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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:

Veterinary Technician - National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center

Staff Veterinarian

Animal Care and Control Officer

Animal Care Courier

Animal Caregiver

Behavior and Training Counselor

Customer Care Associate

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

 
Veterinary Technician - National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center
  
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) seeks an energetic, positive team oriented player to join the medical staff at the National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center as well as our two adoption center locations. Main responsibilities include assisting in the performance of surgical preparation, anesthetic induction, monitoring, recovery, examination, and medication of shelter and public animals. The Veterinary Technician is also responsible for administering vaccinations and other appropriate injections as needed. 
  
The successful candidate must:
  • Posses strong veterinary, surgical, and critical care skills, including surgical prep, maintenance of the surgical patient, patient recovery and critical care (including CPCR), familiarity with infectious disease transmission and prevention, and basic laboratory skills.
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment and a track record of successful relationships with colleagues, subordinates, and customers.
  • Be able to lift up to 50 lbs. unassisted regularly.
  • Be able to work a flexible schedule.
  • Posses a strong motivation to make a difference in the lives of animals with a commitment to rescue/help any animal in need.
  • Have strong attention to detail and excellent record keeping skills.
  • Have excellent communication skills (written and verbal), be computer literate, and have knowledge of resolving conflicts with domestic and wild animals.
  • Posses demonstrated interpersonal relationship skills. 
 
How to Apply

Please submit a resume, letter of interest (including salary expectations), and completed printout of the online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Vet Tech - SNC."
 

   
 
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 WHS’s mission, salary history and your resume to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Vet.” Learn more at www.washhumane.org.  Thank you for your interest!
 
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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.

Qualifications
  • Must have HS diploma/GED
  • Knowledge/experience in state/local animal laws and enforcement techniques
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills
  • Ability to run, climb over/under objects, and lift over 50 lbs
  • Must be able to handle/examine wild/domestic animals
  • Must 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 (Current opening 10 PM- 8 AM, Friday through Monday)

How to Apply
 
Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Animal Care and Control Officer.” Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

 
Animal Care Courier
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeking an experienced, energetic, team-player to join our team. The Animal Care Courier is responsible for transporting animals between our adoption centers and the WHS National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center (SNC) for surgery, using extreme care in the humane handling of the animals. This individual is also responsible for properly maintaining the transport vehicle and cleaning and disinfecting the animal housing areas and public areas of the SNC. This part-time position is scheduled Monday – Thurs 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM 

The successful candidate will:
  • Be an enthusiastic self-starter and must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record and a clean criminal record
  • Must be animal-friendly and physically able to handle dogs on leash and cannot have animal allergies (dog or cats)
  • Have previous animal handling experience a plus
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs

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 Courier.” 

 
Animal Caregiver
 
The Washington Humane Society is seeking compassionate, motivated, and detail-oriented individuals to join our team as part-time and full-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. Shifts rotate within the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., weekends required. WHS offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. 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 team-oriented approach to work with an ability to bring out the best in peersPassion 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.” 

 
Behavior and Training Counselor
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) seeks an energetic, outgoing individual to expand our behavior and training programs.  The Behavior and Training Counselor will work with the Behavior and Rehoming team 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 and learning center, and a low cost spay and neuter clinic, in addition to performing humane law enforcement and animal care and control for the District. WHS is poised for tremendous growth in the next five years and is seeking a new member to join our talented team.The successful candidate will help save lives by working one on one with animals, staff, volunteers, foster volunteers, and other partner organizations. Engagement and interest in a variety of other adoption center areas is encouraged – this may include cross training in media, adoptions, medical, and animal care. 

Specifically, she or he will have:
  • A passion for and experience in animal welfare.
  • A professional mindset and 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.
  • A high level of comfort with social media and an aptitude in computer skills: Excel, Google Docs, Microsoft Office, Outlook, etc.
  • A high level of comfort 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.
  • A 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 to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Behavior and Training Counselor.” Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


      
 
Customer Care Associate
 
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 shelter. Shifts rotate within the hours of 7:00 am – 10:30 pm, 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 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 to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Customer Care Associate.” Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

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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. WHS's 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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