Anderson Humane

Animal Behavior Program Manager
The Anderson Humane Behavior Department is responsible for the behavioral care and well-being of our cats and dogs from their arrival at the shelter through adoption and transition to a new home. This includes behavior assessments, creating and implementing training plans, creating enrichment opportunities, managing our Dog and Cat Behavior Volunteer Teams, responding to community inquiries through the shelter’s behavior hotline, and facilitating successful matches with adopters by providing information to help them with the transition of their new pet to their home. The Behavior Program Manager will also be responsible for ensuring that all volunteers and staff who interact with our animals are properly trained and informed regarding general animal care and specific animal’s safe handling and training, and for working with other program managers and staff to coordinate each animal’s care once they have been identified as needing behavioral intervention.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Implement individualized training plans created by the Director of Behavior Programs for dogs and cats residing in the shelter.
  • Measure progress and re-assess training plans and recommendations as necessary.
  • Provide clear written and verbal communication to volunteers and staff.
  • Monitor and evaluate the behavior of dogs and cats in the shelter.
  • Oversee general training of animal care staff regarding animal behavior and handling.
  • Present training for all animal care volunteers in safe handling and animal behavior in the shelter.
  • Work with the Director of Behavior Programs to identify animals that will need additional training postadoption, and create specialized contracts, waivers and Behavior Plans for adopters.
  • Provide post-adoption follow-up for adopters of dogs and cats who have special behavioral issues, including referrals and advice, and coordinate in-shelter assessments and in-home consultations.
  • Assist with other shelter related tasks as needed.


  • Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent
  • One (1) year of experience providing animal care, training, and/or behavior modification in an animal shelter, animal hospital, paid or volunteer experience
  • Certification as a dog trainer through an accredited organization that adheres to L.I.M.A. principles
  • Fear Free Shelter certification required within 3 months of hire
  • Fear Free Professional certification preferred
  • Have experience assessing and training animals professionally or in a volunteer capacity
  • Have a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of animals
  • Understand L.I.M.A., science-based training and behavior modification techniques
  • Demonstrate safe handling at all times, and have knowledge of dog and cat body language
  • Possess a commitment to continued study of current, scientifically-supported training methods and new best practices
  • Have excellent customer service and supervisory skills; ability to work with a diverse group of individuals
  • Be self-sufficient; perform well with minimal supervision
  • Have strong organizational skills and good attention to detail
  • Be able to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills; and basic computer skills


  • $15-$24 an hour
  • May enroll in BCBS Health and Dental Insurance following 60 days of employment
  • 401(k) program with up to 4% matching
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) to promote a healthy work/life balance
  • Employee Adoption Discount

  • COVID-19 considerations:
    All employees, staff, interns and volunteers are required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or provide a valid exemption.
  • Work Environment:
    Shared cubicle/office space. Exposure to animals, high noise levels, potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites, and scratches. Work may be performed outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions.
  • Physical Activities:
    Ability to drive, stand, bend at the waist, squat, walk, and talk for up to eight hours a day; lift at least fifty pounds with assistance. Work a flexible schedule with regular weekend and evening shifts; weeknight and some holiday shifts will be required. 
  • All volunteers and staff of Anderson Humane must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support our shelter animals’ physical and emotional health, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.

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Job Category: Animal Welfare
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: S. Elgin

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Anderson Humane (formerly Anderson Animal Shelter and Fox Valley Wildlife Center) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS. FE #: 36-6164626 Copyright © 2021 by Anderson Humane.

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