The Shelter Behavior Lead is responsible for providing excellent behavioral care for the cats and dogs at our shelters as well as exceptional service to our clients. East Bay SPCA’s Behavior & Training department is a flagship shelter behavior program that works to keep animals in homes and to foster the human-animal bond by providing high-quality behavior assistance and educational resources both externally to the community and internally to shelter staff and volunteers. The Behavior and Training department is responsible for the behavioral health of the animals at East Bay SPCA and conducts behavior evaluations, enrichment programs, behavior modification, adoption and foster support, and staff and volunteer trainings.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: overseeing our behavior evaluation process and conducting secondary behavior evaluations for cats and dogs in our care; implementing behavior modification and training plans to increase animal adoptability; assisting in internal program development, creating and providing ongoing animal enrichment; coordinating dog play groups; providing information and counseling to adopters during and after the adoption process; training staff and volunteers in animal handling and training techniques; and training and overseeing the Behavior Animal Care Coordinator. The person in this position will spend a majority of their time working hands-on with animals enrolled in behavior programs and communicating about behavior plans with volunteers, staff, and members of the public.