- Do you want to make a lasting impact in the lives of animals?
- Do you have a passion for animal welfare and advocacy?
- At the end of your workday do you want to feel like you made a difference?
Make a difference today in the lives of vulnerable animals. The Humane Society of Pinellas believes that employees who enjoy what they do will make their workplace a success. HSP provides a positive and fun working environment in which employees are valued for their skills, diversity is not only accepted, but encouraged, and where people can make a difference in the world around them. Become a part of the HSP family!
Please note, as a primarily outdoor animal shelter facility, all employees may be subject to standing/walking for long periods of time, working outdoors despite weather conditions, and must be able to lift 40 pounds or more. As a drug-free workplace, all applicants are subject to pre-employment drug screening. Applications for unavailable positions will not be reviewed.
Please email [email protected] for any questions related to these open positions or employment opportunities at HSP.
The Animal Caretaker is responsible for the physical, emotional, and behavioral needs of all animals at the Humane Society of Pinellas. The Animal Caretaker must objectively communicate medical and behavioral observations to the appropriate department, be respectful of the HSP facility and animals, while also understanding the animals in their care are adjusting to a shelter environment. The Animal Caretaker is responsible for helping alleviate the stress of this adjustment period through proper cleaning protocols, low-stress handling, and enriching the lives of newly admitted pets.
Duties Include But Not Limited to:
- Follow established cleaning, feeding and animal handling procedures.
- Follow established safety procedures for all aspects of the shelter, with special emphasis on animal handling and cleaning chemicals.
- Report concerns about animal behavior and health to the Lead Animal Caretaker.
- Report safety and maintenance issues to the Lead Animal Caretaker.
- Cross train to gain familiarity and comfort following procedures and policies in all kennel areas (dogs, cats, and small wonders).
- Attend all dog walking trainings conducted by the Behavior Department in order to follow established protocols and successfully move through the levels (Blue, Green and Purple).
- Use proper walking equipment while handling dogs and assist volunteers in appropriate protocols.
Duties Include But Not Limited to:
- Execute medical care to all animal patients under the supervision of the Medical Manager, Medical Director, and Shelter Veterinarian.
- Handle all animals using the least restraint possible and maintain a low-stress interaction between staff and animals.
- Assess and process animals as potential adoption candidates according to established procedures, including but not limited to administering tests, vaccinations, physical exams, and inserting microchips.
- Perform various diagnostics tests, including fecal analysis, skin/ear cytology, urinalysis, etc.
- Medicate and treat Society animals according to current protocols.
- Maintain current and accurate animal records into PetPoint, the shelter software system.
- Assist in surgeries as directed by the Medical Manager, Medical Director, and Shelter Veterinarian.
- Maintain a clean and sanitary working environment (i.e., after surgical procedures, spills, pet accidents, potential contamination, etc.).
- Report concerns about animal behavior to the Behavior Technician and/or Director of Operations.
- Perform daily inventory of animals in the medical building, medical dog kennels and isolation areas.
Veterinary Internships & Externships
Ask us about studying with our medical department! Get hands on experience, credit hours and help homeless pets at the same time! The Humane Society of Pinellas has unpaid internships for veterinary technician students. Contact our Medical Manager, Nadja Inostroza, CVT, at [email protected] for more information!
#ThanksToMaddie and Maddie’s Fund, the Humane Society of Pinellas is offering paid externships to current 3rd and 4th year veterinary students! Please contact our Medical Director, Dr. Brenton Gallas, at [email protected] to get some hands-on shelter experience!