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

NEW OPENING: Full-time Veterinary Surgical Technician/Assistant
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. 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 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 Carol Griglione at cgriglione@arl-iowa.org. This position is Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.


Full-time Community Outreach Coordinator
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking an energetic, highly motivated person to work as a full-time Community Outreach Coordinator. This position offers pet care services to underserved communities in Des Moines and provides other services under ARL programs to assist pets. The program plays a key role in reducing the number of animals that enter the shelter and also assists in fulfilling the part of our mission to “strengthen the human-animal bond.” Duties involve coordinating spay/neuter appointments, implementing grassroots campaigns to spread the word about our spay/neuter programs and other programs and resources, working with community trap-neuter-return (TNR), following up with outreach clients about pet services, data entry and collection, volunteer coordination, recruitment, supervision and oversight, and coordinating and leading community events, among other duties.

The position will work closely with other departments, volunteers and community members of all backgrounds, so an ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) along with 3+ years of experience in animal welfare, education, advocacy or community organization is highly desired. Strong computer skills and written and verbal skills required. Conversational Spanish is a strong plus, but not required. Must be willing to work in all neighborhoods, with all people, and with all pets. Some weekends/evenings will be required for events, including working outside in all types of Iowa weather. Must have a valid Iowa driver’s license and a good driving record.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Carol Griglione at cgriglione@arl-iowa.org. Must include salary expectations to be considered. No phone calls, please. We’ll be interviewing as we receive resumes and will fill this position when we find the right match.


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, 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 and a good work environment. Please send resumes, including any pay requirements, to Laura Trogdon at ltrogdon@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 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 Laura Trogdon at ltrogdon@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 - 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.