Careers and Internships

Compassion in Action

The Anti-Cruelty Society is looking for people who support our goal to protect and care for animals in need. As Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive animals shelter, we have been helping Chicago’s pets since 1899. Our mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people and we are the only animal welfare organization in Chicago offering outreach and ongoing education. 
 

Current Job Openings

The Anti-Cruelty Society is accepting applications for a full-time Veterinary Assistant in our Clinic.  This position reports to the Director of Clinic Services with responsibilities to include:

•    Performing inductions, tracheal intubation and monitoring anesthesia.
•    Clipping and scrubbing animals prior to surgery and assisting in surgery.
•    Monitoring recovery, sterilizing surgical packs, maintaining surgical logs and maintaining surgical/prep/clinic areas.
•    Restraining animals, administering oral and injectable drugs, performing intravenous catheterization and fluid therapy.
•    Recording observations and treatments on patient charts.  
•    Maintaining kennel area and cages.
•    Performing radiography, fecal, heartworm, feline leukemia and parvo virus testing, skin scrapes and cephalectomy.
•    Filling prescriptions, discharging patients and giving client instructions. 
•    Maintaining equipment such as anesthesia machines, autoclaves, dental equipment, microscopes, x-ray machine, clippers and other instruments.
•    Performing other functions as assigned by Clinic Director.   

The ideal candidate should have one year of previous experience and must respect animals. The successful candidate must also believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy. 

Please submit a letter of interest, including a salary expectations and a resume for consideration. You may fill out an application online or pick one up at the shelter front desk (510 N LaSalle) 7 days a week from 9am -5pm. Sorry, but we will not be able to consider applications without these documents.
 

Direct all applications to: 
The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Abby Breger 
Training Manager
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

 

Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society has opened its search for a Bark in the Park Team Builder. The Team Builder is responsible for growing the number of teams and walkers participating in the 2020 Bark in the Park 5K Walk and Party in the Park. Scheduled for May 9, 2020, Bark in the Park features Chicago’s original dog party. The walk brings together families, dogs, veterinarians, and other pet friendly professionals to help raise funds to ensure that all animals receive compassionate care. This is a temporary part-time position from January to May. Hours and work environment are flexible. 

Essential Job Functions 

  • Recruit, support, and steward corporate and community teams and individuals. 
  • Actively recruit teams and individuals to participate from area businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, religious groups and community groups, etc. 
  • Establish relationships with new participants and renew and enhance professional relationships with existing participants over the phone, via email, and through in-person meetings and presentations. 
  • Help team captains with participant recruitment and fundraising events. 
  • Manage team and individual pages on TeamRaiser, the peer-to-peer software platform. 
  • Prepare and distribute fundraising and recruitment materials: team captain letters and emails, team captain kit, recruiting tips, fundraising tips and ideas, etc. Manage creative and effective tools for recruitment and fundraising. 
  • Work with the marketing team to manage social media outreach for team captains, team participants, and individual walkers. 
  • Support walk leaders in hosting support events, including kick-off events, post events, third party fundraising events, team builder events etc. 
  • Help coordinate in-kind donation program to provide prizes for participants. 
  • Send communications about raffles, competitions, and incentive prizes to encourage fundraising and participation. 
  • Develop and successfully deliver Bark in the Park presentations to corporate and community groups throughout the Chicago area. 
  • Answer general inquiries about the Bark in the Park. 
  • Actively participate in set up and day of walk support and team activities. 
  • Other related duties as assigned. 

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. 
  • 3–5 years of experience with gift solicitation, sales, or marketing. 

Note: A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual. 

Please submit a letter of interest, including salary expectations, and a resume for consideration. Pay will be commensurate with experience and ability. Please note that applications that do not include all required  documentation will not be considered. 

Direct all applications to: 

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Vice President of People and Culture
157 West Grand Avenue Chicago IL 60654

Fax: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org

No phone calls please 

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer 

Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society has opened its search for a full-time Intake Specialist. Under the direct supervision of the Intake Supervisor and in cooperation with Shelter Management, the Intake Specialist will provide courteous and empathetic service to persons surrendering animals to the shelter. With care for safety humanely euthanize animals. 

Essential Job Functions 

  • Obtain accurate and detailed information at intake while imparting The Anti-Cruelty Society’s policies. 
  • Administer vaccines and deworming according to protocol, attach identification tab band, perform small scale physical exams and determine appropriate shelter housing. 
  • Accurately input information into The Anti-Cruelty Society’s database. 
  • Upon certification and licensing, perform humane euthanasia. 
  • In conjunction with Animal Behavior Specialist, plan and coordinator behavior assessments to ensure timely completion. 
  • Follow established enrichment and animal behavior modification plans. 
  • Socialize animals as time allows. 
  • Have adequate understanding of The Anti-Cruelty Society adoption and disposition policies and be able to communicate them to the public. 
  • Feed, water and safely move animals; obeying all special restrictions placed on animals; exercising caution when handling animals and seeking help when necessary. Mark all kennel cards and report any abnormalities to a manager as soon as possible. 
  • Respond to Intake Hotline inquires professionally and knowledgeably. 
  • Provide intake reception coverage and schedule intake appointments. 
  • Respect the physical plant and equipment; report all building, caging and environmental problems to a management or maintenance staff member as soon as possible. 
  • Ensure that all equipment is in good repair, adequately stocked and kept neatly in its appropriate place. Stocking can be accomplished using wheeled carts. 
  • Operate and carefully maintain all records necessary to ensure accurate cash and credit handling. 
  • Attend all scheduled meetings. 
  • Assume other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications 

High school diploma or GED required. Certified Euthanasia Technician within one year of hire. Minimum of one year of experience working in this field or related field preferred. The ideal candidate must have a pleasant demeanor, be objective, courteous and reasonable at all times. Must respect animals and believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy. A minimum of one year experience required working in this field or a related field. 

Please submit a letter of interest, including salary expectations and a resume for consideration. Sorry, but we will not be able to consider applications without these documents. 

Direct all applications to: 

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Abby Breger, Training Manager
157 West Grand Avenue Chicago IL 60654
Fax: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org

No phone calls please 

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer 

Internships

HR Intern

Once you have identified a position you'd like to apply for, please send your resume and personal statement to resumes@anticruelty.orgYou must also fill out an application here.

The Intern Program is open to all individuals who have completed a minimum of 2 years of college and have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5. The internship may lead to academic credit from participating schools or it may simply be a means for individuals to further their own skills and knowledge. Interns may contact The Anti-Cruelty Society directly to inquire about internships or they may be referred by another source. The Society may publicize the internship program online, in college, university or Society publications. Please note that intern positions are unpaid.

All internship application materials may be submitted electronically to resumes@anticruelty.org. In addition to the completed application form and personal statement, applicants will be expected to submit two confidential letters of recommendation and college transcripts.

These may be sent to:
The Anti-Cruelty Society 
Attn: Meshia Burrell
157 W. Grand Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60654.

Personal Statement: On a separate sheet of paper, please write a short proposal stating how an internship at The Anti-Cruelty Society relates to your academic and career goals. Please keep the statements to one page.

About Working at the Society

The Anti-Cruelty Society is looking for people who support our goal to protect and care for animals in need. As Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive animal shelter, we have been caring for and protecting Chicago’s pets since 1899. Our mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people and we are the only animal welfare organization in Chicago offering outreach and ongoing education. 

As an organization, we are committed to the following: 

  • Providing compassionate care for any animal in need
  • Attempting to find a home for every healthy or rehabilitable cat and dog that comes to  us
  • Intervening to prevent cruelty to animals
  • Partnering with the community to educate on animal issues and inspire compassion and respect
  • Providing low or no cost spaying or neutering. 

As an employee of The Anti-Cruelty Society, no matter what department you work in, you can take great pride in knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of the animals in our care.

Every day, we prove true to our values and provide the best possible care to any animal that comes through our doors. Our staff is comprised of compassionate people who are committed to furthering our mission of building a community of caring by helping pets educating people. 

At The Anti-Cruelty Society, we value a culture revolved around respecting one another and encouraging each other to do our best work. We value each and every contribution our staff and volunteers make daily and celebrate all successes, both big and small.  All our staff and volunteers share a common passion for our mission, and we work hard to maintain that sense of enthusiasm and cheerfulness within the workplace. After all, work doesn’t always have to be serious, you just have to seriously love what you do. 

We provide the best quality animal care through our core values: 
Collaboration—only through partnerships and relationships can we achieve our mission
Excellence—we will strive to have a best practice model in all that we do
Professionalism—we will act with integrity and in an ethical manner
Leadership—we will plan for the next generation of issues that will impact our organization,
our community and pets
Communication—we will fearlessly outline and communicate our commitment
to being advocates for animals
Transparency—we support the Asilomar Accords and proudly and publicly report our statistics.
 

We offer competitive pay and benefits to our employees such as vacation and sick coverage, medical coverage, and much more. Pets of Society employees also benefit! All full-time employees are eligible for use of our Veterinary Clinic and are offered discounted rates with our partner VCA hospitals. Full-time employees may also enjoy discounts at our in-house retail store. 

Our workplace offers a compassionate and fun environment where staff members are able to interact with the animals in our care on a daily basis. Not an animal expert? Don’t worry. We offer professional hands-on training to all our employees before beginning their job. 

Benefits

Full-time employees of The Anti-Cruelty Society are offered competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. Our employee benefits and perks are designed to help ensure the overall health, productivity, and happiness of each of our full-time staff members. 

Regular full-time employees and their pets are given  access to many of The Anti-Cruelty Society programs and services. This includes: 

  • Access to veterinary services 
  • Discounted dog training classes
  • Free Parking
  • Discounts at The Anti-Cruelty Society in-house retail shop

We are committed to the overall health, productivity, and happiness of our employees. We offer our full-time staff members the following benefits:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans
  • Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program(EAP):
  • Paid Holidays, Paid Vacations, Personal Days, and sick leave.
  • Jury Duty/Election Official Pay
  • Bereavement Leave
  • AD&D Insurance
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Retirement Benefits

Our comprehensive hands-on training program is designed to help new staff members learn a little more about the Society as well as how to properly care for animals in a shelter environment. 
We offer On-the Job Training with your department’s training supervisor to review the basic functions of your position through hands on experience and practical application.
Our module training is designed to introduce you to the organization, safety for your job, and other topics related to working at a shelter.

Employment FAQ

To be considered for employment, we ask you to please submit a letter of interest, including a salary history and expectations for the desired position, as well as a resume for consideration. You are also required to fill out an application, which can be downloaded online or picked up at the shelter front desk (510 N. LaSalle St.) 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Direct all applications to:  
The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Director of Human Resources
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago  IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

To make your application stand out, you must first satisfy all the requirements for the specified position. These requirements can be found within the job description. 
In your letter of interest, be sure to tell us how your specific skills and experiences align with this position, this includes any experience volunteering or working with animals. 
Letters of interest are important because they allow us to better get to know you beyond your application and resume. Your letter should represent your experiences as well as your professionalism, so be sure to proofread your letter and check for any typos.   

The application process should only take a couple of weeks. Once you send us your application materials, our Human Resources team will review the documents as soon as possible. If all requirements are met, someone from our Human Resources team will contact you regarding next steps. 

Yes. However, we encourage you to narrow down your search to the position(s) that best fit your personal skills and experiences. 

After sending us  your application materials, our Human Resources Manager will review the documents with relevant department managers. Chosen applicants will then be contacted regarding next steps.

Yes. You can reapply for either the same position or a different open position.
Be sure to include any additional experience you may have had in your application.

If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at resumes@anticruelty.org.

Once you have identified a position you'd like to apply for, please send your resume and letter of interest to resumes@anticruelty.org.  You must also fill out an application here.