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Since 1870, the Washington Humane Society has provided comfort and care to the District’s animals. If you have a passion for animal welfare and want to make a difference, you have the opportunity to join a talented team that works every day to make a difference in the lives of animals. We hope that you can share your expertise and commitment with us and become part of our work. Please take time to explore the available positions listed below and read the "how to apply" instructions with each position carefully before applying.


Available Positions:

 

Animal Caregiver: Full-Time, Part-Time or On-Call 

Behavior and Training Counselor (Full-time)

Customer Care Associate - Full-Time (days) and Part-time (overnight) 

Human Resources Director (Full-time)

Humane Law Enforcement Officer  

Office Administrative Assistant (Temporary Part-time)

Staff Veterinarian 

Veterinary Technician  (Full-time)

WHS Internship Program

 

 
Please read the "how to apply" instructions for each job for more specific direction.
 
To Apply: 

To apply for any of the positions listed above, please submit a resume, letter of interest (including salary expectations), and completed printout of the online job application. Due to the volume of applications we receive and in the interest of thoughtfully considering individuals best suited for each position, the Human Resources Department will contact only those applicants moving forward in the selection process. No phone calls, please.
 
 
Via mail: 
Washington Humane Society
Human Resources Department
4590 MacArthur Blvd, NW
Washington, DC 20007
 
Via e-mail:
careers@washhumane.org
(Please include position title in subject line)
 
Via fax: 
202-723-5409

Attention: Human Resources
   

Animal Caregivers: Full-Time, Part-Time and On-Call

The Washington Humane Society is seeking compassionate, motivated, and detail-oriented individuals to join our team as full-time, part-time, and on-call Animal Caregivers. Successful candidates will be responsible for providing humane handling and care for all shelter animals and outstanding customer service, maintaining accurate animal records, and ensuring a safe and sanitary environment for animals and people. Animal Caregivers clean and disinfect animal living areas, assist with medical care and behavior enrichment, as well as work with customers and promote animals for adoption. Successful completion of training program and general knowledge exam required.
Qualifications
 
  • Experience handling domestic and wild animals
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to find creative solutions to challenges
  • A clean driving record
  • A team-oriented approach to work with an ability to bring out the best in peers
  • Passion for the Washington Humane Society mission
How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume and completed online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Animal Caregiver” and specify your preference for full-time, part-time or on-call. 


Behavior and Training Counselor

Washington Humane Society (WHS) seeks an energetic, outgoing individual to expand WHS’s behavior and training programs. The Behavior and Training Counselor will work with the Behavior, Rehoming and Animal Care teams to build enrichment and training programs for a variety of animals. WHS is the oldest animal protection agency in DC and operates two adoption centers, a behavior & learning center and a low cost spay/neuter clinic in addition to performing humane law enforcement for the District. The successful candidate will help save lives by working one on one with animals, staff, volunteers, fosters, and other partner organizations. Engagement and interest in a variety of other adoption center areas encouraged. This may include cross training in media, adoptions, medical, and animal care.  

Qualifications

  • A passion for and experience in animal welfare.
  • A professional mindset, a proven desire to take initiative, and be a team player. 
  • The ability to multi-task and handle fast-paced, demanding initiatives while also learning and applying new ideas. 
  • A commitment to excellent customer service. 
  • Comfortable with social media and aptitude in computer skills; excel, googledocs, Microsoft Office, Outlook etc.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and teaching classes.
  • Proven organizational and time-management skills with a strong eye for details. 
  • Professional, clear, confident verbal and written communication abilities. 
  • Commitment to helping the animals and people of DC. 
  • The ability to work well independently on several projects simultaneously. 
  • Knowledge of animal behavior and handling skills, specifically skills in clicker training, positive reinforcement, and learning theory. 
  • CPDT-KA or KSA or other similar certification preferred.
 
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume and completed online job applicationto careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Behavior and Training Counselor."

Customer Care Associate: Full-Time (days), Part-Time (overnight)

 
The Washington Humane Society is seeking a motivated, customer service-focused team player to provide support to the front desk, adoptions, and animal care operations. The successful candidate will assist the public with a wide-range of animal-related visits and calls about DC animal-related laws and shelter policies and programs. Responsibilities entail providing outstanding customer service, maintaining accurate animal records, and maintaining a safe and sanitary environment for animals and people.
Customer Care Associates counsel customers about alternatives to relinquishing their pets, provide or direct customers to support when having challenges with their pets, assist the public with locating their lots pets, return lost pets to their families, and receive and process animals relinquished at the adoption center. Position available is full-time (days); weekends required. WHS offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Successful completion of training program and general knowledge exam required.

Qualifications
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to find creative solutions to challenges
  • Outstanding customer service attitude
  • A clean driving record
  • A team-oriented approach to work, with an ability to bring out the best in peers
  • Experience handling domestic and wild animals preferred
  • Passion for the Washington Humane Society mission
How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume and completed online job applicationto careers@washhumane.org with the subject "Customer Care Associate.” 


Human Resources Director (Full-time)


The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeking an experienced Director of Human Resources to join our leadership team as we move into an exciting time of growth at our organization.  The Director of Human Resources will oversee the strategy and administration of all personnel matters, including recruiting, orientation, training, development, performance management, compliance, compensation, and benefits.  This position involves direct oversight of a part-time HR Assistant as well as close collaboration with the Training & Development Manager.  Acceptable candidates will bring a passion for and commitment to the mission of WHS and a demonstrated record of achievement in all areas of HR management and a proven ability to be organized, proactive, and flexible.  


Responsibilities

  • Recruiting
  • Orientation, Training and Development
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Compliance
  • Employee Programs

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university;
  • 7 to 10 years of related experience and/or training, most recently as Human Resources Director, preferably in a non-profit and/or animal services environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Competency in leadership planning, development and training.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret human resources and benefits journals, financial reports, and legal documents. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of constituencies.

 

How to Apply

 Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume and completed online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject "Human Resources Director.” 

 

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Humane Law Enforcement Officer

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeking an energetic, confident and organized individual to join our team as a Humane Law Enforcement Officer. The person hired into this role will enforce the anti-cruelty code, investigate and resolve animal neglect/cruelty complaints and interact frequently with DC citizens. Officers collect evidence, research information for search/arrest warrants, document investigation details, impound animals if needed, and play an integral role in transforming animal welfare in the nation’s capital.  

Responsibilities

  • Enforce local humane laws, ensuring compliance with standards for the care of animals and to relieve suffering;
  • Promptly and thoroughly investigate complaints of cruelty to animals, resolving cases through education, direct aid to respondents, impoundment and criminal prosecution when appropriate;
  • Collect and preserve evidence, including witness statements, photographic documentation and physical evidence;
  • Arrange veterinary examinations;
  • Prepare warrants and hearing files and testify in court and at hearings on behalf of the Washington Humane Society;
  • Work with local law enforcement agencies and community groups to reduce animal cruelty.
 
Qualifications

  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in animal control, animal welfare, law enforcement, or response-related duties; knowledge/experience in state/local animal laws and enforcement techniques;
  • Strong motivation to make a difference in the lives of animals with a commitment to rescue any animal in need;
  • A track record of successful relationships with colleagues, subordinates, and customers;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal relationship skills;
  • Outstanding communications skills;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of constituencies including staff, volunteers, current and potential donors, representatives of other animal welfare organizations, private and public agencies, public officials, the press, and private citizens concerned about the treatment of animals;
  • Enthusiasm to expand life-saving programs and the ability to work in an organization with diverse responsibilities and a commitment to finding solutions for animal welfare related issues;
  • Must be flexible to work a rotational on-call schedule for nights and weekends.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume and completed online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject "HLE Officer.”

Office Administrative Assistant (Temporary Part-time)


The Washington Humane Society is seeking a self-motivated, organized individual to assist in overall office administration at the MacArthur Blvd location on a temporary basis. A qualified candidate will play a critical role in ensuring efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the WHS Administrative Offices. The Admin Assistant will need to provide exemplary customer service to the public, board members, volunteers, donors, and employees via the telephone and in person and must be able to manage multiple priorities effectively. 
Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree (BA) from a four year college or university preferred with one to three years related experience or training, preferably in non-profit or communication environment, and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Excellent communication skills are essential. 
  • Needs to be proficient in Microsoft Office. 
  • Experience with Luminate Online, PetPoint and database management a plus.

 

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume and completed online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject "Admin Assistant.”

 
   
Staff Veterinarian
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeking a skilled veterinarian, who is passionate about saving the lives of animals, to join our organization as Staff Veterinarian. WHS provides care and services for all animals of the District of Columbia as well as serving our community through a broad portfolio of programs including humane law enforcement, animal control, no-cost community cat TNR programs, wildlife rescue, pet retention programs, and humane education. WHS is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, providing comfort and care to over 43,000 animals each year through its wide range of programs and services.

The Staff Veterinarian works with the WHS Medical Director to provide sterilization services for shelter and public animals, to engage with our community through low-cost vaccine clinics, and to provide treatment and care to animals in our two adoption centers. The ideal candidate will be experienced in high-volume spay/neuter, have gone through focused shelter medicine veterinary programs, and possess an excitement for providing care to animals in need and a steadfast commitment to helping our organization reach its goals.
 
Responsibilities
 
  • Contribute to WHS efforts to reduce pet overpopulation in our region by performing sterilization surgeries for WHS animals as well as animals from other organizations in the region and for owned pets
  • Support the WHS commitment to helping our community give their own pets the best care possible by providing basic health services and pet care education through our robust, low-cost vaccine clinics
  • Work as part of the medical team to keep animals healthy while in our shelters by providing appropriate and timely medical and surgical care to shelter and foster animals, following the SOPs developed by WHS Medical and Shelter Directors
  • Bring a spirit of continuous learning and a curious mind that is looking always for how WHS can continue to improve our operation to better serve the people and animals of our region
  • Help staff grow in their position and develop future leaders for our organization
  • Act as a leader for more junior staff by always being professional, kind, honest, and compassionate
  • Willingness to work with, oversee, and instruct  pre-vet interns, veterinary externs, volunteers, and other veterinarians from our community
Qualifications
 
  • Must be able to perform a minimum of 30 spay/neuter surgeries per day; proficiency in or willingness to learn sterilization procedures of rabbits
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of constituencies including the (volunteer) Board of Directors, the staff, a volunteer workforce, current and potential donors, representatives of other animal protection organizations, private and public agencies, public officials, the press, and private citizens
  • Must be able to train and assist in directing the activities of department staff and volunteers
Salary commensurate with experience; WHS provides health, dental, and vision insurance at no cost to employees; 401K plan (1% matching); $10,000 life insurance policy at no cost to the employee; Employee Assistance Program and other benefits.
 
How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and passion for the WHS mission, salary history, your resume, and completed online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Vet.” 
 

Veterinary Technician  (Full-time)

The Washington Humane Society is looking for a skilled technician to join our collegial environment to provide support to our veterinarians in the performance of surgical preparation, anesthesia induction, monitoring, recovery, examination and medication of shelter and public animals. The Vet Tech will assist staff and volunteers in the duties associated with surgical preparation, clean up, recovery and medication. The individual will be responsible for examining animals brought in for health care issues pre and post- adoption, and work with veterinarians in administering appropriate tests, medical care and medication.

Qualifications
  • One (1) year medical, veterinary or animal care experience.  
  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Excellent oral communication skills.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment with positive attitude and in agreement with WHS mission to end overpopulation of animals in the DC Metro area.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. unassisted regularly; lift 50+ lbs. on occasion.  
  • Reliable transportation.  
  • Shelter experience a plus. 
How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and passion for the WHS mission, salary history, your resume, and completed online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Vet Tech.” 
 


WHS Internship Program
 

WHS has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. WHS is committed to remaining a model for all humane communities across the nation. The WHS Internship Program provides a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the work of WHS. Every year a limited number of places for internships are available. Departments that Internships are available are as follows:
 
  • Volunteer Programs
  • Animal Care
  • Shelter Medical Department (New York Avenue)
  • Adoptions
  • Field Services
  • Special Events
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Behavior and Learning
  • Development (graphic designer experience needed)
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Human Resources

To take part in the program, we look for the following minimum eligibility criteria:
  
  • Applicants must be US citizens and should have a strong academic record (3.0 GPA or better).
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program in a college or university, second university degree or higher, at the time of application and during the internship.
  • A minimum of 18 years of age
  • Approval from the department’s internship adviser and completed Internship Application Package should be turned in before starting the internship.
 
 
To Apply:

To apply for any of the positions listed above, please submit a resume, letter of interest (including salary expectations), and completed printout of the online job application. Due to the volume of applications we receive and in the interest of thoughtfully considering individuals best suited for each position, the Human Resources Department will contact only those applicants moving forward in the selection process. No phone calls, please.
 
Via mail:
Washington Humane Society
Human Resources Department
4590 MacArthur Blvd, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Via e-mail:
careers@washhumane.org
(Please include position title in subject line)
Via fax:
202-723-5409
Attention: Human Resources


 
 
 
 
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