Shelter Manager 

Purpose of Position: 

The Shelter Manager is a highly motivated, process and procedure-oriented manager committed to the mission, values, goals, and success from Franklin County Animal Rescue. The Shelter Manager provides leadership and oversight to ensure that the shelter is operating as effectively as possible and that animals are cared for optimally.  


The Shelter Manager is responsible for learning, implementing and communicating best practices in animal management and helping to craft a better future for animals and our community. The Shelter Manager works closely with the director, animal care staff and Shelter Veterinarian to ensure protocols are being followed and care of animals is held to the highest standards, including providing and maintaining a safe, sanitary, humane atmosphere for all the shelter’s animals and employees.  

Hours will be variable during the essential work order. There is an anticipation that hours will increase to 35 hours per week once mandated is lifted.
Due to the job's dynamic nature  pay rate is subject to experience and qualification


Responsibilities include: 

  • Ensure the health, cleanliness and safety of animals and the facility. 

  • Make individual animal handling, care, transportation and medical decisions as needed and according to FCAR policy. 

  • Monitor the health of animals and report issues to the staff shelter veterinarian. Triage urgent situations as needed.  

  • Monitor available space in the shelter and organize/schedule intake appointments . Coordinate third party housing. 

  • Facilitate and implement animal enrichment programs. 

  • Oversee administration of medications/vaccinations as directed and prescribed by the veterinarian and timely med sheet completion.  

  • Oversee and implement ordering of medical supplies and other shelter supplies  within budgetary limitations. Maintain an accurate inventory of medical equipment and supplies. 

  • Assist shelter veterinarian with spay/neuter surgeries and other medical needs.  

  • Facilitate staff training related to animal care and cleaning. 

  • Keep all animal records up to date and ensure timely input into database. 

  • Work with the Executive Director to determine and document appropriate policies and procedures. 

  • Perform regular operational efficacy assessments in partnership with the Executive Director, and design and implement quality improvement plans.  

  • Submit a monthly report to the Executive Director one week prior to board meetings. Attend monthly board meetings. 

  • Manage the medical needs of fosters. 

  • Participate in staff meetings as appropriate Leadership Team meetings (ED, SM) and Staff Meetings. 

  • Monitor and communicate with the public via the shelters phone, social media and email contacts.  

  • Other duties as assigned. 

PERIPHERAL DUTIES: Other duties as assigned. 

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty

          satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable                               accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Three years of direct animal care experience in a rescue or shelter. 

  • Experience in medical administration and protocols. 

  • Experience working with volunteers, veterinary medicine professionals and others in a multi-disciplinary organization.  

  • Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities. 

  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills. 

  • Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving. 

  • Ability to articulate the mission and philosophy of Franklin County Animal Rescue and maintain a working knowledge of priority campaigns and programs.  

  • Regular travel as well as evening and weekend hours are required consistent with a front-line fundraising role. 


SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Animal care staff. Volunteer coordinator. Other staff as assigned. 


POSITION TYPE / EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK: This position regularly requires long hours and weekend work. 


TRAVEL: Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.  


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  This position requires extensive travel. 


The job requires significant physical exertion. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to work with, lift and move animals; clean cages and other parts of the shelter; touch, manage and move medical instruments, supplies and equipment; and do other physical tasks.  The employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands and fingers to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. 


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud; when on travel, variable. This job operates in both a office environment, active rescue organization and a medical clinic with animals and members of the public onsite. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers and phones. 


EMPLOYMENT DISCLAIMER:  This job description is not a contract - management reserves the right to change its contents at any time. The Franklin County Animal Rescue complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.  The Franklin County Animal Rescue is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

TO APPLY: please send your resume and cover letter to

Part-Time Animal Care Team Member

This position is responsible for the daily care of animals, along with the cleaning their enclosures.


Our staff strives to provide a healthy, comfortable space that will allow cats, kittens, and dogs to adjust to their new environment. Staff is expected to perform daily duties in accordance with protocols to keep themselves, the animals, fellow staff members, visitors, and volunteers safe.
The staff routinely work with cleaning agents such as disinfectant, bleach, and other cleaners, and must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. We are looking for someone with compassion for animals and human beings. The ideal applicant will have a commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the shelter. The position requires customer service skills, teamwork, and attention to detail.


- Safely and comfortably handling a variety of domestic animals
- Cleaning and disinfecting animal rooms, cages, and the facility
- Feeding and administering medications to animals
- Sorting and folding laundry, as well as operating washers and dryers
- Sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming throughout the facility
- Spending time with animals to provide comfort and help ease stress, and provide individual behavioral feedback to the management team
-Performing animal intakes, entering records into the database and providing support to members of the public who are relinquishing animals
-Socializing, working on basic obedience, nail-trimming, grooming
-Other responsibilities as directed


~Animal handling experience in a kennel environment preferred.
~Must be able to work closely with animal dander.
~Adept and flexible multi-tasking abilities as well as excellent attention to detail
~Comfortable receiving direction and guidance when needed
~Mature, friendly, and outgoing personality and a commitment to superior animal care
~Ability to work well under pressure and in intense and emotional situations on a daily basis
~Interest in animals and commitment to animal welfare
~Integrity and honesty in dealing with all facets of the position
~Willingness and ability to do moderate to heavy physical labor in relation to cleaning the facility and handling animals
~Ability to bend, twist, and lift at least 50 lbs. repeatedly throughout the course of a day
~Weekend and holiday work is required
~Willingness to work as a team member, pitch in as needed, and have fun!


*Experience caring for animals and a flexible schedule is preferred.


Duties include:
- Feeding and administering meds as needed
- Cleaning kennels
- Adoption counseling as needed
- Additional duties as required


Job Type: Part-time



  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)



  • High school or equivalent 

TO APPLY: please send your resume and cover letter to

Shelter Public Hours:

Sat & Sun:          11am-4pm

Thurs & Fri:       2pm-6pm

Mon-Wed:            CLOSED

Contact Us:

P: (802) 524-9650 

**Contacts are NOT regularly answered outside of business hours**


30 Sunset Meadows 

St Albans Vt 05478

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