This is a full time 40 hour/week position. Day shift Tuesday –Saturday but some flexibility in scheduling will be needed.

Northeast Animal Shelter is currently seeking an experienced animal behavior and training professional with excellent teamwork skills to join our shelter behavior team. This is a unique opportunity to work on a team of behavior professionals, committed to using a science-based approach to addressing animal behavior.

If you have at least 2 years of experience in Animal Behavior and would like to work for an organization that works to improve our community, this may be the career move you have been looking for!


The Behavior Associate works within a close team of behavior professionals, led by the Director of Behavior. Our team works to help shelter dogs and cats experiencing challenges and advises the shelter staff and volunteers on handling, training and matching animals to adopters. We also work closely with families that have adopted pets from our shelter. The behavior associate will also be a critical part of our future public training classes.

The Behavior Associate will be responsible for creating and implementing behavior modification plans for dogs and cats in the adoption center, and instructing adoption center staff on the creation of appropriate adoption recommendations. This position will help lead training for our shelter staff and volunteers in animal behavior.

The Behavior Associate will provide pre-adoption counseling and hands-on training for prospective adopters, alongside post-adoption support to families who are struggling at home. The Coordinator will also provide surrender-prevention support to members of the community to help keep pets with their loving families. This position will help to grow the behavior program to its full potential and will be a critical part of the program’s future.


·        2 years of experience in animal welfare or related fields

·        2 years working or volunteering directly with animals, ideally of different species, sizes and temperaments.

·        2 years of training/behavior modification experience in accordance with NEAS’ philosophies in a shelter setting.

·        Must be an organized, creative problem solver who has fantastic people skills

·        Must be able to lift, push, pull or carry objects and/or animals weighing up to 50 lbs.

As this position requires excellent attention to details, as well as verbal and written communication skills, we require applicants to include a cover letter with your application which showcases your writing skills.


Northeast Animal Shelter’s mission is to save the greatest number of animals possible through our animal relocation program, and working in an environment that clearly delivers on its mission of advancing the health and welfare of animals provides meaning to our employees, and adds an important dimension to our work.

If you are experienced in animal training and would like to work for an organization where your work is an important part of a respected and caring non-profit, apply today.