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Meet the humans of 
Lawrence Humane!

SHANNON WELLS

Executive Director

Shannon Wells is a native of Kansas City, MO. Before joining the staff at the Lawrence Humane Society as the Executive Director, she spent 8 years as the Director of Operations & Animal Behavior for Kansas City Pet Project, a nonprofit animal welfare organization operating the City of Kansas City’s municipal animal shelter. Shannon was with Kansas City Pet Project from its inception, and helped to grow operations, expanding from a staff of 20 in 2012 to over 100 employees across 3 locations, increasing the scope, quality of services, and lifesaving capacity provided to Kansas City’s animals in need along the way. During her tenure there, Shannon received national recognition from the Petco Foundation and renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell when she was awarded the 2018 Unsung Hero Award for her lifesaving work in the shelter’s Parvo ward, as well as the Petco Foundation’s Paul Jolly Award for Compassion, bestowed to the shelter in 2014. In addition to her leadership experience, Shannon is also a certified professional dog trainer and has utilized her expertise in animal behavior and training to develop and implement behavior programs to ensure adopted pets are successful in their new homes. Shannon enjoys educating people as much as working directly with animals. Shannon holds a Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences from the University of Florida where she studied Veterinary Forensic. Shannon has worked professionally as a veterinary assistant for 7 years. Shannon is the proud adopter of three shelter pups (Momma, Tug, and Finnegan Cooper) and she believes that ensuring they are happy and healthy is her most important work of all.

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DR. LUKE PICKETT

Chief Veterinarian

Dr. Luke Pickett joined the Lawrence Humane Society in February 2017 after serving 10 years as the Chief Veterinarian at Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Missouri, and a tenure at Mixed Animal Practice in Platte City, Missouri. Dr. Pickett holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emporia State University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. Dr. Pickett is thrilled to be working for the Lawrence Humane Society, and looks forward to making a positive impact in the lives of the animals in our community. When he’s not caring for homeless animals, Dr. Pickett enjoys spending time with his wife and three adorable children.

ELINA ALTERMAN

Director of Development & Communications

Elina Alterman has a long and robust history with the Lawrence Humane Society. Elina emigrated to the United States with her family in 1991 and grew up in Lawrence, where she established deep roots in the community and spent her spare time volunteering at the animal shelter. Prior to her current position, Elina served as the Senior Manager of Social Work, where she led the Pet Resource Center and oversaw the development and implementation of our Crisis Pet Retention (CPR) fund. Elina’s career has spanned philanthropy, nonprofit consulting, direct practice social work, and government relations. A social worker and grassroots organizer by training, Elina served as Program Officer at the Kansas Health Foundation for 5 years where she led KHF’s community and civic engagement portfolio. Elina then led her own consulting company through which she supported nonprofits, foundations, and health care systems across the country through her experience in campaign development and strategic planning.

Elina loves living in her hometown of Lawrence with her partner and their five senior dogs and seven cats – the ultimate blended family! She serves on the board of Just Food, as board president of Let’s Talk, and board treasurer of Loud Light Civic Action. She is a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Douglas County and in her spare time volunteers at Shooting Star Equine Rescue in Topeka to get her horse and donkey fix!

LIZ ADAMS

Senior Manager of Operations

Liz Adams joined the Lawrence Humane Society in August 2007 as an Animal Care Associate, and has held a variety of positions including Canine Care Coordinator and Shelter Supervisor. Currently, Liz serves as the shelter’s Senior Manager of Operations. As a Lawrence native, one of Liz’s favorite parts of her job is helping the community she loves. Liz shares her home with her husband, Ryan, and three Lawrence Humane Society alums – Ennis, an 13-year-old Shar Pei mix; Jade, a 9-year-old Boxer mix; and Chloe, a 1-year-old poodle terrier mix. In her free time, Liz enjoys camping and spending time outdoors.

ALISA FARINELLI

Senior Manager of Programs

Alisa’s first personal dog was Frankie (a bully breed, who lived 16 years). Frankie sparked a passion for advocacy and education which started her journey in animal welfare by volunteering with Game Dog Guardian. She became an active volunteer for the organization through fostering and coordinating events. Her passion, inspired by her time with GDG, led her to accept a position with a privately owned boarding facility in Olathe, KS, where she worked her way up to Co-General Manager. After three years, she was ready to jump into animal welfare where she became the Manager of the Petco Adoption Center for Kansas City Pet Project. Alisa, a Lawrence resident, is now excited to be working for her community animal shelter, and looks forward to increase awareness and implement community programs at the Lawrence Humane Society. In her free time, Alisa enjoys cooking, spending time with family, and her pup, Winnie (a GDG alum!). She really really wants a cat to complete her fur-family, but Winnie totally disagrees.

RIKKI SWEARENGIN

Customer Care Manager

Rikki Swearengin has had a love for animals for as long as she can remember. As a child, Rikki had many pets and was constantly trying to bring home every stray that crossed her path. At the age of 14, she began to volunteer with the Lawrence Humane Society. The idea to make her passion her career quickly formed soon after. Rikki was hired as a Kennel Technician. In 2003, she left the Humane Society to explore other opportunities, but realized that something was missing in her career. In 2010, Rikki rejoined the Humane Society family as a Client Care Associate and, since then, has held many positions. She currently serves as the shelter’s Humane Investigation Manager and, in June of 2016, was certified as a Humane Animal Investigator through National Animal Cruelty Investigations School. She also oversees the adoptions department. When Rikki is not at the Humane Society, she enjoys spending time with her children and pets.

TIA EZELL

Clinic Coordinator

Tia Ezell joined the Lawrence Humane Society in 2012.  After completing a degree in Sociology at Wichita State University, she made the move to Lawrence from her hometown of Yoder, Kansas. Tia started as a Client Care associate at Lawrence Humane, and eventually moved on to become an animal care associate, medical team member, the Foster and Transfer Coordinator, the Pet Resource Center Supervisor, and now helps coordinate the clinic! She loves working with both people and animals, and has been thrilled to be able to combine these passions in the ever changing field of animal welfare. In her free time, Tia spends time enjoying North Lawrence’s quaint neighborhoods with her dogs Zeke and Jayda, porch time with friends, and tending to a large garden and flock of adopted chickens,  ducks, and cats.

MEGAN HERMAN

Clinic Manager

Megan Herman joined LHS team in 2013 as an Animal Care Associate. Over the years, she bounced around several other areas of the shelter while finishing Vet Tech School. Upon graduation, she joined the brand new medical team, eventually working her way up to Clinic Manager. Megan considers this role as her absolute dream job and loves that she is able to put her education and compassion to use, helping the people and animals in our community. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending her time with friends, fostering neonatal kittens as well as a variety of other medical anomalies, and spending time with her cats, most of which are previous LHS fosters — Monty, Sol, Crahes and Toby.

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RYLEE MACKINNON

Community Caseworker Supervisor

Rylee Mackinnon is new to the shelter world, joining the team in October 2020, but is thrilled to start her journey at the Lawrence Humane Society. Growing up in Lawrence, trips to the humane society were always considered a special activity and most often resulted in leaving with a new furry friend. With a background in exotic and small animal welfare as well as customer service, Rylee is using her skills to provide exceptional care to all animals and humans coming to the shelter. When not at work, Rylee can be found at home with her birds, reptiles, and arachnids as well as with her four cats and dog. Rylee’s passion in life is educating the public in proper animal husbandry. Having the opportunity to provide resources necessary to help people offer the best home possible to their animals is the most fulfilling job she could have. 
 

SYDNEY MARTIN

Content Creator

Sydney Martin joined the Lawrence Humane Society as the first-ever Content Creator in January 2020. With a background in graphic design and marketing, she utilizes her design and video skills to create entertaining content for the organization. Sydney loves the opportunity to use her creativity to help animals find their forever homes! In her free time, you’ll find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, working on house renovations with her husband, traveling to the mountains, and exploring the beautiful city of Lawrence. She has a 5-year-old Australian Shepherd named Mishka, and a 1-year-old Lion Kitty named Simon.

KATIE BARNETT

Animal Welfare Counsel

Katie graduated from Missouri State University and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law. She was awarded the Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award by the law school faculty, which is given to the student whose service to her fellow students, university, and community, demonstrates the greatest promise for contribution to the legal profession and to society. Katie is the Founder of the KU Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, founded the Animal Cruelty Prosecution Clinic in conjunction with the Lawrence Humane Society, and worked for Best Friends Animal Society while in law school, and upon graduation as a legislative attorney. Katie operates her own practice in Lawrence, focusing on animal law and municipal law; representing pet owners, as well as cities, and training law enforcement on animal issues. The Lawrence Humane Society has been a client since the practice opened. Katie works as our Animal Welfare Counsel and liaison for legislative and legal issues on a state and local level. Katie is licensed to practice in Kansas and Missouri, and is a frequent speaker and author regarding animal law matters. Katie is a member of the Lawrence Humane Relations Commission and a board member of the Symbiotic Behavioral Treatment Center. She lives in Lawrence with her husband Anthony, their two daughters, and four dogs, including Liam and Leonidas, who are registered therapy dogs with Pet Partners.

LISA FELDKAMP

Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator

Lisa is a long time volunteer of shelter and foster organizations across the country, but new to a shelter career. She joined Lawrence Humane in September of 2021 as the Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator. She has always loved animals and cared for a collection of stray cats as a kid. Her passion for connecting shelter animals with forever homes was sparked by Ophelia (aka Crazy), a cat she adopted from LHS in 2006. Crazy lived to be 13 and was always ready to snuggle or play a game of fetch. Lisa pursued an advanced degree in Classics (Master’s at KU in 2007 – go Jayhawks!) and worked for a time at The Nature Conservancy as a science writer. Over time, she realized that her passion was fostering the human-animal bond and pivoted to work focused on companion animals. She lives in Lawrence with her long time partner, Ian, and her animals (2 cats Mei & Haku, and a dog named Bucephalus!)

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Board of DirEcTOrs

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Lawrence Humane Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board determines and defines the organization’s mission, identifies its purpose and goals. The Lawrence Humane Society Board acts as the overall governing body, voting on major policy issues and playing a role in fundraising and community outreach.

The Board of Directors meets on the fourth Wednesday of each Month at 6:00pm. The first 15 minutes of each meeting are open to the public for questions, comments, and suggestions. If you would like to attend, please email us so we can provide sufficient time in our agenda.

2021 Board of Directors

Chair:
John Hanley, Equity Bank

Vice Chair:
Sandra Gautt, Community Volunteer

Treasurer:
Kirk Putman, Hill’s Pet Nutrition (retired)

Secretary:
Charlotte Tritch, University of Kansas

Members:
Jolisa Buchner, Community Volunteer, Former Capital Campaign Co-Chair

Dale Finnestad, Hills Pet Nutrition

Paula Hatcher, Community Volunteer

Alice Karakas Neumann, Educator & Volunteer

Dakota Loomis, Law Firm of Dakota Loomis

John Olsen, Evergy (retired)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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 food, medication and limited veterinary services

Current Openings:

Job Title:  Community Caseworker
Department:  Pet Resource Center
Classification:  Non-Exempt (hourly), Full-Time
Reports to:  Community Caseworker Supervisor


Position Summary:

The mission of the Lawrence Humane Society is to nurture the human-animal bond by providing shelter, care, and advocacy for homeless and vulnerable animals, as well as resources for the people and pets in our community. The Lawrence Humane Society realizes pet homelessness affects our entire community and as part of the mission, seeks to support pet owners in crisis.

The Pet Resource Center (PRC) is an integral component of achieving this mission. The PRC is staffed by three Community Caseworkers who report to the Community Caseworker Supervisor, and is led by the Senior Manager of Social Work. We believe in respecting and supporting the pet and pet owner and seek to create a work culture that promotes compassion, innovation, and excellence. Community Caseworkers are responsible for all animals entering the shelter through law enforcement, Animal Control, transfers, stray pets found, and at times, owner surrenders. Community Caseworkers process incoming requests for pet surrenders, work with pet owners to keep pets in the home, work with community partners and human service organizations to create solutions for pets and owners, and counsel the public on animal care.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Process all incoming animals, including stray, surrendered, and transferred animals. Support colleagues in managing animal flow. Employ the use of lower stress animal handling techniques.
  • Deliver services and programs with an open-minded and inclusive attitude. Treat each community encounter with respect, kindness, and compassion.
  • Respond to pet owners requesting assistance.
  • Become familiar with community resources such as food banks, medical services, housing assistance, and other human services programs. Connect pet owners to community resources that they may need.
  • Offer information and counseling on spay/neuter, animal behavior, basic veterinary care, and general pet care.
  • Offer owners food, crates, carriers, and other supplies that may be available.
  • Understand and abide by all federal, state, and local ordinances, as well as state regulations.
  • Diligently enter communication and information into shelter management software, retrieve and report on data collected, and offer solutions based on data collected.
  • Keep records of all communications and assistance provided to pet owners and community members. Track data with care and diligence.
  • Provide re-homing packets to owners who wish to rehome their pets privately. Include adoption information, meet and greet instructions, questions to ask future owners, etc.
  • Communicate critical information to colleagues as needed to ensure the highest standard of animal care and customer service.
  • Follow all workplace safety rules, actively promoting a safe work environment and taking immediate action to prevent and address hazards.
  • Follow all LHS disease transmission prevention protocols.
  • Participate in interdepartmental discussions to support and develop LHS initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Skills and Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • Compassion for animals and pet owners, sometimes in emotionally difficult and complex situations, without judgment.
  • Passion for serving the community as a whole and individual people.
  • Highly collaborative with colleagues and community partners.
  • Demonstrably sound judgement in dealing with the public and handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Highly developed critical thinking skills, a commitment to ongoing learning and growth, and a willingness to consistently address process improvement.
  • Skilled at conflict resolution and dealing with challenging individuals.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and endure a fast pace.
  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with a diverse range of individuals, sometimes in an emotional, fast-paced setting.
  • Proficiency with computers and able to quickly learn new software.
  • General animal behavior and care knowledge.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in documentation and data entry.


Position Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age;
  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • Community outreach, customer service, or advocacy experience;
  • No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents; and
  • Able to work holidays and weekends as needed.


Preferred Skills/Knowledge:

  • Experience in animal welfare and/or animal handling;
  • Experience in human services and/or social welfare; and
  • Fluency and/or proficiency in Spanish.


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Considerable time communicating with the public;
  • Regular contact with upset and emotional individuals, potentially dangerous animals, and deceased animals can occur;
  • Exposure to animal bites, scratches, dander, parasites, infectious diseases, strong odors and fumes from caustic chemicals, and animal waste;
  • Exposure to high noise levels;
  • Work in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer;
  • Traverse the facility and grounds for extended periods of time performing labor that may include walking (with and without animals weighing up to 150 pounds), reaching with hands and arms, climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling, lifting up to 50 pounds without assistance and operating various tools and equipment;
  • Exposure to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions if working outdoors. 


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Position: Customer Care Associate
Classification: Non-Exempt (hourly), Full-Time
Reports to: Customer Care Supervisor
Supervises: N/A

Position Summary:
The mission of the Lawrence Humane Society is to nurture the human-animal bond by providing shelter, care, and advocacy for homeless and vulnerable animals, as well as resources for the people and pets in our community. The Lawrence Humane Society realizes pet homelessness affects our entire community and as part of the mission, seeks to support pet owners in crisis.

Customer Care Associates at Lawrence Humane Society (LHS) are compassionate, hard-working professionals who enjoy a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Their primary goal is to find suitable homes for the animals in LHS’ care by working with customers who visit the shelter and counseling them towards a great fit with one (or more) of our animals. Other duties include data entry, handling payments and donations, providing direct animal care and cleaning various areas of the shelter on a daily basis. LHS utilizes an open adoption philosophy that emphasizes reducing barriers and saving lives. 


Responsibilities:

Customer Service

  • Provide extraordinary service to LHS customers who visit or call to inquire about our services and programs
  • Actively engage members of the public from the moment they arrive or call LHS
  • Counsel prospective adopters to match the appropriate animal to the adopter(s) and educate them on proper animal care
  • Inform customers of the animal’s noted medical and behavioral history at LHS and prior (as available)
  • Counsel customers on necessary future and ongoing veterinary care as well as any applicable programs and services
  • Field (or transfer as needed) calls using a multi-line phone system
  • Provide compassionate, respectful counseling to customers when the adoption is not a good fit


Animal Care

  • Work with colleagues to provide all animals in LHS’ care with appropriate housing, food, water, bedding, toys and other mental and physical stimulation and enrichment
  • Handle dogs (of various sizes and temperaments), cats, and occasionally small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.) safely and appropriately throughout the completion of daily cleaning and animal care tasks
  • Adhere to established Standard Operating Procedures for shelter operations
  • Monitor animals’ health and immediately report any concerns to medical staff 


Cleaning 

  • Thoroughly clean kennels and other animal areas daily and as needed, helping to ensure a clean and sanitary facility at all times
  • Use shelter database software and other means of communication and data tracking to to keep an accurate animal inventory, input animal behavior notes and other memos, submit medical exam requests, place holds, etc.


Data Entry and Administrative Tasks

  • Process adoptions and related paperwork, collect adoption and other fees, issue receipts, and maintain records of adoption sales transactions
  • Ensure all animal kennels are clearly and consistently labeled with accurate, up-to-date information about the animals residing in them


General

  • Represent LHS in a courteous and professional manner at all times, providing excellent customer service to all customers, guests, colleagues and volunteers
  • Communicate critical information to colleagues as needed to ensure the highest standard of animal care
  • Follow all workplace safety rules, actively promoting a safe work environment and taking immediate action to prevent and address hazards. Report any injuries immediately.
  • Follow all LHS disease transmission prevention protocols
  • Other duties as assigned


Position Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Legal U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Compassion and empathy for animal and human clients
  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Maturity and professionalism
  • Organized, detail-oriented, “self-starter” work ethic
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work individually and on a team
  • Windows and Microsoft Office proficiency.  Ability to learn new software.
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and growth
  • Sound judgement in handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Able to communicate effectively with people of various ages and backgrounds
  • No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents
  • Able to work holidays and weekends as needed


Preferred Skills/Knowledge:

  • Strong customer service background
  • Ability to learn computer software quickly
  • Calm and level-headed in difficult and emotional situations
  • Experience in the animal welfare field
  • Experience working for a nonprofit organization
  • Knowledge of basic animal handling, behavior and health
  • Basic knowledge of Google applications
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment with a variety of people


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Considerable time communicating with the public
  • Contact with angry and emotional individuals, potentially dangerous animals, and deceased animals can occur
  • Exposure to animal bites, scratches, dander, parasites, infectious diseases, strong odors and fumes from caustic chemicals, and animal waste
  • Exposure to high noise levels
  • Use of a portable radio and headset required
  • Work in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer
  • Traverse the facility and grounds for extended periods of time performing labor that may include walking (with and without animals weighing up to 150 pounds), reaching with hands and arms, climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling, lifting up to 50 pounds without assistance and operating various tools and equipment
  • Exposure to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions while working outdoors
  • Occasional need to operate LHS vehicles, including 1-ton pick-up truck and full-size van (preferred, not required).


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Position: Behavior Coordinator
Classification: Non-Exempt, Full-time
Reports to: Director of Operations
Supervises: Behavior Staff & Behavior Volunteers
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary: 

Lawrence Humane Society (LHS) is an animal shelter in Lawrence, KS that serves the needs of homeless companion animals, finds safe homes for more than 3,000 animals each year, offers 24-hour daily rescue for injured stray animals, and investigates allegations of animal abuse to assist law enforcement. More than 4,500 animals are admitted to our shelter every year.

The Foster and Transport Coordinator provides strategic direction for the foster, rescue, and transfer functions of the agency. They will partner closely with the Senior Manager of Programs to develop, implement and monitor all programs related to working closely with animal rescue groups and foster care providers to assure compliance with all company policies on rescue and foster care processes. Assists in the planning and completion of necessary arrangements and expedites documentation to assure most efficient and effective animal transition, in addition to any new initiatives LHS pursues. They will oversee and coordinate all foster and transfer functions and will support the Senior Manager of Programs’ role in determining appropriate placement and treatment decisions for shelter animals.

The FTC reports to the Senior Manager of Programs and is responsible for the supervision, scheduling, training, development and counseling of foster homes and applicable volunteers. They will participate in weekly management meetings, and will coach foster homes and volunteers by providing regular ongoing feedback. 

Key Responsibilities: 

Oversight and Strategic Development of LHS Behavior Programs:

  • Supervise behavior volunteers, coordinating their training, placement, development, performance feedback and ongoing support
  • Review behavior program practices and procedures to ensure efficient and economical use of time and other resources, and creates and updates SOPs and policies as needed
  • Design and facilitate animal behavior and handling training to staff, providing follow up training and feedback as needed or requested, including on occasion, developing and directing behavior seminars and workshops for staff, volunteers, partners and the public
  • Maintain accurate and complete records on animals, behavior modification plans, staff, volunteers, correspondence with the public, and activities related to behavior program
  • Engage in open communication with DO to give and receive input regarding procedures, policies, personnel and budget issues related to behavior program
  • In collaboration with the DO, Animal Welfare Manager and other colleagues, develop, maintain, and evaluate processes and procedures related to the behavior program to facilitate the smooth and timely flow of animals through the shelter
  • Meet with DO on a regular basis to ensure goals are being met and priorities are aligned


Daily Operation of Behavior Programs:

  • Oversee the execution of daily behavior program activities, including playgroups, dog and cat assessments, and animal socialization training classes
  • Provide referral information and advice on animal behavior issues, training methods and training equipment to staff, volunteers, other stakeholders and the public both scheduled and unscheduled
  • Design and manage individual training programs and behavior modification plans for shelter animals to improve behavior and increase chance for adoption
  • Meet with members of the public who are surrendering their animal to glean detailed behavior information in order to help decide appropriate placement for the animal


Administrative:

  • Draft an annual budget for the behavior program, tracking spending through the year to ensure adherence to the budget and requesting amendments as needed  
  • Prepare monthly report on behavior program activities
  • Collect data from new and existing behavior programs and activities to assess their feasibility and measure their effectiveness


Position Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age and a legal U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Bachelor’s degree in related area (may substitute adequate relevant work experience)
  • 3+ years of work experience in an animal sheltering environment 
  • Formal training in animal handling, training, and behavior evaluations
  • Ability to assess and evaluate new animal training methods and equipment
  • Knowledge of cat and dog breed characteristics and behaviors, animal restraint and handling techniques. Ability to interpret animal body language.
  • Demonstrably sound judgement in dealing with the public and handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Able to communicate effectively in person, on the phone, and through writing with people of various ages and backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and growth
  • Windows and Microsoft Office proficiency
  • No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents
  • Some flexibility in availability to adjust work schedule in support of events and deadlines
  • Experience in a supervisory role


Preferred Skills/Knowledge:

  • Formal dog training certification
  • Basic knowledge of Google applications
  • Demonstrated teaching ability including basic teaching methods and curriculum development
  • Experience in planning, leading and managing strategic projects
  • Experience designing, conducting and analyzing research projects in an animal shelter environment


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Work in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer
  • Traverse the LHS facility and grounds for extended periods of time performing labor that may include walking, reaching with hands and arms, climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling, lifting up to 50 pounds without assistance and operating various tools and equipment
  • Exposure to animal bites, scratches, dander, parasites, infectious diseases, strong odors and fumes from caustic chemicals and animal waste
  • Exposure to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions while working outdoors
  • Exposure to high noise levels
  • Use of a portable radio and headset required
  • Operate LHS vehicles, including a truck and full-size van


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