Apply for: Animal Care Specialist

Job Description

Verde Valley Humane Society is seeking a compassionate and attentive Animal Care Specialist to join our dedicated team. This role focuses on ensuring the daily well-being and comfort of animals within our shelter, providing them with a nurturing environment during their stay.


– Deliver daily care to the animals in the shelter, including feeding, cleaning kennels, and monitoring general health.
– Assist with the intake and initial assessment of new animals, recording necessary information and helping them adjust to the shelter environment.
– Maintain a clean, sanitary, and positive living space for all animals under our care.
– Observe animal behavior, working closely with our behaviorist to identify and address any behavioral issues or needs.
– Participate in animal socialization and enrichment activities to help prepare them for life in a forever home.
– Engage with potential adopters, providing information about the animals, and assisting with meet-and-greets.
– Work collaboratively with team members and volunteers, contributing to a supportive and efficient workplace.
– Follow and uphold all shelter protocols and procedures, prioritizing the safety and welfare of both animals and staff


– High school diploma or equivalent.
– Previous experience in animal care or a shelter environment is a plus.
– Basic understanding of animal behavior and care practices.
– Ability to handle animals with care and respect.
– Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
– Comfortable working in a dynamic and emotionally charged environment.
– Must be willing to learn, adapt, and take on new responsibilities as needed.
– Flexibility to work varying hours, including weekends and holidays.

Physical Requirements

– Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
– Must be comfortable working with and around various animal species.
– Capability to stand, walk, bend, and reach throughout the duration of the shift.

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Verde Valley Humane Society provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to a person’s race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran’s status, and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.

To ensure that individuals who join Verde Valley Humane Society are well qualified, and a safe and productive work environment is maintained, our policy is to conduct background checks on all applicants who accept an offer of employment.