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, including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles, farm animals, rodents, and even fish! Since 2016 we have maintained 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, employer-paid short/long term disability benefits, employer-paid life and AD&D benefits, paid vacation, 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 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! Your shift would be Fridays from 10am – 6pm; Saturdays from 9am – 5pm; Sundays from 8am – 4pm; Mondays from 10am-6pm; and Tuesdays from 10am – 6pm 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.
Full-Time Animal Care Manager
The Animal Care Manager oversees the dog, cat, and exotic departments. The person in this role will monitor the animals’ progress and keep them moving through the shelter; communicate special needs of animals to staff, volunteers and the public; train and oversee animal care team members; ensure that daily assignments are completed and the animals’ husbandry and enrichment needs are met; perform behavior assessments; and help new animals acclimate to the shelter environment.
Animal handling and husbandry experience is required, and those skills will be assessed. Prior shelter work experience is preferred. 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 animal management software. We offer a competitive hourly wage; 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. 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.