Job Opportunities

The Whatcom Humane Society seeks individuals highly motivated toward the welfare of ALL animals.

JOB TITLE:  Animal Care Tech / Foster Care Coordinator – Full Time
DEPARTMENT:  Animal Care
ACCOUNTABILITY:  Manager of Animal Care & Services
FUNCTIONS:  The Animal Care Tech/Foster Care Coordinator will maintain the shelter in a thoroughly clean and sanitary manner and provide all sheltered animals with humane care, treatment and attention. Additionally, the Animal Care Tech/Foster Care Coordinator will manage and maintain a consistent, sustained foster care program and coordinate activities of the foster care program both internally and externally.



  1. Clean, disinfect, and maintain various animal quarters and accompanying areas in sanitary condition.
  2. Vaccinate, feed, and observe animals daily as to their health and well-being.
  3. Provide special care when advised of animals requiring medication, treatment, blood tests and/or special needs. Provide animals with health examinations and behavior assessments
  4. Participate in the euthanasia of animals in accordance with Society policies and Washington law. Proper handling and disposal of deceased animals.
  5. Properly identify all animals and maintain proper paperwork. Receive animals after-hours.
  6. Ensure top quality service is provided to the public to place healthy pets into permanent homes, return lost pets to owners, and provide reliable support to customer service department.
  7. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Provide oversight and supervision to foster care providers when providing care to their assigned foster animals.
  2. Conduct home checks for new foster homes.
  3. Work with the volunteer manager to solicit potential foster care providers within the volunteer pool.
  4. Work with the volunteer manager to provide thorough and appropriate training for new foster care providers.
  5. Act as liaison between foster care providers and WHS staff and management.
  6. Ensure maintenance of foster animal records in PetPoint.
  7. Provide support to the veterinary clinic staff in scheduling routine medical care for foster animals.
  8. Screen and counsel potential adopters interested in adopting foster animals.
  9. Be available to provide “On-call” assistance to foster care providers after hours including nights, weekends and holidays.
  10. Perform other duties as required to insure a positive public image and to advance the functioning of this organization.
  11. Provide monthly reports and statistics of foster/rescue animals to WHS executive director and animal care manager.


  1. High school graduate or equivalent.
  2. Must be in good health, and be able to pass a physical examination and lift 50 pounds.
  3. Has or can obtain a valid Washington driver’s license.
  4. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
  5. A minimum of 2 years professional experience working with animals.
  6. Ability to motivate, support and evaluate volunteers foster care providers.
  7. A belief in the Society’s mission, purpose and activities.
  8. Extremely strong written and verbal communication skills.
  9. Experience working with a volunteer program.
  10. Familiarity with Whatcom County.
  11. Exceptional animal handling skills and knowledge of cat/kitten, dog/puppy behavior.
  12. Able to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks.
  13. Ability to keep information confidential.


Must work irregular hours, shifts, weekends and holidays. Be able to deal with unruly, vicious, and dangerous animals humanely. Be able to deal with a hostile public, diverse volunteer team, a fast paced workload that at times can be stressful. Be able to deal with strenuous physical activity and the emotional drain of the job. Exposure to parasites and infectious diseases.


$12.00 per hour or negotiable DOE.  Benefits including vacation, sick, holiday pay after successful completion of introduction period.


Send cover letter and resume to:
Amy Campbell, Animal Care Manager
Whatcom Humane Society
2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
(360)733-2746 fax

No phone calls please.

WHS is an equal opportunity employer.

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