Employment Opportunities at AWA

Animal Welfare Association is a great place to work! AWA employees become part of a greater mission to make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals. 

benefits for full time employees

  • Healthcare Insurance
  • Vacation and Holidays
  • Discounts on Pet Vaccinations and Medications
  • The Joy of Helping Homeless Animals Find Homes!


Full Time Position – Animal Care Attendant
To apply, please send your resume to joanp@awanj.org

Objective: Provide daily and on-going animal care, facility sanitation, and animal enrichment.

Essential Functions:

Animal Care

  • Monitor animals and immediately report any health or behavior abnormalities to supervisor
  • Provide adequate food and water to all animals
  • Stimulate exercise for animals as required by protocol
  • Handle all animals properly and according to organization safety procedures
  • Perform bathing and basic grooming as needed
  • Explain concepts of prerelease sterilization of adopted animals and humane euthanasia
  • Assist in animal care and handling during emergency situations
  • Administer animal enrichment following organization protocol and procedures
  • Participate in pet adoption meets in shelter play yards
  • Assist with evaluation and treatment of assigned animals
  • Update animal records as needed, ensure all data is accurate
  • Greet, welcome, and assist customers and AWA visitors
  • Process paperwork as needed

Facility Care & General Functions

  • Follow established disease control procedures to daily clean, disinfect, and maintain shelter rooms, kennels, cages, and general office areas
  • Operate laundry and dishwashing equipment
  • Restock cleaning areas with supplies and equipment
  • Maintain equipment in working condition, report equipment or supply needs to supervisor
  • Maintain work and general areas in an organized manner
  • Respond promptly and courteously to customer needs
  • Handle challenging customer service situations and identify when supervisor should be called in
  • Respond to requests for service or assistance from supervisors, co-workers and volunteers
  • Identify potential problems, suggest solutions or seek person to provide solution

Position Requirements:

  • Humane treatment of animals
  • Working knowledge of animal health and behavioral conditions and basic animal handling
  • Quick mathematics knowledge for chemical dilution procedure
  • Familiarity with OSHA standards for cleaning
  • Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures and safety standards
  • Quickly learn and adapt to changes in policies, procedures, and safety standards
  • Maintain good appearance and the ability to tactfully and effectively work with the public
  • Maintain a positive and respectful attitude
  • Provide and record accurate information
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrate flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload
  • Operate multi-line phone system, basic office machinery, and computers
  • Effective communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • High quality customer service skills
  • Ability to learn quickly and efficiently
  • Consistently report to work on time and prepared


  • High School graduate required
  • 1-3 years working experience in animal shelter or clinic preferred
  • Working knowledge of PetPoint computer system a plus

Physical Factors:

  • Work performed in shelter environment, kennels among the animals, and some outdoors
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. unassisted, and over 50 lbs. with assistance
  • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, dangerous and fractious animals, high noise levels, wet surfaces, hazardous chemicals, and sharp objects
  • Long periods of standing, bending, stooping, reaching, and working outdoors in differing climate

Working Conditions:

  • Varying shifts, weekdays and weekends, and some holiday work required
  • Overtime work as necessary for staffing levels or finishing tasks


This is an employment at-will position, which means that employment is for no specific term and that employment may be terminated by the employee or AWA at any time with or without cause.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. Management reserves the right to revise or to require that other different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological breakdowns in departments

If you have an interest in working at AWA, please send your resume to joanp@awanj.org


Animal Welfare Association

509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043
Phone: 856.424.2288 | Fax: 856.424.8318

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