Do you love animals AND people? Well then the Humane Society of Harford County is looking for you! We employ talented and dedicated staff 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 4,000 animals a year, including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles, farm animals, rodents, and even fish! We are proud to boast a 90%+ live release rate, 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, short/long term disability benefits, life and AD&D benefits, paid time off, and seven paid holidays. We also have an employee of the month program, quarterly staff appreciation events, and provide 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.
The Humane Society of Harford County, a progressive open admission shelter with an annual intake of 3,500-4,000 animals (including dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, birds, farm animals, and wildlife), is seeking a part-time or full-time Shelter Veterinarian. 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. Must be licensed to practice in Maryland, or willing to become licensed in the state.
Salary range is highly competitive, with benefits, including a professional development budget. To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, salary requirements, and three professional references to Jen Swanson, Executive Director. Please, no phone inquiries or walk ins.
Full-Time Veterinary Technicians
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 an inspired tech for our shelter veterinary department in our brand new, state of the art shelter. In addition to all the usual skills (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. We treat dogs, cats, pocket pets, exotics, and farm animals. Excellent low stress handling skills are a must! Experience in shelter medicine and/or high quality/high volume spay/neuter surgery is a plus but not a necessity. Rabies vaccinated and EBI certification is a huge plus, but if not, must be willing to do both. 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 $12-15/hour and commensurate with experience. Shifts vary depending on the shelter’s needs, and one weekend day is required. Candidates are required to have minimum of two years of consistent vet tech experience and excellent customer service skills. If this sounds like you, please complete the application linked below!
Full-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. On the job training and continuing education opportunities available. Starting rate of pay is $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 complete the application linked below!
Full-Time Animal Care Technicians
Although they try to operate behind the scenes, the results of our animal care techs’ work are 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! Experience with handling and caring for animals 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 $10-12/hour and commensurate with experience. Shifts vary depending on the shelter’s needs, and one weekend day is required. If this sounds like your kinda gig, please complete the application linked below!