Job Description

full-time - Colorado Springs, CO

Job Summary

The Animal Care Specialist position is a leadership position in the shelter that requires additional training and/or experience. The AC Specialist is a resource for other staff, but is not a supervisor. Performs all duties of the Animal Care Tech I position. Works cohesively with co-workers, other departments and volunteers. Assists the public in a professional manner.

Animal Care Specialists perform one or more of the following duties, based on shelter needs:

  • Euthanasia Lead
  • Behavior Evaluations and other behavior program responsibilities
  • Trainer and mentor of AC Tech 1s and AC Tech 2s (processors)
  • Animal Movement (in cooperation with other departments)

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs all duties of the Animal Care Tech 1 position and may perform AC Tech 1 work for extended periods
  • Is committed to the mission, vision, goals and success of HSPPR
  • Handles all animals in the most humane manner possible
  • Updates animal records in computer system
  • Assists with transfer animals as necessary
  • Communicates with customers, volunteers and co-workers in a professional, courteous and calm manner
  • Participates in staff meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Euthanasia Lead

  • Performs euthanasia of animals and disposes of bodies in accordance with euthanasia SOP
  • Assists Customer Service with transport of owner requested euthanasia animals
  • Assists with Euthanasia SOP updates

Behavior Specialist

  • Assesses temperament of dogs, cats and other animals and provides a factual, nonbiased assessment of the animal's behavior
  • Attends on-site and off-site training
  • Understands that behavior assessments may result in euthanasia; ensures that the outcome does not affect the integrity of the assessment.
  • Performs behavior modification per Behavior Program Manager and Coordinator designations
  • Records behavior during BMOD sessions using objective language
  • May participate in adoption consultations for animals for more challenging behaviors

All Behavior Specialists must perform animal assessments and behavior modification, based on need and census. Behavior Specialists may also have focus areas, based on the needs of the organization. These focus areas may include:

  • Feline programs related to behavior evaluation and bmod
  • Animal Experience/Quality of Life
  • Professional development assistance
  • Public messaging and resources (behavioral)
  • Staff and volunteer training and curriculum development
  • Research on various shelter animal issues
  • Bmod technique development
  • Assistance with waivers and web memos
  • Assistance with behavior consult adoption appointments
  • Enrichment technique and practice evaluation


  • Trains Animal Care Tech 1 employees and provides guidance/retraining to employees on new tasks
  • Assists with cross training
  • Writes and updates training materials and SOPs
  • Performs audits of areas and reviews audits with staff; submits paperwork or digital results to managers


  • Works cohesively with multiple departments to assist in the movement of animals throughout the building
  • Keeps R038-R042 empty and clean for ALE and CS to efficiently kennel new arrivals
  • Doubles dogs throughout the day
  • Opens blinds in B as needed for overflow available dogs
  • Assists with disinfects and spot cleaning as needed
  • Checks in with customer service at 6pm to coordinate evening moves

Supervisory Duties


Skills / Requirements

Education/Experience Necessary

HS diploma or equivalent is required; prior shelter, vet assistant or CVT, experience performing canine behavior assessment and / or have Euthanasia By Injection certification by an accredited source is desired; prior work experience training other employees is desired.

Important Notes

Who Are We?  The first of only two AAHA accredited shelters in Colorado!


Employment at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region - Colorado

HSPPR is a nonprofit animal shelter serving El Paso, Pueblo, and Douglas Counties as well as the City of Centennial.  We employ a total of 200+ employees.  We are an organization that celebrates and prioritizes diversity and inclusion. A drug test and background check are mandatory for employment. 

In addition to competitive salaries, we offer comprehensive benefits to our full-time staff.


Benefits include:     

Health Insurance ~~ 401K with employer matching up to 4% of salary  ~~ Dental and vision* Insurances  ~~ Supplemental Group Insurance*  ~~  Short and long term disability Insurance  ~~  Paid time off  ~~  Holidays  ~~  Direct Deposit  ~~  Personal Pet Perks

(*) Employee pays the full premium


 The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness qualified employer.  To learn more about this program, go to


The core values of the staff unite us and guide us to provide the best service to the animals in our care, our organization, and our community. 


Core Values Statements-

  • Compassion: We believe that animals matter. We are committed to treating animals and people with kindness, respect and compassion.
  • Stewardship: We are accountable and transparent in our actions and in the use of our resources to build trust in those we serve.
  • Integrity: We believe we can make the greatest impact by staying true to our mission, always doing what is best for the animals and people of our community, and standing united in our decisions.
  • Excellence: We are passionate about our mission, and strive for excellence through continual learning, innovation and the development of our board, staff and volunteers.
  • Collaboration: We seek strategic partnerships and alliances to advance the welfare and protection of animals and people.