We’re Always Looking for Good People to Join Our Team

Caring for our precious pups and mamas takes a ton of time, effort and people! We’re always keeping a lookout for really great people who can join our team, love what they do and feel the satisfaction that comes with saving the lives of these adorable and deserving animals.

Take a look at our current job openings below!

Volunteer + Foster Manager

Full Time
Position Summary:

We are seeking a highly professional and dedicated individual to join our team as Volunteer & Foster Programs Manager. In this key role, you will be responsible for recruiting and managing foster families and volunteers for Almost There Rescue. Your primary objective will be to ensure the successful orientation, engagement, and support for our fosters and volunteers. You will establish and maintain strong relationships, provide ongoing assistance and guidance, and contribute to the growth and enhancement of our foster and volunteer programs. The Volunteer & Foster Manager will work closely with the Volunteer & Foster Coordinator, sharing certain responsibilities and working individually on others. The Volunteer & Foster Manager must have a general understanding of dog medicine, behavior, and an overall comfort around dogs of all sizes and temperaments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Foster Program:

  • Program Recruitment and Expansion: Actively recruit, organize, and expand our foster program, seeking qualified individuals and families who share our mission and are willing to open their homes to foster animals in need.
  • Standardized Procedures and Documentation: Develop and maintain standardized foster care procedures, ensuring accuracy and compliance with organizational policies. Update foster paperwork to reflect changes and improvements.
  • Skill Development: Develop new foster-related materials and deliver ongoing training to foster parents, facilitating their continuous education and growth in animal care and welfare.
  • Foster Tracking: Maintain the integrity of our Foster Tracking System, ensuring accurate record-keeping of applications, agreements, preferences, and other details.
  • Adoption Referral Management: Work closely with the Adoptions Manager to handle adoption inquiries and referrals related to fostered animals, ensuring a smooth and efficient process.

Volunteer Program:

  • Volunteer Meetings: Coordinate and lead volunteer meetings to facilitate communication, collaboration, and feedback among volunteers. Use these opportunities to address any concerns, provide updates, and foster a sense of camaraderie.
  • Volunteer Report: Prepare and review monthly volunteer reports, summarizing volunteer activities, achievements, and areas for improvement.
  • Volunteer Position Management: Ensure volunteer positions align with organizational needs and redirect volunteers to alternative roles when necessary. Approach position changes or transitions with kindness and sensitivity. 
  • Volunteer Orientation: Plan and conduct comprehensive volunteer orientations, both online and in person, ensuring that volunteers receive the necessary training and support.
  • Volunteer Recruitment: Utilize various communication channels to attract and engage potential volunteers. Respond to inquiries via email and phone, providing detailed information and answering questions.
  • Continued Education: Coordinate and facilitate ongoing education classes for volunteers, ensuring their continued growth and development in relevant areas.
  • Volunteer Procedures and Handbook: Develop and maintain comprehensive volunteer procedures and handbooks, providing clear guidelines and expectations for volunteers.
  • Volunteer Communication: Prepare informative weekly emails to update volunteers on significant happenings, adoptions, and new arrivals. Ensure volunteers are well-informed about important developments and updates.

Shared Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Foster Program:

  • Foster Family Engagement: Foster a warm and inclusive environment where foster parents feel valued and appreciated for their vital role in our organization. Uphold a high standard of professionalism in all interactions.
  • Orientation and Training: Conduct regular orientation sessions for new foster parents, equipping them with comprehensive knowledge and skills to fulfill their roles effectively. Keep training materials up to date and relevant.
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution: Establish and maintain effective lines of communication with foster families, promptly addressing any concerns or issues that may arise. Demonstrate strong problem-solving skills and ensure timely resolution.
  • Support and Guidance: Provide continuous assistance, coaching, and moral support to foster families, promoting their well-being and ensuring they have the necessary resources to fulfill their responsibilities.
  • Health and Behavior Monitoring: Monitor the health and behavior of animals in foster care, promptly identifying and addressing any issues that arise. Collaborate with the appropriate team members for interventions or medical treatments.
  • Matchmaking Support: Collaborate with the Behavior Manager to accurately match foster dogs with suitable foster homes, ensuring compatibility and the well-being of both the animals and the foster families.
  • Foster Correspondence:  Handle all foster-related correspondence promptly and professionally.
  • Sanitation: Have an in-depth understanding of our cleaning protocols, implementing said protocols to thoroughly clean all supplies returned by foster families. Have a strong attention to detail, noting when foster supplies are from quarantine pups or well pups, and clean said supplies accordingly.

Volunteer Program:

  • Volunteer Engagement: Cultivate a positive and welcoming environment, treating volunteers with kindness, respect, and gratitude. Foster a sense of community and inclusivity, making volunteers feel like valued members of our team.
  • Communication and Support: Establish and maintain ongoing, clear, and effective communication channels with volunteers, promptly addressing their inquiries, concerns, and needs. Provide guidance and assistance when required.
  • Professional Development: Participate in leadership meetings, ATR special events, and attend in-service and community workshops as needed to enhance knowledge and skills.
  • Collaboration with Animal Care Department: Attend at least one animal care department meeting per month to stay informed about animal care topics, challenges, and needs. Share relevant information with volunteers and identify opportunities for their support.
  • Previous Experience: Preferred but not required, previous experience as a Foster or Volunteer Coordinator and/or involvement in animal rescue operations is highly desirable.
Key Skills
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills: Excellent organizational, communication, team-building, and interpersonal skills are essential for success in this role. Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships is crucial.
  • Adaptability: Ability to work efficiently
  • Access to a laptop computer is preferred!

Animal Care Specialist

Part Time or Full Time

Within the hours of 6am-9pm Monday-Sunday

Position Summary:

A clean home is a happy home! Keep our pups and people happy by tending to the mutternity suites, play areas, and public spaces, making sure to keep every space squeaky clean and sanitized! Keep an eye on our pups to ensure everyone is looking happy & healthy, enter notes and information into our online database, keep our various rooms properly stocked, feed and water the pups, mop the floors, and do laundry. This job is not for the faint of heart: you will see and clean a lot of poop- all different kinds- all day. You will also see a lot of happy wagging tails and receive tons of puppy kisses, which make it all worthwhile!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Clean and sanitize entire facility (both public and private spaces) and animal habitats according to outlined procedures in a timely manner, including emptying garbage, washing and sanitizing floors, bowls, blankets, and towels in all locations.
  • Clean dog kennels. Have complete knowledge of all cleaning and animal care procedures.
  • Handle all animals humanely and safely using safety equipment if necessary.
  • Feed, water and observe animals brought into Almost There Rescue for signs of illness and behavior pattern changes.
  • Be able to recognize signs of illness or behavior changes and enter correct information into the computer.
  • Knowledge of cleaning chemicals, proper handling of cleaning chemicals, and safety procedures while
    using and handling cleaning chemicals.
  • Interact with internal and external customers while maintaining a friendly and helpful demeanor.
  • Restock supplies in all areas as outlined.
  • Assist in training of new staff members.
  • Move animals as required and change kennel location in the computer.
  • Clean laundry, fold, and neatly stack on shelves.
  • Feed all animals as required. Note any exceptions placed for that kennel. Provide clean/fresh water daily. Check all animal water containers periodically.
  • Transport dogs in Almost There Rescue vehicle when transportation volunteers are not available.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.
  • Previous dog handling experience is preferred but not required.
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation and the ability to perform in an ever changing, hectic environment.
  • This position requires frequent physical demands and movement such as standing, walking, reaching, crouching, kneeling, and the ability to carry supplies and animals weighing over 70lbs.
  • Almost There Rescue employees are exposed to potentially dangerous, fast-moving animals. There will be exposure to dust, heat, cold, wet floors, animal noises, animal odors, and animal dander.

Front Desk Receptionist

Part Time or Full Time

Within the hours of 10:30am-8:30pm Monday-Friday, and 8:30am-8:30pm Saturday & Sunday

Position Summary:

Almost There Rescue is looking for an organized and charismatic individual who handles a chaotic environment well and excels in multitasking. The front desk receptionist will be responsible for answering calls, emails, and questions from the public, maintaining an organized environment, managing and assisting visitors, entering information into our shelter database, completing adoptions, selling merchandise, and keeping track of inventory. This person should be compassionate and detail-oriented. This position will require you to communicate with adopters during heightened emotional times and may require difficult conversations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Keep reception area clean and organized.
  • Answer all incoming calls and emails and transfer them to the appropriate person when needed.
  • Greet the public when entering Almost There Rescue and provide them with proper information while treating all guests with kindness and hospitality.
  • Update adoptable dog calendar in the lobby and calendar as needed.
  • Act as Matchmaker when necessary. (Comfortability around dogs is a must!)
  • Make spay/neuter appointments for our Medical Coordinator and add to the calendar. Prepare spay/neuter forms for dogs.
  • Assist in animal intake by entering new animal information into the shelter database, filling in each animal’s physical paperwork, and creating a kennel card for said animal(s).
  • Complete dog adoptions by taking payment, collecting appropriate completed paperwork, and entering the adoption into our online database.
  • Keep track of all receptionist inventory.
  • Organize supplies.
  • Intake all mail and deliveries, open packages, and distribute mail to proper people and places.
  • Write thank you notes and send thank you cards to supporters as needed.
  • Sell and maintain inventory of Almost There Rescue merchandise.
  • Complete all other duties as assigned.
  • Experience in hospitality is preferred but not required.
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation and the ability to perform in an ever changing, hectic environment.
  • This position requires frequent physical demands and movement such as standing, walking, reaching, crouching, kneeling, and the ability to carry supplies and animals weighing over 70lbs.
  • Almost There Rescue employees are exposed to potentially dangerous, fast-moving animals. There will be exposure to dust, heat, cold, wet floors, animal noises, animal odors, and animal dander.