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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.

Front Desk Manager – Spay/Neuter Clinic

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is accepting resumes for a Front Desk Manager at our Satellite Spay/Neuter Clinic. The Spay/Neuter clinic is an off-campus location that assists Santa Fe and the surrounding areas with the sterilization and vaccinations of their pets. We are looking for an upbeat leader that has excellent customer service skills and a can-do attitude. Candidate must be professional, courteous, sensitive to client income challenges, and must be familiar with Excel and some accounting operations. Veterinary reception skills and multi-tasking important.

Previous experience as a veterinary office manager or veterinary receptionist preferred. Computer skills a must (Microsoft office, Windows, internet). Bilingual a plus! Must be able to lift and carry fifty pounds. Salary commensurate with experience, Health and Dental benefits, pet discount, and the opportunity to work for a wonderful organization.  Email resume to

Full-Time Adoption Counselor

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, which is northern New Mexico’s largest open-admission no-kill animal shelter,  is now 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. 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 into 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 encouraged to apply.  

Please send resumes and cover letters to Dylan Moore at  No phone calls please.

New Hope Assistant – Part-Time

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, which 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.

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.   $13.00 – $14.00/hr, Full time

Training Team Member – Full or Part-time

The Training Team Member 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 Training Team. Training Team members are instrumental in building positive relationships with the community through the administration of the following public behavior services: helpline communication, distance, and in-person animal behavior consultations, group classes, and community events. This role’s primary functions include active communication and providing assistance to the public, supporting animals, and spreading compassion through behavioral education and advice. A high level of interest in assisting the public as well as responding to feedback is expected. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work within a team are a must. Bilingual (Spanish) speakers a plus. We encourage those with experience teaching in-person group classes to apply and qualified individuals may be offered a higher starting pay rate based on experience. Email resume to to apply.  Salary based on experience, $13.00 – 20.00

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.

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.