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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
  • Vision 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.

Resale Store Cat Truck Assistant/ Sales Associate

The Cat Santa Fe, Santa Fe’s premier resale store,  is looking to fill a full-time Cat Truck Assistant and Sales Associate position. 75% of the time, The Cat Truck Assistant is responsible for executing the pick-up of merchandise for the shelter, delivering merchandise in some instances, unloading and setting up furniture and large items on the floor of both stores. Heavy interaction with shelter/store donors and store employees and management. The other 25% of the time, The Resale Store Sales Associate is responsible for sorting donations and maintaining high-quality inventory, customer service, and cashiering. The Resale Store Sales Associate is also responsible for working to reach sales goals. 

This individual must maintain a high level of customer service and professionalism to customers at all times. Have an understanding of pricing in terms of the current market value of items in the store and knowledge of trends and styles- ie. vintage vs. old, as well as, have extensive knowledge of brands in regards to quality, designer, price, location. Individual must be capable to help carry up to 400 pounds (furniture and art), be self-motivated, have a team player attitude, stand for long periods at a time, and must love animals.  A valid NM driver’s license is required. Retail experience preferred. No phone calls, please. Starts at $15 with benefits. The Cat Santa Fe is owned and operated by the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.  

Please send cover letter and resume to both Veronica and Allie at – and


Training Team Member

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is seeking a motivated, talented dog trainer comfortable with a  positive reinforcement philosophy to join our training team.  The training team supports our community with life-changing work in our training center.  Experience is preferred but not necessary.  The Ideal candidate will be certified (CPDT, KPA, or The Jean Donaldson Academy or equivalent), or working towards certification.  We are enthusiastic about continuing education opportunities; candidates with a strong desire to develop their skills and the opportunities to train animals within the Santa Fe community are encouraged to apply.  We would consider candidates without certification that have a solid foundational knowledge of training and a commitment to improve their skills and knowledge.  Our goal is to hire great people and create an environment for mutual success.

Required skills include: a great attitude, the desire to learn and teach, an understanding of positive reinforcement and LIMA, communication skills to convey training methods and concepts effectively with clients and provide feedback to the team, dependability, ability to work on a team and individually and ability to work weekends and some evenings. Job Duties includes: Monitoring and responding to our behavior helpline (professional coaching provided to the public free of charge). Documenting helpline requests and phone consultations.  Assisting  in group classes (basics to advanced). Leading group classes, once certified and qualified. Assisting and eventually leading private lessons.

This position also has growth opportunities including: participating in the development of curriculum for a new class at the community college. Developing, implementing, and overseeing a new prison dog training program; where shelter dogs are paired with inmates while completing the Canine Good Citizen Certificate prior to adoption. 

No phone calls please. Send resume and cover letter to Jennifer at –

Volunteer Liaison

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, who is northern New Mexico’s largest open admission no-kill shelter,  is now looking for an outgoing energetic people person who loves and wants to help our volunteers help animals in need! This full-time position is responsible to facilitating valuable life saving enrichment with the help of our volunteer team for our resident animals until they find a forever home. In addition to providing daily dog walking and enrichment activities for our dogs and cats, this staff member acts as the bridge between our Behavior Team, Animal Care Team, and our volunteers, ensuring safe and efficient handling of dogs and cats. Individual must able to lift 50-70 pounds, stand and walk long periods at times and love working with all kinds of dogs and cats.$15 an hour plus full benefits.Weekends required. No phone calls please. Send resume and cover letter to Dylan at – 


Adoption Counselor Lead

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, who is northern New Mexico’s largest open admission no-kill animal shelter,  is now looking for an outgoing energetic, team player, who is an enthusiastic person to lead our adoption team. The right candidate for this position is a problem solver, organized and can discuss all aspects of the adoption process and issues with the public, while leading the team.  The lead adoption counselor is responsible for all duties of an adoption counselor in addition to managing the adoption desk and working on marketing duties, and providing supervisory support to Adoption Manager.

Strong customer service is required to make matches between our potential adopters and the animals in our care. An ability and willing to think quick on their feet and 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.  

Bilingual applicants are encourage to apply. Please send resumes and cover letters to Cynthia at No phone calls please. Starting at $15.50 with full benefits.

Offsite Adoption Coordinator 

This full-time position is responsible for the coordination of animals and off-site adoptions including but not limited to the PetSmart cat kennels, shelter re-sale store cat kennels, and assorted community locations.  Counsels and educates potential adopters and clients on the subject of responsible pet guardianship.  Networks with various animal organizations and business to implement and participate in offsite events, representing the shelter with professionalism and courtesy to the public at all times.  Recruits, trains, and manages offsite volunteers.  Must be able to multi-task, work in a fast paced environment, remain organized, and demonstrate effective time management skills. Weekends are required. Must be able to lift 50 lbs regularly and up to 75lbs periodically. Ability to work with the public and be able to quickly problem solve. Handling different temperaments of animals will be required, while a love for dogs and cats is a must.  Bilingual applicants are encourage to apply.    Please send resumes and cover letters to Cynthia at   No phone calls please.  Starting $15.50 with full benefits.

New Hope Assistant – Part Time

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, who is northern New Mexico’s largest open admission no-kill animal shelter,  is now looking for a part-time assistant to join our New Hope program.  The New Hope Program Assistant is responsible for finding alternative placement for animals that come to the SFAS, who need permanent placement at or through another organization or temporary foster care, through the Foster program, Alternative Placement program, and transfer program.

Excellent customer service skills, organizational skills, program management skills, reporting skills, a good driving record, the ability to work independently, ability to drive a variety of the shelter vehicles, ability to present the shelter in a professional manner during all duties of the position, schedule pickups and long term driving to other states to deliver or pick up animals, ability to pick up and carry at least 60lbs., strong customer service background, computer experience required. This position requires some repetitive motion regarding the computer; some standing and walking, reaching and bending, in addition to the ability to regularly move & transport up to 60 pounds; tolerate odor, noise, allergens and cleaning chemicals is essential to this job. A valid New Mexico driver’s license is required. Email resume to to apply. $15 an hour starting. 

Behavior Team Member, Level One

The Santa Fe Animal shelter seeks a full-time individual with experience in animal handling and training to join its Behavior Team. 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. Responsibilities include behavior modification and training work, daily playgroups, assessing animals for adopt-ability and safety, effectively communicating with staff, volunteers, and the public, and otherwise maintaining a positive shelter environment. Full-time benefits include Health insurance, Hospital discount, and Vacation time. Email resume to to apply.   $15.00/hr, Full time

Receptionist – Animal Hospital

The receptionist for the Clare Eddy Thaw Animal Hospital is responsible for scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, scanning of medical documents, checking in new and existing clients and patients, financial transactions, reception and lobby area maintenance, and other duties as assigned. Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers. Computer proficiency necessary. Must be able to work under pressure handling busy phone volumes while maintaining a positive attitude.  Excellent customer services skills required. Experience in an animal hospital setting preferred but is not required. High school diploma or GED.  Full-time benefits include: Health insurance, Hospital discount, Vacation time.  Email resume to  $15.00/hr, Full time

Veterinary Technician

Clare Eddy Thaw Animal Hospital located on the Santa Fe Animal Shelter campus is accepting resumes for an experienced full-time Veterinary Assistant/Technician.  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 medication, draw blood, assist the doctors with running diagnostics, assist in surgery, IV catheter placement etc..  Must love working with the public, have compassion for animals in need, and possess a strong work ethic.  Candidates must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and must be available to work weekends. Bilingual (Spanish) speakers are a plus.  Full-time benefits include: Health insurance, Hospital discount, Vacation time. Compensation commensurate with experience.  RVT and CVT preferred, but not required.  Email resume  $15.00 – $20.00/hr, Full-time

Animal Care Technician

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, one of the most progressive open-admission shelters in the country, seeks full-time Animal Care Technicians. This position requires working directly with but not limited to cats, dogs, rabbits, small animals, birds and exotics. Requirements include a flexible schedule including weekends, the ability to regularly, bend over, crouch, lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds and remain on foot for hours at a time. Candidates must be able to effectively communicate with staff, volunteers and the public. Bilingual (Spanish) speakers a plus. Primary responsibilities include cleaning and monitoring of animal holding areas, kennels, animal transport vehicles, buildings and grounds throughout the day, daily walking of the dogs in the afternoon, feeding and watering the animals. Full-time positions include benefits such as continuing education, health insurance and vacation time. Submit resumes to No phone calls please. $15.00/hr, Full-time