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

Full Time Adoption & Customer Experience Manager

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking an experienced and dynamic Adoption & Customer Experience Manager to lead the adoption department including adoption programs, staff, and volunteers at ARL Main, ARL West, ARL North, Adoption Partner locations, and off-site adoption events.

This leadership position plays an important role in ensuring nearly 8,000 animals each year are matched with great homes by recruiting, training, and coaching approximately 15 full and part time adoption staff and 30+ adoption volunteers. Ideal candidates should have a minimum of 3-5+ years of leadership experience in an animal shelter, a high-volume veterinary office, or similar animal organization. Consideration will also be given to candidates with experience in communications, retail management, or other fast-paced customer experience-focused leadership roles.

Ideal candidates should have a communications or other business-related degree or equivalent experience. Typical schedule is Tuesday-Saturday or dependent on organizational needs and reports to the Director of Development & Communications. We offer competitive pay, benefits, and a good working environment. We will be interviewing as we receive resumes to fill the position as soon as possible.

Please send both your resume and salary requirements to joinourteam@arl-iowa.org (Subject: Adoption Experience Manager) in order to be considered.


Full-time Veterinary Surgical Technician/Assistant

NO WEEKENDS AND VERY COMPETITIVE PAY

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a veterinary technician to work in our surgical area full time. This position is perfect for a candidate who wants a great job, a career working with animals and weekends off!

Qualified candidates should ideally be certified, but 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 keen attention to detail, be a quick learner and be able to work as part of a team. The ability to lift and carry animals up to 55 pounds is required. Prior animal shelter experience is a plus.

We offer VERY competitive pay specific to a veterinary surgical technician, benefits, including 401(k), and a good work environment. This position is Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. We will be interviewing as we receive resumes/applicants to fill the position as soon as possible.

Please send resumes, including any pay requirements, to Carol Griglione at cgriglione@arl-iowa.org.


Part-Time Positions

Part-time Medical/Veterinary Technician

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a medical/veterinary technician to work in our medical area part time, including weekends. 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. At least 1 year of directly related experience as a veterinary technician in shelter medicine, a spay/neuter clinic, a wellness clinic or a private veterinary practice is preferred. Animal handling and husbandry experience is highly desired. Candidates must possess a stable work history and be able to work well with internal staff and clients, as well as external clients.

We offer competitive pay and a good work environment. Please send resumes, including any pay requirements, to Dr. Cates at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org


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 joinourteam@arl-iowa.org.


Temporary Positions

Cleaning Technicians

Interested in working on behalf of animals? Want to clean with a purpose? The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking several motivated individuals to temporarily support our Shelter Operations Team with cleaning duties. The Cleaning Technicians will be responsible for ensuring our shelter is completing all cleaning and disinfecting protocols on a daily basis. The position requires frequent standing, bending, stretching, kneeling and ladder usage while performing cleaning duties. With this position, there is exposure to animals, animal odors, animal waste, litter and strong cleaning chemical smells.

Ideal candidates are able to work 30-40 hours a week, including weekends. Shifts are scheduled between the hours of 7:00AM – 8:00PM.

If you are interested in pursuing this temporary position, please submit your resume along with answers to the following 5 questions to joinourteaam@arl-iowa.org prior to March 23, 2020, for consideration.

  1. Why are you interested in this position?
  2. Do you have any animals (dogs, cats, reptiles, rodents, etc.) that are you are uncomfortable working around?
  3. Do you have any schedule restrictions?
  4. What are your salary expectations?

Internships

TheraPets Internship, Community Program

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.


Humane Education, Community Program

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a highly motivated, organized individual to serve as our Humane Education Intern. Humane education serves as a resource for the community to promote compassion and respect for all living things. Pet responsibility and pet safety are the foundation for this process. Applicants should be very detail-oriented with excellent communication skills, enjoy working with kids and adults and have a passion for education.

The intern will assist with the planning and execution of all educational programs such as; classroom programs, Girl Scouts, Tales with Tails, Litter-ary Club and off-site events along with a variety of other duties as needed by the department and the intern’s desired outcomes.

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 Rose Hebron, Humane Education Coordinator at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org.


Community Outreach, Community Program

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 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 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.