Colchester SPCA – RVT & Supervisor – 1 1/2 Year maternity leave

Location 408 Industrial Ave, Truro
Number of Positions 1
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type Full Time – Maternity Leave 1.5 year term
Salary $17 per hr depending on experience

Job Description

The Primary duty of a Shelter Supervisor is to oversee a Shelter’s animal care operations to achieve the desired animal outcomes.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Shelter Operations

  • Review monthly animal care goals and results, identify and understand variances, and participate in corrective action plans.
  • Works directly with shelter veterinarians and staff to implement best practices in disease control and medication protocols.
  • Oversee that all shelter staff are properly trained in disease control cleaning protocols, proper administration of medicine and vaccines in accordance with SPCA Standard Best Practices.
  • Oversee all pharmaceutical and animal care inventory control and purchasing to ensure proper controls and cost efficiencies.
  • Provide oversight of behavioral assessments of animals, as well as overseeing all euthanasia related decisions or performance of at the shelter.
  • This position supports provincial animal care initiatives and ensures that the shelter is collaborating and has the resources required to achieve the Society’s goals
  • Required to work directly with the public and local veterinarian clinics to ensure the success of our adoption program.
  • Work with Provincial leadership team on various initiatives including the continued enhancement of revenue streams that align with our mission and improve our ability to support a greater number of animals in need.
  • Understand the impact of financial and operational changes, and demonstrate strong problem-solving skills on behalf of the animals, community, stakeholders and the Provincial leadership team.
  • Facilitates the preparation of shelter provincial reports.
  • Works directly with those responsible for maintaining the shelter volunteer and foster based programs to ensure proper training in disease control protocols and the administration of medicine.
  • Expand and increase live release rates through creative adoption strategies; supportive of solutions put forward by Nova Scotia’s No Kill Model and the Society’s strategic imperatives.
  • Understand and oversee operational compliance with current federal, provincial, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines that affect operations and budgets of non-profit organizations and animal shelters.
  • Ensure policy compliance operationally and accurate and transparent reporting of statistical animal care data.
  • Assist in developing and providing input into policies and procedures with approval and support from the CEO, Provincial Animal Care Director.


Required Skills

In addition to having the ability to travel and a valid Driver’s license, the following are some of the skills required of a Nova Scotia SPCA Sheler Supervisor.

  • Leadership Skills: Supervisors have to keep staff motivated, resolve conflicts and make hard decisions. Good leadership qualities and administrative abilities are essential.
  • Time Management:  Supervisors work with multiple staff, managers and volunteers across the province, assist in crisis situations and perform reviews. Supervisors must to have the ability to create schedules, order supplies and write reports. Ability to work under tight deadlines and pressure situations is essential.
  • Math and Budgeting: Supervisors are expected to keep and maintain budgets, and make sure Shelters are staying on budget. It is essential that the Animal Care Supervisor is good at computers and has extensive knowledge of marketing and sales.
  • Decision-Making Skills: Whether it is dealing with staff, management, government agents, veterinarians or suppliers, a Supervisor will have to make decisions that affect the Society. Having the ability to make hard decisions under pressure is crucial to success.
  • Speaking and Writing: Supervisors are required to have strong written and oral communication skills.


 Education; A Registered Veterinary Technician and a member in good standing with EVTA and NSVMA or equivalent work experience

Animal welfare knowledge, donor and volunteer relations, special event experience, marketing and computer skills are necessary.

 Additional Information

  • This position requires a flexible schedule. Evenings and weekends may be required, must be willing to work a flexible schedule.  Some travel may be occasionally required.
  • Driver’s license is required

Physical Requirements

  • Physical ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday required.
  • Physical ability to lift and carry 40 pounds regularly.
  • Working conditions include working alone, working outside in varying weather conditions, frequent interruptions, and some evening meetings.

Hours of Work

Work responsibilities require a standard 40 hours per week plus additional overtime as required fulfilling the duties associated with the position.

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter. 

Please quote “Colchester Shelter Supervisor” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.