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Join Our Team!

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) offers a variety of career paths including, whether you’re looking to work hands-on with the animals, serve in a support role, or oversee one of our growing-list of programs and services. Every member of our team plays an important role in changing the lives of animals and the people who love them. Career paths and positions can include:

  • Animal Care
  • Pet Training & Behavior
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Animal Control & Cruelty Investigation
  • Humane Education
  • Pet Adoption & Foster
  • Community Outreach
  • Marketing & Public Relations
  • Volunteer Management
  • Customer Service & Pet Helpline
  • Retail
  • Events & Fundraising
  • Accounting & Database Management
  • Operations & Administration

Benefits

In addition to competitive pay and a mission-driven culture, we offer benefits for full-time employees including:

  • Paid vacation, personal, and bereavement leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Short and long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The ARL is an equal opportunity employer.

Available Positions

If you currently have animal care or non-profit experience and don’t see an open position listed below that fits your background, please email your resume to arl@arl-iowa.org.  We are always interested in recruiting talent to the ARL.

Please see the list of openings below. ARL's job application.

Full Time Positions

Full Time Veterinarian
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. is seeking an experienced veterinarian. Qualified candidates should have at least 3 years of experience in a shelter or private practice or equivalent, a high level of skill, be able to work independently in a fast paced environment. This position works with the ARL’s animal control division half time and consists of doing breed identification, animal neglect exams and reports, providing testimony in court cases, as well as overseeing the medical care given to the animals brought into the animal control facility. Experience with community cats and TNR a plus. This position will be overseeing the medical technician staff; and doing some spay/neuter surgeries and other needed veterinary work on animals in the shelter to get them ready for adoption. This position is on call every other week (low number of calls). The ARL is an award-winning, progressive animal shelter. We are open access with a very high adoption rate. This position is Monday-Friday with a rotation of Saturdays. Competitive pay, benefits, good working environment. Please send resume, including any pay requirements, to Carol Griglione at cgriglione@arl-iowa.org.

Full time Veterinary Technician/Assistant
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a veterinary technician to work in our surgical area full time; Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Qualified candidates should ideally be certified. Years of practical experience will be considered in lieu of certification. Candidates should possess a high level of skill, be able to work independently in a fast paced environment, have excellent communication skills, possess a keen attention to detail, be a quick learner and be able to work as a team member. The ability to lift and carry animals up to 55 pounds is required. Prior animal shelter experience is a plus. We offer competitive pay and benefits and good working environment. Please send your resumes, including any pay requirements, to Carol Griglione at cgriglione@arl-iowa.org.

Full time Medical/Veterinary Technician
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a medical/veterinary technician to work in our medical area full time. Qualified candidates should have animal handling and veterinary technician experience, be able to work independently in a fast paced environment, have excellent communication skills, and be able to work as a team. Certified veterinary technician a plus but not required.

Desired Experience:

  • At least one year of directly related experience as a veterinary technician working in shelter medicine, spay/neuter clinic, wellness clinic, or private veterinary practice is preferred.
  • Animal handling and husbandry experience is highly desired.
  • Must possess a stable work history.
  • Must be able to work well with internal staff and clients and external clients.

Competitive pay and good working environment. Please send your resumes, including any pay requirements, to Dr. Steffen at asteffen@arl-iowa.org.

Administrative Assistant/Secretary
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. (ARL) is currently seeking a full time (Monday-Friday) administrative assistant/secretary to support the Executive Director and other management staff at the ARL of Iowa. The ideal candidate would have prior secretarial experience, have strong communication skills, be efficient and able to multi task, be able to work well with others and be well organized and high energy. Experience with Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint/Prezi is needed. Competitive salary and benefits offered. If interested, please send your resumes to Carol Griglione at cgriglione@arl-iowa.org or at ARL, 5452 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50313, no later than March 1. Must include your salary expectations to be considered. No phone calls. The ARL will be interviewing as resumes are received in order to fill this position as soon as possible and a candidate may be selected before the March 1st job posting has expired.

Full time Pet Helpline Associate
Are you driven by making a difference in the lives of animals every day? We have an opportunity that fits that drive. We are seeking a Full Time Pet Helpline Associate (PHA) to assist the public in a compassionate and empathetic manner via phone in our Pet Help Center. As a PHA you will respond to incoming phone calls including, but not limited to:

  • Education and providing community resources.
  • Scheduling appointments for our admissions process.
  • Scheduling appointments for our spay/neuter programs.
  • Sign-up and follow-up on outreach communications to clients who receive spay/neuter services, cremation and community involvement.

You will play a key role in the ARL's desire to keep pets in their loving homes through compassionate counseling, affordable services and educational resources. You will both assist and connect pet owners in need with ARL consultants who may provide helpful resources to those individuals who want to keep their pet, but for a variety of reasons, may be struggling. These resources may allow many of these owners to keep their pet(s) in their home.

The ARL’s goal is to provide a consistent, positive customer experience to all callers and customers.

To be Considered:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Two years of experience in a customer service, call center or receptionist position.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Learn other technology as necessary for the job.
  • Applicants should demonstrate strong interpersonal and customer service skills, flexibility, and be able to adapt in stressful situations.
  • Conversational Spanish is a strong plus, but not required.
  • Experience in animal handling is preferred.

Interested applicants should send their resume to Alyssa at jobs@arl-iowa.org.

 

Part Time Positions

Part Time Animal Care Technician
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a part time Animal Care Technician. This position will include all shifts and weekends, averaging from 20-30 hours per week. The position is at the ARL Main location and must be willing/able to work with all types of animals. Job entails long periods on your feet, bending, kneeling and the use of ladders for cleaning purposes. Please send a resume to Alyssa Haase at jobs@arl-iowa.org.

Part Time Animal & Customer Care Associate - ARL South
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is seeking one Animal & Customer Care Associate for our ARL South location in Southridge Mall. Applicants must be willing/able to work with all types of animals, as they are responsible for cleaning animals as well. Applicants must also have strong customer service, multitasking, and organizational skills, ability to work in a fast paced team-oriented environment, and preferably have experience with animals in a personal or professional setting. This position is responsible for all facets of customer service, maintaining a safe and healthy environment, processing transactions, and precise record keeping. Job entails long periods on your feet, bending, kneeling and the use of ladders for cleaning purposes. Averages 20-30 hours per week. Email your resume to Robyn Dobernecker at rdobernecker@arl-iowa.org

Part Time Animal Control Officer
Are you looking for an exciting job out of the office? The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is looking for a part-time Animal Control Officer. This position is 20 hours a week and requires weekends and nights. Please email your resume to Josh Colvin, Animal Control Operations Manager, jcolvin@arl-iowa.org. No phone calls, please.

 

Internships

Part Time Off Site Adoptions Intern
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking an open-minded, highly motivated person with both people and pet-friendly social skills to intern for our offsite adoption programs. You will assist for a minimum of 12 hours per week gaining valuable skills with communications, data collection, promotions, event planning and execution. This unpaid internship has room for a flexible schedule and will give you professional work experience in the non-profit sector. It will also provide a unique look at the entire shelter and how it runs efficiently. Responsibilities include: assisting with the event coordination, event execution, community involvement, sign-up and follow-up for our volunteer adoption crew, filling in at events if needed, creation and distribution of promotional materials. Interested applicants should send a current resume and cover letter to Robyn Dobernecker at rdobernecker@arl-iowa.org.

Part Time Marketing & Graphic Design Intern
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a highly motivated, creative individual to serve as a Graphic Design Intern for the Marketing team. Applicants should have strong graphic design skills for both print and web and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment while meeting deadlines. The intern will be exposed to all facets of marketing for Iowa's largest non-profit animal shelter. This position is unpaid and is a set 90 day minimum term with 8-16 hours each week. Interested applicants should send a current cover letter, resume, and design portfolio to Ashley Pech at apech@arl-iowa.org.

Part Time Special Events Intern
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a highly motivated, organized individual to serve as a Special Events Intern. Applicants should be very detail-oriented and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment while meeting deadlines. This position is unpaid and is a set 90 day minimum term with 8-16 hours each week. The intern will assist with special event projects and pre-event logistics, call on vendors, businesses, and event attendees when needed, procurement, and other projects depending on the intern’s desired outcome. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Megan Rice at events@arl-iowa.org.