Employment Opportunities

Read below for a list of current job openings for employment with Austin Pets Alive!. 

American Pets Alive! Deputy Development Director

Accountable to: Development Director
FLSA Status: Full-time, exempt

The Deputy Development Director (“Deputy”) will work collaboratively with Austin Pets Alive!’s Development Director to create and implement a funding strategy for American Pets Alive! (AmPA!).  Historically treated as a program within APA!, AmPA! will become its own 501c3 organization in 2018, while its operations will remain closely integrated with APA!:  AmPA!’s work will be to extend APA!’s lifesaving mission through teaching and mentoring of personnel and shelters beyond Austin, including through the new Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy and the annual American Pets Alive! conference.  AmPA! also will share APA!’s top-level executive team and board of directors, along with its facilities, while developing its own brand and fundraising streams. With AmPA! acting as the vehicle for broadening the reach of APA!’s unique and highly successful model for lifesaving beyond the local community in central Texas, the Deputy Development Director will extend fundraising outside of APA!’s historical base in Austin, bringing in regional and national-level support.

This position offers a creative opportunity to help bring about a large-scale change for shelter animals across the country.  Funding specifically for educational and outreach activities is a new focus at APA!/AmPA!, and the Deputy hired will have the rare chance to build a unique and promising new initiative in the No Kill movement while also enjoying the advantages of the base already built by APA! –  a 10-year history of outstanding success in animal welfare locally, national recognition for the progress and thought leadership APA! has brought to its cause, and a donor base that has already begun to broaden across the country. The Maddie’s®Lifesaving Academy, AmPA!’s largest initiative, is funded by a start-up $4M grant for the next three years, with successively larger annual cost-sharing by AmPA!.

The Deputy will be a self-starter who is well organized, professionally motivated to develop and implement goals and will have a flair for effective strategy.  S/he will be firmly committed to the No Kill movement. The person who fills this role must be an effective communicator with the ability to speak to different audiences, and able to quickly and creatively solve problems in the pursuit of continual improvement in fundraising.   The position will require a well-rounded background in Development, including experience with strategic planning, corporate partnerships, and all levels of individual giving, including major gifts. A marketing background would be an invaluable asset in the position.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the APA!/AmPA! Development Director and in coordination with AmPA!’s Marketing and Communications Manager to first produce a written strategic development plan and then take the lead on implementing it.  The plan will include a start-up funding strategy for the remainder of 2018 and a longer-term development strategy for the next 3 years. In subsequent months and years, assist with reviewing and revising the plan as best opportunities for funding AmPA! activities are identified, bringing the plan’s focus to bear on those opportunities.
  • Create campaigns to bring in funding from identified sources in the short-term for 2018, and initiate efforts to create the long-term funding, partnerships and other relationships that will sustain AmPA! activities in years ahead, as the Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy’s start-up grant is spent down.
  • Be responsible for identifying new sources of funding from beyond Austin among corporate supporters, including through sponsorships and cause-marketing partnerships.  
  • Develop a base of individual donors for AmPA!, working with Marketing & Communications to coordinate fundraising through marketing campaigns aimed at donors beyond Austin.
  • Build and manage relationships with major donors interested in AmPA!’s focus on education and mentorship.
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications Manager for AmPA! to create content for promoting the Maddie’s®Lifesaving Academy to higher level corporate and individual supporters, creating the engagement that leads to gifts.
  • Explore the possibility of fundraising for AmPA! through special events after 2018.
  • Build reports and analytics for assessing and improving on AmPA! fundraising initiatives.
  • Maintain timely contact reports, stewardship tracking, and forecasting.
  • Create monthly reports on progress in relationship-building and acquired gifts to share with the Development and Executive directors.
  • Create and carry out effective means to recognize, acknowledge and honor major donations and to deliver any corporate partner benefits.
  • Recruit and manage high-level volunteers to assist with prospecting, networking and stewardship, and other functions related to the Manager role.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Substantial fundraising experience, at least 5-6 years, with a substantial background in effective strategic planning and evidence of success in soliciting major sources of funding.  A background in sales or marketing in the for-profit world may be substituted for some years of experience, but at least 2 years of high-level experience in nonprofit fundraising is essential
  • Exceptional people skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Must have a track record of success in consistently inspiring funding for a cause
  • Proven project management skills.  Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, work well under pressure, and manage details of several concurrent projects
  • Experience with multi-million annual revenue budgets
  • Experience in non-local fundraising – statewide, regional or national
  • A substantial background in prospecting for, qualifying, and cultivating new major funding resources–whether with corporate partners, foundations or major donors
  • A history of effective proposal writing, whether for major gifts, corporate partnerships or foundation grants
  • Proven and measurable track record of successful face-to-face interactions with prospective supporters – an ability to build strong, sustained relationships and to follow through with effectively bringing in funds
  • Experience in donor communications through e-solicits and direct mail marketing would be a plus, along with a thorough grounding in marketing principles
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other Development and Marketing staff
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite  
  • Experience with recording data in and reporting from CRM/donor management systems. Familiarity with Little Green Light an advantage
  • Self-motivated to meet performance measures and always reach for excellence
  • Ability to work well with and lead volunteers
  • Must be able to troubleshoot effectively through roadblocks, and focus on the big    picture at the same time as the daily challenges and opportunities
  • Must be available to work occasional evenings or weekends, and to travel, when needed
  • Commitment to working courteously and cooperatively, with a focus on civility, with our community of staff, volunteers, fosters, adopters, and donors
  • Physical Requirements – ability to work with and around animals (including diseased, injured, and/or potentially aggressive animals), loud noises, chlorine or other chemicals, inclement weather, and evening, weekend, and holiday work.  Allergic conditions which may be aggravated when handling animals or in the course of the operations of APA! may be a disqualification
  • Compassion – must have affection for all animals, concern for their welfare, and willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and levels of work to be performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties.   

The salary range is dependent on experience.  In your cover letter, please state your salary requirements.  

How to apply:  Send a résumé and cover letter (not in the body of an email) to the Development Director, Maggie Lynch, email hidden; JavaScript is required  with the subject line “Maddie’s Deputy Development Director for American Pets Alive!”.  

Deadline for submission is June 20, 2018

Cleaning Crew Team Member

Austin, TX
Salary: $11.00 /hour

Job Description:

Ensure all areas of Austin Pets Alive are in stellar condition. All animal care areas are free of feces, urine, dirty linens, debris, and that clean bedding is available. All public areas of the facility are fully stocked with supplies needed and clear of debris and undesirable items.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Clean all dog kennels; this includes removing dirt water and food bowls, dirty linens, feces, toys, and destroyed property
  • Provide clean water and food bowls, refill water in the bowls
  • Ensure laundry is in washer and dryer and that both machines are running at all times you are on site
  • Neatly refill all laundry storage areas with clean linens
  • Wash all bowls, toys, and items in bleach solution
  • Sweep and mop floors of all buildings in use
  • Empty all trash cans inside and outside for all areas in use
  • Clean all bathrooms being used, including the mirrors, counters, and toilets
  • Remove all debris from around the grounds at each facility
  • Prior to leaving each day doing a walk through to ensure kennels remain feces free
  • Clean all offices (sweep, mop, and empty trash)
  • Sweep and mop all conference areas

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma, general education degree or equivalent
  • Prior janitorial experience

Key Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to follow checklists of tasks to be performed
  • Ability to work weekends as well as weekdays
  • Shows initiative
  • Stress tolerance


  • Criminal Background Check
  • Janitorial Experience


  • Full-time employees are eligible for insurance benefits after 60 days
  • Full-time employees are eligible for Paid Time Off

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Veterinary Technician

Austin, TX

We are accepting resumes for a full-time and part-time veterinary technician. This includes ALL aspects of shelter medicine and surgical work. Full time is 4 days a week. Part-time would be 2 days a week with potential for full time (4 days a week) as a position is available.

Requirements:– Shelter medicine and/or emergency clinic experience is preferred because of the high-paced, technical skills required. Must have knowledge of basic medications, vaccines, drugs.

  • At least 1-year experience as a veterinary technician in a vet hospital REQUIRED. Please do not apply if you don’t have a minimum of 1 years experience in a vet clinic as a technician.
  • Must be able to give injections SQ, IM, IV, and draw blood; microscopy including fecal floats/directs and skin scrapes; post-anesthesia monitoring of pulse-ox and vital signs; drug dosage calculations; working knowledge of standard small animal illnesses; client communication
  • Must be able to work in a high volume, fast-paced, high-stress environment. Self-motivated, great attitude, team-oriented a must!
  • Must be reliable and dedicated
  • The medical team is very small and all members must be on time, ready to work hard, for every shift.
  • This is a no-kill shelter where every opportunity is granted to an animal with extensive illnesses and injuries. We do not euthanize for space or convenience.
  • A positive and supportive attitude toward spay and neuter is a must.
  • References of prior employment from veterinarians are preferred.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Compensation: DOE

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Lead Dog Kennel Technician

1156 West Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX

Objective: Provide exceptional care for the dogs in our care!

Responsibilities include:

  • daily feeding
  • providing bedding
  • evaluating the palatability of various foods to ensure proper weight and intestinal health
  • Work as a valuable part of the team to ensure our dogs maintain optimal health.

Will be trained in animal handling and care but must be an independent worker, efficient at all tasks and completing them in a prescribed timeframe. Will manage one other team member but will coordinate with multiple teams.

Must be able to communicate effectively with multiple groups of people – co-workers and volunteers – and be able to handle sensitive subject matter with proper decorum and tact.

Must be willing to work some weekends. Regular shift is6:00am – 2:00pm.Common sense and thinking independently, being able to make consistent, logical decisions to meet objectives and attention to detail required. A candidate with a history of successful employment and advancement will be considered but animal experience not required.

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Cat Kennel Technician

1156 West Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX
Salary: $9.00 /hour


To ensure all cats within the Austin Pets Alive! campus have a clean living environment, that cat areas are kept clean and sanitary, to assist with essential caregiving, and make sure all feline program areas are clean and ready to open to the public on time.

Job Duties:

  • Help with daily cleaning tasks in all APA! Cat Program Departments.
  • Clean cat condos and habitats including scooping litter boxes, replacing soiled bedding, disposing of litter/debris, scrubbing and sanitizing rooms and/or habitats, and replenishing water bowls, all adhering to strict sanitation protocols and additional protocols specific to the Cat Program. This is physically demanding, but important work!
  • Sweep and mop floors of cat areas daily.
  • Restock essential items.
  • Wash dirty laundry, empty trash, deep clean tasks as assigned.
  • Assist other personnel and perform other tasks as necessary.
  • Observe the general behavior and health of cats in all departments of the APA! Cat Program
  • Tasks are of a moderate physical demand and involve lifting up to 30 pounds, kneeling, bending, and reaching. This position will come into contact with animals who may carry zoonotic diseases and be of varying temperaments. This position will utilize various cleaning agents and chemicals including bleach and sanitizing agents.

Please submit your resume with a cover letter letting us know why you would be a great fit for the Cat Kennel Technician role at Austin Pets Alive!
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APA! Thrift Store Shift Lead – Burnet Location

Austin, TX 78756
Salary: $11.50 /hour


APA!’s Shift Lead consistently delivers strong sales and service results. Offering a superior customer experience is our store’s No. 1 priority, and this location serves more than 100 customers each day. The Shift Lead will ensure that the store is properly staffed, team members are on task, and shelves are clean, organized and well-stocked. We are counting on the Shift Lead to work closely with volunteers to keep the business operating smoothly during your assigned shift.

Thrift Shift Lead Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as the lead of the front of house (FOH) team.
  • Assist customers in all aspects of service and create enhanced shopping experiences.
  • Ensure the store’s optimal daily operation, including ensuring volunteers are assigned to the most urgent tasks and generally running the store per the store’s standard operating procedures.
  • Maintain a professional attitude with sincerity and enthusiasm reflecting APA!’s commitment to our customers.
  • Greet all customers with a friendly smile and “hi how are you”.
  • Greet donors and help them with their incoming donations.
  • Resolve customer complaints in fair and impartial matter referring all unsettled disputes to the Store Manager.
  • Answer the phone and be friendly and helpful to all incoming phone calls.
  • Be knowledgeable of and perform sales support functions related to point-of-sale procedures.
  • Adhere to work schedule set by the Store Manager.
  • Regular, dependable attendance & punctuality.
  • Assist in performing daily administrative/clerical functions of store operations and cash transactions.
  • Maintain general appearance of store and premises according to APA! Thrift standards.


  • Assist the Store Manager with the overall operation of the retail store.
  • Open and close the store as necessary.
  • Perform other duties as directed.
  • Responsible for activities in absence of the Store Manager; ie, act as the manager on duty in the event that a managerial decision needs to be made relating to pricing, urgent maintenance issues, etc.


  • Responsible for supervising and training/retraining volunteers on procedures.
  • Post volunteer schedule.


  • This position requires moving and standing.
  • Must be able to lift at least 30 lbs.
  • May occasionally be required to reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, and climb ladders.


  • Customer service experience preferred.
  • Retail experience preferred.
  • Communication Skills: Effective written and verbal skills, ability to interpret instructional documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Reasoning Ability: Self-starter, able to work independently and as part of a team and must have good time management skills.

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