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.


  • Kennel/Cattery Attendant
  • Office Attendant

Kennel/Cattery Attendant

Basic Function

Responsible for the daily care and cleaning of shelter animals and their environments.
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 and Cattery Attendants is 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.
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


Office Attendant

Reports To: Office Manger

Job Description:

Works in concert with the Office Manager in order to fulfill the mission of the organization and provide for the welfare of the animals in its care. Provides efficient and smooth functioning of all shelter operations, in accordance with established policies and procedures, city ordinances, state and federal laws and regulations. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the public. Ensures that front office is maintained in a sanitary and safe fashion to protect the health of the animals, staff, and visitors. Assists with public relations and educational outreach.
Applicant Requirements:

  • Must have a deep concern for the humane treatment and compassionate care of animals.
  • One year of office experience preferred
  • 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 promote team work.
  • Ability to build alliances with community organizations and agencies.
  • Ability to manage conflicts, disputes, and grievances.
  • Ability to balance many tasks and be flexible in prioritizing workload.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local, state and federal regulations for the workplace.
  • Must be able to use common PC software programs, to use the internet and email to communicate and gather information pertaining to HSSJC and shelter business, and must be able to use telephone, facsimile machine, as well as other common office equipment.

Daily Duties:

  • Efficiently and accurately keeps records and maintains a high quality of data input.
  • Actively provides the highest quality of customer service to all guests.
  • Follows all protocols and procedures for office responsibilities such as intakes, return-to-owners, licensing, animal control issues, and community education.
  • Effectively defuses tense situations with clients and community members through compassionate and accurate communication to help every customer feel welcome, important, and physically/emotionally comfortable.
  • Completes daily operations of the front office ensuring the most effective use of limited resources while providing exceptional customer service and following shelter polices and protocols.
  • Responsible for assisting the Humane Officers when taking a complaint/call, dispatching them, keeping records and data input.
  • Maintains all office areas in an organized and clean manner.
  • Alerts the office manager of needed inventory of front office supplies including but not limited to intake cards, animal placement agreements, copy paper, printer ink supplies, general office supplies).
  • Assists the Office Manager with monthly shelter counts (RTOs, Adoptions, Euthanasia, Intake, Officer Calls).
  • Assists with the Community Service program.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.