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Santa Fe Animal Shelter employees are committed to animal welfare, and we are always looking to add talented individuals to our team. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a comprehensive benefits package to our full-time staff members. Our benefits are designed to help our staff lead healthy, productive and rewarding lifestyles. They include:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Basic life insurance
  • Personal time off
  • Discounts on supplies, vaccinations and medications for your pets

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is committed to providing a safe and drug-free work environment. All offers will be made contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. Please feel free to review the SFAS Personnel Manual.

Behavior Team Supervisor

The Santa Fe Animal shelter seeks a highly motivated individual with excellent animal handling, training, and behavior skills. The Behavior Team Supervisor role is designed to support the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s mission of ‘supporting animals, saving lives, and spreading compassion’ in both the shelter and in the community we serve as part of the Behavior Team. Behavior Team members are instrumental in assessing and preparing pets for successful outcomes, providing the best in behavior modification, training, and welfare for animals at the SFAS, from intake through to adoption. This role’s primary functions include active communication and support to the Behavior Team, including assistance with playgroups and behavior modification, as well as mentoring each team member individually and providing consistent, constructive feedback. Full-time benefits include Health insurance, Hospital discount, and Vacation time. Please email cover letters and résumés to No phone calls, please.

Behavior Team Member

The Santa Fe Animal shelter seeks a full-time individual with experience in animal handling and training to join its Behavior Department. We are looking for someone with strong interpersonal and communication skills. This position requires a flexible schedule and good physical condition, with the ability to, bend over, crouch, lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds and remain on foot, walking for hours at a time in the elements. While the majority of the work is with dogs, the position requires a willingness and some basic skill in working with a variety of other species, including cats, rabbits, small animals, birds, and exotics. Responsibilities include behavior modification and training work, daily playgroups, on-site counseling, assessing animals for adopt-ability and safety, effectively communicating with staff, volunteers and public, and otherwise maintaining a positive shelter environment. Full-time benefits include Health insurance, Hospital discount, and Vacation time. Please email cover letters and résumés to No phone calls, please.

Vet Tech/Assistant at South Side Clinic

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter Spay/Neuter Wellness Clinic has an immediate opening for a Veterinary Technician/Assistant. The Clinic is open Tuesday-Saturday. Join our great cause of helping animals and the community. We are seeking team members that have veterinary hospital and animal handling experience. Must be willing to learn and work as a progressive team. We are seeking candidates that are self-motivated, who will administer vaccinations and assist in surgery, iv catheter placement etc. We do several surgeries and vaccine clinics each week. Candidates must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. Bilingual (Spanish) speakers a plus. Full-time benefits include Continuing Education, Health insurance, Hospital discount, Vacation time. Compensation commensurate with experience. RVT and CVT preferred, but not required.

Adoption Counselor, Full Time and Part Time positions available

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is Northern New Mexico’s only open admission no-kill animal shelter. We save thousands of lives a year and impact many more and we are looking for an outgoing energetic and enthusiastic person to round out our adoption team. The right candidate for these positions has to love working with animals almost as much as they love working with people.

Strong customer service is required to make matches between our potential adopters and the animals in our care. An ability and willingness to talk with all members of the public and a commitment to working with them to find their new companion animal is the best predictor of success as an adoptions counselor. You need to enjoy interacting with the public as well as learning about our animals. Ability to multitask and serve multiple customers at the same time is essential especially as we move into our busiest part of the year. Familiarity with or the ability to quickly learn behavioral and medical terms will help you fit in to our team.

High school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver's license are required, solid written and verbal communication skills and familiarity with common computers and office equipment will drive your success. Strong retail or serving experience is a plus, bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Comfort with all animals from mice to Great Danes and the occasional snake and ferret is a must. The ability to stand or walk for long periods of time, carry up to 55 pounds, and work with animals of a wide variety of sizes is required as well. In this job environment there is constant exposure to noise and odors and cleaning chemicals including but not limited to bleach, ammonia, and hydrogen peroxide.