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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:
Fax: 650/685-0678

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Last updated: April 15, 2014

Currently open positions are:

Animal Control Officer

Seasonal Veterinary Assistant

Animal Control Officer

Reports to Animal Rescue & Control Division and the Captain of the Animal Rescue & Control department. 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.

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.


  • 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.
  • My 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
  • Pleasant in nature, can work well with others, and team player

Working Conditions: Dealing with possible unruly, vicious and dangerous animals and impounding the same safely and humanely; 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.

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation starts at $15.60/hour plus a six month increase. This is a union position. Medical and retirement benefits are available to eligible employees.

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Seasonal Veterinary Assistant

Job Title: Seasonal Veterinary Assistant (3-4 months; May-September)
Department: Shelter Operations
Reports To: Supervisor, 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.

  • 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.

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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