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Animal Behavior and Enrichment Specialist

Santa Cruz SPCA and Humane Society
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
$20.83 - $28.18 an hour - Full-time


Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Full job description

Want to get paid to watch dogs play? Sit down, you’re going to want to read this!

As a Behavior & Enrichment Specialist at the Santa Cruz SPCA, you’ll be spending your workday supporting healthy dog and cat behavior and enhancing every animal’s shelter experience -- which includes leading our playgroup program!

A big part of your role will be to build our “people power” by sharing your knowledge with volunteers, fosters, and staff so we can positively impact more animals in need. You will also play a role in counseling pet guardians on what to expect with their new family members. To the right person, there may be nothing in the world more fulfilling than this!

This position will be perfect for you if:

  • You have awesome dog and cat handling skills and have 2 years of professional experience working with cat and/or dog behavior.
  • You've achieved Force Free Dog and/or Cat Behavior & Training Certification or are in progress.
  • You’re a motivated self-starter who enjoys tackling complex issues and being on the move!
  • You know the concepts of animal behavior, animal enrichment, and how they translate in a shelter environment.
  • You’re comfortable handling dogs and cats of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments.
  • You enjoy assisting people just as much as animals – and understand you can’t help one without the other!
  • Teaching others to handle and work with animals leaves you feeling rewarded and invigorated.

If you’ve got the drive (and animal experience), but lack some of the knowledge above, don’t move along just yet! We’re willing to help the right candidate get there by supporting educational efforts and providing opportunities to grow and learn every day.

If you are seeking a new role where you can make a true difference in animals’ lives while having an opportunity to contribute to a growing organization, we would love to speak with you!

  • The pay range for this full-time, non-exempt position is $20.83-$28.18 /hr (Hiring range up to $26/hr, DOE), with a full benefits package and opportunities for growth.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite chew toy, apply now, and help us achieve our vision of doubling the number of lives saved and touched through our programs!

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $20.83 - $28.18 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Weekends as needed

Application Question(s):

  • Which Force Free Dog and/or Cat Behavior & Training Certification have you achieved or are currently working on?


  • animal behavior: 2 years (Preferred)
  • dog and cat handling: 2 years (Preferred)

Work Location: In person