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Lawrence Humane Society employees are a dedicated group of people committed to animal welfare. We value innovation, compassion, and excellence, and are always looking to add talented individuals to our team!

In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a comprehensive benefits package to our full-time staff members. Our benefits are designed to help our staff lead healthy and rewarding lives. They include:

  • Health insurance
  • Voluntary supplemental insurance programs
  • Vacation and sick time*
  • Discounts on pet medication, food, and limited veterinary services*

*Benefits offered to part-time employees (minimum 20 hours/week)

Current Openings

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Reports to: Director of Operations

Classification:  Hourly, Non-Exempt; Full-Time

Salary: $8.50/hour

Position Summary:  Responsible for daily animal care and kennel sanitation, provides customer service to the community service and volunteers.

Cleaning Duties:

  • Must be able to work in all areas of the shelter (Cats, Dogs, Isolation, Floating, etc.)
  • Clean and disinfect kennels and cages thoroughly, completely, and in a timely manner
  • Wash and disinfect dishes
  • Process laundry and keep laundry machines clean and in use until laundry is finished
  • Clean, disinfect, and organize workrooms
  • Empty trash cans and put trash in the dumpster
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and stock donations
  • Perform general housekeeping duties and help maintain the facility and grounds in a clean and orderly manner
  • Follow all disease control protocols

Animal Care Duties:

  • Ensure animals have access to appropriate types and amount of food and water
  • Monitor animal health; identify and immediately report illness or injury concerns to supervisor
  • Monitor animal behavior and immediately report signs of aggression or stress
  • Ensure animals are collared and tagged
  • Ensure proper kennel enrichment and exercise
  • Become familiar with animals and their personalities
  • Promote humane animal treatment and positive reinforcement training techniques

Record-Keeping Duties:

  • Ensure cage cards and cage signage are complete, visible, and neatly arranged on cages
  • Ensure all animals’ Chameleon records are up-to-date
  • Ensure all records are completed thoroughly (such as feeding charts and behavior charts)

People Care Duties:

  • Assist owners looking for lost pets
  • Must seek supervisory assistance when having issues with customers and/or coworkers.

General Duties:

  • Represent Lawrence Humane Society in a courteous and professional manner at all times
  • Provide excellent customer service to external and internal customers.  
  • Promptly report lost or broken equipment needs to supervisor
  • Must train and assist community service and volunteers in areas that are approved by supervisors
  • Promptly report items that need to be ordered to supervisor (i.e. gloves, etc.)
  • Follow all workplace safety rules; Actively promote a safe work environment; Take immediate action to prevent or address any safety hazard; Report workplace injuries and near-misses
  • Respond promptly to requests for assistance in all areas of the shelter (must acknowledge by radio you heard the request first.)
  • Must follow all policies and procedures in the Employee Handbook as well as other procedures announced by management.

Required: High School Diploma or completion of G.E.D. equivalency; Effective written and verbal communication skills; No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents; Willingness to assist/perform euthanasia of animals, administer injections & medications.

Skills/Abilities/Knowledge: Experience in the veterinary hospital, animal shelter, or kennel field preferred; experience working for a nonprofit organization or Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred; knowledge of basic animal handling, behavior and health preferred; basic knowledge of Windows-based computer software; basic knowledge of Google applications and/or Chameleon Software; proven ability to work in a team environment with a variety of people; strong customer service skills.

Physical Demands & Work Environment: Work is performed in a kennel environment with regular exposure to high noise levels, chemical cleaning agents, animal dander, and wet floors. Exposure to the elements when working outdoors. Exposure to potentially aggressive and dangerous animals and animal bites and scratches. Work requires walking, standing, bending, scrubbing, and reaching up to 10 hours a day, plus moving/walking dogs and occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds without assistance. Daily duties require reading and following instructions; using a computer workstation; wearing a portable radio and headset. Driving may be required.

This job description provides a general understanding of the position and nature of work, but is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions related to this position. Lawrence Humane Society is an at-will employer. The employee or employer  may terminate employment at any time, without cause.

Updated: April 2017

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Reports to: Chief Veterinarian

Classification:  Hourly, Non-Exempt; Full-Time

Salary: $8.50/hour

Position Summary:  Medical Team members are responsible for disease surveillance and all medical care within the animal population. They must be able to proactively take action to address medical needs according to written medical protocol. Applicants must be willing to work a full-time schedule and must be available to work at least one weekend day.

Key Duties:

Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform quality and consistent physical exams and record findings accurately.
  • Perform accurate and professional data entry in our computer system.
  • Responsible for disease and medical surveillance within the animal population.
  • Ability to be able to proactively take immediate action to address medical needs according to written medical protocol.
  • Administration of medical procedures as directed by the medical manager or staff veterinarian.
  • Daily administrations of vaccines and medications.
  • Perform intravenous blood draws.
  • Animal restraint for examinations and treatments
  • May be called upon to assist in many aspects of surgery including tasks such as pre-anesthetic surgical preparation, anesthetic monitoring, and the supervision of post-operative care.
  • Required to be on-call for 1-2 nights a week to handle animal emergency concerns within the city of Lawrence or Douglas County (This is a paid on-call requirement and support staff is available to the medical team member at all times.)

Minimum Requirements:

  • Proven ability to follow directions and learn new skills quickly.
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Strong problem solving skills – focusing on finding solutions to problems and challenges.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • The ability to remain calm even in stressful situations.
  • Flexibility, ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Work with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Ability to learn computer software quickly and efficiently.
  • Able to handle adversity in a professional manner.
  • Maturity, good judgment and professionalism ­
  • ­Work alongside other staff members and volunteers on a daily basis. ­ ­
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, lift up to 50lbs., and interact safely with animals­

Preferred Requirements:

  • 1-2 year working as a veterinary assistant or in a related field.
  • Veterinary technical skills
  • Knowledge of animal medicine and animal behavior

Physical Demands & Work Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee is required to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time, as well as move and traverse within the shelter facility for extended periods of time, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is required to communicate, converse with, convey information to, express oneself, and exchange Information with shelter staff and the general public. The employee must regularly move, transport, and position items weighing up to 10 pounds, frequently moves, transports, and positions items weighing up to 25 pounds, and occasionally  moves, transports, and positions items weighing up to 50 pounds. The employee is continuously exposed to animals, animal waste, potentially harmful cleaning chemicals, high noise and potentially hazardous conditions, including the risk of animal bites and working outdoors for extended periods of time during cold and extremely hot weather.

This job description provides a general understanding of the position and nature of work, but is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions related to this position. Lawrence Humane Society is an at-will employer. The employee or employer may terminate employment at any time, without cause.

Updated: July 2017

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Reports to: Admissions Manager

Classification:  Hourly, Non-Exempt; Full-Time

Salary: $8.50/hour

Position Summary:  Processes all incoming animals; provides customer service to the public; works to reunite animals with their owners; counsels members of the public on pet retention resources; sets appointments for relinquished animals; schedules spay and neuter clinic appointments; cleans Admissions areas as assigned.

Admissions Duties:

  • Assist customers with admitting found animals
  • Assist customers in finding their lost pets
  • Answer phones, emails, and voicemails in a professional and timely manner
  • Counsel pet owners on resources available for aid with keeping their pets
  • Schedules appointments for pet surrender or service appointments
  • Schedules appointments for the spay and neuter clinic
  • Assist animal control officers with admitting animals
  • Coordinate with animal control officers when returning animals to their owners as necessary
  • Assist the public with reclaiming their animals
  • Receive money and create receipts for transactions (fees, donations, merchandise, etc.)
  • Data entry of animal and person information
  • Clean and disinfect kennels
  • Represent Lawrence Humane Society in a courteous and professional manner at all times; provide excellent customer service to volunteers and guests
  • Follow all workplace safety rules; actively promote a safe work environment; take immediate action to prevent or address any safety hazard; report workplace injuries and near-misses
  • Follow all Lawrence Humane Society disease prevention protocols
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required: High School Diploma or completion of G.E.D. equivalency; Effective written and verbal communication skills; No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents

Skills/Abilities/Knowledge: Experience in customer service prefered; knowledge of basic animal handling; basic knowledge of Windows-based computer software; basic knowledge of google applications; proven ability to work in a team environment with a variety of people

Physical Demands & Work Environment: Work is performed in a kennel environment with regular exposure to high noise levels, chemical cleaning agents, animal dander, and wet floors. Exposure to the elements when working outdoors. Exposure to potentially aggressive and dangerous animals and animal bites and scratches. Work requires walking, standing, bending, scrubbing, and reaching up to 10 hours a day, plus moving/walking dogs and lifting up to 40 pounds without assistance. Daily duties require reading and following instructions; using a computer workstation; wearing a portable radio and headset. Driving may be required.

This job description provides a general understanding of the position and nature of work, but is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions related to this position. Lawrence Humane Society is an at-will employer. The employee or employer  may terminate employment at any time, without cause.

Updated: May 7, 2017

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Reports to: Director of Operations

Classification:  Hourly, Non-Exempt; Full-Time

Salary: $8.50/hour

Position Summary:  Assists in finding quality, caring homes for adoptable animals based on information obtained through discussion and counseling of potential adopters.

Key Duties:

  • Providing extraordinary service to the Lawrence Humane Society customers that visit or call to inquire about our services and programs.
  • Actively engaging members of the public from the moment they arrive or call, assisting and answering any questions.
  • Counseling prospective adopters to match the appropriate animal to the adopter(s) and educating them on proper care for that species in general.
  • Informing customers of the medical treatment the animals have received: i.e., shots, deworming, spay or neuter surgery, etc., educating them on necessary future veterinary care, and encouraging them to opt-in to available programs and services.
  • Handling dogs, cats, and occasionally other animals of all sizes, ages, temperaments and needs safely and appropriately.
  • Providing all animals with appropriate housing, food, water, bedding, toys and other mental stimulation and enrichment.
  • Cleaning kennels and adoptions area daily to ensure the facility is clean and sanitized at all times.
  • Monitoring health of animals and rapidly identify any health issues and report to medical staff immediately.
  • Fielding calls using a multi-line phone system and transfer calls to proper departments.
  • Counseling callers or in-person patrons in regards to their situations with the utmost respect and understanding.
  • Fielding inquiries from public regarding animal behavior, training, and providing options as necessary.
  • Displaying strong organizational skills and follows through on job assignments.
  • Exercising good judgement when it comes to handling multiple tasks, ensuring the immediate tasks take priority.
  • Participating in stress and disease reduction efforts through adherence to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Ensuring all animals are clearly and consistently marked with accurate, up-to-date, easy to read information.
  • Using shelter database and employee communication systems to keep accurate animal inventory, write animal behavior and other memos, submit medical exam requests, place holds on animals.
  • Processing adoptions and related paperwork on a daily basis, collecting adoption fees, issuing receipts for the collection of fees, and maintaining records of adoption sales transactions, with a positive attitude.
  • Offering help to team members when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required: High School Diploma or completion of G.E.D. equivalency; Effective written and verbal communication skills; No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents

Skills/Abilities/Knowledge: Experience in customer service preferred; knowledge of basic animal handling; basic knowledge of Windows-based computer software; basic knowledge of google applications; proven ability to work in a team environment with a variety of people

Physical Demands & Work Environment: Work is performed in a kennel environment with regular exposure to high noise levels, chemical cleaning agents, animal dander, and wet floors. Exposure to the elements when working outdoors. Exposure to potentially aggressive and dangerous animals and animal bites and scratches. Work requires walking, standing, bending, scrubbing, and reaching up to 10 hours a day, plus moving/walking dogs and lifting up to 40 pounds without assistance. Daily duties require reading and following instructions; using a computer workstation; wearing a portable radio and headset. Driving may be required.

This job description provides a general understanding of the position and nature of work, but is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions related to this position. Lawrence Humane Society is an at-will employer. The employee or employer may terminate employment at any time, without cause.

Updated: May 2017