ability to learn/perform a variety of animal care related work activities.

Qualifications/Educational Background:

  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Must be available to work early mornings and on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.
  • Must have reliable transportation.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and salary history to employment@lifelineanimal.org.

Reports to: Manager of Placement Services

Responsible for coordinating the Foster Care Program. Recruit foster volunteers. Teach feeding and care techniques to foster volunteers. Conduct home visits. Maintain database of foster information and produce reports as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, interview and select volunteers for the Dog Foster Program. Coordinate with the Volunteer Coordinator as volunteers express foster interest.
  • Coordinate with Kennel Supervisors to identify foster matches. Meet dogs and evaluate personalities and special needs.
  • Conduct home visits as part of the foster volunteer evaluation process. Document inspections as required by Department of Agriculture regulations.
  • Assist in developing training materials – manuals, videos, etc. – to be used in foster training.
  • Schedule and conduct foster training classes – bottle feeding, administering medications, house training, socializing, etc.
  • Counsel foster volunteers. Answer questions, provide additional training and support as needed. Stay connected to short- and long-term fosters with follow-up phone calls, emails and visits. Maintain connection even when volunteers are not housing an animal.
  • Coordinate with Animal Behavior Specialist when fosters need assistance with animal behavior issues.
  • Maintain and update records. Produce reports as requested.
  • Work with Veterinary staff to schedule vaccines, surgery, appointments, etc. Provide appointment information to foster volunteers and follow-up if appointments are missed. Reschedule as needed.
  • If a foster dog is adopted (by the foster or another applicant), input all information necessary for the adoption into the computer system. Print out all necessary paperwork for the adoption and must have the adopter sign the adoption contract.
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of animal behavior, habits, and husbandry.
  • Animal handling skills for large and small animals.
  • Considerable knowledge of animal welfare programs.
  • Compassion for animals and owners
  • Passion for serving the community.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain routine work records and reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Qualifications/Educational Background:

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a shelter or kennel.
  • Must be available to work on weekends.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and salary history to employment@lifelineanimal.org.

Reports to: Animal Care Manager

Responsible for cleaning cages and kennels, feeding animals, and processing animals during intake. Other duties may include medicating animals, assisting owners who are bringing pets, contacting owners of tagged pets, assisting in rehabilitation of and transporting animals, and other tasks as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Properly cleaning and disinfecting dog and cat cages.
  • Properly feeding and watering dogs, cats and other animals based on age, size, weight and condition.
  • Notifying kennel supervisors or veterinary personnel of sick, injured, or pregnant animals.
  • Safely and properly handling all animals including bite quarantine animals, vicious animals and feral cats.
  • Processing dogs, cats and other animals during intake to include: Entering data correctly in animal management software. Vaccinating animals. Deworming animals. Taking pictures, scanning animals for chips and looking for ID tags. Drawing blood and performing heartworm and combo tests. Reading case notes to properly classify animals.
  • Updating animal management software when an animal’s status has changed or if it is moved to a new cage.
  • Euthanizing animals or assisting with euthanasia.
  • Taking specimens of rabies suspect animals.
  • Transporting sick or injured animals to offsite veterinarians or outreach events as needed.
  • Learn characteristics of basic animal behavior.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Desired Skills:

  • Ability to stand for extended periods (8 hours a day) and to bend and reach to perform assigned work activities.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. without assistance.
  • Ability to interact with impounded dogs, cats and other animals including vicious, stray, sick or injured animals. Ability to handle seeing and dealing with animals that have been abused, neglected or treated cruelly.
  • Ability to understand and follow a variety of oral and written instructions/procedures.
  • Ability to learn animal management software system and accurately enter information into the software system.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to learn/perform a variety of animal care related work activities.
  • Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity.
  • Ability to handle performing or assisting with euthanasia.

Qualifications/Educational Background:

  • Minimum of high school diploma.
  • One+ years’ experience in animal related field preferred.
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must like animals!

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to employment@lifelineanimal.org.

Reports to: Animal Care Manager

Responsible for supervision of staff and activities in the Intake area. Ensure timely intake of all animals. Hire, train, and schedule staff. Coordinate movement of animals from Intake into the Kennel or Clinic as needed. Verify database information is accurate. Also perform animal intake as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Hire, train, manage, and terminate Intake staff.
  • Schedule staff ensuring proper coverage each day.
  • Organize Intake work areas.
  • Coordinate with Clinic Manager when injured or sick animals need immediate medical attention.
  • Coordinate with Placement team when urgent (nursing mothers, neonatal kittens, etc.) placement is needed for an animal.
  • Develop medical supply inventory system. Coordinate with Clinic Manager to order medical supplies.
  • Initiate flow of animals from Intake into Kennel.
  • Each evening, ensure adequate intake space is available for overnight drop offs.
  • Properly clean and disinfect dog and cat cages.
  • Verify database accuracy.
  • Troubleshoot intake errors/issues daily. Make corrections as needed.
  • Safely and properly handling all animals including bite quarantine animals, vicious animals and feral cats.
  • Euthanize animals or assist with euthanasia.
  • Take specimens of rabies suspect animals.
  • Transport sick or injured animals to offsite veterinarians or outreach events as needed.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Desired Skills:

  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Knowledge of general animal care principles and practices.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods (8 hours a day) and to bend and reach to perform assigned work activities.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. without assistance.
  • Ability to interact with impounded dogs, cats and other animals including vicious, stray, sick or injured animals. Ability to handle seeing and dealing with animals that have been abused, neglected or treated cruelly.
  • Ability to understand and follow a variety of oral and written instructions/procedures.
  • Ability to learn animal management software system and accurately enter information into the software system.
  • Effectively oral and written communication.
  • Ability to learn/perform a variety of animal care related work activities.
  • Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity.
  • Ability to handle performing or assisting with euthanasia.

Qualifications/Educational Background:

  • Minimum of high school diploma.
  • One+ years’ experience in animal related field preferred.
  • Certification in euthanasia may be required.
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must like animals!

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to employment@lifelineanimal.org.

Reports to: Clinic Manager

Assisting the veterinarian by performing health checks, surgery, and providing medications for animals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform intake on new animals including exam, vaccines, testing.
  • Examine animals in the shelter for diseases, parasites, injuries and other afflictions.
  • Assist the veterinarian with diagnostic exams and medical procedures.
  • Collect blood, urine, and stool samples as needed.
  • Prepare animals for surgery. Monitor health during surgery and recovery.
  • Administer vaccinations and medications for animals in the clinic and kennel.
  • Perform basic first aid on injured animals.
  • Maintain cleanliness and orderliness of medication and medical equipment.
  • Clean instruments and surfaces. Wrap packs.
  • Clean recovery and other cages in the clinic area. Clean crates if needed.
  • Data entry of medical information, procedures, and notes.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of general animal care principles and practices.
  • Ability to interact with impounded dogs, cats and other animals including vicious, stray, sick or injured animals. Ability to handle seeing and dealing with animals that have been abused, neglected or treated cruelly.
  • Ability to learn animal management software system and accurately enter information into the software system.
  • Ability to learn/perform a variety of animal care related work activities.
  • Ability to handle performing or assisting with euthanasia.
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Ability to stand for extended periods (8 hours a day) and to bend and reach to perform assigned work activities.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. without assistance.
  • Ability to understand and follow a variety of oral and written instructions/procedures.
  • Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity.

Qualifications/Educational Background:

  • Minimum of high school diploma.
  • One+ years’ experience in animal related field preferred.
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.
  • Must like animals!

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to employment@lifelineanimal.org.