This is a full-time exempt 40 hour a week position.

Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) in partnership with the MSPCA is offering a unique opportunity for an animal Behavior Manager.


The Behavior Manager works to ensure the behavioral wellbeing of the animals supported by the adoption center while also moving animals through the adoption center in a timely and efficient manner. The Behavior Manager creates and leads staff and volunteer training on topics related to animal behavior, and supports adoption center staff with behavior-related tasks including but not limited to intake, evaluations, euthanasia decision making, creating and implementing training and behavior modification plans, low stress handling techniques, playgroups, and enrichment. The Behavior Manager advises adoption center staff on facilitating appropriate matches for animals in need of additional behavior support, provides pre-adoption counseling and hands-on training for prospective adoptions, and post-adoption support for families who are struggling with their animal at home. The Behavior Manager provides direct supervision to the Behavior Coordinator and works with the behavior team across all shelter locations to accomplish all of these tasks.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. CCPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, IAABC or other accredited professional dog training certification
  3. Fear Free certification within 6 months
  4. 2 years working or volunteering directly with animals, ideally of different species, sizes, and temperaments, under the supervision of a behavior professional
  5. 2 years working in animal welfare or related field
  6. 2 years creating and implementing training/behavior modification plans


Northeast Animal Shelter’s (NEAS) animal relocation program transports thousands of cats and dogs from overpopulated animal shelters across the country to Massachusetts, where each animal receives medical care, enrichment, and behavior training prior to adoption. NEAS’s affiliation with the MSPCA-Angell not only provides hands-on care to homeless animals in need, but we also work together to offer access to affordable care to pet owners through our community veterinary clinics and through our community outreach teams who work directly in Massachusetts’ most underserved communities. NEAS’ animal relocation network, combined with the MSPCA-Angell’s veterinary and adoption center resources, works to protect the largest number of animals possible by serving as New England’s premier destination shelter for the nationally coordinated movement of animals.