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Shelter (Barn) Leader

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ALIVE Rescue

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We’re looking to add members to our amazing Barn Leader team! The ideal candidate is a confident animal handler with strong leadership skills who is able to manage fast-paced shifts at the Little Barn.


A Barn Leader is able to multi-task and problem solve under pressure. It’s important they can delegate tasks to other volunteers during the shift. Their responsibilities include:

  • Running each shift by organizing all volunteers and animals.
  • Harnessing and sending out dogs for walks.
  • Coaching volunteers on animal notes, including temperaments and handling.
  • Directing Barn Leader Assistants with the cleaning and feeding checklist.
  • Coordinating each animal with a volunteer that can handle them.
  • Assisting with emergency situations when they arise.
  • Communicating updates to the ALIVE Rescue team.


You’ll need to complete 4-5 shifts of shadow training with current Barn Leaders where you’ll learn proper handling of animals, how to administer medications, the best cleaning practices, and more.

To apply for this position, we require that you’ve worked 20 full shifts as a Little Barn volunteer or Barn Leader Assistant.


  • Volunteer at least 2 full barn shifts per month.
  • Work with dogs of all behavioral levels.
  • Feel comfortable working with cats.
  • Have strong leadership skills, be able to multitask, and overcome obstacles.
  • Work well under pressure and be a team player.

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About ALIVE Rescue


1214 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60607, US

Mission Statement

ALIVE Rescue is an animal rescue that protects the lives and the rights of animals. We believe every animal has the right to a well-balanced, socialized and fulfilled life. We take on the responsibility to save, rehabilitate and place abandoned, abused and stray animals. We provide medical, behavioral and physical support for animals despite their age, health and/or breed. ALIVE promotes sustainable living and care giving by building awareness, appreciation and respect for all animals and the environment within our communities.


ALIVE Rescue is a volunteer run organization who rescues cats and dogs who would otherwise be euthanized. ALIVE is proud to be the first green animal rescue in Chicago.



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2227 W. Belmont AvenueChicago, IL 60618



  • Animal Care / Handling


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 21

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