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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.

Adoption Counselor – Full 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.

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  Serious applicants only.

Shelter Veterinary Technician

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is seeking an experienced veterinary technician to work at our shelter veterinary clinic. This self-motivated candidate will be able to administer vaccinations and medication, draw blood, maintain accurate clinic records in a computer system, run diagnostics, and perform general physical examinations while using safe and humane handling methods on all animals entering the facility. Strong communication skills, reliability, and attention to detail are crucial. Surgical assistance skills including intubation, IV catheter placement, and monitoring anesthesia are a plus. Must be able to work a flexible schedule that will include weekends and some holidays. Full-time position includes benefits such as health insurance and vacation time. Compensation dependent upon experience. If you are looking for a fulfilling position that will enable you to work hands on with homeless animals in need then this might be a perfect fit for you. We are willing to train someone if the right candidate comes along. Email resume and cover letter to Lead Veterinary Technician Amber Walker at

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.