A rewarding career is waiting for you at Santa Cruz SPCA! 

The Santa Cruz SPCA has been a mainstay serving animals in our community since 1938. Although our organization originally provided animal control services for Santa Cruz County, since 2002 we have been a fully independent nonprofit animal welfare organization focused on cat and dog rescue and adoption, providing a robust curriculum of humane education programs, and offering a variety of programs and services that support keeping pets and their people together. In 2020, amid the global pandemic, we built and opened our brand new animal shelter. This modern, purpose-built facility has given us the ability to expand our impact and help more animals in need. Our vision for the coming years is to double the number of lives saved and touched through our programs.

The Santa Cruz SPCA is seeking team members who are driven to play a role in expanding and refining our operations to achieve this vision! We pride ourselves on being compassionate, collaborative, adaptable and driven by ingenuity. To effectively help needy animals we depend on teamwork between our staff, volunteers, clients, supporters and our community. We welcome feedback, contribution, fresh eyes and a fresh take so we can continually improve our operations. If you are seeking a new role where you can make a true difference in animals’ lives while having an opportunity to contribute to a growing organization, we would love to speak with you! 

Check out the current SCSPCA career opportunities below!

Development and Communications Manager – Full-Time

The Development & Communications Manager is a key player on the Santa Cruz SPCA leadership team. This role is responsible for managing fundraising programs and contributing to our organization’s long-term financial sustainability. We take a relationship-based approach to our development programs, valuing efforts that welcome and engage our supporters in the lifesaving work we do together. In partnership with the Executive Director, the Development Manager is responsible for creating positive experiences in all aspects of a donor’s journey, focusing on programs and income streams that produce the best results, and creating and leading a communications plan that raises awareness for the SCSPCA mission and programs in our community. This individual will also lead a small but mighty team of paid staff and volunteers.

Pay Range: Role Range $74,000-$99,000 annually (hiring range up to $90,000 DOE)


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Animal Care Coordinator – Full-Time

Under the general supervision of the Animal Care Supervisor, this role performs a wide range of Animal Care duties. While the ACC’s focus is tending to the physical health and mental enrichment of the animals in our care, they also hold responsibilities that support the teams in various departments, including but not limited to: Behavior & Training, Client Care & Adoptions, and Volunteer & Foster.

Pay Range: Role Range $15.20-$20.92 per hour (Hiring range up to $17.50/hr)

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Shelter Location

2601 Chanticleer Ave.

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

(P) 831-465-5000 (F) 831-479-8530


Hours of Operation

Mon & Tues - CLOSED

Animal Browsing Wed to Sun 11am - 5pm

*PET FOOD PANTRY - Sundays 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. We receive no government funding, and depend solely on financial support from our friends. Our organization is not affiliated with any other SPCA or Humane Society.

Tax ID: 94-6171565

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