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:

Lifesaving Assistant (Part-time) – posted April 4, 2018

Facilities Maintenance Technician (Full-time) – posted March 27, 2018

Foster Care Assistant (Part-time, Temporary) – posted March 21, 2018

Animal Care Technician (Full-time) – posted March 14, 2018



Lifesaving Assistant

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.

Job Description:

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.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • 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 perform regular walkthroughs and submit 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 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
    • Data entry for transfers
    • 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


    • Assist Director of Animal Welfare, Events Manager and marketing department with generating content (photos, videos and written pieces) for social media and weblog
    • 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
  • The ideal candidate will:
    • Be hard working and efficient, and have extremely strong time-management skills
    • Be well-organized, extremely 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 an outgoing “people person” and a team player who is 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 criticism 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
    • Be able to lift up to 50 lbs and to be physically able to bend, stoop, kneel, squat, twist, reach, and climb steps
Hours and Compensation:
  • This position requires some flexible scheduling
  • 25 hours/week (4-5 days a week, at least one weekend day required each week)
  • $13.00/hour
To Apply:

Send your resume and a cover letter to Assistant Director of Animal Welfare Sarah Moody-Cook to Please explain your relevant experience and why you feel you would be the bes fit for this position.  No phone calls or drop-ins, please.



 Facilities Maintenance Technician

The Facilities Maintenance Technician is a full-time position responsible for ensuring that KHS’ facilities, grounds, vehicles and capital equipment are maintained and upgraded as needed.  This position is responsible for performing tasks in a wide variety of facility/equipment maintenance and repair occupational areas, including but not limited to HVAC, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing trades, as well as keeping our grounds/landscape presentable and tidy. This position is expected to function effectively both independently and cooperatively with staff and volunteers. This includes working closely with the Shelter Manager to ensure timely and effective maintenance of our animal shelter. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing all day.

The Facilities Maintenance Technician needs to have three key skill sets:

  • Strong knowledge and experience with facilities and facility systems, including an eye for detail and an ability to identify areas in need of improvement.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills that equate to getting things done in a timely manner and being able to multi-task, i.e. work on and track multiple projects at once.
  • Exceptional communication and follow up, including a customer service approach when speaking with others.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Perform maintenance and repair of the organization’s:
    • Facilities and grounds
    • Operations fleet
    • Office equipment
  • Inspects buildings and other structures to determine functionality and appearance, as well as detect malfunctions and needed repairs, making notes and recommendations;
  • Ensures that work orders, repairs, improvement projects and other maintenance tasks are completed in a timely fashion, with as minimal disruption as possible to shelter operations;
  • Work extremely closely and effectively with the Shelter Manager and other key shelter and organizational managers to ensure optimal prioritization, communications and coordination around facilities projects;
  • Deliver facilities services with a responsive customer-service philosophy, ensuring that pertinent staff are consulted on facilities solutions before moving forward;
  • Make the work environment more attractive, functional and efficient for staff and volunteers;
  • Performs, oversees and troubleshoots KHS’ preventive maintenance programs for HVAC systems, vehicles and office equipment;
  • Understand and adhere to the Facilities budget and help KHS be cost effective with construction, maintenance and repair costs;
  • Communicate respectfully and effectively with outside vendors and contractors;
  • Demonstrate a strong love and respect for animals and the people who care directly for them;
  • Ensures proper safety and security protocols are established and followed.
Job Requirements:
  • Excellent knowledge of facilities and facility systems
  • Strong communication skills
  • Basic carpentry, plumbing, electric, HVAC and construction skills
  • Ability to diagnose problems
  • Experience in safely using tools used in building maintenance and landscaping
  • Experience with computers (Microsoft Word, Excel, internet), copiers, fax machines and other technology
  • Able to respond in immediacy of situation in a calm demeanor – ‘can do’ attitude
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Great organizational and project/planning skills
  • Ability to maintain regular, reliable and punctual attendance
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license with clean driving record
  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Minimum of two years verifiable, hands-on facilities experience such as plumbing, electrical, carpentry, HVAC, etc.
Hours and Compensation:
  • Full time position (40 hours/week) with benefits
  • $35,00-$40,000 annual salary, based on experience
  • Medical/Dental Insurance Coverage available the 1st of the month after 60 days of full time employment
  • Vacation Leave upon completion of 120 days of employment.
  • Sick Leave available.
To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter by April 15, 2018 to Shelter Manager Bobby Cook . Please, no phone calls or drop-ins.




Foster Care Assistant

The Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) is a progressive animal welfare shelter 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.

The Foster program is an essential part of our progressive mission, enabling us to save animals that are too young for immediate adoption, or require additional Medical or Behavioral help before they are ready to be adopted. During “kitten season” Foster families are particularly crucial as they enable us to care for the enormous numbers of kittens that come into KHS, exceeding our available space and, often, needing round the clock care.

The Foster Care Assistant assists the Foster Care Coordinator in caring for the kittens in the shelter who are awaiting foster placement, and in providing support for kittens and other animals that are in Foster care.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Cleaning kitten kennels
  • Administering vaccines
  • Assisting Foster Families in scheduling Booster and veterinary recheck appointments
  • Being a friendly and communicative resource for Foster Parents
  • Data entry
  • Assisting in arranging emergency Foster placements
  • Assisting in getting animals ready to leave the shelter for Foster care
  • Ensuring the foster office is clean and fully-stocked for the health and safety of our kittens
Job Requirements:

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Be hard working and efficient
  • Have animal-handling experience and a love of animals
  • Be computer literate
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Be physically able to bend, stoop, kneel, squat, twist, reach, and climb steps
  • Be able to communicate respectfully and effectively with people of all backgrounds
  • Be a team player who is able to work well with others
  • Have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license
  • Be flexible around our scheduling needs
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Animal Handling experience and love of animals
Hours and Compensation:
  • Start Date: mid-April
  • 6-month temporary position
  • Training Schedule: up to 40 hours per week on a varied schedule to start
  • Regular Schedule: 10:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday – Tuesday (hours may be subject to change mid-June); 20 hours per week
  • Alternative scheduling may be negotiable for the ideal candidate
To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter with 1-2 paragraphs about yourself and why you are interested in this position, to Foster Care Coordinator Megan Allan  .  Please, no phone calls or drop-ins.



Animal Care Technician 

Come join the Kitsap Humane Society team as an Animal Care Technician! The Kitsap Humane Society is a progressive, open admission shelter dedicated to finding a “forever home” for every adoptable animal in its care.

Job Description:

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:
  • Clean animal kennels.
  • Meet with potential adopters to help them understand the needs of the animal they are considering adopting.
  • Move animals from one location to another within the shelter.
  • Assist with vaccinations.
  • Wash shelter animals’ dishes and laundry.

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, and 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.

  • 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.
  • Able to use computers.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks at the same time.
  • Strong team player.
  • An eye for accuracy.
  • Outstanding attention to detail.
Hours and Compensation:
  • $12.00/hour starting wage
  • Full time, 40 hours/week (weekends and holidays may be required)
  • Medical/Dental Insurance Coverage available the 1st of the month after 60 days of full time employment
  • Vacation/Sick Leave upon completion of a 120-day probationary period.
To Apply:

Send your resume with cover letter to Shelter Manager Bobby Cook Please explain your relevant experience and why you feel you would be a good fit for this position.  No phone calls or drop-ins, please.