Employment

Our employees make a difference! We have many opportunities throughout the year for dedicated, passionate people who want to make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals and touch the lives of countless families.

Current Employment Opportunities

Benefits of Working at SICSA:

  • Discounted Adoptions
  • Discounted Veterinary Services
  • Discounted Pet Food
  • Surrounded by like-minded people
  • Be a part of the community
  • Save lives!

Employment Opportunities

Registered Veterinary Technician

Job Title: Registered Veterinary Technician
Department: Veterinary Clinic
FLSA Status: Non Exempt FT
Reports To: Veterinary Clinic Manager

General Scope
The Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) will aid the veterinarians in providing safe, compassionate, and quality patient care in surgery, wellness, and in-shelter animal care. This includes preparing animals and the clinic area for surgeries, monitoring anesthesia, assisting in overseeing patient recovery, assisting in diagnostic testing, medical record-keeping, infectious disease management, and prescription and controlled substance management.

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities

• Surgical support including: pre-medication and anesthetic induction of animals for surgery; monitoring animals under anesthesia; and assisting in overseeing animal anesthetic recoveries.
• Support the veterinarians by performing diagnostics, processing laboratory samples, accurately filling prescriptions, dental prophylaxis, and employing appropriate disease management techniques.
• Daily, thorough cleaning of clinic including anesthesia machines, surgical tables and surfaces, surgical suite, etc.
• Providing care for animals, including vaccination, performance of medical treatments (i.e. nail clipping, ear cleaning etc.), medicating and assisting with euthanasia as needed.
• Maintaining patient records by accurately recording treatments and test results in an electronic records system (ShelterLuv or Vetter).
• Maintaining an inventory of medications for ordering drugs and treatment supplies.
• Maintaining controlled substances drug log.
• Treating all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance.
• Maintaining a friendly and professional demeanor and providing good customer service while working with fosters, volunteers and clients. This includes clients seen through the public spay/neuter and wellness programs, as well as answering questions the clients may have after surgery.
• Working courteously and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers.
• Filling in for other areas and performing other tasks/functions as needed, including helping with phone calls and scheduling as well as occasionally working at special events.

Please send your resume to clinic@sicsa.org.

Dog Behaviorist

Job Title:                    Dog Behaviorist
Department:              Adoption and Alternative Services
FLSA Status:             Full-Time Exempt
Reports To:                Intake and Community Resource Manager

General Scope: The SICSA Dog Behaviorist is responsible for providing support for dog owners with the goal of preventing intake at shelters and improving the overall relationship between dogs and people. The Dog Behaviorist is also responsible for the behavioral health and wellness of all dogs at SICSA; including crafting and implementing behavior modification plans and training staff to carry out the plans.

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities: 

  • Work as a part of the Help Center team by providing resources and behavior support to dog owners and community members that will help prevent unnecessary intake at animal shelters. Resources and support may include phone calls and emails, in person training support sessions, creating behavior modification plans for the owners to implement in their home, and referrals to other types of resources.
  • Assist the intake team; including phone calls and applications regarding potential dog surrender, intake diversion, intake triage, stray dog intake, and surrender appointments – as related to dogs and dog behavior.
  • Help implement and maintain evidence-based, humane training methodologies to improve positive outcomes and enhance the human animal bond.
  • Create and implement behavior modification plans for shelter dogs, including but not limited to basic obedience, unruly behavior, dog-dog socialization, barrier and kennel reactivity, leash reactivity, dog-to-dog aggression, resource guarding, and impulse control.
  • Ensure proper documentation of all client communication, intake prevention, and behavior modification plans.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with partnering behavior organizations for dogs offsite for “board and train” and ensure adherence to SICSA protocols, efficient flow of communication, and proper documentation.
  • Train and mentor animal care technicians, other staff, and volunteers to provide behavioral support for adoptable dogs and to carry forward behavior modification plans.
  • Participate in daily shelter rounds to help identify and address stress and deterioration; ensure dogs are marked with appropriate behavioral attributes, assessments, and memos in Shelterluv in a timely manner.
  • Participate on the Path Plan committee and help determine the proper course of action for dogs to facilitate their path to adoption and/or discuss potential behavioral euthanasia.
  • Track, document, and compile data related to dog behavior and intake diversion.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Specific Job Skills: 

  • Dog Behavior. Extensive knowledge of dog behavior; shelter experience preferred.
  • Open-minded Nature and Positive Attitude. Ability to seek and learn new information; listen to other ideas and opinions; willingness to change perspective, when necessary; and apply new information and ideas to make appropriate changes.
  • Superb Communication. Confidence to communicate about difficult and/or sensitive topics; willingness to address issues in a timely and appropriate manner; diplomacy to address colleagues, volunteers, and clients with compassion and empathy; and overall communication skills that promote team building, good morale, and a positive work environment.
  • Service Oriented. Willingness to promote a culture of help that provides the community with the assistance and resources necessary for successful pet ownership.
  • Ability to Plan and Prioritize. Manage time effectively by prioritizing tasks and setting goals that are achievable and maintainable.
  • Sufficient Computer and Technology Skills. Knowledge of or ability to learn shelter management software.
  • Initiative and Problem-Solving. Ability to multi-task, work in a fast-paced environment, and address problems quickly and efficiently.
  • Self-driven. Ability to carry out tasks independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to Remain Calm. Maintain professionalism in stressful situations; ability to communicate difficult information without becoming aggressive or unpleasant.
  • Enthusiastic about Team Work. Ability to work well with staff, volunteers, adopters, and the general public to promote SICSA’s philosophy and goals.
  • Flexibility and Adaptability. Ability to adapt quickly and respond effectively to changes.

Other Requirements:

  • Must have a valid driver's license and good driving record as defined by SICSA's current insurance carrier.
  • Must have a philosophy that is consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the organization.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Behavior certification preferred: Certification as an Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB or ACAAB) via the Animal Behavior Society and/or Certified Animal Behavior Consultant (CDBC, CCBC, CPCC, CHCC) via the IAABC. Willing to consider equivalent experience and working towards behavior certification once hired.
  • Animal shelter experience preferred

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to ECarper@sicsa.org.

Humane Education Summer Camp Associate

Job Title: Humane Education Summer Camp Associate

Department: Community Engagement

FLSA Status: Seasonal Full Time Non-Exempt

Reports To: Outreach and Education Manager

Pay Rate: $13/hr

 

General Scope:

Humane Education Summer Camp Associates (HESCA) work in a team providing weekly summer camps in the months of June and July. Camps will take place Monday through Friday at the SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center. Additional camps may be held off-site in other locations within Montgomery County. The team will work to provide an excellent camp experience, meeting or exceeding our program goals and state requirements. The position employment dates are from June 13, 2022, to August 5, 2022.

 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Assist with instruction for SICSA’s Humane Education Summer Camps
  • Facilitate execution of SICSA’s Humane Education Summer Camps including setup, cleanup, supervising and engaging youth, presenting material, and leading games and activities
  • Provide leadership and direction to SICSA Student Interns who assist with youth programs
  • Assist with the creation of lesson and activity programming
  • Work directly with onsite staff, volunteers, and animals to educate youth attending camps
  • Partake in camp preparation and debriefing the weeks prior to and following camp respectively to aid program development and improvement
  • Assist with other SICSA Departments as needed

 

Specific Qualities and Job Skills:

  • Enthusiastic about teamwork; ability to work well with staff, volunteers, donors, and the general public to promote SICSA's philosophy and goals
  • Experience working with children in a professional and/or classroom setting
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and ability to take direction and feedback
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment; able to identify challenges and come up with solutions quickly and effectively
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team to accomplish tasks within a designated timeframe
  • Affection for animals and a concern for their well-being
  • Maturity, good judgment, and a professional attitude
  • Volunteer engagement advocate; ability to work side-by-side with volunteers to help leverage volunteers and their skills to successfully help deliver on SICSA's mission

 

Physical Requirements

  • Physical ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday required
  • Physical ability to handle and work with companion animals which includes walking dogs on leashes, or holding or carrying small animals
  • Allergic conditions, which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals, may be a disqualification
  • Ability to work outdoors or indoors as needed

 

Other Requirements:

  • High School equivalent with 1+ years’ experience working with youth
  • Must have a philosophy that is consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the organization

 

To apply, please submit a resume and (optional) cover letter to Kaitlin Becraft: kbecraft@sicsa.org

Animal Care Technician

Job Title: Animal Care Technician
Department: Animal Care
FLSA Status: Part-Time Non-Exempt
Reports To: Animal Care Manager

General Scope: Provides quality basic and behavioral care for SICSA resident animals, in accordance with SICSA's policies
and procedures.

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide basic husbandry for in-custody animals per SICSA animal care and disease management protocols. This
    includes feeding, walking dogs, cleaning cat litter boxes, and cleaning and disinfecting kennels and supplies.
  • Carry out designated health care programs for specific animals as directed by the staff veterinarians and Animal
    Care Manager.
  • Provide regular feedback to the Animal Care Manager and veterinarians regarding changes in animal health and
    behavior.
  • Provide appropriate environmental enrichment for all animals onsite as directed by the Animal Care Manager to
    ensure the emotional and mental well-being of our animals, which will enhance their adoptability.
  • Carry out designated behavior modification programs as directed by the Animal Care Manager.
  • Provide support for volunteers working with SICSA animals.
  • Assist the public during open hours.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience, and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without
reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Dependability and ability to follow instructions;
  • Have interest in and/or general knowledge of animal care, welfare, and behavior;
  • Ability to understand and accept the reality of euthanizing animals when necessary;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with staff and volunteers;
  • Ability to take a teamwork approach to the job by cooperating with others, offering to help others when needed, and
    considering larger organization or team goals rather than individual concerns;
  • Willingness to adapt to and remain calm in a constantly-changing and stressful work environment;
  • Unwavering compassion for helping animals in need

Minimum Qualifications/Licenses Required:

  • High school diploma
  • Valid Ohio driver’s license

Physical Requirements/Work Environment:

  • Ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb, and manipulate (lift, carry, and move) up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to be around animals of varying sizes and temperament in, occasionally, noisy environments.
  • Responsible for presenting a neat and professional appearance to the public at all times.

Please send professional cover letter and resume to Megan Wyant (mwyant@sicsa.org).

Help Center Program Manager

Job Title:                 Help Center Program Manager
Department:           Adoptions and Alternative Services
FLSA Status:          Full-Time Exempt
Reports To:             Director of Adoptions and Alternative Services 

It is an exciting time to join the SICSA team! SICSA is a progressive, lifesaving community resource. We offer innovative programs and services to support both people and pets. We are looking for a Help Center Program Manager who has a passion for helping people in the community and providing resources that will help them keep their pets.

General Scope: This position will be responsible for planning, promoting, and implementing all aspects of SICSA’s Help Center Intake Diversion Program.  This includes, but is not limited to, the provision of resources for rehoming support, community cats, and rescue transfer services. The position also includes providing and ensuring high-quality, compassionate customer service; establishing and meeting program goals; mentoring and supervising staff and volunteers; providing program structure, and keeping organized, detailed records. This position reports to the Director of Adoptions and Alternative Services and works closely with other SICSA programs and departments; including Adoptions, Community Engagement, Animal and Foster Care, and the Veterinary Clinic.

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide program management; including implementing program structure, setting goals, monitoring progress, and adjusting as needed
  • Assist in the development of annual revenue and expense budgets; monitor program income and expenditures
  • Track and compile detailed data related to Help Center services
  • Anticipate opportunities for growth, and research and implement new processes and services that help keep pets in their homes
  • Assist the community with the identification and provision of resources aimed at keeping animals in their home
  • Provide excellent customer service and ensure this is the standard throughout the team
  • Serve as a team leader and ensure a supportive and compassionate team culture; model and encourage collaborative, positive, and enthusiastic work behaviors throughout the organization
  • Supervise, motivate, mentor, and evaluate the program’s staff in accordance with SICSA protocols and policies. Direct supervisory responsibility includes the Community Resource and Intake Coordinator, a team of Community Resource and Intake Specialists, Dog & Cat Behaviorists, program volunteers, and future positions as needed
  • Maintain current knowledge of and effective relationships with other animal welfare organizations and other external agencies, as needed
  • Contribute to and support fundraising efforts, including participation in special events

 Specific Job Skills:

  • Strong Interpersonal Skills. Professional and personable in working with diverse constituencies.
  • Open-minded Nature and Positive Attitude. Ability to seek and learn new information; listen to other ideas and opinions; willing to change perspective, when necessary, and apply new information and ideas to make appropriate program changes.
  • Excellent Motivator. Ability to lead a large team of staff and volunteers, set challenging yet achievable goals, and encourage collaboration and team spirit.
  • Superb Communication Skills. Confidence to communicate about difficult and/or sensitive topics; willingness to address issues in a timely and appropriate manner; and diplomacy to address staff, volunteers, and customers with compassion and empathy.
  • Initiative and Problem-Solving Skills. Ability to multi-task, work in a fast-paced environment, and address problems quickly and efficiently.
  • Self-driven. Ability to carry out tasks independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to Remain Calm. Maintain professionalism in stressful situations; ability to turn people down or communicate difficult information without becoming aggressive or unpleasant.
  • Volunteer Engagement Advocate. Works side-by-side with volunteers to help leverage volunteers and their skills to successfully help deliver on SICSA’s social mission.
  • Enthusiastic about team work. Ability to work well with staff, volunteers, donors, and the general public to promote SICSA’s philosophy and goals.
  • Flexibility and Adaptability. Ability to adapt quickly and respond effectively to changes.

 Other Requirements:

  • Must have a valid driver's license and good driving record as defined by SICSA’s current insurance carrier.
  • Must have a philosophy that is consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the organization.
  • Available to work a Sunday-Thursday core schedule.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 2 or more years of management and supervisory experience
  • Experience working directly with animals and knowledge of animal welfare and common medical conditions are a plus

To be considered for this position, please email JSullivan@sicsa.org and use the Subject Line: Help Center Program Manager. This email should include a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for 3 professional references. No phone calls or in-person applicants, please.

 

 

Adoption Counselor

Job Title:                     Adoption Counselor
Department:               Adoption and Alternative Services
FLSA Status:              Non-Exempt: Part-Time
Reports To:                 Adoption Program Manager

SICSA is looking for friendly, helpful multitaskers who love people and pets and have go-getter attitudes. Excellent customer service skills are a must, as well as attention to detail and a love for working in a fast-paced environment.

General Scope:

An adoption counselor is responsible for creating a positive experience for adopters and for matching cats and dogs with good homes. This is a part-time position with flexibility on the total number of hours each week, dependent upon how many positions are hired. Weekend availability is required.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Engaging with the public and providing high quality customer service
  • Making good matches for both people and pets
  • Answering phones, operating the cash register, and assisting with administrative tasks
  • Cleaning animal areas, front office, and equipment as needed
  • Accurate record keeping and database use

 Specific Qualities and Job Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to navigate conflict and deal with high stress situations calmly
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Affection for animals and a concern for their well-being
  • Compassion for people and a concern for their well-being
  • Strong initiative and ability to work with minimal supervision and direction
  • Maturity, good judgment, and a professional attitude
  • Volunteer engagement advocate; ability to work side-by-side with volunteers to help leverage volunteers and their skills to successfully help deliver on SICSA's mission
  • Enthusiastic about team work; ability to work well with staff, volunteers, donors, and the general public to promote SICSA's philosophy and goals

Physical Requirements

  • Physical ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday required
  • Physical ability to engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms, and hands; to hear, to see, and to move animals and goods
  • Allergic conditions, which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals, may be a disqualification

Other Requirements:

  • High school diploma, plus two years of work or volunteer experience with the public
  • Experience with animals is a plus, but willing to provide training for the right person
  • Must be willing to handle a variety of animals, temperaments, and sizes
  • Availability: SICSA is open seven days a week and weekends may be required
  • Ability to read, write, and understand English
  • Must have a valid driver's license and good driving record as defined by SICSA's current insurance carrier
  • Must have a philosophy that is consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the organization

To apply, please send a professional resume and brief cover letter with the subject line “Adoption Counselor Position” to ncarey@sicsa.org

Veterinary Assistant

Job Title: Veterinary Assistant
Department: Veterinary Clinic
FLSA Status: Non Exempt FT
Reports To: Veterinary Clinic Manager

General Scope
The Veterinary Assistant will aid the veterinarians as needed in surgery, wellness appointments, and with shelter medicine responsibilities, as well as ensures that the clinic facility and equipment are clean and in good working order. Additionally, he or she performs the check-in and release of animals for the public spay/neuter and wellness programs, provides animal restraint, and assists with preparing animals for veterinary care and spay/neuter surgery.

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities:

  • Daily, thorough cleaning of clinic including equipment, cages, floors, dishes, bedding, etc.
  • Monitoring the health of the animals, during surgery and post-op, on an ongoing basis, rapidly identifying any health problems or conditions and immediately reporting them to the veterinarian.
  • Providing care for animals, including vaccination, performance of medical treatments (i.e. nail clipping, ear cleaning etc.), medicating and assisting with euthanasia as needed.
  • Maintaining patient records by accurately recording treatments and test results in an electronic records system (ShelterLuv or Vetter), and by processing patient check-in/check-out documents and transactions.
  • Maintaining an inventory of medications for ordering drugs and treatment supplies.
  • Treating all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance.
  • Maintaining a friendly and professional demeanor and providing good customer service while working with fosters, volunteers and clients. This includes checking in and releasing animals for the public spay/neuter and wellness programs, as well as answering questions the clients may have after surgery.
  • Working courteously and cooperatively with other staff members.
  • Filling in for other areas and performing other tasks/functions as needed, including helping with phone calls and scheduling as well as occasionally working at special events.

 

Specific Job Skills:

  • Exceptional customer service/people skills, including comfort with discussing post-op care of animals with the general public.
  • Experience and comfort in caring for and handling animals in a safe, effective, and humane manner, especially animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies.
  • Knowledge of contemporary clinic and shelter maintenance techniques and accepted sanitary practices.
  • Familiarity with animals, knowledge of animal behavior, and familiarity with symptoms of diseases common to dogs and cats.
  • Knowledge of preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic veterinary treatment of domestic animals.
  • Good interpersonal skills, communication, customer service, and time management skills essential.
  • Ability and initiative to self-direct work duties with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Maturity, good judgment, and a professional personal appearance.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Able to work in the busy, demanding environment of an animal adoption center and spay/neuter veterinary clinic, including the ability to work with volunteers, fosters and the general public.
  • Ability to read, write and understand English required.
  • Ability to identify problems or patient conditions (medical and behavioral) that need to be brought to the attention of the immediate supervisor.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Treat people and animals with respect, contribute to effective teamwork, and foster public relations beneficial to the shelter and its programs.
  • Experience volunteering or working with a rescue group, humane society, foster care involvement, veterinary clinic or other animal welfare agency are a plus.
  • Availability and a willingness to work a flexible schedule are a plus

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Physical ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday required.
  • Physical ability to engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms, and hands.
  • Physical ability to move animals and goods.
  • Physical ability to restrain dogs and cats.
  • Physical ability to push up to 150 pounds and carry up to 50 pounds regularly throughout a normal workday required.
  • Allergic conditions, which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals, may be a disqualification.
  • Working conditions include working alone, working outside in varying weather conditions, frequent interruptions, and some evening hours.

 

Educational Requirements:

  • Previous experience in an animal shelter or veterinary environment preferred.

 

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Please send your resume to clinic@sicsa.org.