Do you love working with people and animals? Kitsap Humane Society always accepts employment applications. KHS is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. 

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Current positions include:

Animal Control Officer (Full-time) – open March 29, 2019

Animal Care Technician (Full-time) – open March 21, 2019      


Animal Control Offer (Full-time)


Kitsap Humane Society Animal Control Officers serve in the public’s view and, as such, represent not only their department but the Kitsap Humane Society as a whole.  At all times, Officers must perform their duties in a professional manner; using good communications skills, tact and diplomacy, and showing respect for citizens, the law and animals in their care. This position also gives Animal Control Officers limited commission and with that Officers are deputized and sworn in to serve and protect animals across the 7 jurisdictions that Kitsap Animal Control serves. Officers are expected to enforce local and state laws pertaining to the Animal Control code and regulations.

This position responds to general inquiries via 911 dispatch and by phone. On any general day an Officer will respond to routine requests for service in the field, will perform enforcement and investigation of complaints and violations, and will be assigned weekly after hours “on-call” duty once fully trained.    

  • Work collaboratively with other Animal Control officers to equitably meet and address case load. Work independently and with minimal supervision but also be open to team work, delegation of duties, coaching and constructive criticism.
  • Travel throughout the county, using an Animal Control vehicle, to investigate and resolve reported issues as outlined by departmental procedures.
  • Enforcement of state and local laws and investigation of allegations of code or ordinance violations, at times exercising considerable discretion and independent judgment, especially in those situations with no clear precedents. Recommend and take the appropriate level of action, including:
  • providing the public with information on rules and regulations;
  • negotiating resolutions;
  • issuing of citations and/or warnings;
  • referring cases in need of more serious action to Supervisor or senior Officers.
  • Educate the public about proper animal care (including confinement, housing, licensing, and spay/neuter) and related ordinances in order to improve the standard care and welfare of animals in the community.
  • Mediate issues involving citizens, animals and/or neighborhood and helping citizens resolve complaints and issues on their own whenever possible by utilizing good communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Investigate complaints of animal attacks on humans and other animals. This may also include enforcement for quarantine if animals that have bitten a human.
  • Confine, control and capture loose fractious animals that pose a safety risk to the public.
  • Remove loose livestock from the roadways or private properties when reported as being a stray.
  • Assist other agencies such as CPS, Coroner, Code Enforcement and other law enforcement agencies where an animal issue may be present.
  • Thoroughly document and accurately maintain all requests for service, complaints, information gathered and case resolutions in KHS database.
  • Utilize CENCOM (911) and KHS database for tracking and organizing cases and requests for service.
  • Complete documentation of daily work load and other internal logs and databases in a timely fashion.
  • Rescue abandoned, stray, sick and injured animals, including humane apprehension, confinement and transportation of live animals, and removal of dead animals.
  • In some circumstances Officers must be involved with the assistance of humane euthanasia or be able to make a recommendation for euthanasia due to severe injuries that cannot be rehabilitated.
  • Admit animals to the shelter, including but not limited to gathering information concerning the animal, performing medical intake process, housing the animal, and completing the animal’s intake and identification paperwork in the computer. This includes collaborating with the Animal Care department as needed.
  • Perform thorough and regular cleaning of work areas, including but not limited to Animal Control office, Animal Control vehicles, and Receiving area and Truck Bay area.
  • Apprise Animal Control Supervisor and of any potentially controversial or high priority cases and/or cases that have involved, or are likely to involve, input or feedback from public officials, press inquiries or inquiries or actions from attorneys.
  • Work collaboratively with staff from other departments within KHS to ensure the organization functions effectively and efficiently and provides excellent animal welfare and care.
  • Assist with administrative duties for Animal Control department including filing and organizing.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of one year of relevant experience in animal control or animal welfare fields. Ideal candidate will also have post-secondary education course work in law enforcement, animal sciences, veterinary sciences or any related animal field.
  • Experience with care and handling of companion animals and livestock. Experience with or willingness to learn safe and humane handling and restraint of fearful or aggressive animals.
  • Evidence of prior safe driving record as determined by employer background check. Hold and maintain a valid state driver’s license and safe driving record.
  • Willingness to successfully complete a two-week training program and certification for Animal Control Officers offered through the Washington Animal Control Association and the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. This must be completed within one year of hire.
  • Ability to operate Animal Control vehicles, possess an understanding of county roads and read a map proficiently.
  • Ability to work alone in inclement weather and/or under physical stress.
  • Ability to lift and move up to 80 pounds or more.
  • Ability to meet scheduling requirements of weekly afterhours “on-call” duty.
  • Live within 45 minutes from shelter location.


  • This position requires some flexible scheduling, including weekends and holidays on a rotation basis or as assigned.
  • 40 hours/week
  • Starting salary is $14.55/hour, wage plus additional compensation for on-call/afterhours duty. Time and a half will be paid in addition to the call out pay for afterhours duty.
  • Scheduled salary increases at 6 months, 1 year, 3 years and 5 years. Other adjustments possible as determined by Union Agreement.
  • Health insurance and dental insurance benefits offered the 1st of the month after 60 days of employment.
  • Vacation leave available after 120-day introductory period.
  • Sick leave and holidays.
  • One free animal adoption per year for full-time and part-time regular employees after completion of 120-day introductory period.

Send a resume and cover letter to Chase Connolly, Animal Control Supervisor at . Cover letter needs to speak clearly and thoroughly about how the candidate’s background and experience qualifies him or her for this position.



Animal Care Technician (Full-time)

Do you love animals? Are you good with people? Come join the Animal Care team at Kitsap Humane Society as an Animal Care Technician! Kitsap Humane Society is a progressive, open admission shelter dedicated to finding a “forever home” for every adoptable animal in our care.

Position Summary:

The Animal Care team has the primary responsibility of caring for all of the animals in the shelter. These may be stray animals brought in by good Samaritans or animals surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Animal Care Technician:

  • Cleans animal kennels
  • Moves animals from one location to another within the shelter.
  • Assists with vaccinations.
  • Washes shelter animals’ dishes and laundry.
  • Fills in when needed in our Admissions department.
  • This position works very closely with other members of the Animal Care team, as well as with Customer Service and Veterinary Services. This job is physically demanding and requires a great sense of urgency and a fantastic work ethic.
  • The job requires flexibility, energy, the ability to think quickly on one’s feet. A sense of humor is a huge plus! Professional animal handling experience would be great, but is not required.
Required Skills/Abilities:
  • Good customer service skills.
  • Love of animals.
  • Comfort handling all sizes and breeds of dogs and cats, including fearful and feral animals.
  • Willingness to learn to vaccinate and de-worm dogs and cats.
  • Basic computer knowledge.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks at the same time.
  • Strong team player.
  • An eye for accuracy.
  • Outstanding attention to detail.
Schedule & Compensation:
  • Pay rate: $12.25/hour
  • This position is full time (40 hours per week).
  • Health insurance and dental insurance benefits offered the 1st of the month after 60 days of employment.
  • Vacation leave available after 120-day introductory period.
  • Sick leave and holidays.
  • One free animal adoption per year for full-time and part-time regular employees.
To Apply:

To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter position to Your cover letter should outline why you feel you would be a good fit for this position. No phone calls or stop ins, please.