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, rodents, farm animals, 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 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. 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. Please read the postings below to learn more about what is required for each opportunity!
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 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!?
Please note that we receive many applications, but do not have the ability to respond to them all, therefore our procedure is that we will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview.
Animal Care Coordinator (Full Time)
The Animal Care Coordinator will oversee the dog, cat, and exotic departments, and will report to the Shelter Operations Director. Duties include training and overseeing animal care team members; monitoring the animals’ progress and keeping them moving through the shelter; communicating special needs of animals to staff, volunteers, rescue groups, and the public; ensuring that daily assignments are completed, and the animals’ care and enrichment needs are met; performing behavior assessments; and helping new animals acclimate to the shelter environment.
Prior animal handling experience is required, and your skills will be assessed. Experience working with exotics and/or farm animals is a plus! Must have a working knowledge of animal behavior, body language, safe handling skills, and other industry best practices related to sanitation, housing, and capacity. Prior shelter work experience is strongly 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 database program. 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.
Animal Care Technicians (Full & Part Time)
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 animals’ living and play areas clean and tidy, providing enrichment, feeding and watering, and 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 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 animals is required (either personal or professional), and these skills will be assessed. It’s an extra bonus if you have experience with farm animals or exotic pets! Candidates must be computer literate, using Word, Excel, email, internet browsers, and be able to learn and use the PetPoint animal database program. We offer a competitive hourly wage, and our other benefits are outlined at the top of this page. Continuing education and professional development 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.
Animal Care Assistants (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. 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.
Adoption Counselors (Full 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. If this sounds like your kinda gig, 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, with a range of $55-65 an hour, and can be contract or a staff position. To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, wage requirements, and three professional references to Jen Swanson, Executive Director. Any questions regarding this position may also be directed to Jen’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. 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.