Job Opportunities

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

We currently have THREE open positions:

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 or NACA animal control academy (if needed) within 1 year of hire.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Must work irregular hours, shifts, nights, 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:  
$12.24 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. 


JOB TITLE:  Licensed Veterinary Technician / Part Time (20-25 hours/week)

FUNCTIONS:  To provide medical care and treatment to all sheltered animals in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Society and the State laws of Washington.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Conduct morning and evening rounds of all areas of the shelters to ensure well-being of all animals.
2. Review list of veterinary treatments to be completed during the course of the day.
3. Communicate and help facilitate daily list of shelter animals requiring veterinarian examinations.
4. Confirm daily medical treatment to all sheltered animals as prescribed by staff veterinarians.
5. Assist veterinarian in examination and treatment of animals.
6. Initiate emergency medical treatment as needed.
7. Assist with the training and supervision of veterinary clinic department volunteers
8. Be familiar with proper processing of animals through the shelters, and the corresponding paperwork and filing required.
9. Clean and maintain the in-house vet clinic in an orderly and sanitary manner according to standards established by WHS.
10. Provide humane care and treatment to all sheltered animals.
11. Prepare animals for surgery – administer pre-anesthetic and anesthetic drugs, intubate animals and monitor during anesthesia as directed by veterinarian. Aseptically prepare surgical field.
12. Perform grooming and dental procedures.
13. When necessary, communicate and act as liaison between WHS veterinary clinic and WHS animal control staff, wildlife rehabilitation center and farm property.
14. Process paperwork associated with animals treated by veterinarian.
15. Monitor animals after surgery in recovery.
16. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Licensed veterinary technician with a current Washington State license, or ability to become licensed in Washington State within 3 months of hire – and with at least 1 year professional experience.
2. Must be in good health, able to pass a physical examination, and able to lift 40 lbs.
3. Has or can obtain a valid Washington driver’s license.
4. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
5. Must be self-motivated, dependable, and able to work independently with little or no supervision.
6. Must have the ability to work well and communicate with fellow employees and volunteers.
7. Must show maturity and good judgment. Must perform the job in a professional manner and work efficiently under pressure.
8. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
9. Must be able to work with the public, staff and volunteers in a friendly and courteous manner.
10. Prefer experience working at or volunteering at an animal shelter.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
May be asked to work flexible hours when necessary.  Be able to deal with unruly, vicious, and dangerous animals humanely. Be able to deal with 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:
DOE.  Benefits include vacation, sick, holiday pay after successful completion of introduction period.

TO APPLY:
Send cover letter and resume to:
Whatcom Humane Society
2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Attn: Chris Sessler, Human Resources
Email: hr@whatcomhumane.org
Fax: (360)733-4746

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


JOB TITLE:  Licensed Veterinary Technician (Full Time)

FUNCTIONS:  To provide medical care and treatment to all sheltered animals in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Society and the State laws of Washington.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Conduct morning and evening rounds of all areas of the shelters to ensure well-being of all animals.
2. Review list of veterinary treatments to be completed during the course of the day.
3. Communicate and help facilitate daily list of shelter animals requiring veterinarian examinations.
4. Confirm daily medical treatment to all sheltered animals as prescribed by staff veterinarians.
5. Assist veterinarian in examination and treatment of animals.
6. Initiate emergency medical treatment as needed.
7. Assist with the training and supervision of veterinary clinic department volunteers
8. Be familiar with proper processing of animals through the shelters, and the corresponding paperwork and filing required.
9. Clean and maintain the in-house vet clinic in an orderly and sanitary manner according to standards established by WHS.
10. Provide humane care and treatment to all sheltered animals.
11. Prepare animals for surgery – administer pre-anesthetic and anesthetic drugs, intubate animals and monitor during anesthesia as directed by veterinarian. Aseptically prepare surgical field.
12. Perform grooming and dental procedures.
13. When necessary, communicate and act as liaison between WHS veterinary clinic and WHS animal control staff, wildlife rehabilitation center and farm property.
14. Process paperwork associated with animals treated by veterinarian.
15. Monitor animals after surgery in recovery.
16. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Licensed veterinary technician with a current Washington State license, or ability to become licensed in Washington State within 3 months of hire – and with at least 1 year professional experience.
2. Must be in good health, able to pass a physical examination, and able to lift 40 lbs.
3. Has or can obtain a valid Washington driver’s license.
4. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
5. Must be self-motivated, dependable, and able to work independently with little or no supervision.
6. Must have the ability to work well and communicate with fellow employees and volunteers.
7. Must show maturity and good judgment. Must perform the job in a professional manner and work efficiently under pressure.
8. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
9. Must be able to work with the public, staff and volunteers in a friendly and courteous manner.
10. Prefer experience working at or volunteering at an animal shelter.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
May be asked to work flexible hours when necessary.  Be able to deal with unruly, vicious, and dangerous animals humanely. Be able to deal with 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:
DOE.  Benefits include medical, dental, vision plan – vacation, sick, holiday pay after successful completion of introduction period.

TO APPLY:
Send cover letter and resume to:
Whatcom Humane Society
2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Attn: Chris Sessler, Human Resources
Email: hr@whatcomhumane.org
Fax: (360)733-4746

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

WHS is an equal opportunity employer.

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