Recruitment #22-119-3594

Job Description

Do you live by the words 'click-treat'? Do you dig dogs who need a life coach, and cats who need some confidence-building? Do you see animal behavior, training, and placement as a team sport? If so, then we want you to apply for the position of Behavior and Transfer Coordinator with Loudoun County Animal Services.

Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) is seeking qualified applicants for our Behavior and Transfer Coordinator role to lead the Department's animal behavior, enrichment, and transfer programs. Receiving more than 2,300 animals a year, and achieving a live release rate of over 93%, no two days are the same, but the rewards of working with the people and animals of Loudoun County are endless. With more than 70% of local animals arriving at LCAS in need of medical or behavioral support, the behavior and transfer coordinator will work closely with a variety of staff and volunteer team members to find optimal outcomes for animals and emphasize the importance of mental health for the animals in our care.

Core components of this position include:

  • Counseling and supporting community members to help them keep their pets when they are considering surrender for behavior-based reasons.
  • Developing training and behavior modification plans for cats, dogs, and small animals to improve adoptability and help them cope with the shelter environment.
  • Documenting animals behavior in the shelter and working with staff to identify animals at risk of stress or deterioration and mitigate that risk.
  • Engaging with pet adopters to help them find the best match for their family.
  • Training staff and volunteers to provide humane and compassionate handling, training, and enrichment to shelter pets, and understand animal behavior and body language
  • Working with partner agencies in under resourced communities to transfer in pets for adoption in Loudoun.

The successful candidate will:

  • have experience in animal sheltering, animal care and animal behavior, to include a wide variety of companion animals.
  • be team-oriented and enjoy working with people as much as with animals
  • possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • recognize the role of public safety in an Animal Services agency, and work with the team to promote safe and healthy adoptive placements and transfers.

HIRING RANGE: $25.54-$34.48-Salary Commensurate with Experience

Job Requirements

  • Associate degree with courses in a related field; three (3) years of related work experience in animal shelters or animal behavior assessment; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Some supervisory experience preferred.
  • CPDT preferred.

Special Requirements

  • Animal Services is a physically demanding occupation, with the potential for exposure to infectious diseases, viruses, noxious fumes and chemicals, as well as risk of injury.
  • A rabies pre-exposure vaccination series will commence immediately upon hire unless proof of prior vaccination is provided.
  • Staff should not have allergies to, or fear of, common companion animal species, including cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits.
  • Must have the ability to control large and potentially dangerous animals over 100 pounds and team lift animals weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Must be available to work shifts, including mornings, weekends, and occasional evenings and/or holidays.
  • Valid driver's license and good driving record (driving records may be reviewed annually for continued qualification).

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

Successful candidate will undergo a background check to include criminal and DMV checks and physical examination, to include drug screening. Complete and continue renewal of certification in accordance with Virginia Veterinarian's Directive 79-1 (Methods Prescribed or Approved for Animal Euthanasia); Will also be required to obtain certification in Incident Command System 100, 200, 700, and 800 within 12 months of employment. Fear free training program and euthanasia certification to be obtained within 6 months of hire.


Loudoun County Regular Full-time Employees are eligible for full benefits including but not limited to the following as a part of a total rewards package!

  • Retirement from the Virginia Retirement System (VRS)
  • Annual leave
  • Sick leave Annual
  • Paid Holidays
  • Group Health Plan
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Exceptional Performance Recognition
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Education and Career Development

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