Shannon Wells

Executive Director

Shannon has served as the shelter’s director since January 2020. Prior to that, Shannon served in leadership roles for the KC Pet Project in Kansas City, Missouri, including Director of Operations and Animal Behavior & Project Manager.

operations

For any questions regarding operations, deliveries, or management of the building – please contact Liz or Austin! 

Medical

adoptions

If you have any questions about an animal listed on our website or would like to provide an update about a recent adopted animal, please email the adoptions team!

development

If you have questions about donations, events, grants, or news – please contact the development team!

behavior

Pet resource center

For questions regarding strays, public spay/neuter, lost animals, or surrendering a pet – please contact the PRC team.

care & enrichment

Our Care & Enrichment team ensures all the animals in our care are happy, comfortable, and healthy!

Animal services

Our animal service team responds to calls in unincorporated Douglas County (outside of Lawrence city limits)

Crisis pet retention

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.

2024 Board of Directors

President:
John Hanley, Equity Bank

Vice President:
Charlotte Tritch, University of Kansas

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

Secretary:
Lindsay Roesler, Community Volunteer

Members:
Oyin Enoch, Hills Pet Nutrition
Jackie Harmon, Barkley
Amanda Jay, Ladderpoint Counsulting
Anne Johnson, Aspen Leadership Group
Dale Slusser, Kansas University Endowment Association (retired)
Andrew Hagner, Hills Pet Nutrition
Megan Richardson, First State Bank & Trust
Hailey Drescher, Trask Consulting

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:

POSITION: Animal Services Officer
REPORTS TO: 
Animal Services Manager
CLASSIFICAION:
Non-Exempt (hourly), Full Time
SUPRERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: No


POSITION SUMMARY

The mission of the Lawrence Humane Society (LHS) 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. We believe in respecting and supporting the pet and pet owner and seek to create a work culture that promotes compassion, innovation, and excellence.

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, one Animal Services Supervisor, one Animal Services Community Caseworker, and is led by the Senior Manager of Community Support Services. 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, our own Animal Services division, 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.

At a time when animal control field services is undergoing a renaissance, challenging commonly held views on the role of punitive enforcement, mandatory impoundment, proposing new approaches to solving noncompliance in the community, the Animal Services Community Caseworker is a critical new role within the organization that supports the Animal Services division and the PRC.

The Animal Services Officer works both in the field and in the PRC at the shelter . This position will help usher in a new understanding of what “success” looks like when enforcement officers work to encourage compliance over punishment for violations of animal-related offenses. They will work collaboratively with Community Caseworkers within the Pet Resource Center, ensuring programs are utilized to ensure compliance. This position partners closely with the Animal Services Manager and Animal Welfare Counsel to use a field services model committed to compliance and equity within our community.

The position is subject to the common risks of animal control enforcement and care.  Work is performed in accordance with local ordinances and state statutes. 

The Animal Services Community Caseworker reports to the Animal Services Manager.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Field Work 

  • 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 both at the shelter and in the field.
  • Offer owners food, crates, carriers, and other supplies that may be available while at the shelter and in the field.
  • 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.
  • Receive and respond to requests for animal control service(s), including but not limited to aiding residents in the compliance of animal control regulations, capturing and confining of stray animals and attempting to locate and return animal to the owners prior to impoundment, rescuing injured and diseased animals and impounding, when necessary, dangerous animals.
  • Treat all animals humanely, properly and with compassion at all times.
  • Maintain records of various impounds, road activities, investigations, etc.
  • Conduct investigations and issue citations (when appropriate) for violations of local (county) ordinances,
  • Testify in administrative hearings or district court, when compliance efforts fail against owners who disregard or violate ordinances.
  • Operate a company vehicle in carrying out enforcement duties.
  • Maintains all assigned equipment to ensure cleanliness and proper functioning.
  • Maintain a knowledge of safe capture of all types of animals.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Ensure that all interactions, process, and procedures meet the organizational DEI lens.
  • Follow the organizational ethos of non-judgmental service to the Douglas County community.
  • Work collaboratively with community members and partner organizations provide solutions that address root causes for animal ordinance violations.
  • Support the Animal Services Manager in efforts to increase outreach to communities historically underserved and lacking relationships with LHS. Build and strengthen trusted relationships with all members of the community.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • Valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  • Must be able to complete coursework and pass certification exam for National Animal Control (NACA) ACO Basics I & II Certification within the first quarter of 2022.
  • Must be able to complete in-house training program.

 

COMPETENCIES

  • Proven track record of being intentionally inclusive and welcoming, particularly with communities different than one’s self.
  • Evident desire to serve both people and pets; demonstrating compassion for animals and people, sometimes in emotionally difficult and complex situations, without judgment.
  • Ability to set and meet goals and balance multiple projects, possessing strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Effective, experienced, and confident public speaker.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Ability to learn how to use new software, platforms, and applications to efficiently and effectively manage information.
  • Goal-driven, holding self accountable to department and organizational goals, with effective skills at prioritizing and redirecting activities to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Highly developed critical thinking skills and a focus on consistent process improvement.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

An ideal candidate will embody the following characteristics:

  • Tact and courtesy in explaining proper animal care and animal control regulations to animal owners and the general public.
  • Ability to engage and actively listening when communicating with others so that others feel heard and understood.
  • Ability to remain pleasant and calm in a high stress environment.
  • Working knowledge of, or ability to learn, relevant laws and ordinances related to animal control.
  • Highly strategic, never losing sight of the big picture.
  • Independent judgment and initiative in application of the law, once trained.
  • Handling animals of all temperaments, species, breeds, and sizes in a humane and safe manner.
  • Ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and animals who may exhibit medical and/or other problems, including aggressive tendencies.
  • Ability to use the equipment and physical means necessary for the purpose of capturing and caring for animals.
  • Ability to record and maintain accurate records concerning daily activities, calls and investigations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Works with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Attention to detail in record keeping.
  • Willingness to work any shift, including weekends and holiday (including limited notice response for emergencies and disaster response).


WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Ability to handle domestic, exotic, wildlife, and animals with dangerous or unknown temperament. 
  • Exposure to animals and all risks associated with animal contact including bites, scratches, dander, parasites, infectious/zoonotic diseases, strong odors and fumes from caustic chemicals, and animal waste.
  • Periodic exposure to ill and deceased animals in the course of work.
  • Regular contact with upset and emotional individuals.
  • Physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including a motor vehicle, two-way radios, hand tools, animal traps, etc. 
  • Changing work environment with a shared work space.
  • Work in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer.
  • Use of company vehicle to perform work in the field, in all weather conditions.
  • Considerable time communicating with the public.
  • Exposure to high noise levels.
  • Traverse the facility and grounds as well as the field 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 when working outdoors.


HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Shannon Wells, Executive Director, swells@lawrencehumane.org. (Please do not use the Apply Today button below.)

The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society encourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experience

POSITION: Customer Care Associate
CLASSIFICAION: Non-Exempt (hourly), Full-time
REPORTS TO: Customer Care Manager
SUPRERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: No


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. 


RESPONSIBITIES:

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).


To apply for this position, please click the “Apply Today” button below.

Job Title: Director of Shelter Services
Department: Administrative
Classification: Exempt, Full-Time
Reports to: Executive Director

The Lawrence Humane Society’s mission 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. We seek to be a national leader for medium-sized shelters, demonstrate how animal shelters can become an integral social service agency in a community, and create a future in which barriers don’t exist in pet ownership. 

Position Summary:
The Director of Shelter Services (DSS) plays a crucial role in overseeing the daily operations, procedures, and resources of the Lawrence Humane Society (LHS). This includes managing behavior, adoptions, foster, animal care, community support programs, and any other innovative programs related to shelter operations. The DSS supports the Executive Director by managing planning, research, communications, personnel, and record keeping. Additionally, the DSS is responsible for preparing and managing the operational budget and reviewing expenditures associated with all non-medical operational departments and separate coordinators. The DSS must be deeply committed to LHS’s lifesaving mission, excellent communication skills, an appreciation for staff and volunteers, have an evident desire to serve pet owners in sometimes emotionally difficult and complex situations without judgment, and the ability to motivate and educate others. The DSS is also responsible for employee recruitment, training, and general supervision for non-medical operational departments while ensuring that facilities adhere to humane and safe operational standards and comply with local, state and federal regulations.


PRIMARY ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Employee Management

  • Oversee the hiring, training, and scheduling of supervisors and staff, and regularly reviewing and evaluating job performance
  • Ensure proper policies and procedures are followed in departments including Community Support Services, Adoptions, Animal Care, Behavior, and Foster Care
  • Address all employee grievances and complaints in these departments and separate activities
  • Continuously institute staff training, continuing education seminars and professional development programs to ensure staff’s awareness of new and revised policies, procedures, rules and regulations
  • Respond to complaints about subordinate employees and associated facility procedures. Assist department managers and subordinate staff when dealing with difficult situations. Ensure timely completion of subordinate employee accident report investigations by the applicable managers and supervisors


Animal Care

  • Ensure proper care and treatment of animals under LHS’s jurisdiction
  • Continually monitor animal care, coordination, and services across departments and make placement decisions and recommendations consistent with operational needs
  • Design and implement training and enrichment programs to enhance the quality of life of the animals under LHS’s care, commensurate with nationally recognized standards, policies, and programs
  • Analyze statistical data to develop new strategies, figure projections, and determine trends using a variety of computer software programs
  • Develop and conduct research projects, regularly compiling and presenting reports to the Executive Director on animal care, coordination, and services related to operations and activities
  • Evaluate all new and on-going projects regularly to determine and implement needed changes. Regularly review animal care, coordination, and services related policy and procedures manuals and standard operating procedures to ensure compliance with local, state and federal guidelines and the facility’s mission
  • Meet regularly with the Executive Director regularly to determine strategies. Coordinates efforts with the Executive Director, Director of Development & Communication, and Director of Veterinary Services to deliver the most effective care and services across LHS 


Administrative Duties

  • Review budgets of the non-medical operational departments
  • Assist with development of annual budget for non-medical operations and monitor revenue and expenses in relation to the annual budget
  • Serve as contract agent for reporting departments/activities and negotiate with vendors for services/supplies for those departments/activities
  • Develop and direct special projects at the request of the Executive Director, and performs other duties as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
  • 3+ years of work experience in an animal-sheltering environment preferred
  • 3+ years of supervisory experience including training, knowledge of employment-related laws and issues, skills in mediating disputes, conflicts and grievances, and ability to train and effectively direct the activities of department leaders.


COMPETENCIES

  • Must be a results-oriented, self-starter who possesses strong leadership skills including outstanding communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Ability to build alliances with community organizations and agencies. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with vendors
  • Demonstrated personal communication skills to include knowledge of interviewing techniques, public speaking, skill in writing and editing, and ability to express thought orally in a clear manner
  • Demonstrated program management knowledge, including basic statistical methods, basic budgetary practices, and knowledge of local, state and federal regulations for the workplace
  • Ability to work independently and as a team in a busy and dynamic environment
  • Ability to set and meet goals and balance multiple tasks, possessing strong time management and organizational skills
  • Proven track record of being intentionally inclusive and welcoming, particularly with communities different than one’s self.
  • Evident desire to serve both people and pets; demonstrating compassion for animals and people, sometimes in emotionally difficult and complex situations, without judgment.


Desired Candidate characteristics:

  • Maturity in articulating personal needs, wants, and perspectives
  • Passion for serving the community as a whole and individual people
  • Commitment to maximize lifesaving efforts for shelter and community pets
  • Highly strategic, never losing sight of the big picture
  • Flexibility when it comes to solving challenges and adaptable so that each approach is most effective and appropriate for a given situation
  • Maintenance of healthy boundaries and a positive work culture
  • Appreciating and celebrating individuals’ differences.


WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Traverse the facility and grounds 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  
  • Work in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer 
  • Exposure to animal bites, scratches, dander, parasites, infectious diseases, strong odors and fumes from caustic chemicals and animal waste  
  • Occasional exposure to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions if working outdoors 
  • Occasional exposure to high noise levels  
  • Use of a portable radio and headset required  
  • Occasional use of a company vehicle to perform work in the field, in all weather conditions



HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Shannon Wells, Executive Director, jobs@lawrencehumane.org 


The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society encourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

POSITION: Medical Associate (Veterinary Technician or Assistant)
REPORTS TO: 
Chief Veterinarian
CLASSIFICAION: 
Non-Exempt (hourly), Full Time
SUPRERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: No

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.  This care includes providing shelter animals with preventative veterinary care, diagnosis and treatment of both acute and chronic medical conditions, and humane euthanasia for severe medical conditions or severe behavior issues. The clinic also provides some low cost or subsidized public veterinary services to help pet owners otherwise struggling to access veterinary care for their pets.

The Veterinary Clinic is an integral component of achieving the organization’s mission. The clinic is staffed by 3 Medical Associates (Veterinary Technicians/Assistants) a Clinic Coordinator, and a Staff Veterinarian, all led by the Chief Veterinarian. Together, this team oversees the health of over 3,700 shelter animals annually, and provides low cost or subsidized public veterinary services to over 1,000 pets in the community each year.

Position Summary:

The Lawrence Humane Society is seeking an individual who thrives in a fast-paced, team oriented environment helping animals in the shelter, and in the community, with an emphasis on humane, compassionate, and timely care.  The Medial Associate supports the veterinarians and the Clinic Coordinator in operating the clinic effectively. 

Primary Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Animal Wellness:

  • Completing daily exams, procedures, and treatments. Assisting in the triage of any emergencies.  This includes:
    • Performing treatments and protocols as directed by the staff veterinarians;
    • Monitoring the health of the animals in care and taking immediate action to address medical needs following established medical protocols;
    • Performing blood draws, fecal tests, and snap tests, as needed;
    • Administering vaccinations, and microchipping;
    • Administering medication in a timely manner; and
    • Taking x-ray images of animals for timely diagnosis of medical conditions.


 
Surgery:

  • Assisting in surgery with sedation, animal prep, monitoring anesthesia and recovery;
  • Performing surgery check-ins and discharges for pets belonging to members of the public;
  • Ensuring controlled drug logging is being kept up to date, and is accurate, and bringing discrepancies to the veterinarian’s attention;
  • Ensuring that surgical instruments are cleaned and sterilized properly;
  • Maintaining clean and orderly work areas;
  • Facilitating the movement of surgical animals back to their kennel at the end of the day;
  • Ensuring proper kennel/crate sanitation for surgical patients; and
  • Accurately logging surgeries/procedures as well as any vaccines, microchips, and/or medication given/prescribed at the time into the animal management database.


Humane Euthanasia:

  • Assisting with and/or performing humane euthanasia, when deemed appropriate, for shelter animals and privately owned pets. Euthanasia is typically limited to severe medical conditions, unsafe animal behavior, and diminished quality of life where there is a poor prognosis for treatment/rehabilitation.


Other Responsibilities:

  • Communication
    • Ensuring timely response to phone and email communication with the clinic; and
    • Communicating critical information to colleagues as needed to ensure the highest standard of animal care and customer service.
  • Animal Flow
    • Providing backup support to the Pet Resource Center staff in performing intake exams as needed to achieve efficient animal flow; and
    • Supporting the Foster Coordinator in responding to medical concerns and scheduling clinic services for foster animals.
  • Public Services
    • Delivering public services with an open-minded and inclusive attitude. Treating each community encounter with respect, kindness, and compassion.  Working to reinforce a non-judgmental culture in the clinic; and
    • Collaborating with the Pet Resource Center to ensure successful completion of daily public veterinary services as well as periodic special events such as high volume vaccine clinics, feral cat surgery days, etc.
  • Safety
    • Understanding and abiding by all federal, state, and local ordinances, as well as state regulations;
    • Following all workplace safety rules, actively promoting a safe work environment and taking immediate action to prevent and address hazards; and
    • Following all disease transmission prevention protocols.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and endure a fast pace.
  • Ability to remain calm, even in stressful situations, and find solutions to problems and challenges;
  • 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;
  • Knowledge of common shelter-related illnesses and herd health management;
  • Proficiency in safe and humane animal handling practices, especially restraint techniques to assist in the completion of exams, procedures, and treatments. Actively strive to employ the least stressful, most humane approach to animal handling;
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of animal behavior;
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in documentation and data entry;
  • Proven ability to follow directions and learn new skills quickly;
  • Strong organization skills; and
  • Able to work with minimal supervision and direction.

Position Requirements:                                                  

  • At least 18 years of age;
  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience working as a Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Assistant. Veterinary Technician Certification preferred.
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in customer service;
  • No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents; and
  • Able to work holidays and weekends as needed;
  • Ability to work on-call 1-2 nights per week for afterhours emergency with additional compensation for on-call work. (Afterhours emergencies are limited and do not occur every night.)


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Communicating with shelter staff and the general 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, animal blood, and animal waste;
  • Exposure to high noise levels;
  • Working in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer;
  • Traversing 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; and
  • Exposure to wet, cold, hot and/or humid conditions for periods of time.

The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society encourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. 

POSITION: Animal Services Officer
REPORTS TO: 
Animal Services Manager
CLASSIFICAION:
Non-Exempt (hourly), Full Time
SUPRERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: No


POSITION SUMMARY

The mission of the Lawrence Humane Society (LHS) 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. We believe in respecting and supporting the pet and pet owner and seek to create a work culture that promotes compassion, innovation, and excellence.

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, one Animal Services Supervisor, one Animal Services Community Caseworker, and is led by the Senior Manager of Community Support Services. 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, our own Animal Services division, 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.

At a time when animal control field services is undergoing a renaissance, challenging commonly held views on the role of punitive enforcement, mandatory impoundment, proposing new approaches to solving noncompliance in the community, the Animal Services Community Caseworker is a critical new role within the organization that supports the Animal Services division and the PRC.

The Animal Services Officer works both in the field and in the PRC at the shelter . This position will help usher in a new understanding of what “success” looks like when enforcement officers work to encourage compliance over punishment for violations of animal-related offenses. They will work collaboratively with Community Caseworkers within the Pet Resource Center, ensuring programs are utilized to ensure compliance. This position partners closely with the Animal Services Manager and Animal Welfare Counsel to use a field services model committed to compliance and equity within our community.

The position is subject to the common risks of animal control enforcement and care.  Work is performed in accordance with local ordinances and state statutes. 

The Animal Services Community Caseworker reports to the Animal Services Manager.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Field Work 

  • 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 both at the shelter and in the field.
  • Offer owners food, crates, carriers, and other supplies that may be available while at the shelter and in the field.
  • 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.
  • Receive and respond to requests for animal control service(s), including but not limited to aiding residents in the compliance of animal control regulations, capturing and confining of stray animals and attempting to locate and return animal to the owners prior to impoundment, rescuing injured and diseased animals and impounding, when necessary, dangerous animals.
  • Treat all animals humanely, properly and with compassion at all times.
  • Maintain records of various impounds, road activities, investigations, etc.
  • Conduct investigations and issue citations (when appropriate) for violations of local (county) ordinances,
  • Testify in administrative hearings or district court, when compliance efforts fail against owners who disregard or violate ordinances.
  • Operate a company vehicle in carrying out enforcement duties.
  • Maintains all assigned equipment to ensure cleanliness and proper functioning.
  • Maintain a knowledge of safe capture of all types of animals.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Ensure that all interactions, process, and procedures meet the organizational DEI lens.
  • Follow the organizational ethos of non-judgmental service to the Douglas County community.
  • Work collaboratively with community members and partner organizations provide solutions that address root causes for animal ordinance violations.
  • Support the Animal Services Manager in efforts to increase outreach to communities historically underserved and lacking relationships with LHS. Build and strengthen trusted relationships with all members of the community.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • Valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  • Must be able to complete coursework and pass certification exam for National Animal Control (NACA) ACO Basics I & II Certification within the first quarter of 2022.
  • Must be able to complete in-house training program.

 

COMPETENCIES

  • Proven track record of being intentionally inclusive and welcoming, particularly with communities different than one’s self.
  • Evident desire to serve both people and pets; demonstrating compassion for animals and people, sometimes in emotionally difficult and complex situations, without judgment.
  • Ability to set and meet goals and balance multiple projects, possessing strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Effective, experienced, and confident public speaker.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Ability to learn how to use new software, platforms, and applications to efficiently and effectively manage information.
  • Goal-driven, holding self accountable to department and organizational goals, with effective skills at prioritizing and redirecting activities to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Highly developed critical thinking skills and a focus on consistent process improvement.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

An ideal candidate will embody the following characteristics:

  • Tact and courtesy in explaining proper animal care and animal control regulations to animal owners and the general public.
  • Ability to engage and actively listening when communicating with others so that others feel heard and understood.
  • Ability to remain pleasant and calm in a high stress environment.
  • Working knowledge of, or ability to learn, relevant laws and ordinances related to animal control.
  • Highly strategic, never losing sight of the big picture.
  • Independent judgment and initiative in application of the law, once trained.
  • Handling animals of all temperaments, species, breeds, and sizes in a humane and safe manner.
  • Ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and animals who may exhibit medical and/or other problems, including aggressive tendencies.
  • Ability to use the equipment and physical means necessary for the purpose of capturing and caring for animals.
  • Ability to record and maintain accurate records concerning daily activities, calls and investigations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Works with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Attention to detail in record keeping.
  • Willingness to work any shift, including weekends and holiday (including limited notice response for emergencies and disaster response).


WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Ability to handle domestic, exotic, wildlife, and animals with dangerous or unknown temperament. 
  • Exposure to animals and all risks associated with animal contact including bites, scratches, dander, parasites, infectious/zoonotic diseases, strong odors and fumes from caustic chemicals, and animal waste.
  • Periodic exposure to ill and deceased animals in the course of work.
  • Regular contact with upset and emotional individuals.
  • Physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including a motor vehicle, two-way radios, hand tools, animal traps, etc. 
  • Changing work environment with a shared work space.
  • Work in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer.
  • Use of company vehicle to perform work in the field, in all weather conditions.
  • Considerable time communicating with the public.
  • Exposure to high noise levels.
  • Traverse the facility and grounds as well as the field 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 when working outdoors.


HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Shannon Wells, Executive Director, swells@lawrencehumane.org. (Please do not use the Apply Today button below.)

The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society encourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and 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 4,000 animals are admitted to our shelter every year.

The Behavior Associate works under the direction of the Behavior Coordinator to implement, and monitor all programs intended to identify, correct, and prevent problem behavior in cats and dogs, in addition to enrichment functions, including daily playgroups for all dogs in the facility.  The Behavior Associate will participate in discussions about treatment and placement pathways for shelter animals.

The Behavior Associate is responsible for the supervision, training, development and support of behavior volunteers, as well as training new staff on LHS behavior programs and animal handling, body language, and more specialized behavior topics as needed. The Behavior Associate will teach handling and socialization to new staff and volunteers and work with dedicated volunteers to assist with the behavior department in meeting training goals for individual animals.  

Key Responsibilities: 

Daily Operation of Behavior Programs:

  • Facilitate daily behavior program activities, including playgroups, dog and cat assessments, and animal socialization training classes;
  • Facilitate animal behavior and handling training to staff and volunteers;
  • Maintain accurate and complete records on animals, behavior modification plans, staff, volunteers, correspondence with the public, and activities related to behavior program;
  • Participate in weekly discussions about the behavioral health of individual animals in care and help develop plans to move each animal toward outcome, with the goal of positive outcome whenever possible.  Discuss euthanasia when appropriate due to severe behavior concerns.
  • 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;
  • Work in collaboration with the Behavior Coordinator to 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;

Position Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age and a legal U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Knowledge of cat and dog breed characteristics and behaviors, animal restraint and handling techniques. Ability to interpret animal body language.
  • Demonstrably sound judgment 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
  • Ability to teach small groups of people and individuals behavioral concepts
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and growth
  • No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents

Preferred Skills/Knowledge:

  • Formal dog training certification
  • Basic knowledge of Google applications
  • 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.


The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcomes such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society

POSITION: Community Caseworker
DEPARTMENT: Pet Resource Center
REPORTS TO: Community Caseworker Supervisor
CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt (hourly), full-time


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.

RESPONSIBITIES:

  • 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.

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.


To apply for this position, please click the “Apply Today” button below.

POSITION: Customer Care Associate
CLASSIFICAION: Non-Exempt (hourly), Full-time
REPORTS TO: Customer Care Manager
SUPRERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: No


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. 


RESPONSIBITIES:

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).


To apply for this position, please click the “Apply Today” button below.

POSITION: Clinic Coordinator & Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
CLASSIFICAION: Non-Exempt (hourly), Full-time
REPORTS TO: Chief Veterinarian

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. This care includes providing shelter animals with preventative veterinary care, diagnosis and treatment of both acute and chronic medical conditions, and humane euthanasia for severe medical conditions or severe behavior issues. The clinic also provides some low cost or subsidized public veterinary services to help pet owners otherwise struggling to access veterinary care for their pets.

The organization’s veterinary clinic is an integral component of achieving the organization’s mission. The clinic is staffed by 3 Medical Associates (Veterinary Technicians/Assistants) a Clinic Coordinator, and 2 Staff Veterinarian, all led by the Chief Veterinarian. Together, this team oversees the health of over 3,700 shelter animals annually, and provides low cost or subsidized public veterinary services to nearly 2,000 pets in the community each year.

Position Summary

The Lawrence Humane Society is seeking an individual who thrives in a fast-paced, team oriented environment helping animals in the shelter, and in the community, with an emphasis on humane, compassionate, and timely care. The Clinic Coordinator supports the veterinarians in operating the clinic effectively.

Primary Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Animal Wellness:

  • Completing daily exams, procedures, and treatments. Assisting in the triage of any emergencies. This includes:
    • Performing treatments and protocols as directed by the staff veterinarians;
    • Monitoring the health of the animals in care and taking immediate action to address medical needs following established medical protocols;
    • Performing blood draws, fecal tests, and other diagnostics, as needed;
    • Administering vaccinations, and microchipping;
    • Administering medication in a timely manner; and
    • Taking x-ray images of animals for timely diagnosis of medical conditions.

Surgery:

  • Assisting in surgery with sedation, animal prep, monitoring anesthesia, and recovery;
  • Performing surgery check-ins and discharges for pets belonging to members of the public;
  • Ensuring controlled drug logging is kept up to date and accurate, bringing discrepancies to the veterinarian’s attention;
  • Ensuring that surgical instruments are cleaned and sterilized properly;
  • Maintaining clean and orderly work areas;
  • Facilitating the movement of surgical animals back to their kennel at the end of the day;
  • Ensuring proper kennel/crate sanitation for surgical patients; and
  • Accurately logging surgeries/procedures as well as any vaccines, microchips, and/or medication given/prescribed at the time into the animal management database.

Humane Euthanasia

  • Assisting with and/or performing humane euthanasia, when deemed appropriate, for shelter animals and privately owned pets. Euthanasia is typically limited to severe medical conditions, unsafe animal behavior, and diminished quality of life where there is a poor prognosis for treatment/rehabilitation.

Supervisory

  • Managing the staffing schedule for medical associates (medical assistants) to ensure appropriate staff coverage
  • Work in collaboration with the Chief Veterinarian to mentor medical associates to expand medical knowledge, development technical skills, and increase efficiency.
  • Train other shelter staff on medical skills appropriate to their position (ex: restraint, aging, sexing, vaccinating, etc.)

Other Responsibilities

Communication

  • Ensuring timely response to phone and email communication with the clinic; and
  • Communicating critical information to colleagues as needed to ensure the highest standard of animal care and customer service.

Animal Flow

  • Providing backup support to the Pet Resource Center staff in performing intake exams as needed to achieve efficient animal flow; and
  • Supporting the Foster & Transfer Coordinator in responding to medical concerns and scheduling clinic services for foster animals.

Public Services

  • Delivering public services with an open-minded and inclusive attitude. Treating each community encounter with respect, kindness, and compassion. Working to reinforce a non-judgmental culture in the clinic; and
  • Collaborating with the organization’s Pet Resource Center to ensure successful completion of daily public veterinary services as well as periodic special events such as high volume vaccine clinics, feral cat surgery days, etc.

Safety

  • Understanding and abiding by all federal, state, and local ordinances, as well as state regulations;
  • Following all workplace safety rules, actively promoting a safe work environment and taking immediate action to prevent and address hazards; and
  • Following all disease transmission prevention protocols.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and endure a fast pace.
  • Ability to remain calm, even in stressful situations, and find solutions to problems and challenges;
  • 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;
  • Knowledge of common shelter-related illnesses and herd health management;
  • Proficiency in safe and humane animal handling practices, especially restraint techniques to assist in the completion of exams, procedures, and treatments. Actively strive to employ the least stressful, most humane approach to animal handling;
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of animal behavior;
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in documentation and data entry;
  • Proven ability to follow directions and learn new skills quickly;
  • Strong organization skills; and
  • Able to work with minimal supervision and direction.

Position Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age;
  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • Licensed Registered Veterinary Technician;
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience working as a Registered Veterinary Technician;
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in customer service;
  • A minimum of 2 years working in a supervisory capacity; and
  • Able to work holidays and weekends as needed

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Communicating with shelter staff and the general 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, animal blood, and animal waste;
  • Exposure to high noise levels;
  • Working in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer;
  • Traversing 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; and
  • Exposure to wet, cold, hot and/or humid conditions for periods of time.

The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society encourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

POSITION: Medical Associate (Veterinary Technician or Assistant)
REPORTS TO: 
Chief Veterinarian
CLASSIFICAION: 
Non-Exempt (hourly), Full Time
SUPRERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: No

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.  This care includes providing shelter animals with preventative veterinary care, diagnosis and treatment of both acute and chronic medical conditions, and humane euthanasia for severe medical conditions or severe behavior issues. The clinic also provides some low cost or subsidized public veterinary services to help pet owners otherwise struggling to access veterinary care for their pets.

The Veterinary Clinic is an integral component of achieving the organization’s mission. The clinic is staffed by 3 Medical Associates (Veterinary Technicians/Assistants) a Clinic Coordinator, and a Staff Veterinarian, all led by the Chief Veterinarian. Together, this team oversees the health of over 3,700 shelter animals annually, and provides low cost or subsidized public veterinary services to over 1,000 pets in the community each year.

Position Summary:

The Lawrence Humane Society is seeking an individual who thrives in a fast-paced, team oriented environment helping animals in the shelter, and in the community, with an emphasis on humane, compassionate, and timely care.  The Medial Associate supports the veterinarians and the Clinic Coordinator in operating the clinic effectively. 

Primary Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Animal Wellness:

  • Completing daily exams, procedures, and treatments. Assisting in the triage of any emergencies.  This includes:
    • Performing treatments and protocols as directed by the staff veterinarians;
    • Monitoring the health of the animals in care and taking immediate action to address medical needs following established medical protocols;
    • Performing blood draws, fecal tests, and snap tests, as needed;
    • Administering vaccinations, and microchipping;
    • Administering medication in a timely manner; and
    • Taking x-ray images of animals for timely diagnosis of medical conditions.


 
Surgery:

  • Assisting in surgery with sedation, animal prep, monitoring anesthesia and recovery;
  • Performing surgery check-ins and discharges for pets belonging to members of the public;
  • Ensuring controlled drug logging is being kept up to date, and is accurate, and bringing discrepancies to the veterinarian’s attention;
  • Ensuring that surgical instruments are cleaned and sterilized properly;
  • Maintaining clean and orderly work areas;
  • Facilitating the movement of surgical animals back to their kennel at the end of the day;
  • Ensuring proper kennel/crate sanitation for surgical patients; and
  • Accurately logging surgeries/procedures as well as any vaccines, microchips, and/or medication given/prescribed at the time into the animal management database.


Humane Euthanasia:

  • Assisting with and/or performing humane euthanasia, when deemed appropriate, for shelter animals and privately owned pets. Euthanasia is typically limited to severe medical conditions, unsafe animal behavior, and diminished quality of life where there is a poor prognosis for treatment/rehabilitation.


Other Responsibilities:

  • Communication
    • Ensuring timely response to phone and email communication with the clinic; and
    • Communicating critical information to colleagues as needed to ensure the highest standard of animal care and customer service.

  • Animal Flow
    • Providing backup support to the Pet Resource Center staff in performing intake exams as needed to achieve efficient animal flow; and
    • Supporting the Foster Coordinator in responding to medical concerns and scheduling clinic services for foster animals.

  • Public Services
    • Delivering public services with an open-minded and inclusive attitude. Treating each community encounter with respect, kindness, and compassion.  Working to reinforce a non-judgmental culture in the clinic; and
    • Collaborating with the Pet Resource Center to ensure successful completion of daily public veterinary services as well as periodic special events such as high volume vaccine clinics, feral cat surgery days, etc.

  • Safety
    • Understanding and abiding by all federal, state, and local ordinances, as well as state regulations;
    • Following all workplace safety rules, actively promoting a safe work environment and taking immediate action to prevent and address hazards; and
    • Following all disease transmission prevention protocols.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and endure a fast pace.
  • Ability to remain calm, even in stressful situations, and find solutions to problems and challenges;
  • 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;
  • Knowledge of common shelter-related illnesses and herd health management;
  • Proficiency in safe and humane animal handling practices, especially restraint techniques to assist in the completion of exams, procedures, and treatments. Actively strive to employ the least stressful, most humane approach to animal handling;
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of animal behavior;
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in documentation and data entry;
  • Proven ability to follow directions and learn new skills quickly;
  • Strong organization skills; and
  • Able to work with minimal supervision and direction.

Position Requirements:                                                  

  • At least 18 years of age;
  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in customer service;
  • No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents; and
  • Able to work holidays and weekends as needed.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Communicating with shelter staff and the general 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, animal blood, and animal waste;
  • Exposure to high noise levels;
  • Working in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer;
  • Traversing 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; and
  • Exposure to wet, cold, hot and/or humid conditions for periods of time.

The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society encourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. 

POSITION: Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator
CLASSIFICAION: Non-exempt (salary), Full-time
REPORTS TO: Senior Manager of Programs
SUPRERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Volunteers
SCHEDULE: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00am to 6:00pm (occasional evenings and additional days required)


POSITION SUMMARY

The Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator (VCEC) provides strategic direction for the volunteer and community event functions of the agency. They will build a solid and sustainable volunteer program, create and execute community engagement programs in the community and the shelter, and will act as a liaison between community partners, volunteers, and LHS. They will coordinate and oversee all volunteer functions at all off-site adoption events, fundraising events, and other projects. They will manage the volunteer program in order to enhance program delivery and engage volunteers effectively. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Volunteer Coordination

    • Oversees the volunteer and community engagement program ensuring effective contributions to target LHS programs, a positive experience for volunteers, and engagement in the broader work of LHS. Establishes positive relationships with LHS’s long-time supporters and actively recruits new volunteers.
    • Ensures establishment of best practices and effective policies and procedures within the department and throughout the agency as they relate to volunteer and community outreach and education functions. 
    • Supervises volunteers in performance of duties, providing them continuous feedback and special guidance when requested or required. Engages, motivates and creates learning opportunities for volunteers. Conducts recognition programs to honor volunteers. Assists in resolving disputes and terminates volunteers not fulfilling the required duties. 
    • Maintains volunteer personnel records, records volunteer duties and hours donated and notes incidents and injuries.  
    • Monitors and manages volunteer satisfaction, acknowledgements, suggestions, feedback, and attrition. 
    • Develops and implements policies and procedures for the volunteer management program.
    • Oversees all aspects of outreach and communications to volunteers. 
    • Coordinates group volunteer efforts, student assignments, and special projects.
    • Works collaboratively with other departments to ensure positive communication with all volunteers and supporters.

Events & Community Engagement

  • Coordinates volunteer presence at off-site events, ensuring human and animal safety, effective messaging, fundraising, and professional presence.
  • Under the guidance of the Senior Manager of Programs, identifies or designs, plans, establishes, and manages community opportunities and activities.
  • Oversees presentations for schools, youth groups, community organizations and tours. 
  • Conducts research and finds resources to make informed decisions about new, strategic volunteer possibilities.
  • Represents organization at community events, seeking advantageous partnerships with community businesses, vendors and individuals. 


Administrative

  • Makes recommendations for the organization’s budget planning purposes and regularly tracks and reports upon progress toward goals. 
  • Prepares timely operational reports including a detailed annual report.
  • Assists with fundraising initiatives and special projects.


Animal Handling

  • Demonstrate proficiency in safe and humane animal handling practices to assist volunteers, manage animals at offsite functions, and provide support to other departments on occasion.  Prior handling experience not required, but a willingness to learn and become proficient is required.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Commitment to Lawrence Humane Society’s mission and vision. 
  • Experience with community outreach and event-related work in a nonprofit setting; experience with database management a plus.
  • Experience managing volunteers. 
  • Outstanding strategic, communications and interpersonal skills. 
  • Experience in planning, leading and managing community engagement projects.
  • Goal-driven, holding self and others accountable to department and agency goals, with effective skills at prioritizing and redirecting activities to achieve the desired outcomes. 
  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with internal leaders and external stakeholders. 
  • Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.
  • Critical thinking skills and focus on consistent process improvement. 
  • Strong supervisory abilities. 
  • Strong customer service orientation and effectiveness in interacting with people from different backgrounds. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Flexibility with work schedule in support of events and deadlines. 
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and growth. 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Routine and flexible office environment with the ability to work away from the office and beyond regular work schedules when needed to complete the work.
  • Work in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer.
  • Considerable time communicating with the public.
  • Exposure to animals and all risks associated with animal contact including bites, scratches, dander, parasites, infectious diseases, strong odors and fumes from caustic chemicals, and animal waste.
  • Exposure to high noise levels.
  • 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.
  • Occasional exposure to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions if working outdoors.
  • Occasional use of company vehicle to perform work in the field, in all weather conditions.

 

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

  • We value integrity, respect, innovation, quality, passion, fun, and generosity.  We expect each associate to practice these values in the way we approach our work and the way we treat one another, the animals and the public we serve.
  • It is the primary responsibility of everyone working at the Lawrence Humane Society to focus on the success of the animals we care for by working in collaboration and harmony with team members throughout the organization.
  • Each one of us is responsible for understanding and following Lawrence Humane Society’s policies, procedures, and practices.
  • In addition to the specific job responsibilities listed, Lawrence Humane Society employees must successfully perform other responsibilities as assigned.
  • The Lawrence Humane Society reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Lawrence Humane Society desires.  This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to provide reasonable accommodation as necessary.

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The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society encourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences
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POSITION: Customer Care Support Associate
CLASSIFICAION: Non-Exempt (hourly), Part Time
REPORTS TO: Customer Care Manager
SUPRERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: No

***NOTE: This position is part time.  Shifts are 11:30 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  Applicants must be able to work both weekend shifts to be considered for this position.***

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 Support Associates at Lawrence Humane Society (LHS) are compassionate, hard-working professionals who enjoy a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Their primary goal is to support the Customer Care Associates by providing great customer service to visitors that come to the shelter to look at pets, call the shelter with inquiries, route phone calls to other departments, and manage the daily flow of customers during open adoption hours. Other duties include data entry, answering emails, 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.


RESPONSIBITIES:

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
  • Inform customers of the animal’s noted medical and behavioral history at LHS and prior (as available)
  • Field (or transfer as needed) calls using a multi-line phone system
  • Provide thorough and accurate information to potential adopters through email or via phone


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
  • Assist other staff in maintaining a clean and sanitary adoption floor


Data Entry and Administrative Tasks

  • Process donations (either monetary or goods)
  • Use shelter database software and other means of communication and data tracking to keep an accurate animal inventory, input animal behavior notes and other memos, submit medical exam requests, place holds, etc.
  • 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
  • Utilize 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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Title: Care and Enrichment Associate 

Reports to: Senior Manager of Operations 

 Classification: Hourly, Non-Exempt, Full-Time 

 

Position Summary: Responsible for daily animal care and enrichment, kennel and facility sanitation, and providing customer service to shelter clients and volunteers. 

Cleaning Duties:

  • Must be able to work in all areas of the shelter (Cats, Dogs, Isolation, etc.)
  • Clean and disinfect kennels and cages thoroughly and in a timely manner
  • Wash and disinfect dishes
  • Process laundry until complete if needed, clean machines as needed Clean, disinfect, and organize workroom
  • Empty trash cans and put trash in the dumpster
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and unload/stock donations and supplies
  • Perform general housekeeping duties and help maintain the facility and grounds
  • Follow all disease control protocols


Animal Care Duties:

  • Ensure animals have access to appropriate types and amount of food and water
  • Monitor animal health, including identifying and reporting illnesses and injuries
  • Monitor animal behavior and immediately report signs of aggression or stress
  • Ensure animals are collared and tagged as needed 
  • Provide animals with appropriate kennel enrichment and exercise 
  • Become familiar with animals and their personalities to aid in getting them adopted
  • Promote humane animal treatment and positive reinforcement training techniques

Record-Keeping Duties:

  • Ensure kennel signage is complete, visible, and neatly arranged 
  • Ensure animals’ online records are up-to-date 
  • Ensure records such as feeding and behavior charts are complete 
  • Add notes about animals’ behavior to their records to assist in finding the right placements

People Care Duties:

  • Assist owners looking for lost pets
  • Train and support volunteers and community service workers in the execution of their duties

 

General Duties:

  • Represent Lawrence Humane Society in a courteous and professional manner at all times
  • Provide excellent customer service to external and internal customers (colleagues)
  • Promptly report lost or broken equipment to supervisor
  • Promptly report when supplies are running low so they can be ordered
  • Actively promote a safe work environment by following all workplace safety rules, taking immediate action to prevent or address any safety hazard, and promptly reporting workplace injuries and near-misses
  • Respond promptly to radio and in-person requests for assistance in all areas of the shelter, including acknowledging the request and your ability to address it
  • Follow all policies and procedures in the LHS Personnel Practices employee handbook as well as other procedures communicated by management

Required: 

  • Strong work ethic and ability to accurately follow detailed cleaning and animal care procedures
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents

Preferred Skills/Abilities/Knowledge: 

  • Experience in veterinary hospital, animal shelter, or boarding facility
  • Knowledge of basic animal handling, behavior and health
  • Basic knowledge of Windows-based computer software
  • Basic knowledge of Google applications
  • Ability to learn new software 
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment with a variety of people
  • Strong customer service skills

Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work is performed in a kennel environment with regular exposure to high noise levels, chemical cleaning agents, animal dander, wet floors, the elements (when working outdoors), 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, and wearing a portable radio. 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.