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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

Adoption Counselor - Part-Time

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

Customer Care Associate - Full-Time

Field Coordinator, Community Cat Programs

Foster Care Assistant - Part-Time

Humane Law Enforcement Officer

Senior Manager, Behavior and Training

Staff Veterinarian

Veterinary Technician 

Volunteer Program Coordinator - Part-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

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
  • Excellent communication skills and 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 “HLE Administrative Assistant.”  

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Adoption Counselor (Part-Time)
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeking an energetic and creative individual who is motivated to find new homes for companion animals to join our Behavior and Adoptions team as a Part-Time Adoption Counselor at our New York Avenue Adoption Center.
 
The Adoption Counselor works with members of the public to find the pet of their dreams in our adoption center and with our network of foster families by making good adoption matches, sharing information with potential adopters on proper pet care and specific needs of individual animals, and working with volunteers in our adoption program. We are seeking candidates who are excited about working in a fast-paced shelter environment at a progressive organization committed to finding solutions for animals who come in to our care.
 
Qualifications:
 
  • Highly motivated to make a difference in the lives of animals who come to WHS in need of a new home
  • Possess excellent customer service skills
  • Enjoy working with the public and providing guidance in pet selection
  • Have experience working hands-on with companion animals
  • Available for a varied schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Possess excellent computer skills, including the Microsoft Office suite
  • Demonstrated success working as part of a team
  • High school diploma or GED
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 Counselor."
 


Animal Caregiver - Full-Time, Part-Time or 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 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. 

Customer Care Associate - Full-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 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 "Customer Care Associate.” 


Field Coordinator, Community Cat Programs
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeking a compassionate, community-minded and creative Field Coordinator within our Community Cat Programs. WHS is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, providing comfort and care to more than 43,000 animals each year through our broad range of programs and services. WHS operates two open-admission adoption centers and the National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center. Noted nationwide for flagship programs like Dog Tags, the PACK (People and Animals Cardio Klub), and the TNR program CatNiPP, WHS is a rapidly growing organization. This full-time position will report to the Community Cat Programs Manager.

The Field Coordinator will focus efforts on providing targeted Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) services to DC neighborhoods including building community relationships around community cats, as well as provide support for the Community Cat Program in general, as needed.  


Responsibilities:
 
  • Actively conduct TNR in the field, including scouting areas of known cat colonies to identify local cat caretakers; coordinate efforts with residents; trap cats, deliver traps to trapping sites, pick up trapped cats for transport to clinic, and return cats post-surgery; pro-actively work to address neighborhood-wide TNR needs in target areas by identifying cats needing TNR, reaching out to caregivers, and coordinating/cultivating new volunteer trappers
  • Conduct community outreach in target areas to gain resident support and participation in program; organize and train volunteers to assist with outreach efforts; lead regular volunteer outreach days
  • Field calls and emails from community members about feral and community cats, discuss TNR options, and schedule trap loans and surgical appointments; offer information on caring for free-roaming cats (feeding, providing shelters, etc.) as well as resolving conflicts where cats are not wanted
  • Track requests and activities in our electronic database; keep other records as needed/assigned
  • Assist with the care of cats held at the clinic for surgery/recovery  
Qualifications:
 
  • Knowledge of feral cats/community cats and TNR methods; ideal to have ties to Southeast DC neighborhoods
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of constituencies, including co-workers, volunteers, and members of the public
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and maintain productivity in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to carry trapped cats up and down stairs
  • Valid driver’s license
  • A passion for the Washington Humane Society mission and for community cats
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 "Field Coordinator.” 
 
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Foster Care Assistant - Part-Time
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeking a customer service oriented individual with keen attention to detail to serve as a Foster Care Assistant. In this role, the successful candidate will help support the animals and people who make up the WHS foster care program. WHS is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, providing comfort and care to more than 43,000 animals each year through our broad range of programs and services. WHS operates two open-admission adoption centers and the National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center. Noted nationwide for flagship programs like Dog Tags, the PACK (People and Animals Cardio Klub), and the TNR program CatNiPP, WHS is a rapidly growing organization. This part-time position will include weekend hours and will report to the Director of Rehoming.

Responsibilities:
 
  • Oversight of medical appointments for animals in the foster care program, including confirmation of appointments, presence during examinations, and actively ushering animals – and the individuals/families that take care of them – through their schedule of routine medical requirements to facilitate their adoption
  • Regular review of the public profiles associated with animals in the foster care program
  • Provide support to the Director of Rehoming and Foster Care Manager as necessary to fulfill routine or emergency needs
Qualifications:
 
  • No previous experience in a shelter environment is required, but a willingness to learn shelter protocol and participate as an eager member of a life-saving team is critical
  • Must be comfortable with and proficient in communicating via a variety of methods: phone, in person, and email
  • Comfort working with databases and/or prior administrative work is a plus
  • Must be capable of effectively handling high stress situations while still espousing the key values and mission of WHS
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 "Foster Care Assistant.” 

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 “Humane Law Enforcement Officer.”

Senior Manager, Behavior and Training
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeking an experienced, energetic and creative Senior Manager of Behavior and Training. This full-time position will divide time between both adoption centers and will report to the Director of Rehoming.

The Senior Manager of Behavior and Training will be charged with developing and growing new programs to help more animals. With direct oversight of behavior staff at both of our adoption centers, as well as responsibility for our Dog Tags, PACK, and growing behavior program, you will have a tremendous opportunity to transform the cause of animal welfare in the nation’s capital for years to come. 

Responsibilities:
 
  • Serve as the senior manager for behavior, enrichment, and training programs, working as part of the team developing new programs to provide for in-shelter enrichment, adopter support, and training for all animals in our care
  • Develop and launch a volunteer-based pet behavior helpline for members of the public
  • Improve internal processes related to behavior assessments and pet surrender counseling
  • Ensure high quality behavioral care for all animals, including implementation of adoption center staff-supported behavior modification programs
  • Develop programs to ensure behavioral enrichment involvement by staff members throughout the organization
  • Dramatically expand the support programs for adopters
  • Work with adoption center staff to expand dog play groups and provide unique opportunities for same-species activities for other animals
  • Provide leadership for the development of uniquely qualified foster homes to work on behavior issues with animals in need of focused additional support
  • Oversee the expansion of the WHS Dog Tags program
  • Guide direction of focused volunteer efforts for PACK running program and in-shelter training program
Qualifications:
 
  • Experience in developing, managing, and motivating a team
  • Demonstrated expertise in shelter behavior and enrichment programs
  • Success in creating, developing, and sustaining strong shelter programs
  • A record of strong relationships with customers and other animal protection organizations
  • A team-oriented and collaborative approach to work, with an ability to bring out the best in peers
  • Resilience, goal-orientation, and an ability to think strategically
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Experience in budget oversight as well as reporting and statistics
  • Passion for networking with others in the shelter industry and 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 “Senior Manager, Behavior and Training.” 

   
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.” Thank you for your interest!
 
 

Veterinary Technician
 
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. Main responsibilities include assisting in the performance of surgical preparation, anesthetic induction, monitoring, recovery, examination, and medication of shelter and public animals. Veterinary Technicians are also responsible for administering vaccinations and other appropriate injections as needed.

The successful candidate must have:
 
  • 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
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment; a track record of successful relationships with colleagues, subordinates, and customers
  • Ability to regularly lift up to 50 lbs. unassisted
  • Be able to work a flexible schedule
  • Strong motivation to make a difference in the lives of animals with a commitment to rescue/help any animal in need
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent record keeping skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), computer literate, and knowledge of resolving conflicts with domestic and wild animals
  • Demonstrated interpersonal relationship skills
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 - SNC.” 


Volunteer Program Coordinator (Part-Time)
 
The Washington Humane Society is seeking two Part-time Volunteer Program Coordinators to assist the Director of Community Engagement with the management and oversight of the WHS Volunteer Program, which currently includes close to 1000 active volunteers. The successful candidate(s) will possess excellent people and organizational skills and superior public speaking skills with an ability to motivate and inspire prospective volunteers.
 
Qualifications:
 
  • Personable, energetic, hard-working, and organized
  •  Proven success as working as part of a team
  •  Demonstrated ability to speak in front of large groups of people
  •  Detail orientated with excellent written and verbal skills
  •  Ability to work an unconventional schedule (weekends and occasional evenings)
  •  Knowledge of the Microsoft Suite
  •  Competent with social media
  •  A passion for the mission of WHS
  •  Bachelor’s degree 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  “Volunteer Coordinator.”



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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