Animal Care Technician

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
4101 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
United States

Government Agencies
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
From $15.00 To $15.00
Per Hour
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description




JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for daily cleaning, feeding, and provision of any medical treatments to the animals in our care. Employees will also be expected to perform euthanasia, assist staff and the public with handling animals, and keep the non-administrative areas of the shelter clean.

  • Weekend work will be required; Saturday or Sunday availability is required.

As the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria operates a City-owned facility, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria follows the City of Alexandria's COVID-19 vaccine policy for staff. All employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. New hires who are unvaccinated or choose not to disclose their vaccination status will be required to be tested weekly for COVID-19.

Job Requirements

Animal Care:

Ensure that all animal areas are clean, sanitary and comfortable
Clean animal enclosures every morning
Feed, water, groom, and medicate animals on a daily basis, while monitoring the physical condition and behavior of each animal
Provide affection and socialization to all animals on a regular basis, including walking dogs as needed
After appropriate training, examine and vaccinate animals entering the shelter
After appropriate training, accurately evaluate the medical status of an animal to determine whether it is stable and can remain in the shelter
After appropriate training, administer emergency first aid to sick or injured animals
Participate in dog playgroups as needed
Assist in keeping the office areas where animals are housed neat and clean
Communicate regularly with supervisors and coworkers to ensure that they are aware of any issues pertinent to their areas of responsibility
Participate in staff meetings to share ideas and suggestions for improving animal care and the quality of the organization as a whole

Ensure that paperwork and records are maintained accurately and that database information is updated
Learn and use the descriptive identification used by AWLA, and develop a current working knowledge of all American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized breeds and other commonly seen dog breeds, as well as commonly seen cat breeds
Develop a basic working knowledge of the AWLA’s procedures, guidelines, and protocols for the safe handling of animals
Legal and statistical reporting procedures, and veterinary protocols
Federal and Commonwealth of Virginia substance regulations, and Commonwealth of Virginia and municipal animal regulations
Understand and comprehend AWLA’s Animal Care Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Assist on an as needed basis with AWLA inventory and report necessary product orders
Perform intake exams of stray, injured and owner-relinquished animals
Accurately complete all animal intake paperwork
Maintain accurate animal intake information in database
Retrieve general voicemail messages and respond to calls and/or forward them to the appropriate department



High school diploma or equivalent
Proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy workplace environment
Ability to accurately perform basic mathematical calculation
Understanding of humane care and treatment of animals
Ability to obtain certification as a euthanasia technician within the first twelve months of employment
Valid Driver’s License
Fluent in English


Experience in animal care
Spanish language skills
Shelter experience


Indoors in a high noise, air-conditioned/heated building, outdoors at shelter in various weather conditions, or on-location for various activities

Equipment use:

Includes use of PC, laser printer, copy machine, fax machine, telephone, power washer, industrial dish washing machine, laundry machine, dryer, and cleaning supplies

Work hours:

Work hours will vary
Early morning, evening, weekend and holiday hours will be required


Regular exposure to animals, cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal feces, bites, scratches
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds
The employee must frequently bend, grip and be flexible to do so
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
Ability to work around pet dander, dust and other allergens without issue
Regularly required to stand and walk
Strong data entry skills and the ability to maintain accurate records in a database, currently Chameleon
Requires working alone or with minimal supervision - must be self-motivated
Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional, or angry people
Must have the ability to effectively communicate; verbally and written, over the phone and intercom, with a wide variety of both internal and external individuals, including the Directors, Managers, Coordinators, the staff, a volunteer workforce, partner organizations, and private citizens
Requires treating people and animals in a pleasant, courteous and professional manner
Adherence to AWLA’s policies and philosophies
Must be willing to receive Rabies vaccine and/or titers test upon request
This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
4101 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria VA 22304
United States

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