Work here

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
  • 401K
  • 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.

Medical Director

The Medical Director oversees the entire medical program for sheltered animals. Acts as liaison between the shelter clinic, other SFAS departments, and the public. Is responsible for the medical health and well-being of sheltered animals. The incumbent creates and implements protocols for shelter medicine and the flow of animals through SFAS. The Medical Director is the license holder for the shelter clinic. The incumbent also performs as a Shelter Clinic Veterinarian. If you are interested in this position, please email your CV to No phone calls please.

Director of Philanthropy

Support the programs of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter (the Shelter) by raising gifts from individuals, foundations, businesses, governmental agencies and organizations, and other sources. Enhance organizational strengths of the Development Team and lead the Shelter to new levels of excellence and impact. Provide strategic direction and leadership for all fundraising and support functions specific to Development to broaden the base of significant philanthropic support for the Shelter. If interested in this position, please email your resume to No Phone calls please.

Clinic Veterinarian

The Shelter Clinic Veterinarian provides high-quality medical care to shelter animals, including spay/neuter procedures, treatment of a wide range of medical conditions, and herd health maintenance. Implements shelter medical protocols as established by the Medical Director, and delivers and ensures humane medical treatment of all animals seen in the Shelter Clinic. If you are interested in this position, please email your CV to No phone calls please.

Front Desk Receptionist – Thaw Hospital

The Front Desk Receptionist is responsible for the front desk activities at the Thaw Hospital including: acknowledging clients in person and over the telephone quickly with professionalism and a warm tone of voice, enthusiasm, etiquette and excellent customer service skills, scheduling appointments, managing patient reminders and client billing, and offering excellent customer service at all times. This position is 30 hours per week. If you are interested in this position, please email your resume to No phone calls please.

Pet Resource Liaison

The Animal Resource Center (ARC) is a community-centered resource for pet owners where Pet Resource Liaisons work with pet owners focusing on keeping pets in homes through thoughtful individualized case management that allows for identification of barriers to successful pet ownership, assessment of needs, support and access to resources to reach the best possible outcome for the people and animals.

Through our Animal Resource Center (ARC), Pet Resource Liaisons partner directly with the public and counsel on resources to keep pets and community animals in their homes, help animals return home quickly, support owners through end of life services, and assist with the intake of animals with no other options. Pet Resource Liaisons are also responsible for handling animals for intake, completing paperwork and data entry, answering phones, helping customers/visitors with requests for service, and providing all kinds of support to achieve the best outcome for the pets and people we serve. If you are interested in this position, please email your resume to  No phone calls please.

Behavior Team Member

Behavior Team Members are responsible for supporting and maintaining the physical and psychological well-being of the animals in the custody and care of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. With the goal of providing exceptional humane care for our animals, a Behavior Team Member is responsible for performing the following duties, including but not limited to: running playgroups, walking dogs of all sizes and strengths, performing behavior assessments on cats and dogs, implementing behavior modification training plans, assist the public with questions they may have about behavior problems with their dogs or cats, take animals to offsite events and represent the shelter in a professional manner at other shelter events. In addition, this role involves acting as a liaison between the behavior department and other shelter departments and its volunteers. This role may include other tasks as directed by the Behavior Manager. This position is full-time – 40 hours per week. Please email resume to Kim at No phone calls please.

Facilities Technician

Santa Fe Animal Shelter (SFAS) is looking for a candidate to grow our Facilities Team.  SFAS is Northern New Mexico’s largest open admission no kill shelter that serves Santa Fe City and County. The Facilities team is responsible for upkeep and repairs of our fleet, buildings, and grounds so all of the other teams can meet the needs of the animals in our care. Our main campus is on 100 acres on Caja Del Rio just off of 599, and has 4 main buildings. We also have two buildings in town. Within our services we have offices, 3 medical facilities, storage units, kennels, even an apartment for visiting staff. It’s never the same day twice and there is always a new challenge to figure out or fix. One thing you will never be at the shelter is bored. And if you manage to defy all expectations and get bored you can always take a break walking one of our dogs or playing with our cats.

We are looking for someone with a solid background in the trades, and with this many buildings specialists are encouraged to apply as well. Training will be provided for the right candidate, so mechanically inclined and capable people might be the right fit for us if you have the desire to gain skills and experience. This is a full time position and the salary is competitive and dependent on experience and skills at the time of hire. Please contact Dylan Moore at for additional information and to schedule an interview.

Veterinary Assistant – Spay Neuter Clinic

Assist the veterinarians in the medical and surgical treatment of animals. Educate the public on animal health while demonstrating SFAS policies. Ensure the most humane care possible is provided to all animals brought to the Spay/Neuter Clinic. Promote the shelter whenever possible. Assist the veterinarians in the aspects of surgery, laboratory tests, vaccinations, client education, clinic asepsis, and the administration of prescribed medications. Maintain inventories of supplies and equipment necessary for daily operations. If you are interested in this position, please email your resume to No phone calls please.

Veterinary Assistant/Technician – Santa Fe Animal Shelter Clinic

Santa Fe Animal Shelter Clinic – Assist the veterinarians in the medical and surgical treatment of animals. Intake animals entering the shelter system following proper protocols of fear free animal handling and computer data entry. Assist the veterinarians in the aspects of intake, laboratory diagnostics, radiographs, animal restraint, vaccinations, deworming, parasite treatments, and monitoring patient weights. Keep clinic and kennels clean, administer proper medications, and feed and exercise animals as directed. If you are interested in this position, please email your resume to No phone calls please.

Animal Care Technician

We are seeking a full-time Animal Care Technician. 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, remain on foot for hours at a time and work in all kinds of weather. Candidates must be able to effectively communicate with staff, volunteers and the public. Bilingual (Spanish) speakers are a plus. Must be able to speak conversational English.

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, feeding and watering the animals. If interested in this position, please send a resume to No phone calls please.