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 animal advocates 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!

If you’re interested in joining our team, please fill out the employment application on the Apply Here tab! The Humane Society of St. Joseph County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Animal Care Attendant

Basic Function

Responsible for the daily care, cleaning, and enrichment of shelter animals and their environments.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Starting wage: $14.00/hour with potential wage increase after 90 days.
  • Full-time benefits beginning after 90 day successful completion: Paid Time Off and Veterinary Assistance for Personal Pets

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

Animal Care Attendants are responsible for providing humane care of the animals, including feeding and caring for a wide variety of animals, cleaning and maintaining kennel facilities, and providing information regarding the health or safety of animals to team leaders and medical staff. Animal Care Attendants also assist with pet adoptions, returning animals to owners, animal surrenders, and other community services all while helping 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/Cattery Duties:

  • Works alongside a team of animal care 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
  • Provides daily enrichment and exercise for shelter 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 appropriate supervisor any potential health or behavioral problems involving the animals
  • Bathes 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 does laundry daily along with keeping the food and laundry rooms clean and organized
  • Disinfecting and cleaning of animal crates, carriers, and other shelter supplies
  • Other duties as assigned by the Leadership Team

Animal Control Officer

Reports To: Chief Animal Control Officer 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.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Starting wage: $20.00/hour with potential wage increase after 90 days.
  • Full-time benefits beginning after 90 day successful completion: Health & Wellness Stipend, Paid Time Off and Veterinary Assistance for Personal Pets

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. Be (euthanasia by injection) EBI certified or willing to become EBI certified. Along with EBI certified staff, will be required to euthanize aggressive animals or animals deemed untreatable (domestic and wildlife).
  15. Rotate night-calls with other Animal Control Officers and perform emergency animal control services between 5:30pm-8:30am
  16. 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

Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor. Position requires wearing a uniform.

Animal Placement Specialist

Basic Function

Responsible for working with clients and staff members to increase the Humane Society of St. Joseph County’s live release rate for shelter animals while providing excellent animal care and customer service.

Job Summary

The Animal Placement Specialist (APS) is responsible for the management and growth of our adoption and foster programs, while also enhancing the customer experience, and working with fosters to place adoptable pets in non-shelter settings. The Animal Placement Specialist works closely with all team members in various departments to achieve shelter goals and uphold the Humane Society’s mission. The ideal candidate is compassionate, professional, and friendly with excellent organizational and communication skills.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Starting wage: $16.00/hour with potential wage increase after 90 days.
  • Full-time benefits beginning after 90 day successful completion: Paid Time Off and Veterinary Assistance for Personal Pets

Applicant Requirements:

  • Results oriented, creative and collaborate work style with excellent attention to detail, problem solving and time management skills.
  • Ability to professionally advocate the HSSJC’s mission and position issues.
  • Ability to read, write and communicate effectively utilizing Microsoft Office, PetPoint, and online tools.
  • Ability to learn and quickly adapt to changes in programs and procedures.
  • Knowledge and ability to accurately work with detailed information in paper and computerized format.
  • High level of interpersonal skills to handle multiple stakeholders both internally and externally. The ideal candidate for the position is a team player, personable, professional, positive, energetic, and proactive and uses tact and diplomacy.
  • Must be comfortable and able to work with all sizes and breeds of dogs, felines, and pocket pets.
  • Must have own reliable transportation.
  • Open and flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time and ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Animal handling and care experience is strongly preferred.

ANIMAL PLACEMENT SPECIALIST DUTIES BY PROGRAM

Duties are shared across APS team and supervised by the Leadership team. Specific duties will be assigned as the Leadership team sees fit.

GENERAL

  • Practices Fear Free techniques at all times to ensure humane care for shelter animals.
  • Provides a team lead role in assigned dog ward and is responsible for daily check-ins and support to the Animal Care Attendants assigned to those areas. Reports back to the Cat and/or Dog Manager with any concerns or area updates.
  • Reviews and counsel’s pet owners wanting to surrender their animals to the shelter. When necessary, schedules intake appointments.
  • Provides ongoing feedback to the Leadership Team in regards to the shelter’s most vulnerable animals that are in need of extra attention or immediate placement due to behavior or medical concerns.
  • Reports to the appropriate Leadership Team member with any potential behavioral concerns involving the animals.
  • Reports to the Medical Team with any health concerns involving the animals.
  • Maintains records of shelter animals, adoption, foster, and animal placement agreements.
  • Follows all safety and cleaning protocols.
  • Bathes shelter animals prior to adoption, foster placement, or outings.
  • Maintains a clean and sanitary working environment in all work spaces.
  • Works collaboratively with the Leadership Team to drive adoptions through social media, advertising and public relations.
  • APS may be asked to help in other areas of the shelter such as the office and as an animal care attendant as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor

FOSTER

  • Recruits, processes foster applications, trains, and manages all foster volunteers and animals by providing ongoing guidance, coaching, and moral support to fosters.
  • Facilitates movement of shelter animals into foster care and return from foster care as needed including proper PetPoint and paper documentation.
  • Communicates with the medical team to maintain foster medical calendar and schedule in-shelter veterinary appointments for foster animals (vaccination boosters, FIV/FeLV testing, sterilization surgery, etc.).
  • Schedules and prepares medication pick-up or drop-off such as monthly flea/heartworm prevention with foster families.
  • Matches foster families with appropriate foster animals based on their skills and situation.
  • Coordinates with foster families to have adoptable foster animals attend adoption events when appropriate.
  • Maintains inventory of all supplies for the foster program, distributes supplies to foster parents, monitors return of supplies, and communicates supply order needs to the Leadership Team.
  • Responds to emails and phone calls from foster parents within 24 hours.
  • Approves or denies foster applications within seven business days of receiving foster care applications, and communicate with potential foster families regarding their status within seven business days.
  • Performs home visits as necessary.
  • Works alongside the Leadership Team to update and develop all foster program materials including but not limited to: recruitment material, guidelines, handbook and miscellaneous documents.
  • Maintains all foster information in our PetPoint database system and paper filing system so that it is easily accessible to staff.
  • Works alongside the Shelter Operations Manager (SOM) to evaluate and identify animals that are candidates for the foster program.
  • Works directly with the Leadership Team to determine appropriate behavior and medical treatment needed for foster animals.
  • Reports any foster family concerns to the SOM.

ADOPTION

  • Manages the customer experience with a focus on delighting and empowering the customer.
  • Manages the on-site adoption program at the Humane Society of St. Joseph County. This includes reviewing adoption applications, providing pre-adoption counseling to perspective adopters, facilitating playtimes and meet n’ greets.
  • Manages the off-site adoption partner centers to include retail locations at PetSmart and the Cat Lady Café, ensure the location has the appropriate amount of available adoptable pets, supplies and that animals are cared for daily with the help of volunteers and retail store staff.
  • Works with the Animal Care Attendants and Medical Team members to ensure that there are adoptable pets available for adoption.
  • Works with the Leadership Team to plan and execute adoption and special events.
  • Seeks out new placement opportunities and venues.
  • Ensures successful animal placement, excellent client care, and administrative tasks are correctly and efficiently completed in a timely manner.
  • Completes behavior assessments of shelter dogs prior to them being available for adoption.
  • Works with the Medical Team to have a surgery and/or vaccination list for adoptable pets.
  • Assists Medical Team with moving sterilized animals to the adoption floor in a timely manner. This includes walking through quarantine wards and helping facilitate pre-adoption items to be completed (spay/neuter, microchip, RVA, FeLV/FIV tests, heartworm tests etc.).

Finance and Human Resources Manager

Reports To: Executive Director

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Starting wage: $46,000-$50,000 annual salary
  • Full-time benefits beginning after 90 day successful completion: Health & Wellness Stipend, Paid Time Off and Veterinary Assistance for Personal Pets

Staffing Structure: This position works closely with the Leadership Team that is comprised of the Executive Director, Shelter Operations Manager, Shelter Veterinarian, Cat Manager, Dog Manager and Outreach Coordinator.

Job Description:

The Finance and HR Manager 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. As the top financial professional, the Finance and HR Manager assures transparent reporting, understanding of the operating performance and financial position, and contributes interpretations thereof for staff leaders and the Board of Directors. A successful Finance and HR Manager will keep all of the Humane Society of St. Joseph County’s bookkeeping in working order and is responsible for many facets of the employee experience within HSSJC. The Finance and HR Manager also supports and participates in the development and execution of the organization’s strategic plan.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must have a deep concern for the humane treatment and compassionate care of animals.
  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally with human resources, finance/accounting coursework, or equivalent experience.
  • Two+ years of Finance and Human Resource experience. Non-profit experience a plus.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated exemplary communication skills to include knowledge of interviewing techniques, public speaking, skill in writing and editing and ability to express thoughts 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, 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.
  • Ability to build alliances with community organizations and agencies. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with vendors.
  • 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.
  • Proficiently use QuickBooks. Must be able to use common PC software programs including Word, Excel, Google Suite (Google Docs & Google Sheets) and database systems, 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.
  • Ability to operate a vehicle, valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Financial & Accounting Duties:

  • Designs, implements, and maintains all HSSJC accounting functions and controls.
  • Maintains the reliability, verifiability, timeliness, usefulness, completeness and accuracy of all accounting transactions, processes, and systems.
  • Prepares and monitors cash flow, donation processing, accounts receivable & accounts payable functions.
  • Maintains all financial statements including but not limited to invoices, bank statements, credit card statements, and utilities.
  • Maintains memorial donations and sends acknowledgement letters.
  • Maintains fundraiser reports.
  • Works with various vendors and applicable governmental agencies to execute fundraisers such as raffle mailings, in-person fundraisers and events, and online fundraising campaigns.
  • Maintains Point of Sale system, enters daily revenue report into QuickBooks, and makes daily bank deposits.
  • Maintains and complies with all financial and reporting requirements as described in Animal Control and Shelter Services contracts.
  • Receives and processes all mail after the Executive Director has reviewed.
  • Reconciles bank accounts, PayPal account & credit cards.
  • Performs accounting, grant management, and financial planning and reporting tasks for various grants.
  • Prepares interim financial statements, cash flow reports, fundraising reports, and budget analysis.
  • Monitors and evaluates investment performance including the Community Foundation Endowment fund, along with investment advisors and the Board of Directors.
  • Assists in preparing the annual budget, through cash flows, with input from the Leadership Team and Board of Directors.
  • Timely preparation and completion of the annual financial review/audit and 990 with the CPA firm.
  • Timely preparation and completion of quarterly taxes with CPA firm.
  • Timely preparation of annual Entity Report and Business Entity Report.
  • With input from the Leadership Team and assigned staff, researches and orders shelter supplies and assists with picking up orders/supplies at local stores.
  • Maintains membership and donation databases.
  • Works directly with the Leadership Team and Board of Directors to advance the objectives of the organization. This requires strong, professional, and proactive communication and excellent relationship building skills.
  • Performs related tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

Human Resource Duties:

  • Provides payroll administration for all HSSJC employees including bi-weekly payroll and state and federal taxes.
  • Supports the recruitment and staffing process by conducting phone screens, reference checks, scheduling interviews, and maintaining candidate files.
  • Guides new staff through the pre-employment process, ensures completion of all steps, including licensure and registration information if applicable.
  • Prepares and maintains HR orientation materials for new staff.
  • Provides human resource administration: new hire orientations, health & wellness offerings, direct deposit, unemployment, workers comp, OSHA log, PTO, grievances, etc.
  • Maintains personnel files.
  • Initiates 90 day and annual employee reviews with assistance from the Leadership Team.
  • Researches, proposes, and implements with the guidance of the Board of Directors improvements to benefit offerings and HR policies and procedures.
  • Keeps organization up to date on proper HR practices, with constant eye towards DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion).
  • Performs related tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

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.

Evaluation

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.

Medical Assistant-Triage Staff

Basic Function: Responsible for the daily medical care and wellness of shelter animals.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Starting wage: $15.00/hour with potential wage increase after 90 days.
  • Full-time benefits beginning after 90 day successful completion: Health & Wellness Stipend, Paid Time Off and Veterinary Assistance for Personal Pets

Medical assistants are responsible for providing exceptional humane care for the animals, including following prescribed treatment plans for sick, injured, and ill animals. In addition, medical assistants are responsible for performing basic health 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. Medical assistants assist 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. The hourly wage based for this position is based on the applicant’s experience.

Applicant Requirements:

  • 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
  • Open and flexible schedule including weekends and holidays
  • Reliable, punctual, and dependable team player with reliable transportation
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs
  • Attention to detail and excellent record keeping skills
  • Excellent animal handling skills and care experience required
  • Basic computer and camera skills

Medical Duties:

  • Works closely with the 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, vaccinations, and treatments given
  • Maintains clean and organized work spaces in accordance with shelter disease control protocols
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Shelter Veterinarian or leadership team

Kennel Duties:

  • Works alongside a team of animal care 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
  • Follows all safety and cleaning protocols
  • Feeds and provides daily care and exercise for special needs animals
  • Bathes 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
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Shelter Veterinarian or leadership team

Office Attendant

Reports To: Executive Director

Job Description:

Works in concert with the Leadership Team, Animal Control Officers, and Adoption Specialists 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 and county 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.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Starting wage: $16.00/hour with potential wage increase after 90 days.
  • Full-time benefits beginning after 90 day successful completion: Paid Time Off and Veterinary Assistance for Personal Pets

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, adoptions, and community education.
  • 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.
  • Daily tasks include data entry, filing, processing adoption applications, handling bite cases, cruelty and nuisance complaints, issuing pet licensing and permits, investigating lost & found pet reports, scheduling community service members, and other duties as assigned by the Leadership Team.
  • Responsible for assisting the Animal Control Officers when taking a complaint/call, dispatching them, keeping records and data input.
  • 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.
  • Maintains all office areas in an organized and clean manner.
  • Alerts the responsible parties of needed inventory of front office supplies including but not limited to copy paper, printer ink supplies, and general office supplies.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

The Humane Society of St. Joseph County is dedicated to furthering our progress as not only one of Michiana’s largest open-admission shelters and adoption centers but also through our leadership in animal welfare and community outreach. We are in search of an energetic, compassionate, and innovated veterinarian (or a pair of part-time veterinarians) with a great interest in shelter medicine who will work alongside our motivated and caring staff to provide outstanding care for all of our shelter pets.

Incorporated in 1886, we are one of Indiana’s oldest service organizations and one of the areas largest animal care facility. Servicing the greater St. Joseph County region and multiple municipalities, the HSSJC sees over 3,000 animals each year. Providing a vast array of community services and educational programs the Humane Society of St. Joseph County truly looks to embody it’s motto of “WE CARE” on many levels.

This position would be ideal for veterinarians of all experience levels with a passion to help some of our community’s most vulnerable pets. We are offering flexible schedules tailored to your lifestyle and availability, along with competitive pay and benefits. Interested applicants are welcome to apply on our form or can contact our Executive Director at [email protected].

Shelter Veterinarian (full-time)

Position Overview

The Humane Society of St. Joseph County (HSSJC) 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.  Our Shelter Veterinarian, as part of our team, will be responsible for ensuring the highest quality care for the animals. This is a full-time salary position that 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 Directors, Leadership Team, staff, and volunteers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Triage, examine, diagnose, treat, and provide routine shelter medicine for stray and shelter-owned animals.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of medical and general care protocols.
  • Ensure and oversee proper animal intake procedures in accordance with shelter policy.
  • Consult and advise on protocols and procedures pertaining to the health of shelter animals, including but not limited to vaccination, administration of medication/supportive care, diagnostic testing, medical evaluations, Fear Free handling, euthanasia, and disease prevention.
  • Perform surgical procedures on shelter and/or publicly owned animals, as needed (e.g., spay/neuter, umbilical hernia repair, lump removal, limb or tail amputation, enucleation).
  • Lead daily medical rounds and develop treatment plans for shelter animals.
  • Work with medical team to provide outstanding patient care to shelter animals and/or publicly owned animals, as needed.
  • Provide training, oversight, mentoring and consultation for medical and support staff (e.g., animal control officers, front office staff, animal placement specialists).
  • Maintain inventory of all necessary medical supplies and pharmaceuticals (including controlled substances).
  • Maintain and reconcile controlled drug logs in accordance with DEA guidelines.
  • Complete Certificates of Veterinary Inspection for shelter animals that are transferred out of state to various rescue partners (use of electronic CVIs is preferred).
  • Provide after-hours advice and/or care on an as-needed basis for stray and shelter-owned animals.
  • Collaborate with the HSSJC Leadership Team and Board of Directors to address operational or staff issues and work towards HSSJC Strategic Goals.
  • Other duties assigned by the Executive Director and/or the Board of Directors.

Requirements

  • 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 animal control facility preferred, but new graduates will be considered.
  • 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 Indiana CSR License- or ability to obtain.
  • NVAP Accreditation or ability to obtain.
  • Experience in shelter medicine preferred.
  • Experience in emergency medicine 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.

Shelter Veterinarian (part-time)

Position Overview

The Humane Society of St. Joseph County (HSSJC) 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.  Our Shelter Veterinarian, as part of our team, will be responsible for ensuring the highest quality care for the animals. This is a part-time hourly position that 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 Directors, Leadership Team, staff, and volunteers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Triage, examine, diagnose, treat, and provide routine shelter medicine for stray and shelter-owned animals.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of medical and general care protocols.
  • Ensure and oversee proper animal intake procedures in accordance with shelter policy.
  • Consult and advise on protocols and procedures pertaining to the health of shelter animals, including but not limited to vaccination, administration of medication/supportive care, diagnostic testing, medical evaluations, Fear Free handling, euthanasia, and disease prevention.
  • Perform surgical procedures on shelter animals on an as-needed basis (e.g., spay/neuter, umbilical hernia repair, lump removal, limb or tail amputation, enucleation).
  • Lead weekly medical rounds and organize treatment plans for shelter animals.
  • Work with medical team to provide outstanding patient care to shelter and/or publicly owned animals.
  • Provide training, oversight, mentoring and consultation for medical and support staff (e.g., animal control officers, front office staff, animal placement specialists).
  • Maintain inventory of all necessary medical supplies and pharmaceuticals (including controlled substances).
  • Maintain and reconcile controlled drug logs in accordance with DEA guidelines.
  • Complete Certificates of Veterinary Inspection for shelter animals that are transferred out of state to various rescue partners (use of electronic CVIs is preferred).
  • Provide after-hours advice and/or care on an as-needed basis for stray and shelter-owned animals.
  • Collaborate with the HSSJC Leadership Team and Board of Directors to address operational or staff issues and work towards HSSJC Strategic Goals.
  • Other duties assigned by the Executive Director and/or the Board of Directors

Requirements

  • 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 animal control facility.
  • Candidate must promote and support the overall vision and mission of the shelter.
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and insurable driving record.
  • DEA Certification and CSR- or ability to obtain.
  • NVAP Accreditation 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.


Surgical Veterinarian (part-time)

Position Overview

The Humane Society of St. Joseph County (HSSJC) 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.  Our Surgical Veterinarian, as part of our team, will be responsible for ensuring the highest quality care for the animals. This is a part-time hourly position that 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 Directors, Leadership Team, staff, and volunteers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Primary responsibility is to perform surgical procedures (e.g., spay/neuter, umbilical hernia repair, lump removal, limb or tail amputation, enucleation) on animals owned by HSSJC and/or other local animal welfare organizations. In some cases, surgical procedures may be provided to publicly owned animals.
  • Assists with the diagnosis, treatment, triage, and examination of shelter animals on an as-needed basis.
  • In conjunction with the Shelter Veterinarian, provides consultation and advice on protocols and procedures pertaining to the health of shelter animals, including but not limited to vaccination, administration of medication/supportive care, diagnostic testing, medical evaluations, Fear Free handling, euthanasia, and disease prevention.
  • Work with medical team to provide outstanding patient care to shelter and/or publicly owned animals, as needed.
  • Maintain and reconcile controlled drug log in accordance of DEA guidelines.
  • Other duties assigned by the Executive Director and/or the Board of Directors

Requirements

  • 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.
  • NVAP Accreditation preferred.
  • 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.

INTERNSHIP: Outreach Assistant

Time Commitment: 12 to 20 hours a week during academic year, August 16-April 26 (12 to 20 hours during summer April 27-August 15)

Compensation: $10.00/hr

Reports To: Outreach Coordinator

Internship Description:

As an Outreach Intern, you will learn valuable skills including time management, organization, content creation, marketing, and communication techniques in a non-profit business setting. You may assist with fundraisers and community & educational outreach programs. This position may require travel and participation in events after shelter hours.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must have a deep concern for the humane treatment and compassionate care of animals
  • EARN Indiana qualified Hoosier student currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program preferred https://www.workandlearnindiana.com/earn_info
  • 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
  • Demonstrated exemplary communication skills to include knowledge of shelter protocols, public speaking, skill in writing and the ability to express thought orally in a clear manner. Will be required to communicate effectively with the public, and HSSJC staff. Must be able to work with various personalities, ethnicities, social and age groups, and maintain tact and professionalism at all times
  • Ability to balance many tasks and be flexible in prioritizing workload
  • Must be able to use common PC software programs, to use the internet and email to communicate, and must be able to use telephone, facsimile machine, as well as other common office equipment
  • Ability to operate a vehicle, valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Must be able to utilize Microsoft Word, Publisher, Power Point, & Excel along with Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Forms, and Canva

Outreach Program Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with the Outreach Coordinator and leadership team, assists in the planning, advertising and management of outreach events, fundraisers, adoption events, and other HSSJC and community events
  • Assists with the Paw Pal program
  • Assists in creating and publishing content for HSSJC social media and website
  • Participates in taking pets to weekly Pet Segments on local news stations
  • Acts as an ambassador for the Humane Society of St. Joseph County at community and outreach events
  • Maintains positive communication with HSSJC donors, businesses, public officials, adopters, community members, and other animal welfare organizations
  • Carries out other duties as assigned by the Outreach Corodinator and leadership team

Volunteer Program Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with the Outreach Coordinator and leadership team, enforces all policies and protocols to protect the health and well-being of the volunteers, staff and animals in our care
  • May assist in supervising, coaching and training of volunteers
  • Issues proper paperwork and protocols to volunteers
  • Oversees the operations of the volunteer program ensuring the most effective use of limited resources
  • Carries out other duties as assigned by the Outreach Coordinator and leadership team

This position may also require time spent working in other areas of the shelter such as animal care and the front office.