Employment Opportunities

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.


Kennel Attendant

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


Humane Officer

Who We Are: The Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC) is a local, private, non-profit compassionate care shelter dedicated to animal welfare. We accomplish our mission by promoting the health, safety, welfare, compassionate care, and protection of all animals through education and community outreach programs. We have been serving our community since 1932.

Who Are You: In California, humane officers play an important role in animal protection. Appointed and employed by Societies to Prevent Cruelty to Animals (SPCAs) and humane societies and confirmed by superior courts, humane officers may exercise the powers of a peace officer to uphold our state's animal protection laws. Prevention, detection, and investigation of all forms of animal abuse are all key components of a humane officer's job. Humane officers are authorized to make arrests and serve warrants for crimes against animals. 

Humane officers collaborate 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 enforce animal protection laws in the county in which they are appointed.

As an advocate for humane care and the kind treatment of animals, humane officers possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, resulting in their ability to work well with their team and the public. Humane officers thrive in a high-pressure environment while maintaining professionalism and good judgment skills.

This is a part-time opening with the potential to turn full-time.

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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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.

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) and at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to pass an extensive background investigation, fingerprinting, drug test, health screening, and psychological examination upon hire.
  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License with a clean driving record.
  • Must successfully complete a course in 832 PC (law enforcement course) within one year of employment as a Humane Officer.
  • Must successfully complete and pass an 80-hour Basic Animal Law Enforcement Academy upon hire.
  • Must have previous customer service experience. Prior experience (volunteering and/or professionally) working with animals is highly desirable.
  • May be required to become certified to perform euthanasia by injection according to California state regulations.
  • Have knowledge of Chameleon database software or become proficient within the first six months from the hire date.
  • Basic knowledge, or become proficient, with MS Office Suite and computer keyboarding skills (data entry).
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and write simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
  • 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 show maturity and good judgment; perform the job in a professional manner and work effectively under pressure.
  • Able to work effectively without close supervision, or as a member of a team.
  • Able to bend, stoop, stretch, stand, walk, run, and extend arms above the shoulder.
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs from ground to waist.

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.

To apply for this position, please click the button below to apply on the CalAnimals website.


Kennel Attendant/Adoption Counselor

Job Description:

As a Kennel Attendant, you are responsible for providing high-quality care to the animals within HSVC. You will perform specialized work in providing care for animals in the shelter, including feeding and caring for animals, socializing the animals, maintaining clean and sanitary conditions, treating and medicating animals, maintaining records, and providing customer service. You will assist in the adoption process to help match pets with their new forever homes while maintaining a courteous and professional attitude.

This position is cross-trained in both Adoption Counselor and Kennel Attendant duties. HSVC is looking to fill two full-time cross-trained positions.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

As an Adoption Counselor:

  • 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 esthetically 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.

As a Kennel Attendant:

  • Maintain a clean, safe, and sanitary environment.
  • Observe animals to detect illnesses and injuries and notify the Kennel Manager or Assistant 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 our animals comfortable in inclement weather.
  • Inspect cages, pens, and grounds for cleanliness and structural defects.
  • Restock supplies.

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.

 


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