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The Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) has a longstanding tradition of giving hope to homeless animals and supporting our community through public facing and safety net programs. We are very excited to offer a position for a Registered Veterinary Technician.  This is an exciting opportunity to work for an organization voted Best Nonprofit, Best Animal Adoption Center, and Best Charity Event (Wags, Whiskers & Wine) in Sonoma County by the North Bay Bohemian!

We are passionate about bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love, and we are dedicated to increasing access to veterinary care for our community to keep these families together.

Serving our community since 1931, the Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) is a donor-supported safe haven for animals. If you love animals and people…you will feel right at home in our pack!

The RVT is responsible for providing high quality, humane animal care while maintaining the highest standard of medical care for a busy shelter clinic. The Spay/Neuter team provides a crucial service to our shelter animals and our community. The RVT will be responsible for performing pre-surgical exams, inducing anesthesia, monitoring animals under anesthesia, recovering animals from anesthesia, and oversight/training of vet assistants. Our public-facing Community Veterinary Clinic provides low cost medical care for individuals in the community who qualify based on low income. The RVT will assist DVMs with exams, perform diagnostics, treatments, and anesthetic procedures, communicate treatment plans with owners, discharge patients, and other tasks as needed.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum two years’ experience working in a veterinary practice or exceptionally mature and hard-working attitude.

Click here for a complete job description: Registered Veterinary Technician

Please submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: jobs@humanesocietysoco.org

We are sorry that we’re unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person at this time.  Please submit your information to the “jobs” email link above.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week, which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) has a longstanding tradition of giving hope to homeless animals and supporting our community through public facing and safety net programs. We are very excited to offer a newly created position for a Staff Veterinarian, Community and Shelter Medicine, who has a passion for community medicine as well as shelter medicine and surgery.  This is an exciting opportunity to work for an organization voted Best Nonprofit, Best Animal Adoption Center, and Best Charity Event (Wags, Whiskers & Wine) in Sonoma County by the North Bay Bohemian!

Our Veterinary team provides high-quality medical and surgical care to patients in our shelter population, and to animals in our community through our high quality, high-volume Spay/Neuter Clinic and also our low-cost Community Veterinary Clinic, which provides urgent medical care as well as life-saving surgery and dentistry to qualifying families.

We are passionate about bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love, and we are dedicated to increasing access to veterinary care for our community to keep these families together.

Serving our community since 1931, the Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) is a donor-supported safe haven for animals. If you love animals and people…you will feel right at home in our pack!

The HSSC DVM  will be is responsible for providing high-quality medical and surgical care to our patients by implementing standards of animal care, and coordinating and managing treatments for animals in the care of the Humane Society of Sonoma County and through HSSC’s Community Veterinary Clinic.

Medical cases are both outpatient and inpatient with the majority being dogs and cats, and a small percentage of small mammals or other species.

Clinical responsibilities are primarily in our public-facing Community Veterinary Clinic (CVC) but also includes participation in our public Spay/Neuter program and our Shelter Medicine program.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university and one year of professional veterinary medical experience.
  • Possession of a current license to practice veterinary medicine in California.
  • Experience working in shelter medicine and a passion for community medicine and access to care preferred.

Click here for a complete job description:   Staff Veterinarian, Community and Shelter Medicine

Please submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: jobs@humanesocietysoco.org

We are sorry that we’re unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person at this time.  Please submit your information to the “jobs” email link above.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week, which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) has a longstanding tradition of giving hope to homeless animals and supporting our community through our public-facing and safety net programs. We are excited to offer the position of Triage Coordinator to work in our Community Veterinary Clinic at the Santa Rosa campus.

This is an exciting opportunity to work for an organization voted Best Nonprofit, Best Animal Adoption Center, and Best Charity Event (Wags, Whiskers & Wine) in Sonoma County by the North Bay Bohemian!  We are passionate and dedicated to bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love and have been serving our community since 1931.  The Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) is a donor-supported safe haven for animals.  If you love animals and people…you will feel right at home in our pack!

The Triage Coordinator’s primary objective is to provide excellent customer service to clients of the Community Veterinary Clinic, serving low-income clientele. This position will work closely with the customer service team and the DVMs to triage patients, help prioritize and manage cases, assist with client communication, and work with referral clinics.

Qualifications Include

  • Minimum of high-school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 2-years’ customer service experience in a fast paced environment with a variety of client needs.
  • General computer skills, cashier and related front office work experience.
  • Six (6) months related animal care experience preferred.
  • Bilingual is preferred but not required.

Click here for a complete job description: Triage Coordinator

Please submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: jobs@humanesocietysoco.org

We are sorry that we’re unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person at this time.  Submit your information to the “jobs” email link above.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week, which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) has a longstanding tradition of giving hope to homeless animals and we are happy to offer the position of Director of Public Programs to work in our Santa Rosa campus.

This is an exciting opportunity to work for an organization voted Best Nonprofit, Best Animal Adoption Center, and Best Charity Event (Wags, Whiskers & Wine) in Sonoma County by the North Bay Bohemian!

We are passionate and dedicated to bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love.

Serving our community since 1931, the Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) is a donor-supported safe haven for animals.

If you love animals and people…you will feel right at home in our pack!

The HSSC Director of Public Programs primary objective is to alert pet owners of available programs and services on both the national and local levels.  This role will manage HSSC’s community outreach and public service initiatives, including Humane Education, Animal Assisted Therapy, mobile and campus adoptions, veterinary social work, Pet Food Pantry, pop-up veterinary/vaccine clinics, customer experience strategies, and DEI initiatives.

This unique role may support requests to speak at various special events or meetings to advocate for programs, fundraising and compassion for animals, with a focus on building and maintaining community and internal relationships.

Click here for a complete job description: Director of Public Programs

Please submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: jobs@humanesocietysoco.org.

We’re sorry that we’re unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person at this time.  Submit your information to the “jobs” email link above.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week, which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) has a longstanding tradition of giving hope to homeless animals and we’re happy to offer a part time Dog Training Instructor position.

Come and join our team! This is an exciting opportunity to work for an organization voted Best Nonprofit, Best Animal Adoption Center, and Best Charity Event (Wags, Whiskers & Wine) in Sonoma County by the North Bay Bohemian!

We are passionate and dedicated to bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love.

Serving our community since 1931, the Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) is a donor-supported safe haven for animals.

If you love animals and people…you’ll feel right at home in our pack!

The Dog Training Instructor must have excellent skills in Canine Training and superlative customer service skills. He or she will teach group “companion dog” training classes in beginning through advanced levels at both Santa Rosa and Healdsburg locations. They may be asked to teach specialty classes, including Kinderpuppy, Recall, Loose Leash Walking and other classes that meet the needs and interests of the public. This person will conduct workshops that focus on dog-training skill development. He/she is accountable for accomplishing department goals, working collaboratively with internal and external Humane Society of Sonoma County stakeholders and supporting the mission, goals and philosophy of the Humane Society of Sonoma County.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Dog Training Instructor

  • Instruct classes as assigned by manager for up to eight clients; class size is determined by location and curriculum.
  • Instructor will fill class time slots as assigned by manager. Classes are scheduled according to the shifting needs of the community.
  • Instruct classes in a safe and humane manner by adhering to science-based, reward-based, least intrusive, minimally aversive, positive reinforcement animal training.
    • Methodology and philosophy shall include force-free, dog centered training. HSSC does not condone the use of balanced or aversive training methods, defined as, “any circumstance or event that causes pain, fear, or emotional discomfort.” HSSC forbids the use of choke chains, prong collars, spray bottles, striking or hitting, scaring, or other punishing methods.
  • Classes shall have at least three (3) or more registered participants. If less than three (3) class will be rescheduled or clients moved to an alternate class.
  • Hold makeup classes in a timely manner for any classes cancelled by the trainer or manager during a class series. Consult with manager for scheduling concerns.
  • Contact enrolled Clients (and any paid or unpaid assistant) at least (24) hours prior to class commencement and after each class session with pre- and post-class notes. If client cannot be reached via email, phone client before first class date to discuss pre-class notes and/or requirements.
  • Communicate via email to Canine Behavior and Training Manager any changes to the class roster following the start date, including but not limited to clients canceling, unforeseen schedule changes or absent clients.
  • Consult with clients regarding “next class” options that are best suited to their skill level and dog’s behavior.
  • Fulfill required end-of-class cleaning process defined by Canine Behavior and Training

Volunteer Management and Training

  • Supervise and work with Classroom Training Assistant volunteers (CTAs).  Explain needs for each weekly class with clear communication. Ensure that CTAs are integrated into the training instruction and practice and are viewed as part of the training “team.”  Provide feedback to CTAs regarding their assistance with class operations and clients. Thank CTA’s for their assistance with classes. Regularly communicate to the Canine Behavior and Training Manager about CTA needs.
  • Recruit CTAs and connect them with HSSC’s Volunteer Training Coordinator.

Customer Service

  • Provide exemplary customer service by consistently demonstrating courteous, prompt and compassionate service to both internal and external customers.
  • Fosters teamwork, respect, integrity and a work culture aligned with HSSC mission and values within the Canine Behavior and Training department as well as the larger HSSC community.
  • Works respectively, professionally and compassionately with all HSSC volunteers. Provides guidance and training in procedures and protocols as needed.

Class Marketing

  • Follow directions of manager to help develop, market and promote new classes to the public.
  • Send photos and video clips of classes in when appropriate to social media and manager.
  • Conduct demonstrations, workshops, attend special events, write articles and post social media as needed.

Skill Development

  • Actively pursues continuing education, which may include reading published material, watching videos/webinars, listening to podcasts, following social media, attending training classes and/or professional seminars.
  • Ability to keep pace with the growth and chances occurring in the Dog Training Industry by demonstrating a willingness to adapt and be flexible.
  • Participation in training classes offered by the Canine and Behavior Department.

Safety and Security

  • Model and encourage safe practices and regulatory compliance throughout the organization.
  • Must be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws and all of the employer’s safety policies and rules.
  • Maintain appropriate files and records as assigned.
  • Adhere to the files and records retention policies and procedures.

SUPERVISION:  This position reports directly to the Canine Behavior and Training Manager.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: An ideal Candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Skilled at training dogs of different ages, breeds and sizes.
  • Specialized training in dog sports, such as scenting and tricks. Competition experience is required.
  • Knowledge of dog breed characteristics.
  • Knowledge of canine behavior and modification.
  • Flexible, patient and capable of “thinking on your feet” to meet the needs of a diverse class of clients and dogs with varied skills, aptitudes and learning styles.
  • Passionate about continually improving their teaching skills and curriculum.
  • Ability to teach the class curriculum within the time allowed for each class session and series.
  • Ability to provide constructive criticism in a positive and encouraging fashion.
  • Ability to teach group dog training classes in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Ability to manage and direct volunteers in assisting clients and their dogs.
  • Skilled at speaking in front of an audience of people and dogs.
  • Organized and skilled at multi-tasking.
  • Good writing skills for composing follow-up emails to clients.
  • Strong customer service skills and a passion for the understanding of the HSSC mission to create and grow lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education and care.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A typical way of gaining the necessary knowledge, skill and ability outlined above is:

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) and a minimum of two of years teaching group dog training classes or four years actively assisting in dog training classes.
  • CPDT-KA or KPA-CTP or currently pursing education specific to dog training through an equivalent accredited certification program preferred.
  • For Nose Work applicant:  Participant in nose work classes for at least three years, with additional participation in nose work fun matches, trials and workshops to achieve a good understanding of the sport and current training methods.

Possession of a valid California Drivers’ License may be necessary.

Click here for a complete job description.

Please submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: jobs@humanesocietysoco.org.

We’re sorry that we are unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person at this time. All applications should be submitted to the “jobs” email link above.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County, with a longstanding tradition of giving hope to homeless animals, seeks to hire a full time Shelter Operations Manager based at our Santa Rosa campus.

Summary

The Shelter Operations Manager (SOM) is responsible for managing our shelter population; taking into consideration the needs in our community, the available resources in our shelter and the humane treatment of animals under our care. This position works alongside our Veterinary Medical team, and provides direct supervision of the Admissions Department, Animal Care program, Foster program, Behavior and Training program, and the HSSC Volunteer Program to ensure smooth and efficient movement of animals from intake (stray, owner surrender, transfer) to adoption. The successful candidate will be focused on developing processes and procedures which help the Humane Society of Sonoma County operate within its capacity for care, and will have an understanding of “fast track, slow track” methodology. The SOM is keenly focused on minimizing animal length of stay. This is a working management role.
Manages the proper utilization of inventory. Ensures quality animal care, shelter cleanliness and excellent customer service. Ensures quality programming that is in accordance with HSSC’s mission, goals, management and resources. Is responsible for managing budgets

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements and monitors programs to maintain and improve the standards of humane animal care and customer services to the animals and the community. Ensures quality of programs and services are in accordance to HSSC’s procedure and philosophy. Develops and implements program enhancements to ensure the continued growth and progress in relation to annual and future goals.
  • Directs and monitors all aspects of the constant humane treatment and handling of sheltered animals. Reviews policy and monitors aspects of shelter care, including behavioral programs, cleanliness, feeding, housing, and space use. Ensures accurate recordkeeping and maintains quality control.
  • Manages shelter animal population, and orchestrates staff to manage the efficient flow and welfare of the shelter’s population. Evaluates and minimizes animal length of stay.
  • Lead weekly “rounds” with other managers. Works with the management team to ensure that animals are receiving timely medical and surgical care, behavior evaluations and foster opportunities. Manages intake and housing based on the shelter’s capacity for care.
  • Monitors statistics on animal population. Analyzes statistical data to develop new strategies and identify trends.
  • Collaborates with departments, campuses, and organizational leadership to maintain alignment of people, processes, and team functions.
  • Hire, train, and be a motivating mentor to staff.
  • Assists in managing and prioritizing tasks.
  • Manage and supervise volunteers in collaboration with department managers and Volunteer program coordinator.
  • Initiate and set goals for programs based on the organizations strategic objectives.
  • Participates in setting and adhering to department budgets.
  • Provides compassionate leadership to shelter staff.
  • Along with the Director of Veterinary Services, develops and updates protocols for proper disinfection and infectious disease prevention. Manage disinfection and housing for disease exposure or outbreak response.
  • Leads staff discussions regarding placement decisions, behavior plans, and other animal-related concerns. Participates in discussion about, and decisions on euthanasia.
  • Meets with the Executive Director regularly.
  • Sustain the environment that all protocol, policies and procedures are implemented and maintained at the site with the proper training and written documentation for all staff and volunteers. Focus on the financial health of the organization by maximizing revenue and controlling costs by managing people, systems, and resources.
  • Create a climate in which staff is engaged and motivated to be an essential part of the organization. Exemplify the HSSC’s core values throughout your leadership. Demonstrate by personal example the desired standards of conduct and work performance. Foster an environment of cooperation and team work.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years management experience, including budgetary and staff supervision, in animal welfare or a similar field, preferably a not-for-profit or an animal welfare organization. Previous experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree where appropriate
  • Knowledge and experience in animal care, training, handling and husbandry in a shelter setting.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to gather and analyze facts, devise solutions and implement plans.
  • Excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in intense and emotional situations on a daily basis.
  • Integrity and honesty in dealing with all facets of position.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.

Please see full job description here.

Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to jobs@humanesocietysoco.org.

We are sorry, HSSC is unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person at this time. All applications should be submitted to the “jobs” email above, or mailed to: The Humane Society of Sonoma County, P.O. Box 1296, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.

The Humane Society of Sonoma County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefit package to employees working 20 or more hours a week, which includes health, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan and staff discounts on our services.

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