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, progressive animal shelter and take in approximately 3,000-3,500 animals a year of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles, rodents, farm animals, and even fish! Please be sure to include any animal handling or shelter/rescue experience on your application and/or resume. We are especially interested in candidates that are multi-lingual, particularly if you are fluent in Spanish and/or American Sign Language!
All candidates must be 18 or older, pass a pre-employment drug screening, comply with random drug testing, 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. All candidates must be computer literate, using Word, Excel, email, internet browsers, and be able to learn and use database programs. Animal care, animal handling, rescue, and/or sheltering experience is not required for every position – but if you have any at all, please be sure to include it on your application and/or resume! Please read the postings below to learn more about what is required for each opportunity!
BENEFITS & WAGES
Full time employees are offered excellent employer-paid health/vision/dental benefits (we pay 60% to start, 80% after one year of service, and 100% after two years), a SIMPLE retirement plan with 3% match after two years of service, 100% employer-paid short/long term disability benefits, employer-paid life and AD&D benefits, as well as paid vacation and 40 sick and safe leave hours, and seven paid holidays. Part time employees are offered 40 hours of paid sick and safe leave. All employees are eligible for our employee of the month program, staff appreciation events, and multiple continuing education and professional development opportunities throughout the year. We also have a Gym Reimbursement Program, and an Employee Referral Program! Entry level positions generally begin at $15/hour, and may increase based on education and/or experience. All wages are competitive with area industry standards, which are reviewed annually. 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!?
Please note that we receive many applications, but do not have the ability to respond to them all, therefore we will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview. We also request that you do not apply for a position if you do not meet the minimum criteria. If you would like to confirm that we have received your application, please click here to email us. Otherwise, we ask that there be no other email inquiries, phone calls, or walk ins.
Adoption Counselors (Full & Part Time)
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. Experience with animals and/or sheltering/rescue is preferred, but not required. Please be sure to include any animal handling or rescue experience on your application and/or resume. If this sounds like your kinda gig, please fill out an application for employment here. Please, no phone calls, email inquiries, or walk ins.
Animal Care Technicians (Full & Part Time)
Are you a self-professed neat freak who’s not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty? If so, you might be the shelter’s next Animal Care Assistant. Your primary responsibilities will include cleaning and sanitizing the animals’ living spaces; providing food, water and bedding; doing laundry; and working closely with other team members to ensure the animals receive top-notch care.
While this position is very physically demanding, it’s also vitally important to the animals’ health and well-being. Candidates must have animal care experience, either personal or professional (it’s a bonus if you have experience with farm animals or exotic pets!), be able to lift up to 50 lbs., work indoors and out in all weather conditions, and perform repetitive functions such as bending, kneeling, lifting and reaching. Please be sure to include any animal handling or rescue experience on your application and/or resume. On-the-job training and continuing education opportunities available. 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 calls, email inquiries, or walk ins.
Community Outreach & Volunteer Manager (Full Time)
If you are an enthusiastic people person with a passion to make a difference in your community for animals, we want to meet you! We are seeking our new Community Outreach and Volunteer Manager who will oversee our volunteer program including training and retention, run offsite adoption programs, and provide administrative and logistical support for Shelter community programs. Your primary duties will include volunteer program management, youth outreach & humane education programs and tours, office duties, and interaction with community and partner organizations. The ideal candidate will be a compassionate communicator who is able to work independently and can also demonstrate flexibility and innovation.
You should have 2 years of progressively responsible volunteer coordination/management or supervisory experience in an animal welfare-related organization. You must have exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and have the ability to communicate effectively with regard to animal care and treatment, and shelter policies and programs. In addition, you must be computer literate and comfortable in public speaking and training roles.
We offer a competitive wage, and our other benefits are outlined at the top of this page. Continuing education and professional development opportunities available. Sound good? Then please fill out an application for employment here. Please, no phone calls, email inquiries, or walk ins.
Part Time & Relief Veterinarians (Multiple Positions Available)
Are you an experienced veterinarian who has some time for homeless pets? Then we’re looking for you! Our 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. This position reports to the Shelter Operations Director.
Responsibilities include diagnosing and treating animals of various species, stabilizing ill and injured animals, helping oversee day to day herd health, and/or performing spay/neuter surgeries for shelter pets. The veterinary department includes four-five full time experienced shelter vet techs to assist you. 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.
This position is hourly, can be contract or a staff position, and pay is dependent on experience. To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, wage requirements, and three professional references to Bob Citrullo, Executive Director. Any questions regarding this position may also be directed to Bob’s email.
Veterinary Technicians (Full & Part Time)
Are you an upbeat vet tech that’s wild about animals? Do you love people too, and enjoy helping the community? We are actively seeking inspired techs for our veterinary department. In addition to all the usual skills (preparing and giving treatments, assisting our vets, ensuring proper sanitation, 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. You will get to work with all kinds of animals, including 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. Please be sure to include any animal handling or rescue experience on your application and/or resume. Continuing education and professional development opportunities available. Candidates are required to have minimum of 1-2 years consistent vet tech experience and excellent customer service skills. 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 calls, email inquiries, or walk ins.