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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


Administrative Assistant - Humane Law Enforcement (Part-Time)

Animal Care & Control Field Dispatcher

Animal Caregiver (Full-Time and Part-Time)

Animal Care and Control Officer

Customer Care Associate (Full-Time and Part-Time)

Director of Development

Humane Law Enforcement Officer

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, cover letter, and completed 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


Administrative Assistant, Humane Law Enforcement - Part-Time 

The Administrative Assistant for Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) provides administrative support and assistance to the HLE Department of the Washington Humane Society, supporting the enforcement of humane animal laws in the District of Columbia. This is a part-time position reporting to the Director of Humane Law Enforcement.
 

Responsibilities:

  • Answer HLE phones to assist or direct callers and, when necessary, dispatch HLE Officers
  • Provide administrative support to the Director of HLE and Officers
  • Coordinate the animal care, documentation and reporting for impounded animals
  • Maintain the flow of information to the Marketing and Communications Department regarding HLE topics and issues
  • Assists with fundraising, community events, and HLE supported programs
  • Responsible for taking minutes at HLE hearings and meetings

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma/GED
  • Microsoft Office skills required 
  • Intermediate computer-related problem solving skills and knowledge of PetPoint a plus
  • Knowledge of law enforcement techniques, principals and practices a plus, as is knowledge of local/state animal laws and court procedures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of constituencies
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving record; must be able to pass criminal and pet cruelty background checks
  • The ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment

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."
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Animal Care & Control Field Dispatcher

Ensures field officers are provided with continuous accurate and complete information regarding calls for service on a round-the-clock basis. Provides quality customer service to callers related to field service matters. Ensures that all required paperwork, log books and follow up calls are processed appropriately. The hours will be Wednesday 6:30 am to 3pm, Thursday thru Saturday 1:30pm to 10pm, and Sundays 6:30am to 3pm. Off Mondays and Tuesdays (the actual hours may vary but days off will remain the same.) The position will report to the Animal Control Corporal.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Receive calls from the public related to animal control field work.
  • Obtains complete and accurate information for each call taken.
  • Dispatches calls to officers in the field and acts as a support resource for officers.
  • Assists the public in resolving animal related conflicts with long-term effective solutions.
  • Ensures that all dispatched calls are recorded properly.
  • Maintains filed call log to ensure calls are properly carried over or are closed appropriately.
  • Receive reports of animal bites, records them properly.
  • Forwards reports to appropriate persons and follows up when necessary to ensure complete information has been obtained.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Animal Control Director and/or Dispatch Manager.

Qualifications:

Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.  Excellent communication skills, knowledge of resolving conflicts with domestic and wild animals.

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 “Dispatcher."

Animal Caregiver (Full-Time and Part-Time)

The Washington Humane Society is seeking compassionate, motivated, and detail-oriented individuals to join our team as full-time and part-time 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
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent

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 “Caregiver."

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Animal Care and Control Officer

The Washington Humane Society is seeking a dynamic, motivated, flexible team player to join our field services division as an Animal Care and Control Officer (ACO). The ACO must effectively and efficiently provide assistance to animal related calls within the District of Columbia, be able to work with Metropolitan DC Police, and interact with and educate the public on the responsibility of companion animal ownership, explaining provisions of the DC Animal Control Act. Officers are responsible for rescuing animals from dangerous situations, as well as picking up sick, injured, and trapped animals and impounding animals, when needed. Completes those duties assigned to him/her by Supervisors and/or Director of DCACFS.

Qualifications:

  • Must have HS diploma/GED
  • Knowledge/experience in state/local animal laws and enforcement techniques
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skillsAbility to run, climb over/under objects, and lift over 75 lbs.
  • Must be able to handle/examine wild/domestic animalsMust have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record and pass criminal history/pet cruelty background checks
  • Must be flexible to work on-call nights and weekends

Certificates and Licenses:

  • Must maintain a valid driver’s License and a driving record acceptable to insurance provider
  • Must possess and maintain certification for  Euthanasia by Injection (EBI) or obtain certification within six months of hire
  • Must possess and maintain certification for Chemical Capture, or obtain certification within one year of hire
  • Must possess and maintain certification for Bite Stick, or obtain certification within six months of hire
  • Must possess and maintain certification for Pepper Spray (OC) or obtain certification within six months of hire
  • Must possess NACA Levels I and II training or successfully complete WHS (DCAC) Animal Control Officers training program within five (5) weeks of hire. Note: Applicants with NACA Level I and II certification must still pass WHS (DCAC) Animal Control Officers training program within three (3) weeks of hire.

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 Care and Control Officer."



 

Customer Care Associate (Full-Time and Part-Time) 

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 application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject "Cust Care.” 

 

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Director of Development

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeking a Director of Development to join our dynamic team of fundraisers. WHS operates two open-admission shelters, a Behavior and Learning Center and the National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center. Noted nationwide for flagship programs like Dog Tags, the PACK (People and Animals Cardio Club) and the TNR program CatNiPP, WHS is a rapidly growing organization. This full-time position will be based in our Administrative Offices and will report to the Chief Development Officer. The Director of Development will serve as the key professional in implementing a vibrant strategy to grow and cultivate a base of major gifts, expand and oversee annual giving and planned giving programs, as well as play a leading role in the upcoming Capital Campaign for WHS. 

Qualifications:

Minimum seven years professional experience in major gift work; Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations or other major field related to the position; demonstrated record of building and leading successful major gift programs; Capital Campaign experience 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 “Development."

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Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Officer

The Washington Humane Society seeks an energetic, organized individual to serve as an HLE Officer. Officers enforce the anti-cruelty code, investigate and resolve animal neglect/cruelty complaints, and interact frequently with DC citizens. Officers collect evidence, research information for warrants, document investigation details, impound animals, and play an integral role in transforming animal welfare in DC.

Qualifications:

  • Two years in animal control/welfare, law enforcement, or response-related duties; knowledge/experience in state/local animal laws and enforcement techniques
  • Track record of successful relationships and outstanding communications skills with a variety of constituencies 
  • Enthusiasm to save lives and the ability to work in an organization with diverse responsibilities and a commitment to find solutions for animal welfare issues 
  • Flexible to work a rotational on-call schedule, 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."

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 salary requirements with your resume and completed online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Vet Tech."

WHS Internship Program (Unpaid)

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.

Internships may be available in the following departments: 

 
  • 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:
(Please include position title in subject line)

Via fax:

202-723-5409
Attention: Human Resources

 

 

 

 

 
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