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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. 

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 lori@la-spca.org.

Job Opportunities

Adoptions Counselor

Humane Law & Rescue Officer

Humane Law & Rescue Supervisor

Humane Law & Rescue Dispatcher

Humane Law & Rescue Overnight Dispatcher

Internship Opportunities

Public Relations & Marketing Intern

At-Risk Youth Summer Camps Intern

Special Events Intern

Social Media & Retail Merchandising Intern

Adoption Counselor

Summary of Job:

The Adoption Counselor provides exceptional customer service to clients and volunteers, processes adoptions from start to finish via our software program, counsels potential adopters on training, crating, and other animal related topics, explains medical and animal behavior history to adopters, answers phones and emails, participates in offsite adoption events, and familiarizes self with all adoptable animals on the adoption floor in order to place them in the most fit homes.

Essential Functions: 

  • Match each adoptable animal to a suitable home.
  • Ability to stay mobile and hold constructive but sometimes lengthy discussions with clients regarding adoptable animals.
  • Counsel a possible adopter on choosing the appropriate animal for their household.
  • Handle adoption animals for potential adopters both indoors and outdoors.
  • Complete specific daily duties stated on the adoption task checklist.
  • Knowledgeable about additional programs pertaining to adoptions such as second chance and breed request programs.
  • Familiar and comfortable with discussing certain medical conditions such as heartworms and dental disease.
  • Input completed adoption questionnaires and all important information into Pet Point.
  • Balance funds related to adoptions and donations at the end of each work day and ensure that all deposits are placed in the appropriate area.
  • Remain aware of any alarming behavior from adoptable animals for the safety of other staff members and clients.
  • Assist with coordination of off-site adoption events.
  • Work closely and respectfully with volunteer base.
  • Ensure that animals are handled humanely by clients, employees, and volunteers.
  • Cross trained in various departments with special attention to intakes and Client Care.
  • Attend facility meetings as required.
  • Treat all animals humanely and properly at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance.
  • Work courteously and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers
  • Readily available as an essential employee during hurricane season.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all cases.
  • Position is considered "Essential" in emergencies and/or disaster situations.

Communication:

  • Touch base regularly with the Adoption Supervisor.
  • Assist with answering adoption phone lines and responding to voicemails regarding adoptable animals.
  • Report maintenance issues or any type of missing equipment pertaining to the adoption department to the Adoption Supervisor or Placement Manager.
  • Notify Adoption Supervisor if any adoptable animal is showing obvious signs of sickness or concerning behavior.
  • Alert the Adoption Supervisor or Placement Manager if a volunteer is not following proper protocol or procedures.

Education and/or Experience: 

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

Minimum Qualifications (or skills and knowledge): 

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check, pre-employment physical and substance screening.
  • Proficient in mediating disputes, conflicts and grievances. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and collaborative skills.
  • Must have (or be able to obtain) a valid State of Louisiana driver's license
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office (word, excel) is beneficial.
  • Ability to multi task 
  • Detail oriented
  • Must be available to work weekends and extended hours.
  • Mental and physical flexibility is a must.

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 able to work around all animals. 
  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectants.

Working Environment (or Working Conditions): 

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

Humane Law & Rescue Officer

Summary of Job

Performs investigations into complaints of neglect/cruelty to animals and enforces Orleans Parish minicipal ordinances by issuing citations and giving courtroom testimony. The HLE officer humanely captures stray and sick/injured domestic animals, livestock, and wildlife. Educates the public to be humane pet owners, and promotes and supports the LA/SPCA's programs and mission.

Essential Functions

  • Current on state and local laws
  • Investigate complaints of cruelty and/or neglect of animals
  • Remain current on local and state laws
  • Enforce and issue citations for violation of local animal ordinances. Will testify in municipal, civil, and criminal court systems.
  • Work with other law enforcement agencies and government departments.
  • Heavy lifting and the use of animal capture equipment
  • Prepare written inventory records on each animal entering the shelter
  • Prepare accurate and neat reports of all daily activity including, but not limited to daily route reports, field reports, animal violation reports, facility inspections and bite case reports
  • Set and retrieve humane animal traps for situations requiring such equipment
  • Rescue animals in distress
  • Perform duties in all types of weather conditions and environments
  • Perform dispatch duties

Communication

  • Inform and update HLR Field Supervisor of all out of the ordinary animal control activities that may result in public relation issues or out of the ordinary cases handled
  • Maintain a professional and friendly demeanor and provide good customer service

Education and/or Experience

  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Minimum of 1 year of professional animal handling experience

Essential Organization Functions

  • Uphold and promote the Louisiana SPCA mission statement
  • Interact with the public in a professional manner at all times
  • 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
  • Educates public on humane pet care
  • Promote programs offered to the public by the LA/SPCA including adoptions, low cost spay/neuter, and special events
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all cases, personnel information and LA/SPCA information
  • Become certified in euthanasia and perform euthanasia as scheduled
  • Position is considered "Essential" in emergencies and/or disaster situations
  • Perform all other duties as necessary and required
  • Work courteously and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers

Minimum Qualifications (or skills and knowledge)

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment physical and substance screening
  • Must have a valid driver's license, a clean driving record, and be at least 23 years old
  • Team-focused attitude
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Computer skills
  • Abilit to exercise caution in situations

Physical Requirements

  • Should not be allergic to animals; must be able to work around all animals 
  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectants.
  • 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, and crawling
  • Mental and physical flexibility is a must.

Working Environment (or Working Conditions)

  • Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches. 
  • Works in an area with a high noise level. 
  • Subject to working with hostile individuals 
  • Subject to working with aggressive animals 
  • Works in, near, and under dilapidated homes and property (including overgrown lots and wooded areas)
  • Frequently crawls under structures
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays and maintains a 24 hr. on call status.

Humane Law & Rescue Overnight Dispatcher

Summary of Job

Responsible for responding to citizen's calls for animal protection and control assistance and assigning those requests to Officers on-duty. Educates the public to be humane pet owners, and promotes and supports the LA/SPCA's programs and mission. Overnight shift 8pm-8am.

Essential Function

  • Assists citizens with interpretation and understanding of animal ordinances , department procedure, & responsible animal ownership
  • Drive company vehicle as needed.
  • Responds to telephone calls and emails regarding animal rescue, public safety and the enforcement of animal ordinances
  • Maintains accurate logs, reports, and statistics of daily activity which will include input and updating call information.
  • Assigns and dispatches calls to Humane Law Enforcement Officers (HLEO) and monitors HLEO safety while in the field
  • Monitors and assigns follow-up calls to HLEO
  • Represents the LA/SPCA and in a professional and courteous manner at all times
  • Works courteously and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all cases and LA/SPCA information.

Communication

  • Keeps HLE Dispatch Supervisor informed of progress and potential conflicts.
  • Maintain a professional and friendly demeanor and provides good customer service.

Essential Organization Functions

  • Educates public on humane pet care
  • Promotes programs offered to the public by the LA/SPCA including adoptions, low cost spay/neuter and special events
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all cases
  • Position is considered "Essential" in emergencies and/or disaster situations
  • Become certified in euthanasia and perform euthanasia upon request
  • 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

Education and/or Experience

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

Minimum Qualifications (or skills and knowledge)

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and apre-employment physical and substance screening
  • Team-focused attitude
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including clear telephone speaking voice and ability to relate information to the public and officers in a concise, clear manner.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills including basicc clerical and data entry skills as well as math skills
  • Ability to work wekkends, nights and holidays
  • During hurricanes maintain a 24 hr. on-call status
  • Mental and physical flexibility a must.

Physical Requirements

  • Should not be allergic to animals; must be able to work around all animals.
  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectants
  • 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 Environment (or Working Conditions)

  • Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches
  • Works in an area with a high noise level
  • Overnight shift 8 p.m. - 8 a.m.

Humane Law & Rescue Dispatcher

Summary of Job:

Responsible for responding to citizens calls for animal protection and control assistance and assigning those requests to Officers on-duty. Educates the public to be humane pet owners, and promotes and supports the LA/SPCA's programs and mission.

Essential Function:

  • Assists citizens with interpretation and understanding of animal ordinances , department procedure, & responsible animal ownership 
  • Drive company vehicle as needed.
  • Responds to telephone calls and emails regarding animal rescue, public safety and the enforcement of animal ordinances 
  • Maintains accurate logs, reports, and statistics of daily activity which will include input and updating call information.
  • Assigns and dispatches calls to Humane Law Enforcement Officers (HLEO) and monitors HLEO safety while in the field 
  • Monitors and assigns follow-up calls to HLEO 
  • Represents the LA/SPCA and in a professional and courteous manner at all times 
  • Works courteously and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all cases and LA/SPCA information.

Communication 

  • Keeps HLE Dispatch Supervisor informed of progress and potential conflicts. 
  • Maintain a professional and friendly demeanor and provides good customer service.

Essential Organization Functions:

  • Educates public on humane pet care.
  • Promote programs offered to the public by the LA/SPCA including adoptions, low cost spay/neuter, and special events. 
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all cases.
  • Position is considered "Essential" in emergencies and/or disaster situations.
  • Become certified in euthanasia and perform euthanasia upon request.
  • 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.

Education and/or Experience:

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

Minimum Qualifications (or skills and knowledge):

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment physical and substance screening
  • Team-focused attitude.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including clear telephone speaking voice and ability to relate information to the public and officers in a concise, clear manner.
  • Excellent organizational skills. 
  • Strong computer skills including basic clerical and data entry skills as well as math skills
  • Ability to work weekends, nights, and holidays 
  • During hurricanes maintain a 24 hr. on call status. 
  • Mental and physical flexibility is a must.

Physical Requirements:

  • Should not be allergic to animals; must be able to work around all animals. 
  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectants.
  • 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 Environment (or Working Conditions): 

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

Humane Law & Rescue Supervisor

Summary of Job:

The Humane Law Enforcement Supervisor is the senior team member over the Humane Law Enforcement Officers and Dispatchers.  As such, the HLE Supervisor sets and monitors progress towards goals, manages department resources including training to ensure the success of the department and leads by example both in and out of the field. The HLE Supervisor educates the public to be humane pet owners, and promotes and supports the LA/SPCA’s programs and mission.

Essential Function:

  • Maintains and ensures accuracy of all court logs
  • Maintains and ensures accuracy of HLEO calls using case software.
  • Preparing, maintaining, submitting and communicating weekly schedules of all HLE Officers and Dispatchers taking into account field schedules, court dates, euthanasia schedules, training schedules, holidays, vacations, sick days, etc. to be submitted to HLE Manager for approval
  • Bite Case records management in case software.
  • Maintains records of supplies and equipment issued to HLEO.
  • Orders necessary documents and supplies to ensure consistent performance of department duties.
  • Responds to telephone calls and emails regarding animal rescue, public safety and the enforcement of animal ordinances
  • Assigns, prioritizes, and dispatches calls (including follow up calls) to Humane Law Enforcement Officers and monitors Officer safety while in the field 
  • Review Officer Activity logs to ensure efficiency and efficacy, dispatcher call logs for accuracy, and all officer reports for completion and timeliness.  
  • Maintains accurate logs, reports, and statistics of daily activity which will include input and updating call information.
  • Create Animal Control department schedule in advance of each month
  • Prepare and submit monthly statistical reports as required by the city per the city contract

Personnel Management

  • Sets individual performance goals and performs 6 month check-ins and yearly evaluations with dispatchers
  • Enforce employee policies and issue reprimands and recommend other disciplinary actions up to termination. 

Technical and Training

  • Proficient in all aspects of dispatch and case management software
  • Provide one-on-one and group training to new and current employees
  • Develop and maintain SOP's for all dispatch activities

Essential Organization Functions:

  • Uphold and promote the LA/SPCA mission statement.
  • Interact with the public in a professional manner at all times.
  • 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.
  • Educates public on humane pet care.
  • Promote programs offered to the public by the LA/SPCA including adoptions, low cost spay/neuter, and special events.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all cases, personnel information and LA/SPCA information
  • Become certified in euthanasia and perform euthanasia as scheduled.
  • Identify trends, challenges, and solutions in department and in industry. 
  • Position is considered "Essential" in emergencies and/or disaster situations.
  • Perform all other duties as necessary and required.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Minimum of 1 year of clerical experience 
  • Must have 1 year of professional animal handling experience (Animal care; Vet Tech; etc.)

Minimum Qualifications (or skills and knowledge):

  • Must have a valid Louisiana driver's licenses and a clean driving record
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment physical and substance screening
  • Maintain a work issued cell phone
  • Team-focused attitude.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including clear telephone speaking voice and ability to relate information to the public and officers in a concise, clear manner.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills including basic clerical and data entry skills as well as math skills
  • Ability to work weekends, nights, and holidays and maintains a 24 hr. on call status.
  • Mental and physical flexibility is a must.

Physical Requirements:

  • Should not be allergic to animals; must be able to work around all animals including, but not limited to cats, dogs, horses, mules, chickens, and goats
  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectants.
  • 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 Environment (or Working Conditions):

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

Public Relations & Marketing Intern

Summer & Fall Opportunities

We are currently seeking a summer and fall Public Relations & Marketing Intern. This position will assist the Communications Director in implementing internal and external communication strategies. Candidate will play an integral in assisting with media relations, social media and special projects.

Responsible for assisting with the following tasks:

  • Social media content creation and engagement
  • Photography of organization programs, daily events and adoptables
  • Pet of the Week media partnership
  • Creating marketing materials for various programs
  • Re-occurring media appearances on FOX 8, WWL, WDSU and WGNO
  • Special projects geared towards increasing engagement and personal experiences
  • Attending community events to promote adoption and organization’s programs

Requirements

  • Candidates must be self-starters, detail-oriented, have strong written and oral communication skills
  • Social media experience with proven results
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud
  • AP style knowledge
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all Louisiana SPCA information
  • Should not be allergic to animals; must be able to work around all animals

Schedule

  • Commit to a minimum of 12 hours per week in addition to some weekends as needed.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Alicia Vial at alicia@la-spca.org

At-Risk Summer Camp Intern

Youth Programs is seeking an At-Risk Summer Camp Intern that will support the Program Coordinator with 5th-12th graders attending At-Risk Youth Summer Camps.  Candidate must provide a positive, interactive learning environment for youth that reflect the organization’s educational goals. 

Responsibilities

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

  • Prepare teaching aids and materials
  • Able to speak before large groups of children Client communication

Requirements

  • Treat all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance and promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals.
  • Maintain a professional and friendly demeanor. 
  • Work courteously and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers. 
  • Team-focused attitude. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Excellent organizational skills. 
  • Mental and physical flexibility a must. 
  • Must LOVE to work with youth and animals. 
  • Comfortable around all types of domestic and exotic animals.  Ability to learn and teach youth about domestic and exotic animals.  Ability to work outdoors and stand for extended periods of
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all LA/SPCA information
  • Should not be allergic to animals; 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. 
  • Should not be allergic to animals; must be able to work around all animals. 
  • Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches.  Work in an area with a high noise level.

Schedule

  • Camp dates are June 7, 8, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 28, 29 plus one additional training day
  • 9 am – 3 pm daily

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Lori Haeuser at lori@la-spca.org

 

Special Events Intern

The Special Events intern is responsible for assisting the NOLA on Tap Event Coordinator and Development Director in planning and coordinating activities of designated projects to ensure that goals or objectives of project are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters. The internship program is designed to introduce students to all aspects of event production and management. Our interns gain a valuable understanding of many different aspects within an event and how they all interact with one another to produce the special event.

Responsibilities

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

  • Event and logistical planning
  • Permit application procurement
  • Client communication
  • Vendor processing
  • Event supply management
  • Sponsorship fulfillment
  • Database management
  • Event marketing and social media (IG & FB primarily)
  • Venue and site development
  • Event operations & onsite work

Requirements

  • Candidates must be self-starters, detail-oriented, have strong written and oral communication skills, organizational and interpersonal abilities, project and time management skills.
  • Demonstrates a high level of computer literacy on Microsoft Word and Excel and in using the Internet as a form of research and e-mail as a form of communication.
  • MUST be able to secure transportation at any time of day or night in and around the New Orleans area.
  • Must be able to work occasional night and weekend. NOLA on Tap takes place Saturday, September 22nd.  The internship may end prior to the event but the intern may be allowed to continue working on the event after internship is completed.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all LA/SPCA information.
  • Should not be allergic to animals; must be able to work around all animals

Schedule

  • The majority of internship duties do not need to take place at the Louisiana SPCA campus. However, a cubicle and laptop can be provided for intern when necessary.
  • A minimum of five to ten hours a week will be required.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Dean Howard at dean@la-spca.org

Social Media & Retail Merchandising Intern

The Social Media & Retail Merchandising Internship is designed to introduce students to aspects of retail social media and retail merchandising. Our interns gain a valuable understanding of various retail and social media aspects and how they all interact with one another to produce revenue for the nonprofit.

Responsible for assisting with the following tasks:

  • Creation of branded and mission driven social media content for NO Fleas Market IG and FB accounts under guidance of the Development & Communications Director and NO Fleas Market Retail Manager
  • Review and reporting of social media engagement and analytics to management team
  • Working directly with the NO Fleas Market Retail Manager to accomplish floor sets, basic merchandising, instore promotions and creation of Magazine Street windows
  • Social media cross promotion of Louisiana SCPA IG and FB posts
  • Research and creation of additional nonprofit revenue generating ideas using social media, multimedia applications, and instore promotions

Requirements

  • Candidates must be self-starters, detail-oriented, have strong written and oral communication skills, organizational and interpersonal abilities, project and time management skills.
  • Sophisticated in the ever changing field of social media, primarily IG and FB.
  • Demonstrates a high level of computer literacy in using the Internet as a form of research and e-mail as a form of communication.
  • MUST be able to secure transportation around the New Orleans area.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all Louisiana SPCA information.
  • Should not be allergic to animals; must be able to work around all animals.

Schedule

  • The majority of internship will take place at NO Fleas Market on Magazine Street in New Orleans.  
  • A minimum of five to ten hours a week will be required.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Dean Howard at dean@la-spca.org

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