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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 Care & Control Field Dispatcher

Adoption Supervisor

Clinic Assistant (Part-Time)

Communications and Digital Media Specialist

Humane Law Enforcement Officer  

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 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.

Minimum Requirements:

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."

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Adoptions Supervisor, Full Time

 
The Washington Humane Society is seeking a motivated leader who can provide direct support and oversight of the adoptions staff and to the department as a whole.                                                                                                                                                        
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The supervisor will represent the adoptions department in inter-department meetings and must be able to work collaboratively and with confidence in a high-stress, fast paved work environment.
  • Must be flexible and have the ability to complete required daily tasks even when unanticipated situations arise that will require deviation from those tasks.
  • Responsibilities include providing excellent customer service to potential adopters and people who have already adopted while using problem solving skills to ensure the best outcome for all animals and people.
  • The supervisor will organize adoption promotions—including coordination of staff and volunteer time, participate in shelter rounds for animal observation, maintain the adoptions are in a tidy and professional manner, and assist the counselors in matching animals to new homes.
  • Reports directly to the Director of Rehoming.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills and 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 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 "Adoption Supervisor” 
   
Clinic Assistant (Part-Time)

The Washington Humane Society Spay and Neuter Center is currently hiring for a part-time cleaning position. The hours for the position are Mon–Thurs, 5pm - 9pm.                                                                                                                                              
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:                                                                                                                                           
The part time cleaner must be willing to maintain the highest standards in cleanliness and adhere to all Standard Operating Procedures. Daily responsibilities include: cleaning the dog and cat kennels, public areas, and restrooms; sweeping and mopping floors, emptying trash, keeping up with laundry, and other duties as assigned by supervisor. Candidates must be able to stoop, squat, bend, lift, carry up to 40 lbs, and otherwise have no mobility restrictions.  Applicants must be dependable, have reliable transportation, and be able to pass a criminal background check. You must be comfortable working around all animals, and previous animal experience is preferred.                                                                                                                                                          
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 "SNC Assistant.” 
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Communications and Digital Media Specialist

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeking an experienced, results driven Communications and Digital Media Specialist. WHS is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, providing comfort and care to nearly 51,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services. WHS operates two open-admission shelters and the National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center. The role of the Communications and Digital Media Specialist is to manage all WHS online media and social networking platforms. This person will also assist with media relations and the creation and distribution of various marketing materials to promote WHS activities. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:  
                                                      
  • Use knowledge of multi-media technology to expand and grow WHS presence in online communication channels and to help develop strategic goals for website, blog, and social networking sites. 
  • Manage all WHS social networking sites through strategic daily postings, management of content and community engagement.
  • Write and/or edit new web content and update older web content to improve usability and promote engagement. 
  • Manage, edit, and create original content for WHS blog.
  • Work with staff and community members to collect details for stories or articles, conducting interviews as needed.
  • Craft email communications for promotional activities and events.
  • Support media relations; serve as organizational representative as requested.Assist with the development and distribution of publications and marketing materials, including creative design.
  • Proofread printed or written material.
  • Develop and maintain databases such as media contacts.
  • Assist in preparation of reports for management.
  • Provide support for WHS events including outreach, education, adoption and fundraising events as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • BA/BS degree in Marketing, Public Relations or Communications or equivalent work experience.
  • Significant experience working with major social media platforms with demonstrated results.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple tasks, respond effectively to unexpected challenges, and work both independently and collaboratively with team members and staff across the organization. 
  • Highly organized with great attention to detail.
  • Flexibility to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • Superior verbal communication and writing skills, including editing for clarity, appropriateness, grammar, spelling, consistency and accurac.
  • Proficiency with word processing and design software, including Word, Power Point, Publisher and Excel.
  • Dedication to the mission of the Washington Humane Society.
  • Experience working for animals and/or a nonprofit organization preferred.
  • Experience working with website content management programs  and graphic design skills strongly preferred.
  • Experience drafting and editing media communications, working with media contacts, and serving as media representative strongly preferred.
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 "Media Specialist.” 
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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.  


Essential Duties & 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.”


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.

Departments that Internships are available are as follows:

  • Volunteer Programs
  • Animal Care
  • Shelter Medical Department (New York Avenue)
  • AdoptionsField Services
  • Special Events
  • Spay/NeuterBehavior and Learning
  • Development (graphic designer experience needed)
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Human Resources

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:
(Please include position title in subject line)

Via fax:

202-723-5409
Attention: Human Resources

 

 

 

 
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