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ALIVE Rescue is an animal rescue that protects the lives and the welfare of animals, taking on the responsibility to save and place any animal in need, no matter the age, breed or type. ALIVE Rescue provides 100% medical, behavioral, and physical support for our rescues, opening the doors at The Big Barn in Salem, WI in 2023. ALIVE Rescue has evolved into a homegrown brand, expanding organically, with a life of its own and a steadily growing following that seems to remain steadfast.

Current Openings
Animal Care Specialist

Location: Salem, WI (In person)

Full/Part: Part-time (16–20 hours per week)


Do you desire to help others and your community? Are you a self-starter with a strong work ethic who thrives on the success of your team? Do you ease into team settings and work naturally with others? If this sounds like you and you are interested in gaining experience with a non-profit and saving lives, please continue to read and apply!


Who You Are…

  • A strong leader; someone with strong leadership skills

  • Considered to have “excellent dog skills,” as they are a MUST for this role (minimum 2 years dog handling experience in a shelter/boarding environment)

  • Cool under pressure and able to handle dogs with variable behaviors ranging from easy to extremely difficult; behavioral issues will include shyness, fearfulness, and reactivity

  • Open to working with all dogs: dogs with health concerns/conditions, all sizes, breeds, all energy levels…any dog!

  • Experienced and able to administer oral medication, as needed

  • A whiz when it comes to multitasking and managing multiple groups of volunteers at all levels

  • Flexible and there for your colleagues, open to working weekends/holidays/and varying shift times

  • A licensed, insured driver with a reliable vehicle (not necessary w/ reliable transport)


This is a part-time, non-exempt, hourly position, and will offer approximately 16–20 hours per week with plenty of opportunity for growth for the right candidate. The days and hours will vary depending on needed shift coverage. 


What You Will Do...

  • Shelter Shifts

    • Perform and ensure daily feeding, cleaning, medicating, and enrichment of the pet population are done in accordance to time frames and protocols.

    • Clean and disinfect all kennel and common areas based on the guidelines set including mopping, sweeping, laundry, dishes, and trash removal.

    • Monitor pet eating habits, behavior, and medical habits/issues and ensure documentation is given to the President, Medical Director, and Adoption and Foster Director.

    • Cover any shift not filled by team (current shifts are Monday – Sunday,  8 am – 12 pm, and 4 pm – 8 pm, 365 days per year). Holidays, weekends, and evenings required.

  • Shelter Upkeep

    • Sort through donations that come in and put away in appropriate locations.

    • Keep Adoption Center and Storage Units organized.

    • Ensure proper cleaning protocol for dog suites and other spaces.

  • Animal Training

    • Develop consistent protocol for hand signals to train the dogs and communicate this with the volunteers.

    • Work with animal trainers, when needed, for specific dogs having issues.

If you are interested in being considered for either of the above positions, please email a resume and cover letter to

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