Current Job Openings

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Current Paid Positions

Intake/Adoptions Team Member

The Intake/Adoptions Team member ensures high quality customer service for external and internal customers. This position is charged with handling all functions of the Front Desk with an emphasis on Admissions including: intake of stray animals, animal surrenders, and transfers of animal to and from other agencies. This team member will also assist with adoptions by understanding the needs of animals in the adoption program and matching them with prospective adopters.

The Intake/Adoptions Team member helps to ensure that all sheltered animals are provided the best possible care and attention while housed with the Sonoma Humane Society. Responsibilities include animal care, housing, cleaning, feeding, occasional bathing & grooming, providing environmental enrichment, and record keeping. Performs all the necessary functions in maintaining the shelter in a thoroughly clean and sanitary manner and assists the general public as required.

The Intake/Adoptions Team Member also works closely with the Behavior and Training Department, Shelter Medicine, Foster Department and volunteers.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Customer service principles which establish a positive customer experience.
  • Shelter management system (Shelter Buddy) or other data management system experience.
  • MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • Accurate typing, data entry and computer skills.
  • Basic photography using a smart phone or point and shoot camera.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to be personable, outgoing, patient, professional and compassionate under pressure.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Logic and reasoning to evaluate alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Math acumen and an ability to balance daily income and expense data.
  • Empathy for both animals and people and willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace.
  • Manage multiple tasks, people and situations simultaneously.
  • Knowledge of domestic animal breeds, diseases, health care and basic animal behavior.
  • Work with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical or other problems, as well as aggressive behavior.
  • Resolve conflicts and work with minimal supervision.
  • Work in a fast paced and changing environment.
  • Transport animals as needed.
  • The ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Must demonstrate self-motivation, responsibility, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to properly lift animals, food, and supplies up to 50 pounds.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of two-years paid experience working with animals in a kennel, shelter or veterinary hospital.
  • Experience in humane animal handling, restraint and confinement.
  • Minimum of two-years customer service related work.
  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus.
  • Willingness to work flexible days and hours, including evening shifts, weekends and/or holidays.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

  • Ability to walk and/or stand throughout a normal workday.
  • Must be able to interact with animals including handling and showing.
  • Must be able to do phone or computer work for blocks of time.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively (speak and listen).
  • Must be able to lift and move objects and animals up to 50 pounds.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand, walk, use hands to handle objects/operate keyboards and telephones; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Must be able to hear and communicate amidst moderate noise levels (such as barking dogs, ringing phones, people talking).
  • Allergic conditions, which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals may result is disqualification.

Work environment:  The employee is generally working in a shelter environment and will be exposed to moderately loud noise levels (such as barking dogs, ringing phones), cleaning agents, bites, scratches, and animal waste.  There is possible exposure to zoonotic diseases. 

Please submit resume and cover letter to jobs@sonomahumane.org.  We are sorry, we are unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person.  All applications should be submitted to the “jobs” email above or mailed to: Sonoma Humane Society, P.O. Box 1296, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.  

The Sonoma Humane Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403b retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

Veterinary Assistant - Shelter Medicine, Part-Time

The Sonoma Humane Society is seeking a part-time (16-24 hours per week) Veterinary Assistant to assist in providing high quality, humane animal care while maintaining the highest standard of medical care for a busy shelter clinic. The Shelter Medicine department is integral in the Sonoma Humane Society's mission to ensure that every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care.  The Veterinary Assistant will be responsible for assisting with appointments and exams, monitoring animals under anesthesia, recovering animals from anesthesia, delivering treatments and vaccines to animals, restraining animals, and other tasks as needed. Must be able to lift animals up to 50 pounds without assistance and assist in lifting patients weighing more than 50 pounds.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum two years’ experience working in a veterinary practice or exceptionally mature and hard working attitude.

Click here for a full Job Description

Please submit resume and cover letter to jobs@sonomahumane.org.  We are sorry, we are unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person.  All applications should be submitted to the “jobs” email above or mailed to: Sonoma Humane Society, P.O. Box 1296, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.  

The Sonoma Humane Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403b retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

Development Officer, Major Gifts and Planned Giving

The Sonoma Humane Society, with a longstanding tradition of giving hope to homeless animals, is looking for a Development Officer, Major Gifts and Planned Giving to join our team. We are seeking a highly motivated, qualified and experienced fundraising professional to cultivate and grow our fundraising programs to benefit the animals. If you love animals and people...you will feel right at home in our pack! The position will be based at the Healdsburg Center for Animals with a focus on cultivating donor support for the Sonoma Humane Society and the Healdsburg Center for Animals.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a robust strategic major gift and planned giving program that encourages donor engagement and solicits meaningful gifts.
  • Be an active member of the Development Team, assisting and collaborating on a variety of fundraising activities, outreach events and development projects.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 3-5 years of experience in a non-profit organization with a successful fundraising track record.
  • A deep, broad knowledge of development best practices, including identifying, qualifying, and developing relationships with high value donors and prospects.
  • Working knowledge of planned giving strategies and the ability to educate and inform donors about appropriate giving vehicles (such as endowments, donor advised funds, bequests and deferred gifts) as well as a demonstrated interest in inspiring and facilitating planned gifts. 
  • Familiarity with Event Planning.
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge donor management system preferred.
  • Ambitious, persistent, collaborative, with a strong work ethic.
  • Superior customer service skills, both internally and externally.
  • Adaptable and able to work independently and with a team.
  • Strong planning skills and ability to prioritize tasks to achieve goals in a timely manner.
  • Sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to communicate confidently and effectively.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.

This is a full-time benefited position reporting to the Director of Development. Click here for a detailed job description.

Please submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to jobs@sonomahumane.org. All applications should be submitted to the "jobs" email listed above, or mailed to: Sonoma Humane Society, P.O. Box 1296, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. 

 The Sonoma Humane Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403b retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

Animal Care Technician, Part-Time

The Animal Care Technician ensures all sheltered animals are provided the best possible care and attention while housed with the Sonoma Humane Society. Responsibilities include animal care, housing, cleaning, feeding, occasional bathing & grooming, providing environmental enrichment, and record keeping. Performs all the necessary functions in maintaining the shelter in a thoroughly clean and sanitary manner. Assists with the general public as required. 

QUALIFICATIONS:
Six (6) months related animal care experience preferred. Must demonstrate self-motivation, responsibility, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment. The ability to work independently as well as in a team environment is essential. Experience in humane animal handling, restraint and confinement preferred. Knowledge of domestic animal breeds, diseases, health care and behavior a plus. Good oral and written communication skills. Ability to properly lift animals, food, and supplies up to 30 pounds. Must be willing to work flexible days and hours, including evening shifts, weekends and/or holidays. This is a part-time position with weekend hours required.

Click here for a full job description.

Please submit resume and cover letter including salary requirements to jobs@sonomahumane.org. We are sorry, we are unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person. All applications should be submitted to the "jobs" email listed above, or mailed to: Sonoma Humane Society, P.O. Box 1296, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.

 The Sonoma Humane Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403b retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

Veterinarian - Public Hospital, Full-Time

The Sonoma Humane Society (SHS) has an exciting opportunity for a Veterinarian in our AAHA accredited Public Veterinary Hospital.

At the Sonoma Humane Society’s Public Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and providing health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

As the only nonprofit full-service veterinary treatment center in Sonoma County, we provide quality medical care, friendly customer service and an important intrinsic benefit; proceeds from the hospital operation directly support homeless animals in need at the Sonoma Humane Society's shelter.

Summary

The Veterinarian is responsible for providing high quality medical care to patients and coordinating and managing treatments for animals in the care of the Sonoma Humane Society's public hospital.

This position reports directly to the Hospital Director.

Please submit resume and cover letter including salary requirements to jobs@sonomahumane.org.  We are sorry, we are unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person. All applications should be submitted to the "jobs" email listed above, or mailed to: Sonoma Humane Society, 5345 Hwy 12 W, Santa Rosa CA 95407.  Click here for a detailed job description.

 The Sonoma Humane Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403b retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

Public Veterinary Hospital Director

The Sonoma Humane Society (SHS) has an exciting opportunity for a Director of our AAHA accredited Public Veterinary Hospital.

At the Sonoma Humane Society’s Public Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and providing health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

As the only nonprofit full-service veterinary treatment center in Sonoma County, we provide quality medical care, friendly customer service and an important intrinsic benefit; proceeds from the hospital operation directly support homeless animals in need at the Sonoma Humane Society's shelter.

Summary

The Public Hospital Director is the lead veterinarian and is responsible for the daily operations of the veterinary hospital, providing high quality medical care to patients, developing and implementing standards of animal care, and coordinating and managing treatments for animals in the care of the Sonoma Humane Society's public hospital.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director and supervises the Hospital Veterinarian, Contract Veterinarians, and Practice Manager with secondary oversight to the Certified Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants. The Hospital Director is a practicing veterinary manager who balances patient care with oversight of the hospital operation, including goal setting, business and budget management.

Click here for a detailed job description.

Please submit resume and cover letter including salary requirements to jobs@sonomahumane.org. We are sorry, we are unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person. All applications should be submitted to the "jobs" email listed above, or mailed to: Sonoma Humane Society, P.O. Box 1296, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. 

 The Sonoma Humane Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403b retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

Independent Contractor - Dog Training & Behavior Positions

Sonoma Humane Society, located in Santa Rosa, CA, is seeking to fill Independent Contractor Dog Training and Behavior positions. Interested candidates can send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sonomahumane.org and put Independent Contractor Dog Training in the subject line.

Independent Contractor Dog Training may include (but not necessary) public group classes (in a variety of disciplines of your choice: family pet, agility, rally, scenting, etc.), private training, and behavior consultations. HOURS: 5-20 hours per week depending on need and experience.

SALARY: Commission

REPORTS TO: Director of Behavior and Training

APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE: Until filled

 

Group Class Instructor
Sonoma Humane Society (SHS) classes are comprised of 4-8 students with dogs. All attempts are made to secure assistants for classes. All class supplies, registration, payment, marketing, and class location are provided by SHS.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Teach group dog training classes at Sonoma Humane Society. Classes include but are not limited to force-free puppy, foundation obedience classes (with graduating levels of family pet manners classes), CGC certification, and specialty classes (agility, scenting, rally, etc.)
  • Adhere to positive reinforcement methodology and philosophy. 
  • Provide written notes to clients after each class session. 
  • Submit class paperwork (client profiles, class evaluation, roster, etc.) to SHS Behavior & Training Dept. at the conclusion of each class.
  • Keep training area clean after use (sweep floor, clear room of dirty laundry and trash) and return all equipment and supplies to designated locations. 
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with SHS staff, volunteers, private contractors, and the public at all times. 
  • Provide exemplary customer service.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • CPDT-KA, CTC, KPA, DTA, CBA or equivalent certification, or comparable experience; minimum 2 years working with and training dogs and handlers using force-free methods in a professional capacity, and teaching public or volunteer dog training classes. (Applicants with 2 years experience assisting with an established force-free trainer or organization accepted with recommendation).
  • Provide proof of liability insurance with SHS as an additional insured with coverage no less than $1,000,000. (Not necessary for the application process.) 
  • Articulate, well-organized, and able to work independently.
  • Have an email account.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule, which includes weekends and evenings.

Private Training and Behavior Consultations
SHS Private Training and Consultations are 1-on-1 with clients and their dogs. All attempts are made to secure assistants where needed. All supplies, registration, payment, marketing, and locations (when appropriate) are provided by SHS.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • 75-minute behavior consultations and 30, 45, and 60-minute private training sessions with SHS clients. Provide a comprehensive analysis of behavioral issues. Find realistic solutions to the issues presented and the client’s concerns.
  • Provide written notes to the client in a timely manner after each session. Provide a report to clients after behavior consultations. 
  • Perform house calls in Sonoma County (not necessary but a plus) and meet with clients at SHS. 
  • Schedule with client when necessary. 
  • Adhere to positive reinforcement methodology and philosophy. 
  • Provide exemplary customer service.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • CPDT-KA, CTC, KPA, DTA, CBA or equivalent certification, or comparable experience; minimum 2 years working with and training dogs and handlers using force-free methods in a professional capacity, and teaching public or volunteer dog training classes. (Applicants with 2 years experience assisting with an established force-free trainer or organization accepted with recommendation). 
  • Experience working with clients involving a variety of behavioral concerns such as: multiple dog households, house soiling, puppy issues, basic manners, general anxiety, fear, aggression and separation anxiety (not necessary but a plus), and so on. 
  • Knowledge of dog behavioral and health issues including social development stages, multi-dog households, fear, and aggression.
  • Patient and tactful when interacting with challenging, sensitive, or emotional people and issues. Have strong active listening and communication skills.
  • Provide proof of liability insurance with SHS as an additional insured with coverage no less than $1,000,000. (Not necessary for the application process.) 
  • Articulate, well-organized, and able to work independently. 
  • Have an email account.

Volunteer Positions

To view all of our ongoing volunteer opportunities, click here!

Jr Camp Counselor

Calling all TEENS! Want something fun to do this summer? We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!

Become a Jr Camp Counselor, helping our summer camp staff prep, organize and teach children about how the Humane Society helps animals! We're looking for mature older teens, 15–18 yrs old, who have strong leadership and teamwork skills, enjoy working with elementary age children and animals, and like to work in a busy and educational environment. A variety of shifts are available Monday–Friday between 8am–4:30pm from June 5–Aug 11th.

To learn more, click here.

Please contact Beth Karzes, our Humane Education Coordinator, with your availability bkarzes@sonomahumane.org.

 

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