LifeLine Animal Project at DeKalb County Animal Services currently has the following job openings:

Adoptions Coordinator

Responsible for counseling the public about potential pets for adoption; reviewing adoption applications submitted by the public based on written guidelines; receiving adoption fees and updating the software system with information necessary to complete the adoption. Also responsible for tasks which help to increase the number of adoptions such as photo taking and social media posts and other tasks as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Answer emails and phone calls from the public regarding pets for adoption in a prompt, professional and informative manner.
  • Provide information to potential adopters about housetraining methods, the need for puppy/kitten follow up shots/yearly veterinary care/heartworm prevention and other pet related information.
  • Answer questions from the public about 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.
  • Review adoption applications submitted by the public to determine if the applicant meets written adoption guidelines. Approve or deny the application for adoption in a professional manner. Ask questions of the applicant if necessary to clarify information on the written adoption application.
  • Write the clinic transfer paperwork for animals that have been adopted to ensure they are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm or combo tested, etc.
  • Properly input all information necessary for the adoption into the software system. Must print out all necessary paperwork for the adoption and must have the adopter sign the adoption contract and any dismissal instructions.
  • Handle adoption fees and perform cash box closing for the adoption cash box.
  • Call adopters to inform them when their adopted pet is ready for pickup.
  •  Perform tasks to increase the number of adoptions including taking pictures and videos of pets for adoption and posting on Facebook and in the animal management software.
  • May be required to assist with owner surrender counseling, rescue groups and cleaning when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Must promote LifeLine Animal Project’s policies and philosophies.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Extensive knowledge of dog and cat behavior, training and of animal breed recognition is also required
  • 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.
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.

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Animal Behavior Specialist

Contribute to the physical and emotional health of LifeLine Animal Project’s shelter animals by applying the principles of animal behavior science in evaluating how animals interact with each other and their environment. Develop behavior training plans. Train staff, volunteers, and foster parents to implement behavior plans which benefit the physical and emotional well-being of the animals in our care.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work a full-time schedule of Sunday through Thursday.
  • Work with Placement Coordinator to evaluate animals at in-take.
  • Create behavior plans as needed. Coordinate with Kennel and Placement staff to implement plans and ensure these plans are followed.
  • Work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to organize and oversee volunteers who are assisting with behavior plan implementation. Train volunteers as needed.
  • Receive referrals from the Foster Coordinator for assistance with animals in foster care.
  • Work with foster parents to create and implement behavior plans for foster animals.
  • Train Shelter staff and volunteers concerning reading animal body language and behavior warning signs, proper training techniques using positive reinforcement, and enrichment activities.
  • Assist with Dogs Playing for Life play groups as needed.
  • Consult with Kennel Manager and Manager of Placement Services to identify animals that do not have placement options.
  • Keep detailed, organized records concerning animal evaluations, training plans, staff training, and foster parent contacts. Produce reports as needed.
  • Participate in Placement team activities. Back-up Placement positions as needed.
  • Assist with behavior needs at other LifeLine locations as needed.
  • Participate in euthanasia decisions with management team and support staff.
  • Use shelter database systems to write animal behavior plans.

Qualifications:

  • Animal Behaviorist certification from a nationally recognized program.
  • Three+ years experience in animal related field preferably demonstrating behavior modification knowledge.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of dog and cat behavior.
  • Knowledge in animal health and well-being to include nutrition needs, resources for information, knowledge of common animal diseases.
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Organized with excellent recordkeeping skills.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.
  • Ability to handle dogs and cats and occasionally other animals of all sizes, ages, temperaments and needs safely and appropriately.
  • Ability to work effectively with a team or individually. Must be self-starter.
  • Ability to remain calm and empathetic in stressful situations.
  • Ability to life 50 lbs to waist height.

Education & Experience:

  • Minimum of high school diploma and animal behavior certification.
  • Three+ years experience in animal related field. Preference given to applicants whose work was focused in the field of behavior.

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Placement Manager

Responsible for supervising placement staff and the day to day operations of the Placement Department. Must be able to guide and train employees on the proper way to perform their duties and be prepared to handle disciplinary action when needed. Must have the expertise to correctly answer questions from staff on proper procedure and the LifeLine mission. Must be able to handle situations with clients that are angry, step in to diffuse and rectify in the best interest of the animal; must be able to step in for absent employees when coverage is needed; must provide back up to other departments and work closely with the kennel and clinic on animal health and behavior to ensure adoptability of animals in shelter; Review Petpoint regularly to make sure accurate memos are being place by Placement Staff. Responsible for following Standard Operating Procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Schedule placement staff.
  • Fill in for absent employees when needed.
  • Train new employees and follow up to make sure employees continue to follow procedure and policies.
  • Order supplies and make sure employees have necessary resources to complete their duties.
  • Work with clinic on making sure animals going out through placement get proper medical care and documentation.
  • Work closely with Animal Care Manager on ideas for best marketing and placement of animals for fast movement.
  • Work with other divisions of LifeLine Animal Project on projects and venues for placement of animals.
  • Be open to employees' ideas and give honest and practical feedback on feasibility of implementation and why.
  • Assist front office staff when needed and in the absence of Office Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Communicate effectively with staff and clients.
  • Ability to recognize common animal behavior.
  • Knowledge in animal health and well-being to include nutrition needs, resources for information, knowledge of common animal diseases.
  • Ability to identify animal species, ages and sexes. Ability to identify signs of animal illnesses and injuries.
  • Demonstrated personal communication knowledge to include effective phone skills, effective interviewing techniques, public speaking and ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Possess essential competencies: problem solving, customer service, interpersonal skills, oral and written communication, ethics, judgement, dependability, initiative, business acumen.

Education & Experience:

  • High School Dimploma or equivalent.
  • Management experience, animal experience, and shelter experience a plus.

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Registered Veterinary Technician

Responsible for daily care of patients, assisting doctors and technicians with surgical and anesthetic procedures, administering medications as directed, following medical protocols to treat illnesses and general housekeeping. This position is an excellent opportunity for a new or experienced Registered Veterinary Assistant.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prep patients for surgery, observing all clinic procedures to enforce sterility and safety of patients.
  • Monitor anesthesia, with a clear understanding of abnormal conditions.
  • Following medical protocols, treat ill or injured patients.
  • Administer medications as directed.
  • Conduct medical rounds of patients.
  • Data entry of medical records and notes.
  • Clean the facility and surgical pack preparation as assigned.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Learn characteristics of animal behavior (for example: be able to identify aggressive or fearful behavior).
  • Use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals (will train) – the use of safety equipment is mandatory.
  • Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs repeatedly throughout the day with assistance
  • Ability to bend and kneel repeatedly.
  • Ability to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations.
  • Ability to cope with death either due to surgical complication or euthanasia.

Education & Experience:

  • Current, valid Registered Veterinary Technician.
  • One to two years of experience in a veterinary clinic, hospital animal shelter or control facility.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.