Contingent Animal Relocation Driver

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Do you love travel, have experience handling animals (especially cats and dogs) and thrive in a fast-paced environment? If so, we have the perfect position for you! As a temporary driver for our Animal Relocation team, you will meet animal welfare professionals across the country and fill an important role in creating opportunities for animals. It’s hard work that takes a special person, but there is no better feeling than knowing you personally and directly improved outcomes for an animal.

ASPCA’s Shelter Outreach department is seeking Contingent Animal Relocation Drivers to support our Animal Relocation Initiative – a program aimed at increasing adoptions and decreasing euthanasia nationwide through safe and effective animal relocation and transport. Our Relocation team is responsible for successfully transporting approximately 35,000 animals each year – life-changing work that is made possible by our dedicated team of drivers.

Contingent Relocation Drivers, while not employees of the ASPCA, work closely with ASPCA staff members. This contingent position is responsible for driving ASPCA-owned vehicles to relocate animals travelling from sending shelter partners to receiving shelter partners. In addition to the crucial task of care and transport of both dogs and cats, this position is responsible for stocking the vehicle, monitoring the inventory in storage, maintaining logs, cleaning trucks and, on occasion, delivering the truck for maintenance.  Drivers are required to frequently travel and stay overnight in hotels, fly to meet transport vehicles, be away from home at least two weeks per month, work long hours often in inclement weather and must be comfortable driving in snow and rain.

Please be aware of the following requirements. Drivers must:

  • have animal handling skills and professional animal handling experience

  • be located within an hour of a major airport

  • be able to commit to a minimum of two weeks on transport (away from home) per month. The two weeks do not have to be consecutive (back-to-back), but drivers are typically on the road for 5-10 days at a time.

  • Have five or more years of driving experience, provide a valid driver’s license upon hire and pass a motor vehicle history check demonstrating a safe driving history.

This is a temporary, contingent position and the person hired will be employed through a third-party staffing agency. Please note that we are not able to guarantee full-time work.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Animal Management and Transport (50%)

  • Manage onsite loading and unloading of dogs and cats on transport vehicles

  • Examine animals for obvious signs of illness or injury and communicate as described in protocols

  • Triage the animal load and unload

  • Provide care for animals on transport

  • Provide spot cleaning for animals on transport

  • Learn to recognize illness or distress and how to manage minor issues

  • Communicate with ASPCA Veterinarian

  • Communicate with shelter staff and volunteers

  • Liaison with ASPCA Manager

  • Excellent customer service communications are expected

Stocking, Cleaning, Maintenance (20%)

  • Stock vehicles and storage unit with supplies as directed

  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect interior of vehicles in cab and animal compartment

  • Assist with minor repairs and maintenance as needed

  • Assist in delivery of supplies to various ASPCA and partner locations in multiple states

  • Provide medical-grade disinfection of vehicles, cages, carriers and equipment in a variety of weather conditions.

  • Stock transport trucks with carriers and supplies to meet inventory needs

  • Communicate vehicle maintenance needs to Manager

  • Maintain organized, clean and disinfected workspace

  • Perform additional duties as assigned

Safety (10%)

  • Keep track of high value equipment entrusted to drivers (check out during morning shift & check in during evening shift)

  • Perform daily inspections to exterior of vehicles for damage

  • Park and maneuver vehicles

  • Utilize provided PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)

  • Safely manage animals to maximize personal safety and safety of animals and teammates

  • Understanding OSHA regulations and requirements on the vehicle

Administrative Duties (20%)

  • Responsible for receiving and transferring of dogs and cats and ensuring that the corresponding electronic and hardcopy paperwork is complete and correct

  • Provide accurate and responsible oversight of fleet card and corresponding receipts

  • Make copies, and stock inventory with forms if requested.

  • Complete all necessary forms for vehicle maintenance and repair and any necessary logs

  • Capable of working remotely with professionalism and positive outlook

  • Capable of managing electronic equipment and learning new programs

  • Be comfortable working in Adobe, Excel, and cloud-based document sharing platforms

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals

  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes

  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together

  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible

  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required and will be verified

  • One or more years of professional animal handling required, additional experience preferred

  • Experience driving commercial vehicles a plus but not required

Driving and Travel Requirements:

  • Must be located within an hour of a major airport and have the ability to travel to vehicle pickup locations

  • Significant travel by air and ground required

  • Must have five or more years of driving experience, provide a valid driver’s license upon hire and pass a motor vehicle history check demonstrating a safe driving history. 

  • Must be able to drive eight hours in shifts as part of a team

  • Must be comfortable being on the road for up to sixteen hours at a time

  • Willing to travel frequently including some weekends


The target hiring range for this temporary role is $25.00 per hour and may be modified in the future.


  • Animal handling skills required

  • Brings a spirit of generosity and assumes the best in others

  • Must be able to bend, kneel, and reach overhead to meet the physical requirements for this position

  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds with assistance repeatedly throughout day

  • Must be detail oriented and meticulous about following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and keeping accurate records

  • Must be knowledgeable of animal transport best practices or willing to learn

  • Must be self-directed and able to work independently and meet deadlines


See above for qualifications details.



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

High School Diploma (Required)


Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.