careers

Career Opportunities

  • 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.


Open Positions

Please email [email protected] for any questions related to these open positions or employment opportunities at HSP.

Animal Caretaker full-time

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.

Animal Caretaker part-time

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.
  • Greet all customers upon arrival and direct them towards the appropriate department or area of interest.
  • Maintain all work areas in a neat and aesthetically pleasing manner, with an emphasis on safety, cleanliness, and sanitation.

Annual giving & grants manager

The Annual Giving & Grants Manager is responsible for the creation and management of a well-coordinated individual giving program designated to cultivate and solicit support from individuals and family foundations. S/he will lead or support the planning and execution of donor engagement opportunities such as point-of-entry tours, galas and other events as assigned. They will also support the development of communication tools for fundraising and individual donor solicitation and stewardship (i.e., talking points, scripts, presentations, videos, testimonies, etc.). In addition, they will guide the organization’s grant strategy and work with a subcontracted vendor to write and submit grants. The position requires strong organizational and networking skills, the ability to work on various projects simultaneously and a strong eye for detail. This position will be accountable for developing and managing budgets while growing revenues and managing expenses.

Duties Include But Not Limited to:

  • In conjunction with the Development Director, develop and implement a well-coordinated individual giving program designed to cultivate and solicit support from a portfolio of individuals and family foundations.
  • Create and manage an annual giving plan to include but not limited to; individual donor initiatives, strategies, stewardship, benefits, giving levels, recognition and revenue goal setting.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, and steward relations with existing and prospective individual donors.
  • Serve as an active prospect identifier, targeting prospects for personal visits and moving annual donors through the donor pyramid into the next giving level. Make creative connections between and among people, events, programs, and their associated circles.
  • Participate in donor engagement opportunities such as tours, special events, and initiatives as necessary.
  • Oversee the development, management, and implementation of an individual donor recognition plan including the timely acknowledgement and follow-up for all individual donors and prospects.
  • Support the Director of Development in monitoring and reporting revenues and expenses associated with individual giving and grant strategies.
  • Create and manage the annual grants plan for the organization and work with a subcontracted grant writer/vendor to write grants.
  • Manage a portfolio of donors (individual, corporate, funders) that have capacity and interest in supporting HSP (Programs, Services, Events).

Behavioral Health Coordinator

The Behavioral Health Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the emotional and behavioral wellbeing of all animals under the care of the Humane Society with a particular emphasis on enrichment and daily playgroups. Under the direction of the Operations Manager and/or the Director of Operations, the Behavioral Health Coordinator, coordinates the Behavioral Health program, as well as any personnel or volunteers assisting in the program. The Behavioral Health Coordinator assists animals in being adopted through behavioral evaluation, enrichment, and training, using humane and positive reinforcement methods. The Behavioral Health Coordinator is also responsible for the development of behavior modification protocols, enrichment activities such as playgroups and ensures all HSP staff execute these protocols accurately and consistently. The Behavioral Health Coordinator also communicates behavioral observations with adopters and assisting owners with their pet’s behavioral concerns.

Duties Include But Not Limited to:

  • Train, conduct, lead, and coordinate canine playgroups and enrichment for entire animal population daily.
  • Under the direction of the Operations Manager and/or the Director of Operations, develop and implement behavior modification protocols for all animals that may need it before adoption.
  • Consult with adopters pre- and post-adoption regarding animal behavior in order to set HSP pets up for successful adoptions and keep them in their adopted homes.
  • Record and track all behavior modification and training procedures.
  • Lead volunteer and staff trainings on safe and effective animal handling in accordance with HSP protocols.
  • Remain up-to-date with animal behavior best practices.
  • Manage the behavior helpline and address client’s needs quickly and efficiently.
  • Follow established cleaning, feeding and animal handling procedures.

Corporate Giving & community partnership manager

The Corporate Giving & Community Partnerships Manager is responsible for the creation and management of a well-coordinated corporate giving program designated to cultivate and solicit support from corporations, corporate foundation, and community partners willing to plan initiatives to benefit the Humane Society of Pinellas. This position will lead or support the planning and execution of fundraising events such as point-of-entry tours, galas and other events as assigned, and work with staff and/or vendors. They will also support the development of communication tools for fundraising and corporate donor solicitation and stewardship (i.e., talking points, scripts, presentations, videos, testimonies, etc.). The position requires strong organizational and networking skills, the ability to work on various projects simultaneously and a strong eye for detail. This position will be accountable for developing and managing budgets while growing revenues and managing expenses.

Duties Include But Not Limited to:

  • In conjunction with the Development Director, develop and implement a well-coordinated corporate giving and community partnership giving program designed to cultivate and solicit support from a portfolio of corporations, corporate foundations, community partnerships (third party events) and event sponsors.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, and steward relations with existing and prospective corporate and community partnership donors (Face-to-Face Weekly Appointments).
  • Serve as an active prospect identifier, targeting prospects for personal visits and moving corporate donors through the donor pyramid into the next giving level.
  • Make creative connections between and among people, events, programs, and associated circles.
  • Conduct research and analysis for donor prospects.
  • Manage the planning and execution of Humane Society Pinellas events and third-party events that the organization benefits from in collaboration with other team members and vendors, as necessary.
  • Lead or support the planning and execution of fundraising events such as house receptions, point-of-entry tours, fundraisers, and galas.
  • Lead or support the development of communication tools for fundraising events (i.e., revenue strategy for organization events and sponsor driven initiatives, sponsorship presentations, marketing benefits, presentations, etc.) and corporate donor solicitation and stewardship (i.e., agendas, talking points, presentations, proposals, testimonies, etc.).
  • Oversee the development, management, and implementation of a corporate donor recognition plan including the timely acknowledgement and follow-up for all corporate donors and prospects.
  • Support the Director of Development in monitoring and reporting revenues and expenses associated with individual giving and fundraising event strategies.

customer service specialist full-time

The Customer Service Specialist is responsible for facilitating HSP’s admissions and adoption process. As an HSP Customer Service Specialist you have one of the most important roles here at HSP. It is the Customer Service Specialist duty to not only match potential adopters with a pet best suited to both the adopters wants and needs as well as the animals’ specific needs or limitations but also to work with those pet owners who may be looking to surrender their pet due to a myriad of reasons. The Customer Service Specialist must adequately understand and effectively communicate the Humane Society of Pinellas’ protocols and policies, as they are one of the first shelter representatives with whom customers interact. PetPoint software knowledge and understanding is also crucial to this role.

Duties Include But Not Limited to:

  • Follow established adoption assistance procedures, with an emphasis on open-ended questions, matchmaking, relationship building and education.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to the public, volunteers, and other staff members at all times.
  • Greet all customers upon arrival and direct them towards the appropriate department or area of interest.
  • Accurately and completely process adoptions, holds, and foster to adopts and owner surrenders.
  • Review all adoption or surrender paperwork, policies and contracts with adopters and pet owners.
  • Cross-train (which may involve regular department coverage) in other departments to understand the protocols and procedures, so clients can be better assisted in all areas of HSP.
  • Handle monetary transactions accurately and securely.
  • Maintain adoptions and admissions lobby in a neat and aesthetically pleasing manner.
  • Participate in staff and department meetings and training opportunities.
  • Be prepared to assist in any disaster affecting HSP.

customer service specialist part-time

The Customer Service Specialist is responsible for facilitating HSP’s admissions and adoption process. As an HSP Customer Service Specialist you have one of the most important roles here at HSP. It is the Customer Service Specialist duty to not only match potential adopters with a pet best suited to both the adopters wants and needs as well as the animals’ specific needs or limitations but also to work with those pet owners who may be looking to surrender their pet due to a myriad of reasons. The Customer Service Specialist must adequately understand and effectively communicate the Humane Society of Pinellas’ protocols and policies, as they are one of the first shelter representatives with whom customers interact. PetPoint software knowledge and understanding is also crucial to this role.

Duties Include But Not Limited to:

  • Follow established adoption assistance procedures, with an emphasis on open-ended questions, matchmaking, relationship building and education.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to the public, volunteers, and other staff members at all times.
  • Greet all customers upon arrival and direct them towards the appropriate department or area of interest.
  • Accurately and completely process adoptions, holds, and foster to adopts and owner surrenders.
  • Review all adoption or surrender paperwork, policies and contracts with adopters and pet owners.
  • Assist with the HSP retail store’s success, including achieving sales goals, assisting with inventory management, purchasing and marketing.
  • Cross-train (which may involve regular department coverage) in other departments to understand the protocols and procedures, so clients can be better assisted in all areas of HSP.
  • Handle monetary transactions accurately and securely.
  • Maintain adoptions and admissions lobby in a neat and aesthetically pleasing manner. This includes daily sanitation of floors, emptying of garbage containers and cleaning bathrooms.

Veterinary Technician

The Veterinary Technician is responsible for providing medical evaluations, treatment, and follow-ups to all HSP animals under the direction of the Medical Manager.

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.

volunteer and outreach coordinator

The Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all volunteer programs, including, but not limited to, the adult, teen, community service and family volunteers, as well involvement in any events that require a volunteer presence. In addition, the coordinator is responsible for overseeing all outreach programs.

Duties Include But Not Limited to:

  • Oversees the overall operations of the volunteer program, including maintaining excellent record keeping through Volgistics.
  • Develop and maintain the HSP Volunteer Manual, as well as volunteer job descriptions.
  • Review and approve/reject all volunteer applications.
  • Develop recruitment methods and participate in volunteer recruitment.
  • Determines schedule and distribution of tasks for all HSP volunteers.
  • Maintains working knowledge of HSP adoptions and intake procedures and can not only train volunteers in these areas when needed, but can also cover shifts and assist if necessary.
  • Organize and lead regular volunteer meetings, orientations and trainings in accordance with HSP policy. Collaboration with other departments is expected.
  • Execute disciplinary measures for all volunteers under the supervision of the Director of Operations, including termination of volunteers when necessary.
  • Maintain and supervise the Senior Pet Connection and Pet Food Pantry programs, as well as any other community outreach programs.
  • Prepare monthly reports for the CEO and Director of Operations on all outreach activities.
  • Ensure all animals are being handled using the least restraint possible and maintain a low-stress interaction between volunteers and animals.
  • Handle volunteer questions and concerns appropriately and in a timely manner when necessary.
  • Organize all community service, company, school and other community projects that collaborate with HSP.
  • Attend volunteer events as necessary.

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!

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