The Behavior, Animal Resources and Care (BARC) Internship Program

Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) is committed to serving our community and beyond as more than a shelter. We rescue, rehabilitate, and find loving homes for thousands of animals every year, and do what we’re able to keep humans and their furry family members together – supporting our mission to provide life-changing solutions to people in need.

BARC Interns are an important part of our volunteer program and participate in the daily operations of the shelter. The Intern supports the Animal Care & Behavior department by caring for various animals temporarily residing in the shelter including dogs, cats, small animals (pocket pets), livestock, and exotic pets.

The Behavior, Animal Resources and Care Internship Program (BARC) is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in animal welfare and to further career opportunities in the field.

All candidates must attend a volunteer orientation, interview, and may require certain skill classes for the program.

The internship length varies from eight to 12 weeks and provides various training for the position. The scheduled requirements are at least one (1) to two (2) days of service a week, typically four to six hours a day. The program allows the participant to immerse themselves in the care of the animals, as well as learn the basics of animal behavior. As the position develops, the Intern will learn about animal care, behavior, and various animal husbandry practices for variety of species of animals.

Abilities and Experience Required
  • An interest in animal welfare; sheltering experience preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work effectively and independently without supervision as well as working within a team environment.
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn and to try new things.
  • Ability to work around various types of animals.
  • Ability to cope with a highly-emotionally charged environment.
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Length of Internships
  • Internships are 8 to 12 weeks (about 3 months), one to two days per week with 4–6-hour shifts; and scheduled during normal business hours. The exact schedule and length of internship can be determined between the Intern and the Manager overseeing the internship. All internships are unpaid positions.
Application Instructions

If you are interested in applying for an internship at Kitsap Humane Society, please read the following instructions. Please email with your interest and with the subject line “Internship Program.”

Include a resume with cover letter.