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 the 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.


  • Kennel/Cattery Attendant
  • Maintenance/Grounds Keeper (part-time)

Job Descriptions Posted Below

Job Descriptions Posted Below

Humane Society of St. Joseph County

Kennel/Cattery Attendant

Reports To: Area Team Leader

Basic Function

Responsible for the daily care and cleaning of shelter animals and their environments. Kennel and Cattery Attendants are responsible for providing humane care of the animals, including feeding and caring for impounded animals, cleaning and maintaining kennel facilities, and providing information regarding the health or safety of animals to managers and supervisors. The Kennel and Cattery Attendants also assists with animal adoptions, returning animals to owners, animal surrenders, other services and helps maintain animal records. The ideal candidate is compassionate, professional, friendly and willing to physically work hard in a fast paced environment. Applicants with previous animal care experience are preferred, but not required.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must be comfortable and able to work with all sizes and breeds of dogs
  • Must be comfortable and able to work with felines and pocket pets
  • 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
  • Animal handling and care experience is preferred but not required

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 all animals in the Shelter’s care
  • Monitoring group play and working on basic obedience for shelter pets
  • Reports to the Shelter Director and/or medical staff any potential health or behavioral problems involving the animals
  • Bathing shelter animals
  • Maintains records of shelter animals
  • Organizes and puts away donations
  • Daily and weekly grounds maintenance including picking up trash, raking, and possible mowing and weed-whacking
  • Providing client care and assisting clients with Play Times (adoption pet visits) and/or lost pet walk-throughs
  • Washing dishes and maintaining a clean and orderly Food Room
  • Disinfecting and cleaning of animal crates, carriers, and other shelter supplies

Humane Society of St. Joseph County

Maintenance & Groundskeeper

Reports To: Executive Director

Directly Supervises: N/A


Job Description:

Works in concert with the leadership team in order to fulfill the mission of the organization and provide for the welfare of the animals in its care. Ensures that the facility is maintained in a sanitary and safe fashion to protect the health of the animals, staff, and visitors by keeping equipment and the building in good working order. Keeps the shelter grounds mowed, weeded, and free from debris such as trash, twigs and branches. In winter months removes snow and keeps sidewalks and common areas outside salted.
Applicant Requirements:

  • Must have a deep concern for the humane treatment and compassionate care of animals.
  • One year of maintenance and/or grounds keeping experience.
  • Excellent evaluation and assessment skills in the areas of animal health, temperament, human/animal bond, home environment, and successful adoption guidelines.
  • Exceptional work ethic with excellent interpersonal, organizational, and planning skills. Ability to exercise independent judgment as appropriate and to work independently with little direct supervision.
  • Ability to balance many tasks and be flexible in prioritizing workload.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local, state and federal regulations for the workplace.
  • Ability to operate a vehicle, valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

General Duties:

  • Responsible for mowing front, side, and back yards including the dog park area and weed-whacking in needed areas (around trees, signs, curbs, ect.), raking leaves, disposing of trash.
  • In winter months removs snow and keeps sidewalks and common areas outside salted.
  • Follows through with weekly/monthly maintenance check list.
  • Changes air filters as directed by E.J. White LLC.
  • Conducts routine maintenance on hoses, kennels, and other equipment to keep in safe working order.
  • Responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Humane Society of St. Joseph County’s shelter facility and PNC storage warehouse along with grounds keeping.
  • Maintains equipment (including lawnmowers) in good working condition. Reports to supervisor when outside repair/replacement is needed.
  • Maintains work and shelter areas in an organized and clean manner.
  • Follows all safety and cleaning protocols
  • Carries out other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.