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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)

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Reports to: Assistant Director of Operations

Classification:  Hourly, Non-Exempt; Full-Time

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