Job Opportunities

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

We currently have TWO positions available:

JOB TITLE:  Animal Care Technician – Part Time (20-25 hours/week)
FUNCTIONS:  To maintain the shelter in a thoroughly clean and sanitary manner and provide all sheltered animals with humane care, treatment and attention.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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, and/or special needs.
4. Completion of odd jobs as assigned.
5. Properly identify all animals and maintain proper paperwork.
6. Proper and respectful handling of dead animals.

Animal Care Technicians will be assigned additional responsibilities after demonstrating competency at entry level. Examples of additional responsibilities are as follows:

  • Incoming health examination and assessment
  • Euthanasia
  • Adoption selection
  • Receiving animals after hours
  • Assist public in redemption/adoption of animals

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. High school graduate or equivalent
2. Must be in good health, able to pass a physical examination, and lift 50 pounds.
3. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
4. Workable knowledge of proper care for animals or ability to learn.
5. Ability to work well with the public, volunteers, and fellow employees.
6. Must be able to work independently.
7. Have minimum 1 year professional working experience with animals.

COMPENSATION:
$11.00 per hour.  Benefits including vacation, sick, holiday pay after successful completion of introduction period.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
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, 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.

TO APPLY:
Send cover letter and resume to:
Whatcom Humane Society
Attn: Amy Campbell, Animal Care Manager
2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
animalcaremgr@whatcomhumane.org
(360)733-2746 fax

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

WHS is an equal opportunity employer.
Please Note: we use E-verify – www.dhs.gov/e-verify


JOB TITLE:  Animal Control Officer – Full Time
FUNCTIONS: To enforce local and state laws pertaining to animals in the community. To participate in the implementation of other field service, education, and public relations activities for the benefit of animals, always following the established policies, principles, and objectives of the Society.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Enforce City, County, and State Animal Control laws.
2. Investigate complaints by the public.
3. Impound stray animals at large, issue citations and written warnings to owners/keepers in violation of local ordinances. Testify in court when necessary.
4. Implement quarantine procedures in cooperation with the Health Dept. for rabies control.
5. Capture, contain, and secure livestock, exotics, vicious dogs, and unusual animals for the safety of the public, transporting when appropriate.
6. Pick up dead animals from private/public designated areas.
7. Inspect/monitor kennels, pet shops, animal fairs, zoos, rodeos, and special events to insure the safety and well-being of the animals.
8. Sell pet licenses.
9. Keep complete records, daily logs, activity reports.
10. Write clear, concise reports.
11. Obtain search and seizure warrants/court orders when warranted.
12. Obtain voluntary statements from witnesses/experts.
13. Secure crime scene. Gathers evidence if applicable.
14. Cooperate with and assist other law enforcement agencies.
15. Maintain regular, open communication with supervisor and other officers.
16. Perform service pick up of unwanted/stray animals that are confined by citizens.
17. Collect fees and contributions when appropriate.
18. Record complete animal information on pickups.
19. Transport animals to shelter, veterinarian, or other when appropriate.
20. Respond to emergencies: injured animals – domestic and small wildlife, animals in distress, vicious domestic animals at large, administers first aid/transports to shelter, veterinarian, or owner for treatment or euthanasia.
21. Maintain interior and exterior of vehicle sanitation. Reports mechanical problems to designated person or supervisor.
22. Participate in work related training and education programs both by the Society and other agencies in order to develop or improve work skills.
23. Satisfactorily complete training and certification programs required for performance of duties.
24. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. High School Graduate or equivalent and minimum two years professional animal-related experience.
2. Has or can obtain a valid Washington driver’s license.
3. Minimum of 21 years of age
4. Must be eligible for commissions by Police/Sheriff Dept & Superior Court (background check necessary).
5. Ability to learn and interpret laws and ordinances governing animal care and control and teach others.
6. Demonstrate ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
7. Report writing ability to accurately record information in reports. Good spelling and grammar necessary.
8. Knowledge of the characteristics and appearances of common breeds of dogs, cats, and other domestic animals. Skilled in the handling and care of animals.
9. Knowledge of animal control equipment. Able to load and trailer livestock.
10. Ability to work harmoniously with other employees.
11. Ability to perform humane euthanasia and pass all certifications if necessary, as required by this agency and Washington State law in the use of Sodium Pentobarbital and Legend drugs.
12. Must be in good health, able to pass a physical examination, sit, stand, bend, twist and lift 50 pounds.
13. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
14. Successful attendance/completion of WACA animal control academy (if needed) within 1 year of hire.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Must work irregular hours, shifts, weekends (both Saturday & Sunday) and holidays. Be able to deal with unruly, vicious, and dangerous animals humanely. Be able to deal with a hostile public, 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.

COMPENSATION:
$12.00 per hour, plus on-call and overtime pay. Benefits including medical/dental, vacation, sick, holiday pay after successful completion of introduction period.

TO APPLY:
Send resume and cover letter to:
Whatcom Humane Society
2172 Division Street
Bellingham, WA 98226
Attn: Paul Evans, Animal Control & Rescue Manager
Fax # 360-733- 4746
Email: animalcontrolmgr@whatcomhumane.org

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

WHS is an equal opportunity employer.
Please Note: we use E-verify – www.dhs.gov/e-verify