Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. As a nationally recognized organization, we are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the animals in our community. You have the opportunity to become a part of this exciting, positive, innovative and professional organization. The open positions available are listed below.

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Animal Care Specialist – Part Time Position. Please apply using link above. For job description please click on “Animal Care Specialist”

Front Desk Counselor – Full Time Position. Please apply using link above. For job description please click on “Front Desk Counselor”

 CASPCA Surgery Assistant – For job description please click on “CASPCA Surgery Assistant”

Rummage Store Customer Service Representative   This is a part-time position. For job description please click on “Rummage Store Customer Service Representative”

Customer Service – Front Desk Manager – For job description please click on “Customer Service – Front Desk Manager”

Shelter Behavior Specialist

The Charlottesville – Albemarle SPCA is a private non-profit shelter serving the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Our shelter has an annual intake of approximately 3,500 animals and a live release rate of 95%. The Charlottesville Albemarle community has been ‘no-kill’ for ten years. As we continue to save lives by increasing adoptions, providing high-quality low-cost spay neuter, and providing veterinary care to the underserved, the proportion of our shelter population with behavioral issues will continue to rise. We currently have a dedicated team of employees and volunteers interested in shelter animal behavior, and we routinely perform behavior evaluations on all dogs. We are looking for a behavior specialist to oversee and provide structure to these programs.

The ideal candidate will have formal training in animal behavior (Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, advanced degree in animal behavior or welfare) or three years of experience in a related field. While emphasis is placed on these qualifications, all interested applicants are encouraged to apply as we are dedicated to finding the right match for our community.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  1. Creating and enforcing behavior protocols for a range of problem behaviors.
  2. Evaluating the consistency, reliability, and validity of our current behavior evaluations. Training of employees performing these evaluations.
  3. Post adoption counseling program with the goal of helping pets displaying mild behavior problems transition into new homes.
  4. Developing a program (possibly a behavior hotline) to aid pet owners in the community, with the goal of keeping these companion animals in homes.
  5. Performing welfare rounds on all animals in the shelter. Identifying animals displaying signs of extreme stress or anxiety that need immediate intervention. Working diligently to decrease stress for all shelter animals through enrichment, alterations to their enclosures (ensuring animals are able to exhibit the five freedoms), and making requests for veterinary consultation when medical intervention is necessary.
  6. Evaluating the CASPCA Behavior Euthanasia Guidelines, responsible for final approval on all behavioral euthanasia cases.

Please apply using the link above.


Please note the following on job descriptions: Non-Exempt is hourly status and Exempt is salary status.