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:

 

DeKalb County Animal Enforcement Services is managed by DeKalb County Government.

Did you know a career in Animal Enforcement can be both rewarding and challenging? Due to increased awareness and national attention to combatting animal cruelty, it is becoming one of the fastest growing professions in the country! Animal Enforcement work is NEVER dull and can be quite exciting!

Available Positions:

As an Animal Enforcement employee, you would be responsible for:

  • Public health
  • Public safety
  • Law enforcement
  • Protection of pets and people with education and intervention
  • Agency interaction in communication and cooperative endeavors

To apply, visit DeKalb County's website to view current employment opportunities.

Reports to: Adoption Supervisor

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.

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent customer service skills, with the ability to remain compassionate and clear-minded when faced with challenging situations.
  • 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:

    Minimum of high school diploma.
  • Minimum of 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 your resume to employment@lifelineanimal.org.

Reports to: Animal Care 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 your resume to employment@lifelineanimal.org.

Reports to: Animal Care Manager

Responsible for supervising the kennel; training kennel personnel; ensuring the humane care of all animals impounded at the shelter and other tasks as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Animal Care Duties

  • Oversee the general care of all animals housed at the shelter and perform a daily walkthrough of the kennel.
  • Oversee a daily kennel inventory of the animals housed in the facility.
  • Enforce disease control, animal health and sanitation protocols.
  • Enforce animal shelter policies and procedures.
  • Instruct kennel personnel in proper and humane handling techniques of animals.
  • Perform routine first aid of injured animals.
  • Perform and supervise euthanasia to ensure proper humane techniques are being followed. Maintain accurate drug records and logs.
  • Oversee feeding and watering of animals.
  • Oversee the intake process and ensure that policy is being followed.
  • Oversee the care of quarantined animals.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Supervisory Duties

  • Oversee, assign and review the daily work activities of the kennel staff.
  • Order and maintain supplies and materials needed in the kennel.
  • Handle general maintenance problems at the shelter.
  • Monitor and evaluate job performance of kennel staff and handle disciplinary actions.
  • Manage the staff fairly, effectively and efficiently and serve as a model for staff.

Desired Skills:

  • Advanced animal handling skills for large and small animals.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Effective communication, both written and oral.
  • Reporting skills - prepare and maintain routine work records and reports.

Qualifications/Educational Background:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in shelter or kennel management in an animal shelter that impounds a minimum of 4000 animals a year is required.
  • Certified in humane euthanasia. Ability to properly maintain drug logs.
  • Advanced knowledge of animal behavior, habits, and husbandry.
  • Considerable knowledge of animal welfare programs.
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.

To apply, please send your resume to employment@lifelineanimal.org.

Reports to: Foster Supervisor

The Feline Foster Coordinator plays an important role in the overall Foster Program. The success of the Foster Program is heavily contingent upon developing positive working relationships with foster parents and shelter staff. The Coordinator oversees the current feline foster program and develops new programs to support the placement of cats and kittens into foster care. The Coordinator manages the foster home visit process, maintains a database of foster information, produces reports as needed and develops and manages a feline enrichment program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, interview and select volunteers for the Feline Foster Program. Coordinate with the Volunteer Coordinator as volunteers express foster interest.
  • Conduct home visits as part of the foster volunteer evaluation process. Document inspections as required by Department of Agriculture regulations.
  • Maintain information in Pet Point’s foster module to keep track of foster pets housed outside of the shelter.
  • Train fosters, volunteers and employees on the proper care of cats and kittens of all ages and proper enrichment techniques.
  • Handle Foster to Adopt (FTA) kitten adoptions including conducting a home visit, coordinating with the adoptions department to schedule surgery and communicating follow up care and needs up to finalizing adoption.
  • Develop programs to enhance cat and kitten adoptions and foster placement.
  • Work closely with Volunteer Coordinator on volunteer opportunities that assist with foster processes, home visits and animal care.
  • Work with Veterinary staff on medical treatment of cats and kittens in foster care.
  • Monitor and provide care of the kittens in the nursery while maintaining a clean environment.
  • Coordinate with other Departments as it pertains to foster cats and shelter population, including the rescue department on rescue placement of cats and kittens.
  • Coordinate with Feline Care Coordinator on the quick movement and return of cats chosen for the community cat program to their home environment.
  • Make sure to check notes and update cards for cats that can go home the same day.
  • Coordinate with the Feline Care Coordinator to move cats within the shelter under guidelines set by management.
  • Be willing to work flexible hours and/or from home and be on call if needed, including working past closing hours if a placement takes longer than expected or an emergency arises.
  • Provide excellent customer service to fosters, shelter visitors, coworkers, and volunteers.
  • Support and assist other members of placement staff and other departments within shelter when needed as assigned.
  • Maintain current files in orderly fashion, produce reports as needed and stock all documents needed for foster packets.
  • Must promote LifeLine Animal Project’s policies and philosophies
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of cat behavior and training.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate 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:

  • Minimum of high school diploma.
  • Animal experience preferred.

To apply, please send your resume 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 pets with identification, 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, and 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:

  • Knowledge of general animal care principles and practices and ability to learn and perform a variety of animal care activities.
  • Physical skills - ability to stand for extended periods (8 hours a day), bend and reach to perform assigned work activities, and 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.
  • Excellent customer service skills, serving the public and colleagues with honesty and integrity.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • 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 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.
  • Drivers license 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 your resume to employment@lifelineanimal.org.