Career Opportunities

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.

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Director of Development

The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of HSP’s fundraising, including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns. The Director of Development works closely with The Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors. This position will be accountable for developing and managing budgets while growing revenues and managing expenses. The revenue goal for this position is $700,000.

Duties Include But Not Limited too:

  • Develop and implement a well-coordinated individual giving program designed to cultivate and solicit support from a portfolio of individuals and family foundations.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, and steward relations with existing and prospective individual donors through weekly face-to-face appointments.
  • Oversee grant seeking, including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • 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.
  • Lead the execution of major gift and capital campaign strategies by crafting proposals, writing presentations, developing stewardship visits, managing logistics, and developing strategic communications.
  • 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.
  • Manage and develop relationships with assigned vendors, consultants, staff, and interns.
  • Conduct research and analysis for donor prospects.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all communications with donors.
  • Supervise and collaborate with all fundraising staff.

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Corporate Giving & Community Partnerships 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. S/he 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 too:

  • Ability to initiate and enjoy direct communication with donors and potential donors
  • Customer-service orientation, special event, and development experience preferred
  • Highly motivated and energetic, ability to show initiative and work independently
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, project coordination experience, and the ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as outside clients and vendors
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in the areas of organizational planning and management
  • Ability to handle diverse, simultaneous tasks, meet deadlines, and attend to follow through
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to be discreet and handle highly sensitive/confidential information in a responsible manner

operations manager

The Operations Manager assists the Director of Operations in the daily operations of the Humane Society of Pinellas facility, internal systems, policies, procedures and the majority of the organization’s staff. The Operations Manager provides leadership, oversight and assists the Director of Operations in long range planning to ensure that all areas of operation are meeting the highest possible standard.

Duties Include But Not Limited too:

  • Responsible for the hiring, supervising, coaching, disciplining, and training of animal welfare workers, providing regular, on-going feedback and timely evaluations. Executes promotion and termination processes.
  • Directly supervises the Customer Service Supervisor, Animal Care Supervisor, Transfer Coordinator, Foster Coordinator and Behavior and Training Coordinator.
  • Monitors safety compliance for the organization, staff, and volunteers in conjunction with the Human Resources representative.
  • Assist in maintaining shelter records and statistics that include but are not limited to: animal population, adoption, euthanasia, and spay/neuter.
  • Oversees the ordering and inventory of shelter supplies and equipment and assures that appropriate quantities of all supplies are on a hand at all times. Regularly researches new products, equipment, and pricing.
  • Assist the Director of Operations in enforcing all policies and protocols to protect the health and well-being of the animals in HSP’s care.
  • Assist the Director of Operations in leading staff discussions regarding placement decisions, behavior plans, and other animal-related concerns.
  • Directs the socialization and behavior modification of HSP animals to increase their adoptability. Trains and socializes in accordance with accepted humane handling

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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 too:

  • 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 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.
  • Handle animals humanely and safely at all times.
  • Demonstrate a high quality of work standards and work ethics.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Medical Manager, Shelter Veterinarian, and Director of Operations.

Animal Caretaker

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 too:

  • 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.
  • 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. training programs.
  • Handle animals humanely and safely at all times.

customer service specialist

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 knowledge and understanding is also crucial to this role.

Duties Include But Not Limited too:

  • 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.
  • Use proper walking equipment while handling dogs and assist volunteers in appropriate protocols. training programs.
  • Handle animals humanely and safely at all times.
  • 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.

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!