Do you love animals AND people? Well then the Humane Society of Harford County is looking for you! We employ talented and dedicated animal welfare professionals in all areas of the shelter, and we are looking to expand our team! We are an open-admission nonprofit animal shelter and take in approximately 3,500 animals a year, including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles, farm animals, rodents, and even fish! We are proud to boast a 93% live release rate as of 2018, a statistic upon which we always strive to improve.
All candidates must be 18+, pass a pre-employment drug screening, possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, have an excellent work ethic, be able to work effectively under high stress, and handle an emotionally and physically demanding work environment. Must be computer literate, using Word, Excel, email, internet browsers, and be able to learn and use the PetPoint database program.
Full time employees are offered excellent health/vision/dental benefits, a SIMPLE retirement plan with 3% match after two years of service, employer-paid short/long term disability benefits, employer-paid life and AD&D benefits, paid vacation and 40 hours of sick and safe leave, and seven paid holidays. Part time employees are offered 40 hours of sick and safe leave. All employees are eligible for our employee of the month program, quarterly staff appreciation events, and multiple continuing education and professional development opportunities throughout the year. On top of all that, we’re a bunch of fun and dynamic folks who love our jobs and get to help animals and people for a living! What’s better than that!?
Animal care, rescue, and/or sheltering experience is not required for every position. Please read the postings below to learn more about what is required for each opportunity.
Full-Time Shelter Veterinarian
The Humane Society of Harford County, a progressive open admission shelter with an annual intake of approximately 3,500 animals (including dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, birds, farm animals, and wildlife), is seeking a full-time Shelter Veterinarian. Our animals come in as owner surrenders, stray, and animals seized by animal control for various reasons. Our brand new, 19,000 square foot shelter facility boasts a large multi-room veterinary suite with new equipment and a well-stocked pharmacy. Compassionate care of our animals is our top priority and we do our best to provide the resources needed to be successful.
Responsibilities include diagnosing and treating animals, stabilizing ill and injured animals, overseeing day to day herd health, and overseeing our spay/neuter surgery suite and/or performing spay/neuter surgeries for shelter pets. The veterinary department, when fully staffed, includes four full time vet techs. Knowledge of shelter medicine protocols, particularly high quality high volume spay/neuter, is strongly preferred. Humane Alliance training is a huge plus! Must be licensed to practice in Maryland.
Candidate must possess or be willing to obtain a DEA license and MD CDS license with HSHC listed as the primary address, and allow ordering of controlled substances under your license (this is a reimbursable expense.)
Salary range is highly competitive, with benefits, including a professional development budget. Ideal schedule is Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm. To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, salary requirements, and three professional references to Jen Swanson, Executive Director.
Full-Time Vet Techs/Vet Assistants
Are you an upbeat veterinary technician that’s wild about animals? Do you love people too, and enjoy helping the community? We are actively seeking inspired techs for our shelter veterinary department in our brand new, state of the art shelter, which includes a multi-room veterinary and surgery suite. In addition to all the usual skills such as preparing and giving treatments, assisting our vets, ensuring proper sanitation in cages/kennels/vet rooms, counseling fosters and adopters about the pets’ medical needs, collecting and maintaining records, drawing blood, and running labs; we are particularly seeking a team player who can work quickly and efficiently in a high stress environment while maintaining a positive attitude.
Excellent low stress handling skills are a must! Experience with shelter medicine and/or high quality/high volume spay/neuter surgery is a plus, but not a necessity. Current rabies vaccination and EBI certification is a huge plus, but if not, must be willing to obtain both (at HSHC’s expense). Must be computer literate, using Word, Excel, email, internet browsers, and be able to learn and use the PetPoint database program.
On the job training and continuing education opportunities available. A competitive salary and benefits package is offered. Shifts vary depending on the shelter’s needs, and one weekend day is required. Interested? Please fill out an application for employment here. Please, no phone or email inquiries or walk ins.
Full-Time Volunteer, Foster & Rescue Coordinator
This is a great position for someone who loves helping pets and people, and is extremely organized and outgoing! The Volunteer, Foster & Rescue Coordinator is a direct report to our Volunteer, Foster & Rescue Manager, and works closely with her and our other team members to ensure that these three programs run smoothly and efficiently in conjunction with our shelter operations. The person in this role will help recruit, train, and retain dedicated volunteers and fosters; create and maintain volunteer records (both paper and electronic); recruit and schedule volunteers for events; ensure that foster pets are receiving appropriate care; help plan and execute appreciation events; participate in Humane Education events and give group tours as needed; and help identify rescue candidates and coordinate their placement with appropriate rescue partners.
Experience with volunteer and/or foster management and animals is required. Exceptional and compassionate customer service skills, and the ability to effectively multi-task, is essential. Must be computer literate, using Word, Excel, email, internet browsers, and be able to learn and use various web-based database programs including PetPoint, Volgistics, and SignUpGenius. Continuing education and professional development opportunities available. Starting rate of pay is $12-15/hour and commensurate with experience. Other benefits are outlined at the top of this page. Shift varies depending on the shelter’s needs, and one weekend day is required. Sound good? Then please fill out an application for employment here. Please, no phone or email inquiries or walk ins.
Full-Time and Part-Time Animal Care Technicians
Although they try to operate behind the scenes, the results of our animal care techs’ work is seen everywhere. This team is responsible for keeping the kennels and cages clean and tidy, our animals fed and watered, and are often the first to notice if an animal at the shelter might be having a problem. Because they interact with the animals every day, they get to know them very well! Animal care techs help ensure that our animal enrichment protocols are taking place, and work closely with other departments and our volunteers to make sure our shelter pets are happy and healthy during their time with us.
Being an animal care tech is a very physically demanding job, but also so rewarding! Some experience with handling and caring for cats is required, and these skills will be assessed. Candidates must be computer literate, using Word, Excel, email, internet browsers, and be able to learn and use the PetPoint database program. On-the-job training and continuing education opportunities available. Starting rate of pay is $10.10-12/hour and commensurate with experience. If you’re ready to make a difference in the lives of our shelter pets, please fill out an application for employment here. Please, no phone or email inquiries or walk ins.
Part-Time Adoption Counselors
Our adoption counselors are the first smiling faces seen by all of our visitors, donors, volunteers, and fosters. Their happy and polite attitude can even be heard over the phone and in the tone of their emails! The adoption team helps educate the public by answering all animal and shelter-related questions, and is responsible for helping introduce families to a new pet, approving and processing all adoptions, providing resources to prevent surrenders, accepting surrendered and stray animals, and helping to reunite lost pets with their owners.
Exceptional and compassionate customer service skills, and the ability to effectively multi-task, is essential. Must be computer literate, using Word, Excel, email, internet browsers, and be able to learn and use the PetPoint database program. Benefits include 40 hours of Sick & Safe Leave, professional development opportunities, quarterly staff appreciation events, and the wonderful feeling that you are working to help animals! Starting rate of pay is $10.10-12/hour and commensurate with experience. Shifts vary depending on the shelter’s needs, and one weekend day is required. Experience with animals and/or sheltering is preferred, but not required. If this sounds like your kinda gig, please fill out an application for employment here. Please, no phone or email inquiries or walk ins.