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Consider working for an organization where all employees are passionate about what they do and truly care about their organization's mission. That's what people find at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. Since every staff member has some interaction with the public, we strive to hire enthusiastic people who not only consider themselves animal lovers, but also "people" people. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

If interested in any of the positions listed below, please print our Application for Employment, complete all sections, and return it via postal mail, along with a cover letter, to:

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Attn: Human Resources
12 Airport Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94401

You may also email or fax your application and/or resume with a cover letter. Please include your days and hours of availability also. You may email or fax it to:
Email: Careers@PHS-SPCA.org
Fax: 650/685-0678

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Last updated: February 1, 2016

Currently open positions are:

Animal Care Technician

Animal Control Officer

Humane Educator

Veterinary Assistant


Animal Care Technician

Job Title: Animal Care Technician
Division: Animal Care Servicesl
Reports to: Manager, Animal Care
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt-Union
Salary: $15.60/hour + 6 month increase. Medical and retirement benefits are available to eligible employees.

Summary: To perform all the necessary functions in maintaining the shelter in a thoroughly clean and sanitary manner. To ensure that all sheltered animals are provided the best possible care and attention.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide humane care for all animals in the Society's care
  • Clean and disinfect all animal areas as necessary to maintain a safe and sanitary environment
  • Feed and ensure water is available at all times for all animals
  • Unload, store and restock Animal Care Department supplies
  • Perform euthanasia in accordance with Society policies and California laws
  • Perform owner present euthanasia
  • Perform decapitations on select animals per the guidelines of the health department
  • Dispose of deceased animals
  • Perform light maintenance and other janitorial duties
  • Assist in the training of new staff and volunteers
  • Provide assistance to other departments as assigned
  • Perform other duties as assigned to ensure a positive public image, enhance the operation of the organization and improve the quality of life for animals

Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

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.

Education and/or Experience: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills: Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, volunteers, and other employees of the organization. Good oral and written communication skills

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add and subtract, multiply and divide. Ability to perform these operations using units, weight measurement, and volume.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Chameleon database software or become proficient within the first six months from hire date. Basic knowledge, or become proficient with Microsoft Office and computer keyboarding skills (data entry).

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Certified in Euthanasia within six months of employment in house.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50-75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, zoonotic disease, exposure to aggressive/feral animals and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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Animal Control Officer

Job Title: Animal Control Officer
Division: Animal Rescue & Control
Reports to: Captain, Animal Rescue & Control Services
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt-Union
Salary: $15.60/hour + 6 month increase. Medical and retirement benefits are available to eligible employees.

Responsibilities: Reports to Animal Rescue & Control Division and the Captain of the Animal Rescue & Control department. Investigate complaints regarding animal cruelty and take appropriate action to abate the problems. Prepare a legally accurate and complete complaint to present to the District Attorney's Office. Professionally testify in court or at other animal related hearings when necessary. Promote humane attitudes toward care and treatment of animals by education and example. Answer questions and advise the public regarding animal welfare issues, ordinances, quarantines, adoptions, other animal laws and related issues.

Essential Duties: Patrol assigned areas within San Mateo County in a patrol vehicle using safe driving practices. Pick-up stray animals rescue and/or relocate animals in distress in a safe and humane manner. Locate, quarantine and observe animals for symptoms of rabies. Pick-up and remove dead animals. Assist in euthanasia or euthanize animals as necessary. Prepare reports and maintain daily work records in appropriate forms. Operate a 2-way radio in a professional manner. Maintain the patrol vehicle in a clean and orderly manner, stocked with the necessary equipment. Maintain vehicle and equipment in good working order. Any other duties as assigned by your supervisor.

Qualifications:

  • High School graduate and at least 18 years of age.
  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License with a clean driving record.
  • Must complete an extensive background investigation, including felony check and psychological examination.
  • Must successfully complete a course in 832 PC (law enforcement course) within one year of employment as an officer.
  • Must be able to perform assigned duties as required.
  • Must have a pleasant personality; good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have the ability to work well and communicate effectively with the public, fellow employees and volunteers.
  • Must be highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs from ground to waist.
  • Keyboard skills and/or computer literate

Working Conditions: Dealing with possible unruly, vicious and dangerous animals and impounding the them safely and humanely as possible; hostile public; operation of a vehicle under all types of weather/road condition; heavy and fast-paced workload; possible exposure to parasites and infectious disease; strenuous activity; must be willing to work irregular hours, shifts, weekends, holidays and standby.

To Apply: Please complete an employment application (click here), attach your cover letter and resume, and send them via fax, email or snail mail.

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Humane Educator

Job Title: Humane Educator
Division: Customer & Community Relations
Reports to: Director of Volunteer & Retail Services
FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary: Manages, designs, conducts and evaluates educational programs with the goals of involving people in our organization and motivating them to act humanely. Responsible for developing awareness of animal-related issues, advocating for animal protection, and empowering children and adults in the community to make positive changes for animals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Specifics may change as programs evolve. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Schedule and facilitate educational presentations in classrooms throughout the county. Make connections with teachers and promote elementary school visits.
  • Arrange and lead group tours of the Center for Compassion. Inform visitors about adoptions and the services available at both PHS/SPCA locations.
  • Orchestrate all aspects of day camps including child enrollment, parent communication, volunteer participation, animal visits and group activities. Teach campers about treating animals with kindness and serve as the director of each camp session.
  • Establish rapport with other departments; secure guest speakers from Animal Care, Animal Rescue & Control, Behavior, Customer Service/Exotics, Vet Services and Wildlife. Consult with Behavior and/or Adoption staff to identify appropriate shelter animals for child interaction.
  • Coordinate biannual programs that provide insight on humane officer and veterinary careers for high school students.
  • Delegate and oversee duties of the Humane Education Coordinator. Collaborate on program content and work cooperatively to ensure the successful delivery of all programs. Lend support as needed for afterschool classes and children's birthday parties.
  • Plan occasional evening or weekend events that draw adults and families with the aim of enhancing their knowledge of pertinent topics.
  • Respond to requests for information from individuals and groups. Grant interviews or suggest resources for student projects.
  • Create and modify written materials for the department. Keep accurate records and organize files. Maintain collection of visual aids and literature.
  • Manage the Education budget; purchase office and program supplies, authorize and track expenditures to control department expenses.
  • Handle contributions of items and funds. Acknowledge donations generated from Education programs in conjunction with the Development Manager.
  • Work with the Designer/Webmaster/Social Media Coordinator to advertise upcoming events, update Education pages on the website, and design educational displays.
  • Recruit and place volunteers in suitable roles with the assistance of Volunteer Services.
  • Demonstrate empathy when sensitive subjects arise within the educational setting. Network with humane educators to share progressive ideas and stay current with best practices.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Directly supervises the Humane Education Coordinator, a seasonal intern, and 20-25 volunteers active in the Education department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing and training personnel; scheduling shifts; assigning and directing tasks; appraising performance; correcting and rewarding work; addressing concerns and resolving conflicts.

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.

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree. One year minimum of experience in education, teaching or related field. Broad knowledge of animal care and welfare issues. Work experience with youth and the skill to manage a classroom. Work or volunteer experience with diverse audiences preferred.

Language Skills: Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Proven ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from employees, volunteers, and the general public. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business documents. Ability to write professional business correspondence, reports and procedure manuals.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent; draw and interpret graphs; and gather statistics.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret and follow instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to handle situations with sound judgment and tact.

Computer Skills: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Outlook, computer keyboarding skills, and ability to utilize the internet. Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat Pro, photo editing software, and video conferencing desired.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Teaching credential preferred. Completion of Pediatric First Aid & CPR or ability to take course. Valid California Drivers License and access to personal transportation. Must submit fingerprints and pass a background check.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to hear and speak clearly; use fingers and hands to feel and handle; reach with arms; climb stairs; taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to sit, walk and stand. The employee must occasionally stoop, crouch or kneel; and lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to loud noises, odors, disinfectant solutions, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While working with animals there is potential risk for bites, scratches, and exposure to allergens, parasites and infectious diseases. Activities may include transporting, handling, and cleaning up after different species. The employee must be able to multitask and maintain a safe environment for both animals and people.

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Veterinary Assistant

Job Title: Veterinary Assistant
Division: Veterinary Services
Reports To: Manager, Veterinary Services
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Salary: $15.60/hour

Summary: To provide medical care as well as humane care and treatment to all sheltered animals in accordance with the policies and procedures established by PHS/SPCA. To ensure proper admitting, preparation, monitoring, recovery and discharge of animals in the spay/neuter clinic. Perform job duties within established protocols and procedures set by PHS/SPCA.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Shelter

  • Conduct assigned morning and evening rounds of all areas of the shelter to ensure the well being of all animals
  • Prepare daily list of animals requiring vet exams
  • Administer daily medical treatment to all sheltered animals as prescribed by staff veterinarians
  • Assist veterinarian in examination and treatment of animals
  • Assist veterinarian with emergency medical treatment as necessary
  • Perform health checks of animals before they are placed for adoption
  • Participate in the Screening Room/Receiving area activities including; scanning, banding, vaccinating and examining animals when necessary
  • Assist in lab work and radiology requirements of shelter animals
  • Assist with the training and supervision of vet department volunteers
  • Must become familiar with proper processing of animals through the shelter, and the corresponding
  • Provide humane care and treatment of all sheltered animals
  • Euthanize and/or assist with euthanasia of animals as needed in accordance with PHS/SPCA policies and procedures
  • Receive animals into the shelter and obtain thorough and complete information regarding the animal’s history
  • Responsible for educating the public at the time of animal intake
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary work area in all work spaces

Spay/Neuter Clinic

  • Restrain dogs and cats for pre-surgical injections and IV inducing
  • Responsible for surgical preparation of patients including, sterilization, and administration of pre-surgical injections
  • Perform admitting and discharge duties for public and shelter animals
  • Assist with emergency medical practices as necessary
  • Maintain proper paperwork and medical records as required by law
  • Monitor animals under anesthesia
  • Maintain department equipment in good working order
  • Report items for repair/replacement as needed to appropriate supervisory staff
  • Perform general office duties

Supervisory Responsibilities: This job may supervise volunteers within the spay/neuter clinic area.

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. Must also have a flexible schedule and available to work weekends and holidays, as needed.

Education and/or Experience: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, shelter medical records and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must become proficient with Chameleon Database software and Microsoft Office within probationary period.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Certified in euthanasia within probationary period.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50-75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is routinely exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals; routine exposure to zoonotic diseases, aggressive and feral animals; routinely exposed to mechanical moving parts; outside weather conditions and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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