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Who we are

Established in 1888, the mission of the Louisiana SPCA is to promote, protect and advance the well-being of Louisiana's companion animals. 

 

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 Employment Opportunities

The Louisiana SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and has a rich benefits program including medical benefits and 401K. To report any issues with the online application process, or for special assistance, please contact info@la-spca.org

Job Opportunities

Animal Care Attendant

Humane Law Representative

Janitorial & Facilities Maintenance

Volunteer Program Coordinator Intern (Unpaid)

Animal Care Attendant

Overview of the Job:

This critical role is responsible for providing excellent quality of life and humane care for all animals in the shelter. Duties include, but are not limited to, cleaning, feeding, and monitoring the animal's health and behavior. The role may at times assist with adoptions and  helping customers with any lost and found animals. This role is an ambassador for promoting and supporting the LA/SPCA's programs and mission, including educating customers on responsible pet ownership.

Success Criteria & Essential Skills:

  • Caring and compassionate about animals, this role will provide all the care and attention for our shelter animals.  This includes administering vaccinations and performing heartworm testing as and when required;
  • A calming and nurturing nature is essential as the animal care attendant will humanely handle severely injured, sick and abused/neglected animals. This may involve working with animals that are aggressive, fearful or excitable. There are occasions where the role also will work with wildlife and livestock;
  • Professionalism is required at all times, as the role will assist with euthanasia and will perform euthanasia once certified. This includes handling deceased animals and preparing for their cremation;
  • Responsible for the general cleaning and upkeep of interior and exterior shelter rooms and animal areas, this role involves a lot of physical and strenuous activity and endurance;
  • Excellent customer service skills are required as the role interacts with customers, employees and volunteers on a daily basis. This role will promote responsible pet care including LA/SPCA programs such as spaying and neutering; 
  • Easy going and strives to work as a team to accomplish daily goals and on-going projects;
  • This role is regarded as "Essential" in extreme weather and emergency conditions. This means that the position will report for duty in such circumstances and work extra hours as required;
  • Respectful of privacy, confidentiality of animal records will be maintained at all times;

Education:

  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D;

 Minimum skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment substance screening.
  • Team-focused and willing to work and learn different parts of the organization.
  • Must demonstrate excellent communication skills including verbal and listening.
  • Customer service and working with the public is preferred.
  • Ability to report to work as early as 6:00am and end as late as 6:00pm.
  • Will work weekends and holidays.
  • A driver's license is preferred;

  Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectants.
  • Should not be allergic to animals or nut products; must be able to work around all animals
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds; push and pull heavy objects; bend, twist, reach; perform strenuous physical activities including frequent walking and running, standing, bending and stooping. 

   Working Conditions:

  • Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches. 
  • Works in an area with a high noise levels.
  • Works both indoors and outdoors.

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Humane Law Representative

This role is responsible for ensuring that all clients are treated professionally and efficiently when contacting the organization in person or by telephone. This diverse role includes educating the public regarding humane pet ownership, humane law and regulations, and the overall services of the LA SPCA. The role manages the intake of all stray and owner-surrendered animals into our care and oversees the lost and found animal process to successfully reunite animals with their owners. The Humane Law representative works closely with Humane Law Officers and responds to all calls from the public regarding animal protection and control, and is responsible for assigning response actions and call data to the Officers on-duty, as well as maintaining contact with the Officers in the field. 

Essential Skills & Functions:   

  • Exceptional customer service skills are required to handle different interactions with clients, including counseling on services, programs, fees, and available resources; Responds to telephone calls and emails regarding animal rescue, public safety and the enforcement of animal ordinances;
  • Great communication and empathy skills are required when guiding owners on reaching the most fitting decision concerning their animal, whether it be redemption, request for euthanasia, or relinquishment;
  • Organized and methodical, the job incumbent will be knowledgeable and aware of all basic humane law enforcement procedures including the redemption process, responsible animal ownership, issuing of intact permits, animal rescue, public safety and the enforcement of animal ordinances;
  • Provide available resources to pet owners who are looking for their pet. Complete daily lost and found room checks and maintain consistent contact with shelter animals for easy identification when trying to match a lost animal with their potential owner; Contact pet owners about owned, lost, and found animals and with information and updates regarding their animal;
  • Ensure that all paperwork is organized, up to date, and located in the correct area;
  • Accuracy and attention to detail required when entering information into the computer system for e.g. documenting animal behavior or noticeable medical conditions during intake process; Maintaining accurate logs, reports, and statistics of daily activity which will include input to the database and update call information;
  • Works with a sense of priority when assigning and dispatching calls to Humane Law Enforcement Officers (HLEO). Monitors HLEO safety while in the field; Assigns follow-up calls to HLEOs;
  • Handles all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstances;
  • Attends all training and animal handling classes scheduled;
  • Maintains the shelter food pantry;
  • Values working as a team and in a collaborative work style as the role assists other staff members and volunteers; Will reach out to vet clinics, other animal organizations, and microchip companies on a daily basis;
  • Responsible for the general appearance and upkeep of the interior and exterior lobby and public areas;
  • Maintains confidentiality regarding all cases and LA/SPCA information; 

Education, Skills & Experience:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. required.
  • Bachelor's degree or some college preferred 

Minimum Qualifications (or skills and knowledge):

  • Ability to multi-task is required.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check, pre-employment physical and substance screening
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel).
  • Expected to work extended hours as needed.
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays and maintain a 24 hr. on-call status. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds; push and pull heavy objects; bend, twist, reach; perform strenuous physical activities including frequent walking and running, standing, bending and stooping. 
  • Must be capable to work around all animals, and have no animal allergies.
  • Must be able to work with industrial-strength cleaners and disinfectants.
  • Should not be allergic to nuts. 

Working Environment (or Working Conditions): 

  • Works in an area with a high noise level. 
  • Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches.

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Janitorial & Facilities Maintenance

Summary of Job:

This role ensures that both the buildings and grounds are maintained and kept in excellent condition and appearance. The role will provide all janitorial services including replenishing supplies as required and in a manner that is organized and safe. This role will also include maintenance and upkeep of equipment and machinery used.

Essential Duties:

  • Provides all Janitorial services for shelter buildings including public restrooms; Responsible for the daily cleaning of the shelter floors so they are neat and clean (i.e. all hallways, including front lobby areas)
  • Ensures that all public and office areas are clean and well maintained including trash collection, refilling hand sanitizer and soap dispensers;
  • Manages organization and supply of shelter inventory and maintains adequate supplies for each department;
  • Maintains equipment and machinery to make sure that it is in good working condition and report any equipment needs to be repaired or replaced;
  • Responsible for receipt of deliveries, confirming that they are accurate, signed for and properly placed;
  • Cleaning and upkeep of the grounds including lawn and parking lot area and removal of any trash and debris;
  • Transport and pick up materials as needed;
  • Securing the facility in extreme weather conditions and storm response;
  • Treat all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance and promoting a humane and caring attitude toward all animals;
  • Maintains a professional and friendly demeanor and provides excellent customer service;
  • Works courteously and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers;

Skills, Education and/or Experience:

  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED; some technical school preferred
  • Maintenance/janitorial experience preferred 

Minimum Qualifications (or skills and knowledge):

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and substance screening
  • Must be 25 yrs and have a valid driver's license, and a clean driving record.
  • Team-focused attitude
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Good oral communication skills
  • Organized and able to prioritize
  • Flexibility around schedule - must be available on the weekend
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Physical Requirements:

  • This position is physically demanding 
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds; push and pull heavy objects; bend, twist, reach; perform strenuous physical activities including frequent walking and running, standing, bending and stooping. 
  • Must be willing and able to drive a large capacity vehicle, forklift, and other machinery
  • Should not be allergic to animals or have nut allergies; must be able to work with all animals.
  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectant.

Working Environment: (or Working Conditions)

  • Works outdoors in extreme weather conditions
  • Potentially subject to animal (and insect) bites and scratches 
  • Works in areas with high noise levels

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Volunteer Program Coordinator Intern (Unpaid)

The Volunteer Coordinator Intern will provide general support for the Volunteer Program Coordinator by helping with a variety of tasks designed to manage a large number of volunteers.  The intern position is hands on and candidates must be comfortable with public speaking and providing direction to volunteers.

Responsibilities

Intern responsibilities and functions will include but are not limited to:

         Manage and direct volunteer group activities.

         Communicate with Volunteer Program Coordinator to understand the volunteer needs of internal departments.

         Maintain Volunteer database.

         Assist with recording and tracking volunteer requests and fulfillments.

         Maintain confidentiality of all personnel issues and shelter operations.

         Perform all other duties as necessary and required.

Requirements

  • Receiving school credit for the internship is strongly preferred.
  • Must be proficient in Excel.
  • Must love to work with people and animals.
  • Self-starter capable of delivering on goals.
  • Ability to be a creative thinker as well as an active listener.
  • Demonstrates personal integrity, honesty, and accountability.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Team-focused attitude.
  • Must attend an LA/SPCA Volunteer Orientation and Animal Care Training.

Schedule

  • The majority of internship duties take place at the Louisiana SPCA campus on weekends. The ability to work weekends is mandatory.  
  • Commit to a minimum of 5 to 10 hours per week.

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