Employment and Internship Opportunities

Paws4ever is an equal opportunity employer. Paws4ever offers equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. These opportunities include all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, job placement, training, compensation, discipline, advancement, and termination. This policy also applies to outside vendors, members and customers, volunteers, use of contractors and consultants, and interactions with the general public.

Employment Opportunities:

Executive Director

Applications accepted until 5pm Aug. 31



Paws4ever is an animal welfare organization dedicated to creating and growing lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education and care. Located on a beautiful rural property in Orange County, NC, Paws4ever offers a comprehensive array of services to save animals and support pets and people throughout their lives together. 

Paws4ever offers a range of services to support pets and people in our community throughout their lifetimes:

  • The Adoption Center is a limited-admission shelter focused primarily on rescuing pets in need at our local county shelters and giving them the time and resources they need to find forever homes. 
  • The Dog Training Program offers a comprehensive array of accessible group classes and private lessons using positive and effective methods.
  • The Legacy Care Program provides a loving home for members’ pets when their owners are no longer able to provide care.
  • The 3-acre Dog Park and half-mile Nature Trail offer opportunities for members and their dogs to enjoy the outdoors together.
  • The ReSale Store is a friendly and fun thrift store with the proceeds from the sales of high quality used goods supporting Paws4ever’s work.

Paws4ever believes in treating animals with dignity and respect. We believe that positive reinforcement is the humane and effective way to train animals. Paws4ever commits to our animals for a lifetime and never euthanizes for space. We support our entire animal welfare community, including our open-admission county shelter partners.

The organization has been supporting animals in our community since 1972 under the legal name “The Animal Protection Society of Orange County.” In 2008, the organization was renamed “Paws4ever” to reflect our current mission and programs and affirm our commitment to support pets and their owners through every stage of their lives in order to keep pets in homes and build happy pet-human relationships. 


The Executive Director will be a seasoned nonprofit professional, committed to Paws4ever’s mission.  As the leader of the organization, the Executive Director will embrace and model our values:

  • Compassion – Each one of us is here because we care deeply about the well-being of the animals and people in our community.
  • Commitment – Our dedication to animal welfare drives us to approach our work with professionalism and to actively pursue excellence in our service.
  • Connection – Relationship-building is the core of our work. We cultivate lifetime connections, not one-time transactions, with our animals, our clients, and our community.
  • Curiosity – Every day, we are eager to learn new skills and discover better ways to support pets and people. Our impact grows as we improve through learning. 

The Executive Director will seek out opportunities to build new relationships with prospective donors and stakeholders, is personable and forward-thinking, and supports a work culture that creates loyalty among staff and values their input.


The Executive Director serves as the key development, strategy and operations leader of Paws4ever and is responsible for the success and health of the organization. The primary functions for this position include securing adequate funding and resources, ensuring the financial standing of the organization, representing Paws4ever to the community, managing staff and internal relations, overseeing all day-to-day operations, and formulating and overseeing the annual budget.  Growing fundraising efforts to meet increasing needs is a priority.

The Executive Director will represent the organization to the local and national community and will identify, solicit and steward corporate and individual donors. The Executive Director must oversee the execution of and regularly evaluate progress on the long-term strategic plan for the organization along with detailed fundraising, events and communications/marketing plans. The Executive Director will hire, train and evaluate all staff and will work to provide the tools necessary to ensure staff success. The Executive Director will work with the Finance Committee to develop and oversee an annual budget, practicing stewardship and sound financial practices.

Principle Functions of the Executive Director:

  • Fundraising and Development: Identify, solicit and steward major corporate and individual donors. Work with development/fundraising staff and the Development Committee to oversee and support all fundraising initiatives, including events, campaigns, donor communication, sale of goods/services and grant writing.
  • Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation: Along with the Board of Directors and staff, develop, oversee and regularly evaluate short-term and long-term strategic plans to ensure the adherence to the Paws4ever mission and the successful growth of the organization. Make adjustments to programs and practices to ensure goals are met.
  • Fundraising and Development: Identify, solicit and steward major corporate and individual donors. Work with development/fundraising staff and the Development Committee to oversee and support all fundraising initiatives, including events, campaigns, donor communication, sale of goods/services and grant writing.
  • Financial Management: Work with the Finance Committee to formulate and oversee the budget, ensuring compliance with all IRS and other reporting and legal requirements. Ensure effective management of the annual budget and be accountable for budget expenditures on an on-going basis. Ensure sufficient annual operating revenue is available and that development evolves to support needed growth. Supervise the performance of payroll and accounts receivable/payable functions. Develop and maintain sound financial practices. 
  • Staff Leadership and Administration: Manage the recruitment, hiring, training, termination and regular evaluation of all employees. Develop and update job descriptions and compensation agreements. Craft personnel policies and ensure enforcement. Provide executive level leadership of all management, staff and volunteers.
  • Communications and Community Relations: Provide oversight and direction for all communications representing the organization to ensure brand standards are met and that the organization’s mission, programs and services are consistently presented with a strong, positive image. Represent Paws4ever at local and national events. Establish networks with other local animal shelters and animal welfare and rescue groups. Filter and organize requests from individuals and community organizations. Report to the Board monthly as to the fiscal and operational status of the organization.
  • Operations and Compliance: Create, update and implement necessary policies and procedures with regards to safety, liability and organizational efficiency. Develop and document appropriate standards of procedure for all core functions of the organization. Oversee all day-to-day operations. Monitor animal welfare issues and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.


Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three to five references (including a past or present supervisor and/or Board member, a direct report, and a community partner) to:


Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM August 31, 2021.

The target hiring salary for this position is $70,000 – $75,000.  Paws4ever recognizes that the position and compensation will grow as the organization and funding grow. Currently, the ED position receives 3 weeks of PTO in addition to paid holidays; the ED has the ability to work remotely periodically and to establish a flexible work schedule.


Animal Care Tech

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Are you interested in a career in animal welfare? Join the team at Paws4ever and find an engaging and fun work environment with great opportunities for growth and skill-building in the animal care field.

Paws4ever, an animal welfare organization in Mebane, North Carolina, seeks a dependable and dedicated individual to perform animal care and cleaning duties at our Adoption Center. Must be able to work weekend days and some holiday shifts are required.

Primary duties include providing quality animal care for the animals at the Paws4ever Adoption Center, including proper nutrition, medication (as needed) per DVM protocol, exercise and enrichment, and serving as a customer service agent for potential adopters, volunteers, and guests. The staff member will treat the animals and visitors with respect and maintain a high standard of care as established by Paws4ever. Animal Care Technicians must also ensure the stringent cleaning of the Adoption Center and other buildings per health code and the maintenance of a clean and safe environment at all times. The staff member reports to the Adoption Center Manager and ultimately the Executive Director. Training provided.

Candidate must be at least 21 years old, with a high school diploma or equivalent required. Six months to two years of animal care experience highly desired. The successful candidate will have stringent animal care standards, be dedicated and trustworthy. Must be able to comprehend verbal and written instructions. Must have reliable transportation and valid NC drivers license. Must be able to move/lift 50 lbs., bend frequently, and stand throughout the workday. Must be able to work with cats and dogs of all sizes and temperaments. Pay rate is $10 per hour.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in a kennel/shelter setting. Exposure to disinfectant solutions and zoonotic diseases. Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling or working around animals.

Job Type: Permanent full-time 40 hour per week position (includes weekends and some holidays)

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $10.00/hour

COVID-19 considerations:
We are following all state guidelines to keep our community safe, including limiting the number of people in the building at any time, heightened cleaning protocols, requiring mask usage, and requiring anyone with illness to stay home.

To apply: Send a resume to jobs@paws4ever.org

Dog Training Instructor

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Part Time (flexible 2-20 hours per week). Can be combined with Animal Behavior Coordinator role for full time position (see Animal Behavior Coordinator listing for details).  

Paws4ever, an animal welfare nonprofit in Mebane, North Carolina, seeks a skilled and personable dog trainer to serve as a Dog Training Instructor. Paws4ever is dedicated to creating and growing lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education, and care. As one of our core programs, the Dog Training Program offers a wide array of reward-based training opportunities to our community.

The Dog Training Instructor is responsible for providing training services in the form of group dog training classes, private lessons, and one-on-one coaching as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements
Qualifications include a high school diploma (or equivalent). CPDT-KA or KPA-CTP designation is preferred, or currently pursuing education specific to dog training through an equivalent accredited certification program. If not currently pursuing dog training education, must be willing to do so.

Candidate must have a minimum of one years’ experience in dog behavior, health, handling, training, and care, with a minimum of one year experience coaching dog owners in both group classes and private lessons, either professionally or as a skilled volunteer. Candidate will be asked to demonstrate training techniques and knowledge of animal behavior and the practical application of science-based training techniques, including working knowledge of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. Candidate should have experience addressing both basic and moderate obedience and behavior problems, skill interpreting canine body language, and experience with basic canine behavior. The ideal candidate will have strong customer service skills and a passion for and understanding of the Paws4ever mission to create and grow lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education and care.

The Dog Training Instructor position is flexible part time (2-20 hours per week), with either a weeknight evening or a week-end daytime required. The Dog Training Instructor reports to the Dog Training Program Manager, and ultimately to the Executive Director. The hourly range for this position is $12-$15/hour, paid bi-weekly. All employees are eligible for paid time off.

Working Conditions: Work may be performed in our Learning Center, outdoors, or in a kennel/shelter setting. Exposure to disinfectant solutions and zoonotic diseases possible. Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling or working around animals.

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To Apply:
Applications accepted until position is filled. To apply, submit both resume and cover letter to train@paws4ever.org and specify “Dog Training Instructor” in the subject line.

Internship Opportunities:

Nonprofit Management Internships


Paws4ever, a unique animal services agency in Mebane, seeks a creative, dedicated and detail-oriented student specifically interested in the nonprofit field for an internship. We currently have particular needs in the areas of volunteer management, fundraising/event planning, and communication.

The details of a particular internship will be developed according to the current needs of the organization and the interests of the student.

Examples of potential projects include:

  • Helping to organize a fundraising event
  • Creating marketing plans
  • Curating a digital resource library
  • Storytelling through photos and videos

The candidate must be able to meet strict deadlines and work independently. The intern is expected to work at least 10 hours a week, and may work up to 40 hours a week if interested. Hours are flexible. It is preferable for the intern to work on-site at Paws4ever, although some work may be accomplished at home. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required. This position is unpaid, but may be used for course credit (if applicable).

This position will serve as an excellent foundation for most careers in nonprofit management. The position will offer the student the opportunity to grow his/her interpersonal communications, public relations and organizational operations experience.

Preference will be given to candidates with strong organizational and communication skills. A background in development, graphic design, or event planning is a plus.

To apply for this position, please submit cover letter and resume to Kathryn Ruggeri at kathryn@paws4ever.org

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