Be a Part of the APA Team

The APA has a work environment where animals and people are treated with respect, understanding, and professionalism. All members of the team embrace and are held accountable to the values of our employee culture which include: compassion, empathy, courtesy, joy, trust, reliability, and support. We place a high priority on customer service excellence and envision a world where every adoptable animal has a safe, loving home.


Job Title: Humane Educator

Position: Full-Time


Under the supervision of the Humane Education Manager, the Humane Educator will implement humane education programs for children, youth and adults in order to strengthen the human-animal bond, promote responsible pet ownership, and encourage positive behaviors towards animals while simultaneously positioning the APA as leaders in animal welfare.


  • Implement humane education programs designed to strengthen the human-animal bond, promote responsible pet ownership, encourage positive behaviors towards animals, and increase awareness of APA services and general animal welfare issues
  • Organize and conduct classroom presentations
  • Organize, plan and implement in-shelter education programs (e.g., Tuesday Tails, Scout programs and birthday parties)
  • Organize and conduct shelter tours for outside groups/individuals
  • Participate in community education events to promote the APA, adoption, wellness or responsible pet ownership
  • Coordinate Pet Reach programming, including evaluation of pets, training of volunteers and communication with partner facilities
  • Act as a resource to volunteers for all Humane Education programs
  • Work with Humane Education Manager to assess needs, design, and improve programs to meet those needs as appropriate
  • Ensure accurate and complete collection of data, as requested, to provide impact measurement of programming
  • Work within the humane education budget
  • Assist with the development of educational curriculum and materials
  • Provide assistance to community groups, schools, educators and others seeking information on animal-related issues
  • Assist with other duties as assigned


  • Commitment to excellence and a passion for the APA’s mission and work
  • Bachelor’s degree required; classroom teaching experience preferred
  • Engaging, positive and caring approach to educating individuals and groups of all ages
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with schools and community organizations
  • Excellent time management, multi-tasking and organizational skills
  • Ability to inspire, train, and motivate volunteers
  • Confident when speaking in front of groups of all ages with a strong ability to communicate ideas verbally and in writing
  • Good interpersonal skills required for working with a variety of individuals and groups
  • Ability to respond to difficult questions and situations in a professional manner
  • Ability to work individually as well as part of a team
  • Proficient in use of MS Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), desktop publishing and database software

    Application Information:
    Full-time position requiring some evening and weekend hours with competitive salary and benefits. Qualified candidates may submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements via email to or by mail to APA Adoption Center, 1705 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63144.________________________________________________________________________

APA Internships

A limited number of internship opportunities are available at the APA Adoption Center throughout the year. These non-paid internships can be completed for college credit with approval of academic institution. Internship schedules are generally flexible to meet individual needs.

The APA Adoption Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond. Internships are an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of development, volunteer management, education, community outreach, operations, and marketing while working for a highly respected 100 year organization.

Candidates must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week. The duration of the internship is equivalent to one semester (approximately 12-15 weeks) and are available during the Spring, Summer and Fall.

To apply for internships, please email your resume and a letter of interest outlining your area(s) of focus, how many semesters you will be available, and the days and hours you are available to

You may also mail your materials to:
APA of Missouri
Attn: Operations
1705 S. Hanley Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144

Internship requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Professional attire
  • Proficient with basic software programs (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Positive attitude
  • Detail oriented
  • Transportation to/from APA Adoption Center, and other off-site locations, as assigned


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