Anderson’s Animal Transfer Driver is responsible for the safe transfer of animals in Anderson vehicles from out-of-state partner shelters to Anderson’s South Elgin shelter in a timely manner while attentively monitoring the animals’ health and behavior during the trip. The successful candidate has open availability, willing to travel frequently with another authorized driver, and flexible enough to accommodate our fluid transfer schedule. Significant travel including long periods of time in a vehicle and may include early mornings, late nights and/or weekends.


Job Type: Part-time (average 0 – 24 hours per week), Hourly, Non-Exempt

Reports To: Dog and Cat Intake and Foster Coordinators


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (to include, but not limited to)
  • Contact Anderson’s Human Resources Manager to be authorized to operate Anderson vehicles prior to first trip.  

  • Inspect shelter vehicle before and after trip. Report any damage to or vehicle operational issues to Anderson’s Facilities and Logistics Manager immediately. 

  • Determine quantity and strategic placement of animal crates inside the vehicle according to transfer needs by building crates and arranging in vehicle prior to trip. Load and secure all supplies for partner shelter into the vehicle.

  • Drive defensively; stay keenly aware of your surroundings and best anticipate the actions of other drivers. Follow posted speed limits and other traffic directives.

  • Take necessary steps to ensure transfer arrival and return are punctual. Report any delays to partner shelter and appropriate Anderson Coordinator in a timely manner.

  • Briefly observe behavior and medical status of animals. Communicate any urgent concerns to appropriate Anderson Coordinator by phone prior to accepting animals.

  • Exercise caution; gently handle animals only when necessary while securing in their crates, and loading/unloading carriers when transferring into Anderson vehicle.

  • Communicate medical needs of transfer animals to appropriate Anderson Coordinator in a timely manner during return trip to facilitate the preparation of medical care prior to animals’ arrival. Deliver original medical records to appropriate Coordinator upon return.   

  • Re-fuel vehicle just prior to returning to Anderson.

  • Remove all personal items and garbage from vehicle upon returning. Remove any crates and put in designated area to be cleaned. De-clutter and thoroughly deep clean and disinfect the inside of the vehicle immediately after all animals are unloaded to prevent cross-contamination.

  • Represent Anderson Animal Shelter a positive and professional light; actively show support for its mission, core values, leadership, and programs.  

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Outgoing, friendly manner; must enjoy meeting new people and demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication.

  • Must have strong knowledge of and consistently practice low stress animal handling.

  • Must be comfortable being in a vehicle up to 24 hours at a time and driving up to 8 hours per shift. Must be comfortable driving large vehicles in all weather conditions.   

  • Strong knowledge of or willingness to learn about animal transport best practices and common diseases of dogs and cats.   

  • Professional, mature demeanor; willingness to adjust to changing conditions.

  • Can make confident, logical decisions with sound judgment at times of increased stress.

  • Have a deep appreciation of the importance of respect for all life and desire to model this behavior at all times when dealing with animals as well as other people.

  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both verbally (in-person and over the phone) and in writing.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age (required for insurance purposes) and provide a valid Illinois Driver’s License to pass a motor vehicle history check to verify excellent and insurable driving record.

  • Work Environment: Exposure to animals and high noise levels; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites and scratches; some tasks are performed outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions.

  • Physical Activity: Able to drive, talk, and remain in a sitting position for up to eight hours; climb in and out of a large vehicle repeatedly; lift up to 50 pounds without assistance.

  • Must be able to input data, read computer screens, printed, and hand-written material.


Anderson Animal Shelter was incorporated in 1966 as the Humane Society of North Central Illinois. Over the years, the shelter has transitioned from a traditional community animal shelter to one of the most progressive humane societies of its kind. Anderson Animal Shelter collaborates with public and private organizations and individuals to shelter, care for and promote the adoption of stray and unwanted companion animals. We advocate for the compassionate and humane treatment of these animals through direct care, humane education and community outreach programs.



All volunteers and staff of Anderson Animal Shelter must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support the physical and emotional health of our shelter animals, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.



Candidates with open availability are preferred. Email resume and cover letter with availability to with the subject: DRIVER for consideration.


Adoption Center

180 N Randall Road

North Aurora, IL 60542

Next to Pet Supplies Plus

(847) 697-2880 ext 80

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Main Shelter

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880

(847) 697-8229 fax

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Entrance is second door

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880 ext. 25

Center Hours

By appointment only.


Adoption Center

412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Inside Petco

(847) 697-2880 ext 90

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.

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