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 (Part-time) – posted June 19, 2018

Adoption Counselor (Part-time) – posted June 7, 2018

Veterinary Assistant (Part-time) – posted May 8, 2018




Animal Care Technician (Part-time)

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.

The Tech:

  • 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, the ability to think quickly on one’s feet. A sense of humor is a huge plus!

Job Requirements:
  • 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.
  • Availability to work the hours that are outlined below, which include weekend days on a rotating basis.
Hours and Compensation:

This is a part-time position working 25 hours per week. Hours are 9am-2pm, 5 days a week.

The pay rate for this position starts at $12 per hour.

How to Apply:

To apply, email your resume with a cover letter explaining your relevant experience and why you feel you would be a great fit for this position to Shelter Manager, Bobby Cook,


Part-time Adoption Counselor

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 between 20 and 25 hours a week.  Compensation starts at $12 per hour with regularly scheduled pay increases.


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 Adoption Coordinator, Samantha Fairweather, at  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.


Veterinary Assistant

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 Summar

KHS’s vet assistant will work in collaboration with our veterinarians, Clinic Manager, 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 email a cover letter and resume to Clinic Manager, Amanda Kocar . This position will remain open until filled. Please, no phone calls.