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 Care Technician (Full-time) – posted January 18, 2018

Lifesaving Assistant (Part-time)- posted December 30, 2017

Veterinary Assistant (Part-time) – posted December 12, 2017

Clinic Manager (Full-time) – posted November 29, 2017



Animal Care Technician

Come join the Animal Care team at the Kitsap Humane Society 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Cleans animal kennels.
  • Meets with potential adopters to help them understand the needs of the animal they are considering adopting.
  • Moves animals from one location to another within the shelter.
  • Assists with vaccinations.
  • Washes 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! One year of animal handling experience in a work environment is preferred.

  • 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.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Reliable transportation
Hours and Compensation:
  • This is a full-time position, 40 hours/week.
  • 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.
  • The pay rate for this position starts at $12.00 per hour.
To Apply:

Send your resume with a cover letter explaining your relevant experience and why you feel you would be a great fit for this position to Bobby Cook, Shelter Manager, at  This position will remain open until filled. Please, no phone calls.


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.  The Lifesaving Assistant supports multiple departments in implementing progressive care, promotion and placement for each animal as an individual to help KHS save as many lives as possible.

Job description

Kitsap Humane Society’s Lifesaving Assistant is a compassionate animal lover and team-player with extremely strong people skills, attention to detail, sense of urgency and organizational skills. This position plays a key role in supporting the lifesaving departments, including Rescue Me/Transfer, Adoptions, Foster Care, Canine Behavior and Training, Customer Service, and Animal Care departments. The Lifesaving Assistant is a “wrap around” position that is able to jump into the various lifesaving departments to offer relief to the current Coordinator team during times of short staffing and times of high volume.

Duties and 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 a “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

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

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:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Assistant Director of Animal Welfare Sarah Moody-Cook at  This position will remain open until filled. Please, no phone calls.


Veterinary Assistant (Part-time)

Kitsap Humane Society (KHS), a highly progressive open-admission animal welfare organization located in Silverdale, Washington is looking to hire a part time (minimum 20hr/wk) Veterinary Assistant for our already amazing team.  We are looking for a conscientious, progressive, team-oriented assistant to provide support for our veterinarians in order to provide outstanding medical and surgical care for the animals under our care.

Job Purpose and Summary:

KHS’s vet assistant will work in collaboration with our veterinarians, LVT, other veterinary assistants, staff and volunteers to provide high quality shelter medicine, surgery, treatment and care for KHS shelter animals. Assistant responsibilities will include assisting with: surgical preparation, instruments and recovery; examinations of shelter and foster animals, medical treatments, laboratory work and radiography. Our veterinary assistants must be efficient at time management and able to thrive in a high volume, fast-paced environment with multiple priorities. This position will include at least one weekend day of work per week, with a need for flexible weekday availability and potential for additional shifts on a scheduled or on call basis dependent on weekly workload.

Required Abilities:
  • An interest in and willingness to support the mission, vision, and philosophy of KHS
  • At least 1 year previous experience in animal welfare or veterinary practice preferred
  • Ability to efficiently and tactfully work in both a team and self-directed environment
  • Ability to work well under pressure, efficient at multitasking, able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines
  • Ability to safely work with animals of various temperaments in a high volume environment
  • Must 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
  • Must be skilled and able to handle conflict resolution
  • Meticulous and methodical attention to record keeping and reporting
  • Ability to have a flexible schedule, work weekends and additional time if necessary
  • Willingness to become certified in assisting with and performing humane euthanasia
  • Lift 50 lbs or more
Key Tasks and Responsibilities Include (but not limited to):
  • Direct care and cleaning of animals under veterinary care and their kennels
  • Assist with administration and preparation of medications for shelter animals
  • Surgical preparation and cleaning of surgical instruments
  • Preliminary examinations of shelter and foster animals requiring medical care
  • Implementation of treatment protocols for common diseases
  • Direct care of shelter animals including examinations, medication, and treatment
  • Provide support for team members and volunteers in all aspects of veterinary care
  • Direct interaction with adopters and foster parents includes educating them on medical conditions and instructions for medication and follow up care.
To Apply:

Please send your resume and a cover letter detailing why you feel you would be a great fit for this position to Please, no phone calls.


 Clinic Manager

The Clinic Manager is responsible for managing the Veterinary Services department to meet objectives for budget, strategic plan and quality medical care.  He/she supervises the veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and department volunteers. He/she collaborates in a multi-department team environment and works closely with all medical staff to maximize the efficiency of the population flow within the shelter and provide veterinary services to external and internal customers.  The Clinic Manager must provide exceptional leadership and support the mission, goals and phi­losophy of Kitsap Humane Society (KHS). The position is estimated to encompass at least 2/3 of staff time performing administration and oversight for the department, with the remaining performing hands-on care and licensed technician duties for the shelter as needed in order to meet department goals.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Supervises the veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, clinic externs and volunteers assigned to the clinic.
  • Performs the duties of a veterinary technician as needed, including health and temperament exams, assistance in surgery, treatments and animal husbandry tasks
  • Coordinates closely with other Managers, Directors and Coordinators across the shelter, including Foster, Transfer, Animal Care and Adoption departments to ensure efficient animal flow during changes in population, special events, etc while also providing high quality medical and surgical care.
  • Assists Director of Shelter Medicine (DSM) with, the formulation and implementation of department objectives, practices, plans and decisions
  • Responsible for the inventory of department supplies and ensures adequate stock.  Performs year-end full-stock inventories, carries out regularly scheduled stock checks and controls, and performs quarterly controlled substance inventory.
  • Works with DSM to manage clinic operations within departmental budget
  • Maintains accurate files and records, especially pertaining to medical, surgical and euthanasia records
  • Maintains compliance with any safety, health and labor regulations
  • Schedules annual department equipment maintenance for autoclaves, microscope, anesthetic machines, and other equipment as needed
  • Assures a clean, orderly and positive working environment
  • Other duties as assigned
Job Requirements:

A high degree of independent judgment is required.  Diverse duties on a weekly basis are to be expected, as routine varies day to day.  Formal policies and procedures are followed or developed as needed.  This position requires the ability to address the daily medical needs of the shelter population, while also accomplishing managerial functions at the same time.  Must be able to maintain concentration on a task, or series of tasks, while dealing with frequent interruptions. Must be able to stand or sit for four to six hours at a time.  Must be able to crouch, bend from the waist, and kneel.  Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds with or without accommodation.  Must be able to lift over 50 pounds, with or without accommodation, from floor to table and vice-versa.

Licenses/Certifications Required:
  • Current Washington State veterinary technician license
Hours and Compensation:
  • Full time, Salaried position
  • 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, cover letter and copy of current Washington State Veterinary Technician License to . Please, no phone calls.