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

Customer Experience Associate

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking a Customer Experience Associate to assist the public in a professional, compassionate and empathetic manner in our fun88体育 Help Center. Customer Experience Associates interact directly with the public with all things related to pet ownership. They ensure that animals entering our center are set up for the best possible outcomes from the very first interaction. By providing safe, supportive environments free of judgement, the Customer Experience Associates allow owners and finders of animals to seek assistance without fear or embarrassment.

The Customer Experience Associate spends time with each customer working to understand the true nature of the situation and provides appropriate resources ranging from surrender prevention options, alternatives to shelter relinquishment and acceptance of the animal into our programs. They document all key information about the animal’s history, known behavior, and habits. In addition, they handle animals and perform basic medical exams (including vaccines). Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • Minimum of 1-2 years working in customer service, prefer money handling experience
  • Excellent customer service skills, including problem solving skills
  • Animal Handling experience and/or a high comfort level in performing basic medical exams and administering vaccines)
  • Ability to function in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication skills and openness to change
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)

We are open 7 days a week and shifts are usually scheduled between the hours of 9:00AM - 7:00PM. Must be willing to work weekends. If you are interested in helping animals find their forever homes, please send your resume and hourly salary requirements to joinourteam@arl-iowa.org


Animal Health Technician (Vet Assistant)

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. is looking for a full–time Animal Health Technician (Vet Assistant) that is compassionate, detail-oriented and energetic. This individual will be a team player that can work independently in a fast paced environment.

This job requires periods of standing with repeated lifting, bending, squatting and kneeling on a daily basis. You will be actively moving animals throughout the day, along with supplies and equipment. There may be occasional heavy lifting up to 100 pounds.

Our ideal candidate has worked in an animal shelter and has a year of experience in animal handling, preferably in a shelter or clinic. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing basic exam, collect laboratory specimens
  • Administering medications, vaccines, and treatments
  • Observing and reporting on the behavior and condition of animals
  • Monitoring the health of all patients throughout the day
  • Perform maintenance and recordkeeping duties for shelter
  • Clean and disinfect exam and treatment rooms
  • Input data into computerized program
  • Establish and maintain animal medical files

The working schedule for this position is normally 4 -10 hour days, including regular weekend rotations. If you are interested in helping animals find their forever homes, please send your resume and hourly salary requirements to joinourteam@arl-iowa.org


Animal Care Technician

Want to be part of an exciting job here at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa? You will be responsible for direct animal care, enrichment and most importantly helping our animals find their forever home! We are now hiring full-time Animal Care Technicians to work with all types of animals.

Work is performed in a shelter and in an outdoor environment with a variety of weather conditions. There is frequent bending, reaching, squatting and kneeling required while performing cleaning duties. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds at any time. There is exposure to cleaning chemicals, possible animal bites, odors and diseases of animals, possibly contagious.

Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • Animal handling experience
  • Animal husbandry or relevant education
  • Willingness to learn proper animal care and cleaning procedures (training will be provided)
  • Ability to endure long periods of time standing, with limited breaks
  • Team player with strong communication skills

We are open 7 days a week and shifts are usually scheduled between the hours of 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. Candidates must be willing to work weekends. If you are interested in helping animals find their forever homes, please send your resume and salary requirements to joinourteam@arl-iowa.org

Part-Time Positions

Animal Care Technician

Want to be part of an exciting job here at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa? You will be responsible for direct animal care, enrichment and most importantly helping our animals find their forever home! We are now hiring part-time (20-30 hours) Animal Care Technicians to work with all types of animals.

Work is performed in a shelter and in an outdoor environment with a variety of weather conditions. There is frequent bending, reaching, squatting and kneeling required while performing cleaning duties. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds at any time. There is exposure to cleaning chemicals, possible animal bites, odors and diseases of animals, possibly contagious.

Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • Animal handling experience
  • Animal husbandry or relevant education
  • Willingness to learn proper animal care and cleaning procedures (training will be provided)
  • Ability to endure long periods of time standing, with limited breaks
  • Team player with strong communication skills

We are open 7 days a week and shifts are usually scheduled between the hours of 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. Candidates must be willing to work weekends. If you are interested in helping animals find their forever homes, please send your resume and salary requirements to joinourteam@arl-iowa.org


Internships


Therafun88体育s Intern

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is seeking an individual to serve as an intern to work alongside the Therafun88体育s Coordinator to help develop and implement goals and objectives for the Therafun88体育s program. The goal of this program is to promote awareness of Animal Assisted Interactions in our community, to provide certification of Therapy fun88体育 Teams and to support our current Therafun88体育s 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, Therafun88体育s Coordinator at joinourteam@arl-iowa.org.


Community Outreach Intern

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 fun88体育 Food Pantry

This internship requires a minimum 90-day commitment 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.