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 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
  • 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 Counselor – ARL Main
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a full time Adoption Counselor for our ARL Main location. Looking for candidates that want to make a difference and find pets their forever home. You must have strong customer service skills, outgoing personality, the ability to multitask, organizational skills, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work in a fast paced team-oriented environment. This candidate would preferably have experience with animals in a personal or professional setting, although not necessary. This position is responsible for all facets of customer service, maintaining a safe and healthy environment, processing transactions, precise record keeping and animal handling. The schedule for this position is as follows: Four 10hr shifts including one weekend. This is an hourly position. If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume/application to Mick at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org


Call Center Operator – Full Time
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. (ARL) is currently seeking a full time Call Center Operator to receive incoming calls for our community outreach programs, facilitate phone calls providing resources to the community and support staff in the Pet Help Center. The ideal candidate has prior secretarial/call center experience, strong communication skills, is efficient, able to multitask, able to work well with others and is well organized, high energy and able to walk distances. This is an hourly position. In addition, this position will coordinate veterinary appointments, place reminder and follow up calls and enter data into databases. This position spends a lot of time on the telephone and email. Please send your resume to Mick at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org. No phone calls, please. The ARL will be interviewing as resumes are received in order to fill this position as soon as possible.


Human Resources and Training Manager
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a full time Human Resources and Training Manager. The perfect candidate for this position should have 3+ years of experience in HR work and have additional background with coordinating and leading training programs; as well as experience with recruiting staff. The ideal candidate would have experience with doing payroll for 100+ employees as well. This position will be located at our Main office in Des Moines; and requires the person to be in the office Monday-Friday due to the nature of the work.

Qualified candidates should have earned a degree or certification relating to Human Resources. 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 verbal and written communication skills, have knowledge of employment laws and regulations and HR best practices; be able to multi-task; have some background with accounting and payroll, have energy and positive attitude in recruiting other ARL team members.

We offer competitive pay, benefits, including a 401K, and fun and creative working environment. Pay will be commensurate with experience and skills. Please send your resumes, including any pay requirements, to Carol Griglione at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org. The ARL will be interviewing as we receive resumes; and will fill this position as soon as possible.


NEW OPENING: 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. Please send resumes, including any pay requirements, to Dr. Cates at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org. This position is Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.


Full-time Medical/Veterinary Technician
Looking for a challenging and rewarding career as an Animal Health Technician? If you are a multitasker who likes to learn and be hands-on in a high-volume animal shelter, consider joining our team. Join a supportive group of dedicated staff under the direction of top shelter veterinarians.

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a medical/veterinary technician to work in our medical area full 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 part of a team. Veterinary technician certification is 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 (starting at $14.00/hour) and a good work environment. Please send your resume to Dr. Cates at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org.


Full-time Animal Control Officer
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking an experienced animal control officer to work at our Animal Care and Control Center in Des Moines full time (will include weekend day(s) to start). Qualified candidates should have experience, a high level of skill, be able to work independently in a fast paced environment, have excellent communication skills, and be able to work as a team. Prior animal handling experience is required, experience as an animal control officer is preferred. Must be able to meet physical demands of the position, being able to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch and/or crawl. Must be able to climb and balance. Must be able to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; frequently be able to lift/move up to 50 pounds and occasionally 100 pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must have a valid Iowa’s drivers license and good driving record.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; and toxic or caustic chemicals. Employee is required to work closely with both domestic and wild animals and will be exposed to related hazards. Employee may be exposed to chemical hazards and communicable diseases. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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

Part-Time Positions

Part-Time Transport Driver – Great 2nd Job!
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking multiple part-time transport drivers to shuttle workers as part of the ARL’s Community Support Services work-release program. The hours are 5:45-7:15am and/or 2:15-3:45pm, 3-4 days/week per person to ensure coverage for both shifts, 7 days per week. Candidates must have a valid license, a good driving record, and be able to pass a background check. Interested candidates should submit their application to Mick at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org.


Part-time Animal Control Officer
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking an experienced animal control officer to work at our Animal Care and Control Center in Des Moines part time (will include weekend day(s) to start). Qualified candidates should have experience, a high level of skill, be able to work independently in a fast paced environment, have excellent communication skills, and be able to work as a team. Prior animal handling experience is required, experience as an animal control officer is preferred. Must be able to meet physical demands of the position, being able to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch and/or crawl. Must be able to climb and balance. Must be able to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; frequently be able to lift/move up to 50 pounds and occasionally 100 pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must have a valid Iowa’s drivers license and good driving record.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; and toxic or caustic chemicals. Employee is required to work closely with both domestic and wild animals and will be exposed to related hazards. Employee may be exposed to chemical hazards and communicable diseases. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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


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 Birthday Party Coordinator
Our birthday party program is growing to meet the increased demand so the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a part time birthday party coordinator to lead the children’s birthday parties that occur at the ARL. Possible party times are Fridays (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and Saturdays and Sundays (11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 1:30-3:30 p.m., and 4-6:00 p.m.). There is an average of 3-5 parties booked each weekend. This is a contract position that pays a flat rate of $50 per party. Experience working with children or event planning is required. Experience with animal handling is preferred. Applicants subject to background check. Qualified candidates can submit their resumes to Chris Hubbard at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org.


Part-time Animal & Customer Care Associate - ARL South
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is seeking one Animal & Customer Care Associate primarily for our ARL South location in Southridge Mall, but will float between South and West locations. 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. To apply please send resumes to 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.


Internships

Part-Time Strategic Animal Programs Intern (Winter/Spring 2018-19)
Do you have an interest in working with people, the drive to make a difference in the Des Moines community, and a passion for animal welfare? The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is seeking highly motivated individuals to serve as interns with our strategic animal programs team. Our interns would be exposed to all aspects of the ARL’s strategic animal programs, including Therapets, Community Outreach, Humane Education, and Animal Cruelty Intervention. The ideal candidate would be detail-oriented, flexible, proficient in Microsoft Office, and have the ability to work in a fast-pace environment. This position is unpaid and is a set 90 day minimum term with 8-16 hours each week. We are willing to work with academic advisors so students can receive credit for the internship. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Colin Grace at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org.


Part-time Marketing & Graphic Design Intern - 2019
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 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.