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 our Controller, Nancy Deneen, at her email ndeneenhumane@comcast.net. The Humane Society of St. Joseph County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS

  • Front Office Attendant
  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Maintenance & Groundskeeper

Job Description Posted Below

Job Descriptions Posted Below

Office Attendant

Reports To: Executive Director

Job Description:

Office Attendants work 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. 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 Leadership Team of needed inventory of front office supplies including but not limited to intake cards, animal placement agreements, copy paper, printer ink supplies, and general office supplies).
  • Assists the 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.

Email cover letter and resume to our Controller, Nancy Deneen, at ndeneenhumane@comcast.net

Animal Care Attendant

Basic Function: Responsible for the daily care, cleaning, and enrichment 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

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 Executive Director, Shelter Operations Manager, and/or the Shelter Veterinarian 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 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

Email cover letter and resume to our Controller, Nancy Deneen, at ndeneenhumane@comcast.net

Maintenance & Groundskeeper

Reports To: Shelter Operations Manager

This position is a part-time position. Wage based on experience.

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.
  • 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. Report 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 Shelter Operations Manager and Executive Director.

Email cover letter and resume to our Controller, Nancy Deneen, at ndeneenhumane@comcast.net