Job Description

full-time     Pueblo, CO

Job Summary

The Behavior Specialist is responsible for providing a factual, nonbiased assessment of animal behavior in accordance with HSPPR policies and procedures. Additional responsibilities include providing behavior support and enrichment for animals in our care and training staff and volunteers in various behavior support tasks, behavioral observations and safe animal handling. The Behavior Specialist ensures an environment of compassionate and respectful animal and people care in accordance with HSPPR’s mission and values.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

• Commitment to the mission, vision, goals, and success of HSPPR

• Handle all animals in the most humane manner possible

• Assess temperament of dogs, cats, and small animals to provide a factual, nonbiased assessment of the animal's behavior

• Understand that behavior assessments may result in euthanasia; ensures this does not affect integrity of the assessment

• Provide behavior support to animals

• Participate in activities that improve animals’ wellbeing while in HSPPR’s care

• Provide adoption consultations for behaviorally complex animals

• Attend on-site and off-site training to: 

     • stay current on best practices for LIMA and Positive Reinforcement based behavioral support methods

     • individual professional development

• Provide training to volunteers and staff for behavior support, enrichment, and safe animal handling

• Collaborate with others to ensure providing animals with the best care

• Communicate with customers, volunteers, and co-workers in a professional, courteous manner

• Complete all needed data entry; ensure objective behavior language is used

• Maintain evaluation space in a clean, uncluttered, and sanitary manner

• Maintain equipment used in these procedures

• Provide timely communication of issues and concerns to supervisors

• Perform other duties as assigned

Supervisory Duties: None

Skills / Requirements

Physical Demands 

• Regularly sits at computer station.

• Must be able to lift, push, and pull a minimum of forty pounds with reasonable accommodations.

• Must be able to be on feet for extended periods of time.

• Typically stands, bends, stoops and crouches.

• Consistently exposed to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.

• Periodically drives a HSPPR Vehicle to perform duties

Schedule Requirements

• Schedule will include weekend and holiday work.

Education/Experience Necessary

• Prior shelter, vet assistant or CVT, experience performing canine behavior assessment and 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. 

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 by 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.
  • Service: We exist to serve our communities and operate with this commitment to serve as front and center in all we do.