Careers at the ARL

Careers


Join Our Team!
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) offers a variety of career paths whether you’re looking to work hands-on with 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:

  • Marketing & Public Relations
  • Volunteer Management
  • Customer Experience
  • Animal Care & Medical
  • 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
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The ARL is an equal opportunity employer.

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 joinourteam@arl-iowa.org. We are always interested in recruiting talent to the ARL.


Full-Time Positions

Veterinary Surgery Technician

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. is looking for a full–time Surgery Technician that is compassionate, detail-oriented, energetic and familiar with a high volume surgery schedule. Our Surgery Team is a group of highly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable individuals who work well together to provide outstanding care to all animals. They are looking to add a position to their team.

This job requires long periods of standing with repeated lifting, bending, squatting and kneeling on a daily basis. You will be actively moving animals throughout the day, along with supplies and equipment. There may be occasional heavy lifting up to 100 pounds.

Our ideal candidate has worked in an animal shelter and has at least 2 years of surgical experience.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with pre-surgical medical screenings, patient induction, surgical preparation and anesthesia monitoring.
  • Monitoring the health of all patients throughout the day
  • Perform maintenance and record keeping duties for shelter.
  • Clean and disinfect exam and treatment rooms, surgery and scrub rooms, laboratory areas. Sterilize surgical instruments, drapes and equipment. Receive, log, tag and store medical equipment, supplies and medications.
  • Input data into computerized program. Establish and maintain animal medical files. Contact other shelters, laboratories and research facilities for medical information. Keep logs of consumption, medical treatment, parasitological, observation and other necessary data. Answer questions about the shelter, as needed.

The working schedule for this position is normally Monday – Friday during the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are interested in the position, please send your resume and salary requirements to joinourteam@arl-iowa.org


Internships

TheraPets Intern

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking an individual to serve as an intern to work alongside the TheraPets Coordinator to help develop and implement goals and objectives for the TheraPets program. The goal of this program is to promote awareness of Animal Assisted Interactions in our community, to provide certification of Therapy Pet Teams and to support our current TheraPets teams.

  • Learn about the Human-Animal Bond & all aspects of Animal Assisted Therapy including the impact it has on our community
  • Develop strong communication skills
  • Learn about animal behavior & body language

This internship requires a minimum 90-day committment with 10-24 hours each week. Hours are flexible and are to be completed in 4-8 hours blocks. This internship position is unpaid.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Cat McAuliffe, TheraPets Coordinator at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org.


Community Outreach Intern

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking an individual to fill the position of Community Outreach Intern. This internship provides the opportunity to take part in engaging communities and empowering pet owners and volunteers to be leaders in their communities. A major part of this position will include interacting with the public at ARL locations and at outreach events in the community. Our goal is to increase community awareness and owner responsibility in at risk and under-served communities.

  • Work extensively with the public to help provide services and help as needed in an effort to keep pets in their homes.
  • Conduct follow ups with outreach clients for testimonials
  • Represent ARL at Mobile Pet Food Pantry

This internship requires a minimum 90-day commitment with 10-24 hours each week. Hours are flexible and are to be completed in 4-8 hours blocks. This internship position is unpaid.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Mandee Bose, Community Outreach Coordinator at joinourteam@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 and will complete work such as designing promotions for events, creating facility signage, website content updating, some social media involvement, creating materials for ARL programs, and so much more. The candidate should have a solid understanding of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.

This position is unpaid and is a set 90 day minimum term with 8-16 hours each week with flexibility to fit your schedule. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and design portfolio to Pavla DeFrancisco at joinourteam@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 joinourteam@arl-iowa.org.


Part-Time Volunteer Coordination Intern

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is seeking a highly motivated, organized individual with both people and pet-friendly social skills to serve as a Volunteer Coordination Intern. This position is unpaid and is a set 90-day minimum term with 8-16 hours each week. As an intern you will gain valuable experience in communications, data collection, promotions, people management and training. This unpaid internship has room for a flexible schedule and will give you professional work experience in the non-profit sector. Responsibilities include: assisting with volunteer training and events, communication with the volunteer base, database maintenance, and other projects depending on the intern’s desired outcome.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to joinourteam@arl-iowa.org.