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

Full-Time Positions

Full Time Volunteer Coordinator
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a vibrant and passionate individual to serve as a full time Volunteer Coordinator. This position prepares and leads approximately 3,000 volunteers to serve alongside ARL staff as we care for more than 11,000 animals who arrive at our doors each year. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Continually research innovations in volunteer management
  • Recruit, supervise, evaluate and encourage volunteers in all ARL programs and all areas needed by the ARL
  • Organize and conduct volunteer orientations
  • Design and maintain volunteer application and screening process
  • Design and maintain/update volunteer handbook
  • Design, research and implement ongoing recognition and appreciation events and program
  • Study and standardize volunteer procedures to improve efficiency
  • Motivate all volunteers to meet and exceed ARL standards
  • Coordinate volunteer operations with other departments/supervisors/program chairs
  • Responsible for over-site of volunteer training by various departments
  • Establish ongoing liaison with corporations, schools and other community organizations to facilitate recruitment of volunteers

Ideal candidates should have experience in leadership, community organizing, volunteer coordination, non-profit management, or related fields. Animal experience is not required. This position works in a fast-paced environment with sometimes short deadlines and works with a variety of staff stakeholders so demonstrated success in problem-solving, working both independently and within a team, and organizational skills are a must. Interested candidates should submit resume and salary expectations (required) to Stephanie Filer, Director of Development, at sfiler@arl-iowa.org by July 15, 2018.


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 Robyn Dobernecker at rdobernecker@arl-iowa.org by June 8. No phone calls, please. The ARL will be interviewing as resumes are received in order to fill this position as soon as possible.


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.

Competitive pay and benefits and good working environment. Please send your resumes, including any pay requirements, to Carol Griglione at cgriglione@arl-iowa.org by April 1.


Full-Time Veterinary Technician/Assistant - ARL Main
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a veterinary technician to work in our surgical area full time. 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. This position is Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Part-Time Positions

Part-Time Pet Help Center Counselor - ARL Main
Does making a difference in the lives of animals every day sound like your calling? We have an opportunity that fits that drive. We are seeking a Part Time Pet Help Center Counselor (Friday 9a-6p and Saturday 9a-6p) to assist the public in a compassionate and empathetic manner in our Pet Help Center (PHC). As a PHC you will assist clients in the process of relinquishing animals including, but not limited to:

  • Advising clients on ARL of Iowa admission and end of life policies and procedures.
  • Counsel owners on their animals’ health and behavior evaluations.
  • Maintain database by entering accurate information on owners and their animals.
  • Scheduling admissions, vet evaluations, community service workers, and end of life services.
  • Update animal information and maintain individual animal records through database systems and internal shelter paperwork.

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 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.
  • Willingness to learn new things and/or to be cross trained in other departments.
  • Applicants should demonstrate strong interpersonal and customer service skills, flexibility, and be able to adapt in stressful situations.
  • Experience in animal handling is preferred.

This position pays $10.50/hour. Interested applicants should send their resume to Robyn 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 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 wwallace@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 jobs@arl-iowa.org.


Internships

Part-Time TheraPets Intern
Through the ARL’s TheraPets program, volunteers and their pets are certified as a team to visit participating local facilities to make a difference in the lives of those they meet.

Position Summary: To serve as an assistant to 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 volunteers through the certification process and beyond.

SCHEDULE: Minimum of 90 day term with 10-24 hours each week. Hours to be completed in 4-8 hours blocks. (Flexible scheduling)

Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Outlook

  • The ability to write clearly and accurately using proper grammar

  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Excellent communication skills and strong collaborative people skills

  • Ability to keep efficient records using computers for data base management

  • Willingness to work on evenings and weekends for special projects/events and to meet emerging project needs

  • Animal handling experience is beneficial, but not required

Send cover letter & resume to Cat Turner McAuliffe, TheraPets Coordinator cmcauliffe@arl-iowa.org


Part-Time Marketing & Graphic Design Intern - Summer & Fall 2018
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 events@arl-iowa.org.


Part-Time Humane Education Intern- Summer 2018
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a highly motivated, organized individual to serve as our Humane Education Intern during the summer of 2018. Applicants should be very detail-oriented with excellent communication skills, enjoy working with kids and adults and have a passion education.  This position is unpaid with a minimum of 8 hours per week.  The intern will assist with the planning and executing 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. 

Summer interns must be available to work during summer camps:

June 11-14 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

June 25-28 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

July 9-12 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Rose Hebron, Humane Education Coordinator at rhebron@arl-iowa.org