Careers

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Humane Society of Ventura County. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and promotes equality in the workplace. We are seeking individuals with exemplary character and skills to help us accomplish our mission of promoting the health, safety, welfare, compassionate care, and protection of all animals through education and community outreach programs.

Bi-lingual (Spanish) candidates are encouraged to apply. Please stop by the shelter located at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai to fill out an application.

Job Description: Performs services related to the health and well-being of animals.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Maintain a clean, safe, and sanitary environment.
  • Observe animals to detect illnesses and injuries and notify the Kennel Manager.
  • Assist the public in finding a compatible pet.
  • Assist in animal intake and cage transfers
  • Feed and water all animals according to schedules
  • Rotate all dogs throughout the day to the exercise yards.
  • Transfer animals to and from the clinic.
  • Keep kennels cleaned throughout the day.
  • Bathe and groom animals as required
  • Follow procedures to keep animals comfortable in inclement weather.
  • Restock supplies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Must be 18-years-old or older to apply
  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent on-the-job experience.
  • Genuine compassion for domestic animals and wildlife.
  • Works well and communicates effectively with the general public, other staff members, and volunteers.
  • Uses good judgment.
  • Flexible, capable of working both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Accurately comprehends and interprets written and verbal instruction and procedures.
  • Able to lift and/or carry animals and materials weighing at least 50 pounds.
  • Able to bend stoop stretch, stand, walk, run and extend arms above the shoulders.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Combination of indoor and outdoor environment. The environment may include exposure to chemicals used for cleaning and medical purposes, noises, odors, pet dander, and animals (including those with uncertain dispositions). Protective gear is required when appropriate (earplugs, safety glasses, etc.). Varied schedule; work on weekends and/or holidays may be required.

Minimum wage.

Job Type: Full-time

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Job Description:

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Humane Society of Ventura County. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and promotes equality in the workplace. We are seeking individuals with exemplary character and skills to help us accomplish our mission of promoting the health, safety, welfare, compassionate care, and protection of all animals through education and community outreach programs.

This position is Performs services related to the health and well-being of animals. Bi-lingual (Spanish) candidates are encouraged to apply.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Understand, support, and articulate shelter policies and philosophies to the public in a positive and effective manner.
  • Answer phones and direct incoming calls appropriately.
  • Dispatch service calls to Humane Officers.
  • Receive the public in a courteous and professional manner, providing complete and accurate information.
  • Maintain an aesthetically pleasing and organized work environment.
  • Assist prospective owners in the selection of animals for adoption, the preparation of adoption forms, and notification to new owners of the free pet examination offer.
  • Maintain a list of prospective pet owners and contact them when the desired type of animal is available.
  • Assist in identifying owners of lost animals.
  • Admit incoming animals – fill out paperwork, vaccinate and de-worm if necessary.
  • Maintain all files in a neat and orderly manner.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • General knowledge of, and genuine compassion for, domestic animals and wildlife.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; works well and communicates effectively with the general public, other staff members, and volunteers
  • Uses good judgment.
  • Efficient clerical skills including accurate paperwork completion and data entry.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software programs.
  • Flexible; capable of working both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Accurately comprehends and interprets written and verbal instruction and procedures.
  • Works effectively under pressure and able to work on a variety of tasks at the same time.
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays as needed.
  • Able to lift and/or carry animals and materials weighing at least 50 pounds.
  • Able to bend, stoop, stretch, stand, walk, run and extend arms above the shoulder.

WORKING CONDITIONS
This position requires weekend availability. Work is performed within an animal shelter where loud noises, disease, and exposure to hazards are possible. Physical requirements may include bending, standing for long periods, stooping, reaching and other physical demands.

COMPENSATION: $17.62 per hour.

Job Type: Full time. 8-hour day shift, weekends as needed.

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JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC) is a non-profit animal shelter that provides compassionate care for animals in the local community. Since 1932, we have been dedicated to promoting animal welfare through education and community outreach programs. Our mission is to ensure the health, safety, and protection of all animals, and we remain committed to this cause. To learn more about us, visit www.hsvc.org. Humane officers in California have a crucial role in safeguarding animals. They are appointed and employed by Societies to Prevent Cruelty to Animals (SPCAs) and humane societies and confirmed by superior courts. Humane officers are authorized to exercise the powers of a peace officer to enforce our state's animal protection laws. Their job involves preventing, detecting, and investigating all forms of animal abuse. They work closely with officers from other humane societies and SPCAs, animal care and control agencies, police and sheriff's departments, and other law enforcement agencies. In Ventura County, humane officers are responsible for enforcing animal protection laws. They are authorized to make arrests and serve warrants for crimes against animals. Humane officers must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, as they are advocates for humane care and kind treatment of animals. They work collaboratively with their team and the public, and they thrive in high-pressure environments while maintaining their professionalism and good judgment skills. This is a full-time opening.

This position is Performs services related to the health and well-being of animals. Bi-lingual (Spanish) candidates are encouraged to apply.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Investigate complaints of abuse and neglect of animals received by phone, e-mail, in person, or by other means. This includes collecting statements and other evidence surrounding these incidents.
  • Collect evidence during the investigation including, but not limited to, witness statements, medical reports, veterinary reports, photographs, or videos.
  • Enter case information, including follow-up actions, into Chameleon.
  • Document all aspects of the investigation including issuing warnings or other corrective action taken in cases.
  • Work with a City Attorney or District Attorney as necessary.
  • Testify in court as needed.
  • Properly log and update case status on the weekly snapshot.
  • Assist law enforcement agencies as necessary.
  • Maintain a daily activity report.
  • Provide humane care for all animals in the HSVC's care.
  • Work closely with other Ventura County Agencies as needed.
  • Maintain a pleasant, courteous, and tactful demeanor with the public at all times.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Customer service experience required.
  • Experience (volunteering and/or professionally) working with animals is highly desirable.
  • High school diploma (or equivalent) is required.
  • May be required to become certified to perform euthanasia by injection according to California state regulations.
  • Chameleon database software experience is a plus.
  • Possess a valid California Driver's License and a clean driving record.
  • Basic knowledge of MS Office Suite and data entry skills.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, volunteers, and other employees of the organization.
  • Must have a flexible schedule and the ability to work on weekends and/or holidays as needed.
  • Must have good emotional intelligence, good judgment, professionalism and be able to work effectively under pressure.
  • Must be able to work independently and be a team player.
  • For the first two months after hire, the employee will work in both the administration office and kennels to learn the shelter machinations. There will be a six-month ride-along period while completing the required PC 832, background investigation, psychological exam, drug test, physical, and Basic Animal Law Enforcement Academy. After you are badged as a Humane Officer, you will need to complete forty hours of CalAnimals-approved continuing education every three years.

SCHEDULE:

Resumes and cover letters will be screened based on the criteria outlined in this posting. Following an evaluation of resumes and cover letters, the most qualified candidates will be invited to a first interview via Zoom. The top candidates, as determined by the first interview, will then be invited to a second/final interview. The interviews may be consolidated into one process or expanded into multiple interviews contingent upon the size and quality of the candidate pool. This recruitment can close at any time.

This recruitment will tentatively follow the below timeline.

  • Week of March 4, 2024 – Application First Review. This is a continuous recruitment and applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply promptly for immediate consideration.
  • March 11, 2024 through March 29, 2024 - First Interviews conducted via Zoom. Qualifying candidates will be notified by email if they are invited to the interview process.
  • Week of April 1, 2024 - Second interviews are tentatively scheduled for this week. Qualifying candidates will be notified by email if they are invited to the second interview process.
  • April 8-15, 2024 – Candidates applying by the first review date will be notified of the outcome of the interview by this date. Final selection of candidate.
  • COMPENSATION: $20.00 - $22.00 per hour depending on experience.

    Job Type: Full time, no less than 40 hours per week.

    Benefits: Health, dental, and vision plans are available with company contributions, 403B Retirement.

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