Our Mission

Making a difference – Saving Lives

Our Vision

Every animal is valued
through dignity and respect in
all communities within our region.

Employment Opportunities

Job Title: Executive Director
Employer: Fort McMurray SPCA (“FMSPCA”)
Reports to: FMSPCA Board of Directors
Closing Date: This position will remain open until filled.
Salary: Competitive to be negotiated, benefits

Scope of Position:

The Fort McMurray Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (FMSPCA) has an opportunity for a visionary leader to work directly with the Board of Directors to grow our organization by furthering its position of excellence and best practices among animal rescue and protection organizations and our community. Our facility in Fort McMurray provides a safe haven for hundreds of homeless, abandoned, and abused animals each year throughout the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

As Executive Director (ED) you will report to the Board of Directors as senior administrator in carrying out the organization’s mission, vision and strategic plan. This is a high profile position requiring strong public relations, interpersonal and communication skills in building and nurturing collaborative relationships with a diversity of stakeholders and community groups who play an integral part in the FMSPCA.

As a leader and mentor to our staff you will be accountable for providing strategic direction in organizational planning, policy and program development, human resource and financial planning and management, risk analysis and advocacy support. In preparing for the future of the FMSPCA you will mentor and oversee the coaching and developing of staff, growing tomorrows leaders.

The successful candidate will have a combination of leadership experience, managerial expertise and if possible animal welfare background.

The position is salary based on 40 hours with additional hours as required. Salary will be negotiated based on experience.

  1. Purpose of the Job: as Executive Director, carries out the FMSPCA mission, guided by the organization’s guiding principles and strategic/operational plans to meet FMSPCA goals and objectives for the successful operation of the
  • The FMSPCA Board functions as a governing body setting policies and

It is the responsibility of the Executive Director to:

  • Set operational procedures and directives for staff of the FMSPCA and contractors
  • Provides leadership to the organization as a whole, including staff and contractors; and support to the Board.
  • Provides skilled management of finances, human resources, programs and services. Responsible for staff supervision, guidance and problem
  • Acts as an advisor to the Board to support their governance
  • Serves as media spokesperson for the organization and maintains, adheres and promotes the organization’s key messages. Communicates frequently and openly with the community, public at large, stakeholders and
  • Networks with like organizations to share ideas and collaborate to increase program and service effectiveness.
  • Responds to internal and external crises with effective problem solving strategies, calm manner and good judgment.
  • Critically evaluates the quality of all aspects of the organization; makes changes needed to create improvements in programs, financial stewardship (including budget development) and administrative
  • 1.10.  Manages the operations of the FMSPCA including any and all contracts and agreements to carry out programs and services of the organization in accordance with the Board’s yearly approved budget.

Please forward your resume by June 16th, 2021 to


Job Title: Shelter Veterinarian
Employer: Fort McMurray SPCA (“FMSPCA”)
Reports to: Executive Director
Closing Date: This position will remain open until filled.
Salary: Competitive to be negotiated, benefits

Scope of Position: To perform and oversee all veterinary services for shelter animals. To provide medical care, humane care, and treatment to all animals in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Employer and applicable provincial law. Maximize the use of clinic resources to ensure resident animal health at an effective cost.

The Fort McMurray SPCA (FMSPCA) is a non-profit society within the Societies Act of Alberta and a Registered Charity. Created in 1978, the Society works to educate, advocate, and promote respect, compassion and humane treatment towards all animals. The FMSPCA serves to strengthen the understanding of relevance and need for the humane treatment of animals; an integral part of enhancing the overall well-being of all members of our community.

The FMSPCA is seeking a talented and driven full time Veterinarian to help lead our health team and support our amazing animal welfare organization. The ideal candidate would possess a passion for providing the highest level of care at our animal shelter in order to keep our companion animals healthy and ready for adoption. The successful candidate be working alongside a compassionate and dedicated team and have an opportunity to make a real impact on the lives of animals in our region. Experience in a high paced surgically driven environment and a strong interest in learning the practice of shelter medicine is required. We offer a competitive salary, benefits and positive mentorship from our leadership team. This position offers flexible hours.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Work collaboratively with other staff.

2. Diagnose and treat medical conditions in all FMSPCA animals. Follow progress of all patients placed on treatment, keeping records of all treatments and final outcomes in coordination with other staff.

3. Direct, conduct and evaluate treatment plans, disease control measures, hands-on medical treatment and progress of animals housed at the shelter including but not limited to:
a) Vaccine protocols;
b) Nutrition and feeding protocols;
c) Parasite control measures;
d) Housing and sanitation;
e) Treatment protocols for routine infectious diseases;
f) Preventative medicine procedures;

4. Emergency evaluation, treatment and procedures; Pre-adoption examinations in accordance with regulations and policies and procedures of the FMSPCA. Create, implement and measure compliance with procedures and protocols to ensure continued health of shelter animals. Develop, conduct and monitor medical program protocols and procedures.

5. Direct and conduct a sterilization program, including performance of ovariohysterectomies and castrations on cats and dogs. Supervise all aspects of the procedures including anesthesia and post- operative care of the patient. Perform non-sterilization surgical procedures when deemed appropriate for the adoptability of a FMSPCA shelter animal.
6. Oversee the scheduling of outside veterinary resources and services for procedures not available at the FMSPCA. The veterinarian will decide what treatments or procedures are needed in coordination with other senior staff, as appropriate.

7. Assist with internal and public relations, consultation and education services as they pertain to veterinary medical issues.

8. Provide telephone consultation with staff as needed during normal business hours.

9. Oversee the instruction of Animal Health Care Staff.

10. Possess the skills necessary to train kennel staff and Veterinary Technology & Veterinary Assistant students.

11. Various other duties as may be assigned as needed.

12. Meet quarterly with the Board of Directors.

By email to or in person at the shelter.

Job Title: Kennel Assistant – Summer Student Positions (2)      Location: 155 MacAlpine Cres
Hours:  35 hrs/week 
Start Date: End of June/Start of July Duration: 8 Weeks
Salary:   $15/hr

Closing Date:  Until suitable candidates are obtained

Job qualifications:

Kennel Assistants report directly to the Kennel Supervisor/Kennel Manager or designate in their absence.

The Kennel Assistant is responsible for assisting in all aspects of daily duties inside the shelter and on the outside grounds. They will also assist Kennel Attendants with the following:

  • Health and safety of the animals in their care, which includes proper sanitation of all kennels and supplies according to the Standard Operating Procedures Manual.
  • Adhering to the standards outlined in the employee manual and confidentiality agreement.
  • Fully understanding and following all procedures.
  • Ensuring that they have the correct equipment, supplies, and animal information.
  • Ensuring their personal health and safety by following all procedures and notifying management of any hazards or concerns.
  • Treating all animals and visitors with respect and courtesy.
  • Providing honest and factual information about our animals to the public to ensure the animals are matched as best as possible to potential homes.
  • Ensuring appropriate interaction between the public and the animals.
  • All Kennel Assistants are responsible for washing dishes, human, dog, or cat and for helping to maintain the laundry room.
  • Responsible to ensure all outdoor enclosures (including the dog park) are cleaned and free of supplies at the end of each shift.
  • Assist in the Veterinary Clinic when the need arises.


  • Must be enrolled in either high school or college/university for the fall;
  • Able to follow instructions and take initiative to complete tasks;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), organization, prioritization, time management, and problem solving skills with a high attention to detail;
  • Reliable transportation;
  • Self-starter and takes initiative;
  • Ability to work within a fast-paced, dynamic and changing priority environment

 Application Procedure: Resumes and other relevant documents will be accepted by email to

FMSPCA may contact past and present employers for references.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.