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Espanola Humane wants your help to save lives! Espanola Humane is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We are a progressive, innovative shelter that offers a collaborative environment, excellent compensation and benefits.

Shelter Manager

Española Humane is searching for a Shelter Manager committed to life-saving programs and services to join our dedicated team. The Shelter Manager is upbeat, enthusiastic, with a strong desire to help people and pets. Emphatic communication skills and a strong desire to connect with community members, staff, and volunteers are essential qualities of the candidate. Practical interpersonal skills and the ability to forge effective relationships with a wide variety of people in a wide variety of circumstances will ensure the Shelter Manager’s success.

The Shelter Manager reports to the Director of Operations and is responsible for the shelter’s functions that include animal intake and receiving, adoptions, foster care, rescue transfer, shelter animal care, and health. The position manages three supervisors with a total staff of 12. Key work partners are the Shelter Medicine Veterinarian, Clinic Manager and Manager of Lifesaving Operations.

The position is exempt, full-time with a flexible schedule. The qualified, experienced candidate will be offered above national market-rate compensation, full-time hours and benefits including medical insurance, matching 401k and PTO. Española Humane is changing the way city animal shelters are viewed. Come be a part of the great work being done in Española!

Española Humane manages the open admission shelter with municipal contracts the city of Española, county of Rio Arriba, and the Native American Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara and San Ildefonso. Some 3,560 pets came into the shelter in 2019, with 1,826 adopted locally and 653 pets transferred to partner rescue groups. The spay/neuter clinic completed 6,055 surgeries and 639 outdoor cats were altered and returned to their colonies.

Española is a small community of just over 10,000 residents. Española Valley honors and supports cultural diversity, including the strong roots of Hispanic and Native American culture, which make up the rich tapestry of traditions found in our many restaurants with traditional Northern New Mexico cuisine and Old Mexico favorites with a touch of 21st Century breweries and wineries. Hotels and bed and breakfasts are unique and convenient to our neighboring cities Taos and Santa Fe. Located 30 minutes northwest of Santa Fe and 45 minutes south of Taos, Española sits in a broad valley between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the east and the Jemez on the west, with proximity to several Native American pueblos.

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Veterinary Technicians

We are searching for talented and dedicated Veterinary Technicians to join our medical team. Española Humane is committed to partnering with our community to positively influence the lives of Española’s pets and Veterinary Technicians are vital roles in this mission. Applicants must be able to work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment, be detail-oriented and possess an excellent work ethic. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a friendly and professional manner toward community members, co-workers and volunteers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Excellent customer service skills – ability and desire to interface with the public and volunteers
  • Superior time management skills with the ability to handle numerous responsibilities at once, working well under pressure
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate with and offer assistance to wide variety of people
  • Able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. consistently to include moving sedated animals
  • Must possess excellent reflexes and be proficient at animal restraint for various procedures
  • Must be compassionate and organized
  • Candidate should be highly motivated, enthusiastic self-starter with a professional attitude
  • Passion for animals, animal welfare and people
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are CVT, although on the job training is available for the right candidate
  • Bilingual highly desired

The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, offering a 4/10 schedule. The qualified, experienced candidate will be offered above national market-rate compensation, full-time hours and benefits including medical insurance, matching 401k and PTO.

We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality care for our patients and clients with gentleness and compassion. Española Humane is changing the way city animal shelters are viewed. Come be a part of the great work being done in Española!

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Veterinarian

The shelter in Española, New Mexico is changing the way city animal shelters are viewed through progressive community programs, free spay/neuter services and a commitment to saving the lives of the pets coming into the open admission shelter.

Completing 6,055 surgeries in 2019, Española Humane is searching for a Veterinarian with a surgical emphasis to join the dedicated team. The Veterinarian reports to the Director of Medical Care and will perform a variety of duties including medical care for shelter pets and wellness clinic services. Under the Director of Medicine’s mentorship, the Veterinarian’s surgical skills will be developed to include HQHV spay/neuter, orthopedics, amputations, mass removals, as well as emergency surgeries.

The ideal candidate is upbeat, enthusiastic with a strong desire to help people and pets. Emphatic communication skills and a strong desire to improve the quality of pets in the community are essential qualities of the candidate. Exceptionally strong interpersonal skills and the ability to forge effective relationships with a wide variety of people in a wide variety of circumstances will insure the Veterinarian’s success.

The position is exempt, full-time with a flexible schedule, typically Monday – Friday.

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