Job Opportunities

Kitsap Humane Society always accepts employment applications. Kitsap Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. 

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Veterinary Assistant, Summer Position

Classification: Vet Services Department

Reports To:      Medical Coordinator / Director of Shelter Medicine

May 2015 – Oct 2015:    40 hours per week



The primary role of the Veterinary Assistant is to assist in the areas of shelter medicine and surgery. Willingness to maintain a flexible work schedule if needed. Typical duties include direct care of animals under veterinary treatment, assist leads with administration of medication, safe handling of animals of unknown temperamentThis is an excellent opportunity for an individual that possesses knowledge of animal health care, animal restraint techniques and surgery preparation in addition to being detail-oriented, possessing excellent interpersonal (verbal and written) and multi tasking skills. Must be effective at time management and able to thrive in a high volume, high stress environment with multiple priorities.


  • Excellent customer service experience
  • Must possess professionalism, courtesy, tact and sound judgment
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work in both a team and self-directed environment
  • Able to work well under pressure and handle multiple tasks
  • Able to work closely with animal dander/hair
  • A demonstrated respect for all life and the volunteer spirit
  • Able to practice safe animal handling
  • Experience Preferred: working with the public and in animal health or welfare field


Required Abilities: 

  • An interest in and willingness to support the mission, vision, and philosophy of KHS
  • Meticulous and methodical attention to record keeping and reporting
  • Must advocate the humane treatment of animals and be able to transmit these values to others and adhere to workplace animal socializing
  • Must present a good appearance and have the ability to deal cheerfully and tactfully with the public, staff and volunteers with a consistent positive mental attitude
  • Must be skilled and able to handle conflict resolution
  • At least 2 years preferred in a high volume setting (animal health and non-animal health considered)
  • Ability to have a flexible schedule, work weekends and overtime if necessary
  • Lift 50lbs or more




Regularly work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.


Responsibilities include daily care of animals under exclusive veterinary care within the shelter, cleaning, sanitizing and preparation of surgical equipment used daily, assisting veterinarian with examinations and preparing and positioning animals for surgery, monitoring patient recoveries, assisting surgeons and cleaning surgery rooms and equipment.


Administration of medication to animals throughout the shelter and updating patient files.


Performs brief examination of animals and records findings, examine animals to determine breed and approximate age, evaluates health of animals and determines which animals have priority for medical care.


Receives and tracks requests from shelter staff regarding health status of animals and follows up with veterinarians, treats animals and administers vaccinations under the supervision of the vet; monitors health of animals in quarantine, records all treatment and vaccinations on paperwork and in the computer record for each animal.


Adheres to proper animal shelter protocols, disease control and other animal wellness procedures.


Assists vets during surgery; restraining animals, dispensing surgical equipment, lifting animals to weigh for medications/anesthetics, prepping animals for treatment and/or surgery.


Assist with feeding, watering, cleaning and disinfecting of animals in the shelter.


Assist with and willingness to become certified for euthanasia procedures.

Knowledge of:

- Safe and efficient handling of large and small animals

- PPE, basic computer skills, current Animal Welfare topics

- Care and feeding of various breeds of dogs and cats and other domestic animals

- Recordkeeping methods, office procedures, organizational and computer skills

- Common diseases of animals

- Characteristics of animal behavior



Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; sufficient manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination to operate special animal handling equipment; sufficient stamina to exert extra physical effort to restrain animals for a substantial period of time; ability to climb, stoop, crouch and kneel; lift and move object weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment including computers, telephones, calculators, copiers, and fax.

Shelter workers are routinely exposed to high noise levels, potential zoonotic diseases, and animals of unknown temperament. 


Monday and Friday shifts required.

As assigned, to be discussed. Employees are evaluated and awarded according to performance and results rather than hours. Work schedule is based on needs of the shelter. Position is currently seasonal, with potential for permanent status depending on work performance and shelter needs.

 Resumes and applications should be sent to our Director of Shelter Medicine, Dr. Jen Stonequist at Thanks for your interest! 


Kitsap Humane Society Accounting & HR Assistant


Job Announcement Summary:

KHS seeks a highly organized, hard working, conscientious, and experienced individual to fill a part-time Accounting & HR Assistant position.  This position reports to the Finance Director.  

The Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) is a progressive animal welfare shelter whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome homeless animals.  Candidates for this position must have an interest in and love for animals as well.


Accounting Responsibilities:

·         Process accounts receivables – including billing and payment processing
·         Process and code cash receipts  – preparing bank deposits
·         Process and code accounts payable invoices
·         Audit and input the daily shelter sales report summary
·         Audit and input semi-monthly payroll  time cards and leave reports
·         Process payment of payroll related liabilities & garnishments
·         Process employee status changes in the payroll system
·         Reconcile various Balance Sheet accounts on a monthly basis
·         Maintain company accounting files
·         Inventory/order office supplies
·         Efficiently process and distribute daily mail
·         Other projects/tasks as assigned



HR Responsibilities:

·         Oversee administration of employee manual and respond to staff questions
·         Maintain Employee files and ensure records are complete and kept up to date
·         File new hire reports with State & Fed agencies
·         Process background checks for new hires
·         Employee anniversary wage & performance review management
·         Process medical benefits adds, deletes & change orders
·         Maintains vacation & sick leave records
·         Coordinate responses to ES, L&I and other claims.



Qualifications and requirements:

·         2+ years experience in bookkeeping/accounting/payroll
·         Must have some HR skills and experience
·         Must have experience with Quickbooks, Excel and Word
·         Must be detail oriented and accurate
·         Must be highly organized and able to multitask
·         Ability to learn our Shelter Management Software (Shelter Buddy) system
·         Strong communication and interpersonal skills
·         Must be punctual and reliable




·         30 hours per week – work schedule is negotiable
·         Eligible for healthcare benefits
·         Salary dependent on experience
·         Position may not be combined with another job at KHS


Send a resume and cover letter including salary requirements to Tom Cooper at no later than Friday April 17.  Cover letter needs to speak clearly and thoroughly about how the candidate’s background and experience makes him or her, a strong candidate for this position.




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