Employment Opportunities

Are you an animal lover? A team player? Do you love a challenge? A career at the Humane Society of St. Joseph County may be the purr-fect fit!

We have a highly dedicated, professional and innovative team of people who compassionately embodies our motto “We Care.” Our team strives to bring the highest quality of animal care, customer service, public education and assistance for animal and welfare issues to St. Joseph County, Indiana residents. We value the contributions of each member of our team and know that by collaborating and working together, we are most effective.

At Humane Society of St. Joseph County, caring for animals is not just a job, it’s our passion!

Interested in a career working to help animals and people in our community?
Helping a pet go from homeless to loved is an incredible experience and a job like no other!

If you’re interested in applying, please send a cover letter and
résumé to Human Resources, HSSJC, 2506 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545; fax them to 574-255-4767; or email to info@humanesocietystjc.org.

The Humane Society of St. Joseph County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • Triage/Vet Assistant (full time only)
  • Shelter Veterinarian (full & part time available)
  • Animal Control Officer (full time & evenings)

Job Descriptions Posted Below

Shelter Veterinarian

Position Overview

The Humane Society of St. Joseph County has a mission to instill reverence for all life and to enhance the human/animal bond through the compassionate care of animals and community education. We are adding a Shelter Veterinarian to our compassionate team who will provide the highest quality of care to our shelter animals. We are offering competitive wages and flexible part-time or full-time hours along with PTO and holiday pay. This position may require evening, weekend, and holiday hours. Occasional travel may be required.  This position reports to the Executive Director, and works collaboratively with the HSSJC Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Diagnose treat, triage, examine, and provide routine shelter medicine to shelter animals
  • Assist in the design and implementation of medical and general care protocols
  • Insure and oversee proper animal intake in accordance with shelter policy
  • Consult and advise on health and related aspects of care for shelter animals at HSSJC, including but not limited to, vaccinations, administration of medication, testing, medical evaluations, humane health care, euthanasia and disease prevention in the shelter
  • Perform surgical procedures on publically owned, and shelter animals, as needed (for example, spay/neuter, hernia repair, tumor removals and ocular procedures)
  • Lead daily medical rounds and organize treatment plans for shelter animals
  • Work with RVTs/ VAs to provide outstanding patient care to publicly owned and shelter animals
  • Provide training, oversight, mentoring and consultation for technical and support staff
  • Maintain pharmacy/inventory (including controlled substances, regular orders and inventory), maintain and reconcile controlled drug log in accordance of DEA guidelines.
  • Assure accuracy as it relates to drug logs, submit reports within due dates.
  • Other duties assigned by the Executive Director and/or the Board of Trustees


  • Doctoral Degree DVM
  • Indiana State license to practice Veterinary Medicine
  • Experience in high volume spay/neuter clinic and/or post graduate surgical training preferred
  • Two or more years experience practicing Veterinary Medicine in a veterinary clinic, hospital, and/or animal shelter or control facility
  • Candidate must promote and support the overall vision and strategic plan for the shelter
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and insurable driving record
  • DEA Certification and CSR- or ability to obtain
  • Experience with Shelter Medicine preferred
  • Experience in emergency medicine and veterinary forensics preferred
  • Demonstrate success in working with a diverse team
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing in a diverse range of audiences and settings
  • Ability to handle stressful and/or difficult situations as presented by visitors, staff and/or volunteers

Working Conditions

  • Work environment may have regular exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as zoonotic disease, parasites, dirt, dust, pollen, odors, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, pathogenic substances, animal attacks or animal bites. The noise level in the work environment can be very loud. Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds with reasonable accommodation.

Terms of Employment

The HSSJC Shelter Veterinarian will be expected to work approximately eight (8) hours per day, 261 days per year. This position is considered to be an exempt position under the terms of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and as such the employee filling this position is not entitled to compensatory time or other compensation for hours worked over and above the regular forty (40) hour work week. The salary for this position is established by the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees. The benefits for this position are set out in the staff handbook, and from time to time amended.


Performance of this job is evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board of Trustees’ policy on Evaluation. The Executive Director will conduct the evaluation of this position.


Additional Information

Position reports to/

Job description reviewed by:

Genny Carlson,  Executive Director
Job description approved by: Board of Trustees
Revision dates:

Registered Veterinary Technician

Basic Function

Responsible for the daily medical care and wellness of shelter animals.
Applicant Requirements:

  • Hold and maintain Registered Vet Tech status for the state of Indiana
  • Must be comfortable and able to work with and restrain all sizes and breeds of dogs
  • Must be comfortable and able to work with and restrain felines, pocket pets, livestock, and wildlife
  • Must have own reliable transportation
  • Open and flexible schedule including weekends and holidays
  • Reliable, Punctual, and Dependable Team Player
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs
  • Attention to detail & excellent record keeping skills
  • Animal handling and care experience required
  • Wage based on experience

Medical staff assistants are responsible for providing humane medical care for the animals, including following prescribed treatment plans to sick, injured, and ill animals, performing basic medical evaluations of new incoming animals, feeding and caring for special needs animals, and working with the shelter veterinarian to provide high quality care for shelter animals. The medical staff also assists with routine blood draws, medical testing, and euthanasia services. The ideal candidate is compassionate, professional, friendly and willing to physically work hard in a fast paced environment. Applicants with previous animal care experience is required for this position.
Medical Duties:

  • Works closely with the RVT and shelter veterinarian to perform daily duties
  • Perform basic triage exams, post-surgical exams, and pre-adoption exams
  • Works closely with the shelter veterinarian to alert when animals are ill or in need of medical attention and to follow through with prescribed treatments
  • Responsible for dispensing prescribed medication and treatment to all shelter pets on a daily basis
  • Follows all protocols for dispensing medication and medical treatment to the animals
  • Provides assistance to surgical staff to perform routine spay/neuter surgeries and other procedures
  • Maintains proper records for all medication and treatments given

Kennel Duties:

  • Works alongside a team of kennel attendants to clean and maintain kennel and cattery areas of the Shelter, in such a manner as to provide a healthy, clean, odor free and low stress environment for the animals
  • Following all safety and cleaning protocols
  • Feeds and provides daily care and exercise for special needs animals
  • Bathing shelter animals
  • Maintains records of shelter animals
  • Washing dishes and maintaining clean and orderly Treatment and Triage rooms
  • Disinfecting and cleaning of animal crates, carriers, and other shelter supplies

Animal Control Officer

 Reports To: Chief ACO and/or Executive Director

 Basic Function:

With supervision, maintain a safe and secure community environment through enforcement of animal control codes and ordinances, education and community resources.

Applicant Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • A valid driver’s license
  • A clean driving record
  • A clean criminal background
  • Law enforcement, military, or animal care and control background preferred
  • Exceptional work ethic with excellent interpersonal, organizational, and planning skills. Ability to exercise independent judgment as appropriate and to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Demonstrated exemplary communication skills to include knowledge of interviewing techniques, public speaking, skill in writing and editing and ability to express thought orally in a clear manner. Will be required to communicate effectively with the public, Board of Directors, HSSJC administrative staff, veterinary, animal care and behavioral professionals, government officials, college students and faculty, members and donors etc. Must be able to work with various personalities, ethnicities, social and age groups, and maintain tact and professionalism at all times.

Animal Control Officers (ACOs) must have strong written and verbal communication skills, be self motivated but a team player and take initiative. ACOs should be task and detail oriented with excellent organizational skills. ACOs must be able and willing to work with domestic and wild animals including but not limited to dogs, cats, pocket pets, horses, livestock, raccoons, skunks, waterfowl and birds of prey. ACOs must be willing to rotate evening on-call hours, weekends, and holidays with other team members. ACOs must also be willing to supervise shelter staff, clean kennels and cat cages and perform other duties as set forth by Shelter Leadership.

This is a full-time position. Wages are based upon experience and education. This position offers paid time off and holiday pay after employment requirements are met as set forth in the Employee Manual.

Field Duties:

  1. Patrol streets and respond to captured domestic animals and/or wild animals and  transport animals to the Shelter
  2. Operate Shelter vehicle safely and act according to City and State laws while carrying out duties
  3. Respond to complaints regarding stray or lost animals (domestic/pet, wild, or farm livestock), assist citizens with sick/injured wildlife (including traps) and venomous or dangerous animals such as snakes
  4. Intake and triage incoming animals including basic health evaluations and vaccinations
  5. Investigate complaints regarding vicious or dangerous animals and animal bites.
  6. Counsel neighbors and community members to solve public nuisance situations
  7. Promote wholesome care and compassion for community animals and public safety through education and ordinance enforcement
  8. Work with local police departments to ensure Officer safety and compliance of state and local laws
  9. Impound or quarantine animals when necessary and advise animal owner of applicable laws
  10. Operate and communicate via Shelter smart phone
  11. Maintain equipment and Shelter vehicles
  12. Enforce City & County animal control ordinances and state laws through the issuance of Animal Welfare Alerts and/or citations. Appear in Animal Control Commission hearings to testify regarding violations and/or investigations
  13. Investigate questionable animal deaths or cruelty to animal complaints
  14. Rotate night-calls with other Animal Control Officers and perform emergency animal control services between 5:30pm-8:30am
  15. Rotate weekend and holiday hours with other Animal Control Officers

Administrative Duties:

  1. Serve the needs of customers through phone calls, electronic communication, and in person
  2. Operate and enter information into shelter database to collect animal and person data correctly
  3. Perform paperwork to complete intake (surrenders, stray, etc.)
  4. Maintain records and files on animal bites, citizen complaints, and other paperwork as required. Prepare written reports and computer reports on complaints, investigations, and administrative matters
  5. Attend offsite events, not limited to adoption events, festivals, and educational offerings
  6. Provide tours and educational opportunities at the Shelter

Kennel Duties:

  1. Maintain and clean kennels, cages, outdoor run areas, and other rooms in use for animal care at the Shelter and Adoption Center
  2. Provide necessary food, water, and shelter to impounded animals
  3. Monitor and report signs of illness or injury in animals to medical staff
  4. Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Position requires wearing a uniform.