Undercover Investigator
Companion Animal Protection Society - St. Louis, MO

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Position Description

The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is seeking a reliable undercover investigator who lives in the Midwest. The job requires traveling to commercial dog breeders/brokers who are suspected of violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

About CAPS

CAPS is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills. We actively address the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance, and pet industry employee relations.

  • Learning and applying AWA violations
  • Learning state regulations and animal cruelty laws
  • Traveling to breeding facilities to conduct undercover investigations
  • Identifying noncompliance to determine if the breeder is violating the AWA and state regulations/laws
  • Working with our video editor to produce edited footage. Will train in the use of hidden camera
  • Writing reports in which state or AWA violations are cited
  • Cooperating with prosecutors and local law enforcement
  • Strong writing skills
  • Proficient with computers and computer software programs such as Word and Excel in order to document violations and compose reports
  • Familiarity with video equipment and cameras
  • Ability to conduct research using the internet and computer databases
  • Willingness and ability to travel and be away from home for extended periods of time
  • Must be at least 21 years of age with a minimum of three years of driving experience, have a valid U.S. driver's license, access to reliable transportation, and a satisfactory driving record

Bachelor's degree from an accredited university


Salary competitive with other nonprofits.


Candidate must have a credit card in order to cover travel-related reimbursable expenses upfront