Careers

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:

Canine Behavior & Training Assistant (Full-time 40 hrs/wk) – open June 14, 2019

Animal Care Technician (Full-time 40 hrs/wk)- open June

Adoption Counselor (Part-time 25 hrs/wk) – open June 4, 2019

Life Saving Assistant (Part-time) – open June 4, 2019

Customer Service Representative (Part-time) – open June 4, 2019

Adoption Counselor (Part-time 10 hrs/wk) – open May 8, 2019

 

 


Canine Behavior & Training Assistant

Kitsap Humane Society’s Canine Behavior and Training Assistant is a compassionate animal lover and team player with strong communication skills and organizational skills, who pays attention to detail and is flexible. The Assistant possesses a positive go-getter attitude, strong people skills, and has a passion for learning, teaching, and training. The Assistant assists the Canine Behavior and Training Coordinator in addressing the behavioral needs of the dogs at KHS to help improve quality of life, decrease stress, and modify behavior in dogs within the shelter environment.
Key or Essential Functions:
  • Oversee and distribute enrichment
  • Identify dogs in need of behavioral intervention
  • Perform behavior assessments
  • Implement and track training plans at the direction of the Canine Behavior and Training Coordinator.
  • Work closely with shelter staff and volunteers when implementing different behavior programs and protocols.
  • Assist with the adoption process, write up pre-adoption behavior reports, perform adoption counsels with specific dogs, and provide post-adoption behavior support.
 
Knowledge/Experience/Education/Training:

The ideal candidate will:

  • Recognize that all animals are individuals
  • Love animals but also be a “people person” who enjoys working with people
  • Be willing to learn training and handling skills
  • Be hard working and efficient
  • Have strong time management skills
  • Be well-organized, attentive to detail, and be able to multi-task in a busy, high-stress environment
  • Be a team player and able to work collaboratively and productively with volunteers, peers, and other KHS staff
  • Display positivity, friendliness, tact, and sound judgement in interactions with staff, volunteers, and members of the public
  • Be able to communicate respectfully and effectively with people of all backgrounds and personalities
  • Show enthusiasm, energy, initiative, a “can do” attitude, and the ability to motivate people
  • Have the ability to stay calm, collected, and professional in stressful or emotionally-charged situations
  • Have strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Be comfortable with public speaking and teaching group classes
  • Be approachable and open to constructive criticism and coaching
  • Be flexible around the shelter’s scheduling needs
  • Be timely and reliable
  • Be independent, but still work collaboratively with Shelter Leadership
  • Be positive and open minded towards progressive animal welfare strategies and policies
  • Have an understanding of the need for and comfort with euthanasia
  • Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Have the ability to be able to lift 50 lbs and to be physically able to bend, stoop, kneel, squat, twist, reach, and climb steps

Required Skills and Expectations:

  • High school graduate, GED, or equivalent
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Computer literacy and experience working with programs such as Microsoft Office suite, and experience working with mobile devices
  • Willingness to engage in regular continuing education and professional development opportunities
  • Comfort with and capability to handle dogs of all sizes, breeds, activity/strength levels, and temperaments

Strongly Preferred Skills (but not required):

  • Professional or volunteer animal handling experience
  • Experience working in an animal shelter environment
  • Experience overseeing and leading volunteers

 

Schedule/Compensation:
  • $13.00-13.50/hour, dependent on experience
  • 40 hrs/week, full-time position, with one weekend day required
  • Medical/dental insurance coverage available upon completion of introductory period
  • Vacation leave available upon completion of introductory period
  • Sick leave available
  • One free animal adoption per year is available to all regular full-time or part-time employees. This benefit is available after completion of the employee’s 120-day introductory period.

 

To Apply:

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION.   You will be taken to our Paylocity recruiting site. Make sure to submit a cover letter with your resume. Failure to submit a cover letter will negatively impact your consideration for this position. This position will remain open until filled.  Please, no phone calls.

 


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.

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.

Key or Essential Functions:
  • 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.

Knowledge/Experience/Education/Training:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 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.
  • Valid driver’s license.
Schedule/Compensation:
  • 40 hours/week, full time permanent position
  • $12.25/hour
  • Medical/Dental Insurance Coverage available after introductory period
  • Vacation Leave upon completion of introductory period
  • Sick Leave available.
  • One free animal adoption per year is available to all regular full-time or part-time employees. This benefit is available after completion of the employee’s 120-day introductory period.
To Apply:

Please email a resume, and a cover letter explaining your experience and why you feel you would be a good fit for this position, to Shelter Manager Bobby Cook at rcook@kitsap-humane.org.  This position will remain open until filled.  Please, no phone calls.


Adoption Counselor (Part-time, 25 hrs/wk)

 Do you love animals? Do you love working with people? Are you outgoing, friendly, and hard working? Become an Adoption Counselor at Kitsap Humane Society!

Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) is a progressive animal welfare organization whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome homeless animals. We are committed to an open adoption policy, animal rehabilitation, and a low euthanasia rate.  The Adoption Program is an essential part of KHS’ progressive mission and our Adoption Counselors play an important role within the program.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Adoption Counselor at Kitsap Humane Society is an individual with a passion for animal welfare and strong customer service and organizational skills. The Adoption Counselor must be comfortable handling animals of all sizes and breeds and working with people in a public setting. They must also be dedicated to KHS’ open adoption philosophy and supportive of KHS programs.

Key or Essential Functions:
  • Support the mission, vision, and philosophy of the Kitsap Humane Society.
  • Interact cheerfully and tactfully with the public, staff, and volunteers with a consistent positive attitude, confidence, and compassion.
  • Ensure high quality adopter/counselor communication including but not limited to:
    • Assisting potential adopters with meeting pets, discussing with adopters each animals’ specific needs to help them make a suitable choice, while exercising good judgment in regard to placement.
    • Counseling adopters on basic animal care.
    • Performing meet and greets between owned dogs and adoptable dogs, ensuring that the home is a suitable fit for each dog.
    • Reviewing medical records with adopters and explaining shelter policies in regard to medical treatment and care.
    • Confidently and thoroughly explaining animal behavior to adopters, training techniques, and management of each animals’ specific needs in order to set them up for success in a new home.
    • Thoroughly explaining KHS Adoption Policies with adopters.
  • Actively support other staff and volunteers in a manner that advances the goals and mission of KHS and the Adoption Program.
  • Administrative tasks such as:
    • Maintaining inventory of adoption handouts
    • Processing adoption paperwork
  • Promoting adoptable pets on various platforms, including creating and adding photos and adoption bios into shelter database, creating promotional posters for in-shelter use, and posting to online adoption sites.
  • Assist with animal enrichment programs as needed.
  • Work closely with our Customer Service, Vet Services, and Behavior Departments in order to ensure thorough communication on shelter pets to potential adopters.
  • Provide coverage, as needed, at off-site adoption events and cat adoption locations, including weekend coverage at our adoption center at the Silverdale Petsmart.
  • Attend required training classes as assigned.
  • Comply with established policies and guidelines.
  • Adhere to the KHS Workplace Agreement.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge/Experience/Education/Training:

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be hard working and efficient.
  • Be a fast learner who retains new information easily.
  • Have experience and comfort in handling cats and dogs of all ages, breeds, sizes and temperaments.
  • Have demonstrated customer service experience and skills, including positivity, friendliness, tact and sound judgment.
  • Be outgoing and comfortable talking with members of the public.
  • Be able to apply good judgment and decision-making skills on a wide variety of issues regarding Kitsap Humane Society policies and procedures.
  • Be computer literate and have experience working with Microsoft Office, social media platforms, and mobile devices.
  • Be well-organized, attentive to detail, and able to multi-task in a busy, high-stress environment.
  • Be a team player and able to work collaboratively and productively with peers and other KHS staff.
  • Be able to communicate respectfully and effectively with people of all backgrounds.
  • Be approachable and open to constructive criticism and coaching.
  • Be positive and open minded towards progressive animal welfare strategies and policies.
  • Be able to understand and implement oral and written instructions.
  • Have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and clean driving record.
  • Arrive to work and ensure care of animals in difficult weather (e.g. snow days).
  • Be flexible around our scheduling needs. This position requires that you work both weekend days, some holidays, and overtime as needed.
  • Have the ability to be on your feet, standing, walking, carrying heavy items for majority of shift (4 to 8 hours).
  • Have the ability to lift 50lbs or more.
  • Possess a valid driver license and clean driving record required.
  • Possess a High school diploma.
  • Be able to pass a background check.
Schedule/Compensation:
  • This is not a temporary position. We are looking for applicants planning to stay within the area for a minimum of 1.5 years.
  • Part-time position between 20 and 25 hours a week.
  • Applicants are required to work both weekend days.
  • Compensation starts at $12.25 per hour with regularly scheduled pay increases.
  • Part-time employees accrue 1 hour of sick time per 40 hours worked.
  • One free animal adoption per year is available to all regular full-time or part-time employees. This benefit is available after completion of the employee’s 120-day introductory period.
To Apply:

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION. You will be taken to our Paylocity recruiting site. This position will remain open until filled.  Please, no phone calls. Failure to submit a cover letter will negatively impact your consideration for this position.

 


Life Saving Assistant (Part-time)

Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) is a progressive animal welfare organization whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome homeless animals. We are committed to an open admissions policy, animal rehabilitation and a low euthanasia rate.  KHS’s open adoption philosophy is an essential part of our progressive mission, enabling us to save and rehome thousands of animals each year.

Kitsap Humane Society’s Life Saving Assistant is a compassionate animal lover and team-player with strong people skills, attention to detail, sense of urgency and organizational skills. This position plays a key role in supporting the life saving departments, including Transfer/Rescue Me, Adoptions, Foster Care, Canine Behavior and Training, Customer Service, and Animal Care departments. The Life Saving Assistant is a “wrap around” position that is able to jump into the various life saving departments to offer relief to the current Coordinator team during times of short staffing and times of high volume. This position supports these departments in implementing progressive care, promotion and placement for each animal as an individual to help KHS save as many lives as possible.

 

Key or Essential Functions:

Adoptions/Customer Service

  • Provide backup adoption counseling support for large events, peak adoption times and barn cat adoptions
  • Provide backup adoption processing and customer service support for large events and peak adoption times
  • Assist Adoption Coordinator and adoption staff with transporting animals to off-site adoption locations
  • Assist adoption staff with inventorying animals in need of adoption bios, restrictions
  • Assist Adoption Coordinator by performing regular walkthroughs and submitting reports of new animals to identify those who may need adoption restrictions, special handling guidelines or special adoption packet handouts
  • Assist adoption staff with promoting adoptable pets, including writing bios, taking photos and videos, making promotional posters and other displays
  • Complete “Adoption Report Card” (ARC) medical assessments for adoptable pets
  • Assist Adoption Coordinator and Behavior and Training Coordinator with follow up communication and support for adopted pets

Foster Care

  • Assist Foster Care Coordinator with inventorying animals in need of foster care placement, including writing short bios and taking photos
  • Assist Foster Care Coordinator with handling pets returning from foster care for adoption, including updating bios and photos and administering booster vaccines
  • Assist Foster Care Coordinator in transporting supplies and animals to/from the Mission Creek Correctional Facility for Women and administering booster vaccinations for prison foster pets
  • Provide support for general foster department duties such as vaccine appointments, responding to new foster applications and promoting foster care online, as needed

Rescue Me Transfer

  • Assist Transfer Coordinator with transports (may include animal selection)
  • Assist Transfer Coordinator with organizing crate cleaning, storage, and cargo shipping
  • Perform data entry for transfer animals
  • Assist with medical intake, Adoption Report Cards (ARCs), and administering vaccines for new transfer arrivals

Canine Behavior and Training

  • Assist Canine Training and Behavior Coordinator with playgroups for shelter dogs
  • Assist Canine Training and Behavior Coordinator in communicating, organizing and implementing behavior plans and other action steps generated from weekly Animal Welfare Committee meetings
  • Assist Canine Training and Behavior Coordinator with completing dog behavior assessments as needed

Animal Care

  • Provide backup kennel cleaning support as needed
  • Assist Animal Care staff with selecting and preparing kennels for incoming transfer animals
  • Assist Animal Care staff with processing newly admitted animals, including taking and uploading intake photos and assisting with administering vaccines

Miscellaneous 

  • Assist Director of Animal Welfare, Events Manager and marketing department with generating content (photos, videos and written pieces) for social media and blog
  • Assist Shelter Manager and Director of Animal Welfare with periodic review of animal inventory, ensuring database records (location, status, animal details) match animals in care
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge/Experience/Education/Training:

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be hard working and efficient, and have extremely strong time-management skills
  • Be well-organized, attentive to detail, and able to multi-task in a busy, high-stress environment
  • Have experience and confidence in handling cats and dogs of all ages, sizes and temperaments
  • Have experience (or be willing to learn) administering vaccinations and microchips as well as performing other basic medical assessments, procedures and treatments
  • Be computer literate (including Microsoft Office suite), social media savvy, and adept with mobile technology
  • Have strong writing skills
  • Be a team player and able to work collaboratively and productively with volunteers, peers and other KHS staff
  • Display positivity, friendliness, tact and sound judgment in interactions with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Be able to communicate respectfully and effectively with people of all backgrounds and personalities
  • Be approachable and open to constructive feedback and coaching
  • Be flexible around our scheduling needs and be available at irregular hours, including occasional early mornings and late nights
  • Be positive and open minded towards progressive animal welfare strategies and policies
  • Enjoy driving long distances, in all kinds of weather
  • Have a valid WA driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
Schedule/Compensation:
  • This position requires some flexible scheduling
  • 25 hours/week (3-5 days a week, both weekend days preferred)
  • $12.50/hour
  • Part-time employees accrue 1 hour of sick time per 40 hours worked.
  • One free animal adoption per year is available to all regular full-time or part-time employees. This benefit is available after completion of the employee’s 120-day introductory period.
To Apply:

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION You will be taken to our Paylocity Recruiting site. This position will remain open until filled.  Please, no phone calls. Failure to submit a cover letter may negatively impact your consideration for this position.

 


Customer Service Representative (Part-time)

Kitsap Humane Society is looking for a dynamic, team-player.  Must be at least 18 years of age and possess reliable transportation. Excellent customer service skills are required. This is a very fast paced job requiring the ability to multi-task with proficiency. A large amount of data entry is involved, so data entry accuracy and efficiency are a must.

Key or Essential Functions:
  • Support the mission and philosophy of the Kitsap Humane Society
  • Must advocate the humane treatment of animals and be able to transmit these values to others
  • Present a good appearance and have the ability to deal cheerfully and tactfully with the public, staff and volunteers with a consistent positive mental attitude
  • Update statuses, signage, and files for all animals in our care daily
  • Updating Lost Pet phone recording and posting found animals on KLP website daily
  • Prompt, accurate, and courteous replies to all customer emails and phone inquiries
  • Entering animal medical information and vaccine history
  • Processing all transactions, including adoptions, redemptions, inventory sales, low cost spay/neuter, vaccines, and licensing
  • Arranging and logging adoption counsels, paging the correct staff for the council
  • Maintain accurate receipt integrity
  • Responsible for balancing the till and generating deposits daily
  • Happily greet customers and answer all inquiries patiently and courteously
  • Ordering and sales of Inventory Items
  • Accuracy of all data entry and proper allocation use for receipts
  • Knowledge of in care animals and ability to communicate that knowledge in a positive manner
  • Filing
  • Receptionist duties as required
  • Ability to multi-task with accuracy
  • Comply with established policies and procedures
  • Adherence to the KHS workplace agreement
  • Perform job duties in compliance with departmental, safety and personnel policies
  • Enjoy people, animals, and have a sense of humor!
Knowledge/Experience/Education/Training:
  • Previous customer service experience
  • Strong data entry skills and proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Meticulous attention to accurate recording keeping, filing, and reporting
  • Skilled in cashier duties; i.e. Cash handling, accurate customer transactions, balancing till and reconciling receipts.
  • Ability to remain composed even during difficult and emotional customer interactions
  • Upbeat and friendly
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must remain professional, courteous, and respectful at all times with customers, volunteers, and co-workers
  • Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at one time, and to work well both as a team and self-directed environment.
  • Able to work closely with animals and animal dander/hair
  • Available on weekends

Background check required

Schedule/Compensation
  • 24/hour per week position
  • KHS is open seven days a week excluding major holidays; weekend work is required
  • Shifts will vary dependent on staffing, clinics, and special events
  • Part-time employees accrue 1 hour of sick time per 40 hours worked.
  • One free animal adoption per year is available to all regular full-time or part-time employees. This benefit is available after completion of the employee’s 120-day introductory period.
To Apply:

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION You will be taken to our Paylocity Recruiting site. This position will remain open until filled.  Please, no phone calls. Failure to submit a cover letter may negatively impact your consideration for this position.

 


Adoption Counselor (Part-time, 10 hrs/wk)

Do you love animals? Do you love working with people? Are you outgoing, friendly, and hard working? Become an Adoption Counselor at Kitsap Humane Society!

Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) is a progressive animal welfare organization whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome homeless animals. We are committed to an open adoption policy, animal rehabilitation, and a low euthanasia rate.  The Adoption Program is an essential part of KHS’ progressive mission and our Adoption Counselors play an important role within the program.

Job Description

The Adoption Counselor at Kitsap Humane Society is an individual with a passion for animal welfare and strong customer service and organizational skills. The Adoption Counselor must be comfortable handling animals of all sizes and breeds and working with people in a public setting. They must also be dedicated to KHS’ open adoption philosophy and KHS programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Support the mission, vision, and philosophy of the Kitsap Humane Society.
  • Interact cheerfully and tactfully with the public, staff, and volunteers with a consistent positive attitude, confidence, and compassion.
  • Ensure high quality adopter/counselor communication including but not limited to:
    • Assisting potential adopters with meeting pets, discussing with adopters each animals’ specific needs to help them make a suitable choice, while exercising good judgment in regards to placement.
    • Counseling adopters on basic animal care.
    • Performing meet and greets between owned dogs and adoptable dogs, ensuring that the home is a suitable fit for each dog.
    • Reviewing medical records with adopters and explaining shelter policies in regards to medical treatment and care.
    • Confidently and thoroughly explaining animal behavior to adopters, training techniques, and management of each animals’ specific needs in order to set them up for success in a new home.
    • Thoroughly explaining KHS Adoption Policies with adopters.
  • Actively support other staff and volunteers in a manner that advances the goals and mission of KHS and the adoption program.
  • Administrative tasks such as:
    • Maintaining inventory of adoption handouts
    • Processing adoption paperwork
  • Promoting adoptable pets on various platforms, including creating and adding photos and adoption bios into shelter database, creating posters for in-shelter use, and posting to online adoption sites.
  • Assist with animal enrichment programs as needed.
  • Work closely with our Customer Service, Vet Services, and Behavior Departments in order to ensure thorough communication on shelter pets and adopter needs.
  • Provide coverage, as needed, at off-site adoption events and cat adoption locations, including weekend coverage at our adoption center at the Silverdale Petsmart.
  • Attend required training classes as assigned.
  • Comply with established policies and guidelines.
  • Adhere to the KHS Workplace Agreement.
  • Other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will:
  • Be hard working and efficient.
  • Be a fast learner who retains new information easily.
  • Have experience and comfort in handling cats and dogs of all ages, breeds, sizes and temperaments.
  • Have demonstrated customer service experience and skills, including positivity, friendliness, tact and sound judgment.
  • Be outgoing and comfortable talking with members of the public.
  • Be able to apply good judgment and decision-making skills on a wide variety of issues regarding Kitsap Humane Society policies and procedures.
  • Be computer literate and have experience working with Microsoft Office, social media platforms, and mobile devices.
  • Be well-organized, attentive to detail, and able to multi-task in a busy, high-stress environment.
  • Be a team player and able to work collaboratively and productively with peers and other KHS staff.
  • Be able to communicate respectfully and effectively with people of all backgrounds.
  • Be approachable and open to constructive criticism and coaching.
  • Be positive and open minded towards progressive animal welfare strategies and policies.
  • Be able to understand and implement oral and written instructions.
  • Have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and clean driving record.
  • Arrive to work and ensure care of animals in difficult weather (e.g. snow days).
  • Be flexible around our scheduling needs. This position requires that you work both weekend days, some holidays, and overtime as needed.
  • Ability to be on your feet, standing, walking, carrying heavy items for majority of shift (4 to 8 hours).
  • Ability to lift 50lbs or more.
Hours and Compensation:

Part-time position approximately 10 hours a week.  Compensation starts at $12.25 per hour with regularly scheduled pay increases.

Schedule:

Typical schedule will be Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This position will also have the opportunity to work additional shifts to cover scheduled staff time off as well as covering last-minute shifts for call-outs. The applicant for this position should consistently be available on weekends, but have a flexible week-day schedule as well.

Requirements:

This is not a temporary position. Applicants should be planning to stay within the area for a minimum of 1.5 years. Drivers license and clean driving record required. Must have high school diploma. Must be able to pass a background check.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Assistant Director of Animal Welfare, Samantha Fairweather, at sfairweather@kitsap-humane.org.  This position will remain open until filled.  Please, no phone calls. Failure to submit a cover letter will negatively impact your consideration for this position.

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