Open Positions

Looking for a fast-paced, exciting career in animal welfare?  Then the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area may be just what you are looking for.  Browse through our open positions and decide if you want to join our team.

 
Front Desk Associate

Title of Immediate Supervisor: Front Desk Team Leader

Job Summary: Perform adoptions, office, administrative and receptionist duties for the Humane Society.

Essential / Critical Functions and Duties:

  1. Assists the public politely and courteously with both adoptions and surrenders*.
  2. Counsels prospective adopters and makes decisions regarding routine adoptions in accordance with the policies of the Humane Society.
  3. Professionally and politely handles the public both in the office and over the phone in matters of counseling, problem resolution, information, referrals and general humane education.
  4. Treats animals humanely, with love and concern both on and off the job and transmits these values to others.
  5. Maintains files for all records regarding surrender* and adoption of animals including but not limited to temperament test files for each resident.
  6. Maintain census and inventory of all residents housed in the Shelter and ensure all adoptable animals are listed on the PetFinder website.
  7. Receives money for adoption and surrender fees*, service fees and donations; all monetary transactions recorded on a daily ledger sheet.
  8. Prepare daily recaps of animals received* and adopted.
  9. Provides accurate information and friendly service to the public.
  10. Assist potential adopters with the selection of pets and provides information about animals.
  11. Assists in the education of the public about responsible pet ownership at every opportunity through counseling or by providing appropriate literature and referrals.
  12. Return all items to their proper locations when through using them.
  13. Regularly participates in staff meetings to share ideas and suggestions for improvement of the Humane Society.
  14. Assist with keeping the Shelter, front desk and adoption counseling rooms neat and clean.
  15. Perform other duties as required by management to insure a positive public image and to improve the functioning of the organization
  16. Other administrative duties as assigned

               

Job Specifications:

  1. Lifting: Must be able to lift supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.
  2. Standing/Walking: Up to 75% of shift.
  3. Sitting: Up to 75% of shift.
  4. Reaching: Must be able to reach above head to handle supplies weighing up to 25 pounds.
  5. Bending/Stooping: Must be able to bend down to handle animals in cages at floor level.
  6. Pushing/Pulling: Must be able to push or pull an animal weighing from several pounds up to 120 pounds.
  7. Math Skills: Ability to perform basic arithmetic functions accurately.
  8. Communication: Must have excellent communication and public relation skills.
  9. Administrative Skills: Experience with administrative tasks preferred.

 

Other:

  1. Valid operator’s license required.
  2. Animal handling and/or previous animal health/welfare preferred.
  3. Willingness to attend training programs to upgrade and maintain skill level.
  4. High school diploma or GED preferred.
  5. This is a non exempt position.
Veterinary Assistant

Immediate Supervisor:  Med Team Leader

Standard Workweek: Minimum 37.5 hour work week

Wage:  Dependent on experience, qualifications, and education

Job Summary:   The Veterinary Assistant provides support and assistance to the Veterinary Technicians and the Shelter Veterinarian. Together, the Shelter Med team is responsible for assessing the overall health and welfare of all shelter residents and to provide to them the highest level of compassionate medical care. 

 

Functions/Duties:

  1. Treats animals humanely, with love and concern both on and off the job and transmits these values to others.
  2. Daily care and cleaning of patients housed within the medical screening area.
  3. Cleans and disinfects animal housing (kennels/cages) within the medical screening area.
  4. Assists the Veterinary Technicians with monitoring and recovery of surgical patients.
  5. Ensures the medical screening area and surgery suite are cleaned and sanitized properly to prevent the spread of disease.
  6. Ensures all trash, dirty dishes, and soiled laundry is removed from work areas daily.
  7. Cleans surgical instruments and prepares surgical packs (wrap and run through autoclave).
  8. Ensures that supplies are stocked throughout the med screening area and surgery suite.
  9. Assists with routine vaccinations and microchipping on shelter residents as directed by the Medical Team Leader and/or Shelter Veterinarian.
  10. Assists with administering medication to shelter residents as directed by the Medical Team Leader and/or Shelter Veterinarian.
  11. Run IDEXX machines (urine analysis, blood work, snap tests, etc).
  12. Assists with taking radiographs.
  13. Assists with emergency care and medical treatment of shelter residents as directed by the Medical Team Leader and/or the Shelter Veterinarian.
  14. Ensures vaccination and medical information are properly recorded in the Pet Point software system.
  15. Assists the staff veterinarian at the shelters vaccine clinics.
  16. Maintains a high level of communication with other shelter staff (kennel department, adoption staff, and behavior team) in regard to the medical treatment of shelter residents.
  17. Embraces a positive attitude at work and is willing to work toward and contribute to team success.
  18. Approaches all interactions with coworkers, volunteers, and clients with compassion and respect.
  19. Subscribes to and exemplify the values as defined within HSHA’s culture statement (Respect, Teamwork, Effective Communication, and Grace).
  20. Other duties and responsibilities as needed.

 

Job Specifications:

  1. Lifting: Must be able to lift supplies weighing up to 50 pounds; must be able to occasionally lift or maneuver animals weighing up to 120 pounds and must be able to handle/restrain large and/or uncooperative animals
  2. Standing/Walking: Up to 75% of shift.
  3. Reaching: Must be able to reach above head to handle animals in cages up to 25 pounds.
  4. Bending/Stooping: Must be able to bend down to handle animals in cages at floor level.
  5. Math Skills: Ability to perform basic arithmetic functions accurately – to include working with fractions.

 

The successful candidate will:

  1. Be detail oriented and a self-starter.
  2. Be able to successfully multi-task in a fast-paced work environment.
  3. Have a positive attitude, a team player mentality, and a passion for serving the pets and people of our community that are most in need.

 

*** Candidates with previous experience working in a veterinary hospital and/or graduates of a Veterinary Assistant technology program preferred but not required to be considered for this position.

 

The above information is not totally inclusive and is subject to change at any time.

Veterinary Technician

Job Summary: The Veterinary Technician provides support and assistance to the Shelter Veterinarian. Together, the Shelter Med team (Vet
Techs, Vet Assistants, Med Team Leader, Shelter Veterinarian) is  responsible for assessing the overall health and welfare of all shelter residents.  This is a full-time position.

Functions/Duties:
1. Treats animals humanely, with love and concern both on and off the job and transmits these values to others.
2. Assists with daily cleaning, feeding, and medicating of the animals housed within the shelter medical department.
3. Assists the Shelter Veterinarian with surgery, including induction, intubation, surgical prep, monitoring, and recovery of all surgical patients.
4. Ensures the medical screening area and surgery room are cleaned and sanitized properly to prevent the spread of disease.
5. Performs routine vaccinations and microchipping on shelter residents.
6. Administers medication to shelter residents as directed by the Medical Team Leader and Shelter Veterinarian.
7. Performs rechecks on shelter residents during and after medical treatment.
8. Prepares samples and performs diagnostic tests (fecal analysis, urine analysis, blood work, snap tests, skin scrapes, etc).
9. Performs venipuncture and places IV catheters as directed by the Shelter Veterinarian.
10. Assists with taking radiographs.
11. Assists with emergency care and medical treatment of shelter residents as needed.
12. Ensures vaccination and medical information are properly recorded in the Pet Point and Neo software programs.
13. Ensure that all controlled substances are handled, stored, distributed, and logged following HSHA policy to comply with all DEA veterinary regulations and guidelines.
14. Assists the staff veterinarian at the shelter vaccine clinics as needed.
15. Maintains a high level of communication with other shelter staff (kennel department, adoption staff, and behavior team) in regard to the medical treatment of shelter residents.
16. Embraces a positive attitude at work and is willing to work toward and contribute to team success.
17. Approaches all interactions with coworkers, volunteers, and clients with compassion and respect.
18. Subscribes to and exemplify the values as defined within HSHA’s culture statement (Respect, Teamwork, Effective Communication, and Grace).
19. Other duties and responsibilities as needed.

Job Specifications:
1. Lifting: Must be able to lift supplies weighing up to 50 pounds; must be able to occasionally lift or maneuver animals weighing up to 120 pounds and must be able to handle/restrain large and/or uncooperative animals
2. Standing/Walking: Up to 75% of shift.
3. Reaching: Must be able to reach above head to handle animals in cages up to 25 pounds.
4. Bending/Stooping: Must be able to bend down to handle animals in cages at floor level.
5. Communication: Must have good interpersonal communication, time management and customer service skills.

The successful candidate will:
1. Be a graduate of an accredited veterinary technology program and/or have at least 1‐2 years of experience working as a Veterinary Technician.
2. Be detail oriented and a self‐starter.
3. Be able to successfully multi‐task in a fast‐paced work environment.
4. Have a positive attitude, a team player mentality, and a passion for serving the pets and people
of our community that are most in need.
***CVT or LVT/RVT preferred but not required to be considered for this position.

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