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Richmond SPCA

Robins-Starr
Humane Center

2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220
804-521-1300

Adoption Hours
Mon. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Lora Robins Gift Shop Hours
Mon. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Donation Drop Off Hours
Mon. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Susan M. Markel
Veterinary Hospital

Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admissions Hours
Mon. - Fri. by appointment.

Administrative Hours
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Thank you for your interest in working at the Richmond SPCA’s Robins-Starr Humane Center. A list of current job openings is below. Please note, we are not able to acknowledge receipt of every application. Only applicants who we are able to interview will be contacted. If you would like to check the status of an open position or your application, please email the appropriate person listed in each job opportunity.

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Please note that the Richmond SPCA does have a dress code, which prohibits certain body modification. Should you be selected for a phone or in-person interview, this will be further discussed. Thank you for your interest!


Animal Care Technician

Part-time position
Hours: 20 to 28 hours per week (both Saturday and Sunday availability is required)
Rate: $10 per hour

We are seeking an energetic individual with excellent communication skills and a genuine desire to work for the welfare of animals in a fast-paced, team-oriented atmosphere. Responsibilities include maintaining a clean and pleasant living environment for the dogs and cats in our shelter, monitoring their health and behavior, and providing extra tender loving care! We are looking for a dependable/punctual, self-motivated person who has daytime availability. Sorry, but we do not hire seasonal help.

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Daytime availability on Monday through Friday (most shifts are 8am-5pm or 8am-noon)
  • Availability on weekends and holidays
  • Reliable transportation (including during inclement weather)
  • Comfort handling/learning to handle both dogs and cats: general handling (petting, leash-walking, some lifting and carrying), and restraint (placing animals in cages/carriers)
  • Frequent kneeling, stooping, using stairs, reaching, pulling and lifting weights up to approximately 50 pounds
  • Valid driver’s license

Please complete the Richmond SPCA employment application available at the top of this page and email it to Danny Mackay at dmackay@richmondspca.org. Applications may also be faxed to 804-521-0540 or dropped off at our front desk. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.


Behavior and Training Associate - School for Dogs

Part-time position
Hours: 20-24 hours/week

We are seeking a skilled, motivated and dependable individual to join our training team at the Richmond SPCA School for Dogs.

The ideal candidate would have previous experience training dogs using reward-based training methods. They must excel at working with people and pets, and have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Knowledge of learning theory, clicker training, agility, tricks, competition obedience and/or behavior modifications is a plus.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Performing daily training and enrichment sessions using reward-based methods
  • Providing superior customer service
  • Building and maintaining relationships with clients (both humans and dogs)
  • Working as a team to help pet parents set achievable training goals for their dogs
  • Writing daily report cards and sending them to parents- updating them on training sessions and providing information to continue that training at home (including creating individualized training videos)
  • Completing daily housekeeping tasks such as laundry, sweeping, washing dishes, mopping, etc.
  • Assisting with training volunteers as needed
Requirements Include:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Daytime availability
  • Reliable transportation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic computer skills (Word, MS Outlook)
  • Frequent standing, occasional kneeling, stooping, using stairs, reaching, pulling and lifting weights up to approximately 50 pounds
  • Ability to safely walk and handle large dogs, including during inclement weather
If you are interested, please email the following to Kyla Finck:
  • Completed Richmond SPCA employment application (available at the top of this page)
  • Copy of your current resume
  • Short essay on the topic “Three Things I Wish Every Dog Parent Knew”
Applications may also be faxed to 804-521-0540 or dropped off at our front desk. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

Behavior and Training Associate - School for Dogs

Full-time position, with benefits
Hours: 40 hours per week

We are seeking a skilled, motivated and dependable individual to join our training team at the Richmond SPCA School for Dogs.

The ideal candidate would have previous experience training dogs using reward-based training methods. They must excel at working with people and pets, and have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Knowledge of learning theory, clicker training, agility, tricks, competition obedience and/or behavior modifications is a plus.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Performing daily training and enrichment sessions using reward-based methods
  • Providing superior customer service
  • Building and maintaining relationships with clients (both humans and dogs)
  • Working as a team to help pet parents set achievable training goals for their dogs
  • Writing daily report cards and sending them to parents- updating them on training sessions and providing information to continue that training at home (including creating individualized training videos)
  • Completing daily housekeeping tasks such as laundry, sweeping, washing dishes, mopping, etc.
  • Assisting with training volunteers as needed
Requirements Include:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Daytime availability
  • Reliable transportation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic computer skills (Word, MS Outlook)
  • Frequent standing, occasional kneeling, stooping, using stairs, reaching, pulling and lifting weights up to approximately 50 pounds
  • Ability to safely walk and handle large dogs, including during inclement weather
If you are interested, please email the following to Kyla Finck:
  • Completed Richmond SPCA employment application (available at the top of this page)
  • Copy of your current resume
  • Short essay on the topic “Three Things I Wish Every Dog Parent Knew”
Applications may also be faxed to 804-521-0540 or dropped off at our front desk. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

Class Instructors - Advanced Agility 

Part-time position
Hours: Flexible (weekend availability may be required)

We are seeking self-motivated and enthusiastic individuals with excellent communication skills to teach a variety of classes in a well-established environment.

As an instructor for the Richmond SPCA you would promote the positive training philosophies of the organization and ensure a safe environment for pet parents and their dogs, as well as staff, volunteers, and customers of the Richmond SPCA.

You would be responsible for following approved class curriculum, evaluating the training needs and goals of our clients' dogs, recommending the appropriate classes, and helping students implement the techniques necessary to achieve those desired goals.

Other job responsibilities include communicating with students regarding class schedules and light housekeeping before and after classes to ensure the cleanliness of the training space.

Education and Experience:
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Advanced agility experience
  • CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA preferred
Requirements:
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Previous experience teaching positive reinforcement dog training techniques in group or class settings
  • Possess excellent customer service skills and the ability to interact professionally and effectively with others through verbal and written communication
  • Strong commitment to no-kill principals (including spay/neuter and pet adoption) and to reward-based, positive reinforcement training methods
  • Have ability to teach and guide others in a supportive and encouraging manner
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time and handle large dogs
  • Be comfortable with frequent bending, kneeling, reaching, pulling and lifting weights up to approximately 50 pounds
To be considered for the position, please email the following to Kyla Finck:
  • Completed Richmond SPCA employment application (available at the top of this page)
  • Copy of your current resume
  • Short essay on the topic “Three Things I Wish Every Dog Parent Knew”
Applications may also be faxed to 804-521-0540 or dropped off at our front desk. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Part-time position, 28 hours per week

We are seeking a Licensed Veterinary Technician for our full-service veterinary hospital, which provides high quality care at low cost to income-qualified pet guardians in the Greater Richmond community, as well as pets adopted from our center and those in the care of local government shelters. This is a unique opportunity to join a well-respected group of doctors, technicians and support staff in the newly-opened Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.

Primary responsibilities include providing exceptional patient care, client education and assisting veterinarians as directed, among other duties as assigned. The Richmond SPCA offers a competitive salary and the opportunity to make a difference in guaranteeing that all pets receive the veterinary care they need, regardless of their families’ financial capacities.

Successful candidate would be comfortable with basic vet tech skills such as IV catheter placement, blood draws, anesthesia induction, maintenance, and monitoring, surgical prep, and radiographic positioning. Also important are basic wellness and medical knowledge as well as the ability to thrive in a team environment while providing outstanding client communication and patient service.

Applicants must hold a LVT license and possess a current State of Virginia license. Individuals with prior experience in a shelter or fast-paced hospital are encouraged to apply. To become an integral part of this rewarding effort, please send your cover letter, resume, and any inquiries to Lindsay Brockman, Senior Manager of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital, at lbrockman@richmondspca.org.