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Consider working for an organization where all employees are passionate about what they do and truly care about their organization's mission. That's what people find at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. Since every staff member has some interaction with the public, we strive to hire enthusiastic people who not only consider themselves animal lovers, but also "people" people. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

If interested in any of the positions listed below, please print our Application for Employment, complete all sections, and return it via postal mail, along with a cover letter, to:

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Attn: Human Resources
12 Airport Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94401

You may also email or fax your application and/or resume with a cover letter. Please include your days and hours of availability also. You may email or fax it to:
Email: Careers@PHS-SPCA.org
Fax: 650/685-0678

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Last updated: July 1, 2015

Currently open positions are:

Animal Control Officer

Customer Service Representative/Adoptions Counselor
(Full or Part Time)

Development Assistant

Staff Veterinarian (Full or Part Time)


Animal Control Officer

Job Title: Animal Control Officer
Division: Animal Rescue & Control
Reports to: Captain, Animal Rescue & Control Services
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt-Union
Salary: $15.60/hour + 6 month increase. Medical and retirement benefits are available to eligible employees.

Responsibilities: Reports to Animal Rescue & Control Division and the Captain of the Animal Rescue & Control department. Investigate complaints regarding animal cruelty and take appropriate action to abate the problems. Prepare a legally accurate and complete complaint to present to the District Attorney's Office. Professionally testify in court or at other animal related hearings when necessary. Promote humane attitudes toward care and treatment of animals by education and example. Answer questions and advise the public regarding animal welfare issues, ordinances, quarantines, adoptions, other animal laws and related issues.

Essential Duties: Patrol assigned areas within San Mateo County in a patrol vehicle using safe driving practices. Pick-up stray animals rescue and/or relocate animals in distress in a safe and humane manner. Locate, quarantine and observe animals for symptoms of rabies. Pick-up and remove dead animals. Assist in euthanasia or euthanize animals as necessary. Prepare reports and maintain daily work records in appropriate forms. Operate a 2-way radio in a professional manner. Maintain the patrol vehicle in a clean and orderly manner, stocked with the necessary equipment. Maintain vehicle and equipment in good working order. Any other duties as assigned by your supervisor.

Qualifications:

  • High School graduate and at least 18 years of age.
  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License with a clean driving record.
  • Must complete an extensive background investigation, including felony check and psychological examination.
  • Must successfully complete a course in 832 PC (law enforcement course) within one year of employment as an officer.
  • Must be able to perform assigned duties as required.
  • Must have a pleasant personality; good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have the ability to work well and communicate effectively with the public, fellow employees and volunteers.
  • Must be highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
  • Must show maturity and good judgment; perform the job in a professional manner and work effectively under pressure.
  • Able to work effectively without close supervision.
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs from ground to waist.
  • Keyboard skills and/or computer literate

Working Conditions: Dealing with possible unruly, vicious and dangerous animals and impounding the them safely and humanely as possible; hostile public; operation of a vehicle under all types of weather/road condition; heavy and fast-paced workload; possible exposure to parasites and infectious disease; strenuous activity; must be willing to work irregular hours, shifts, weekends, holidays and standby.

To Apply: Please complete an employment application (click here), attach your cover letter and resume, and send them via fax, email or snail mail.

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Customer Service Representative/Adoptions Counselor
(Full or Part Time)

Job Title: Customer Service Representative/Adoptions Counselor
Department: Customer Services & Adoptions
Reports to: Customer Service Manager
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt-Union
Salary: $15.60/hour + 6 month increase

Summary: To work with the public to place animals into permanent, loving and responsible homes. To assist the public with all inquiries and requests in a positive friendly manner. To educate and counsel the public on responsible pet ownership. This position is represented by Union Local 856.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Ensure that the program is operating in a manner that is consistent with the goals/objectives of the Society. Ensure that the policies are being applied in a manner that is effective in reaching those goals.
  • Maintain a positive, educational approach with a willingness to listen when dealing with the public, the staff and volunteers
  • Counsel and work with the public on issues related to responsible animal care, i.e. spaying/neutering, vaccinations, vet care, identification, animal behavior, adoptions, etc.
  • Handle all counter transactions, which include, but are not limited to, the following: adoption interviews, cashier duties, dog/cat licensing, - microchips/ID tags.
  • Will receive incoming wildlife, complete, general information requests, and administrative paperwork. Will provide spot cleaning in kennels and will give evening feedings to domestic animals.
  • Monitor and occasionally work in the shelter's on-site retail store, located in the main lobby. Store duties include ringing purchases/returns, providing general assistance for shoppers, stocking shelves and organizing merchandise on display.
  • Will need to be able to safely handle and socialize all animals PHS/SPCA makes available for adoption, including exotics (birds, reptiles, mammals). Duties also include administering adoptable animal medications as directed and prescribed by staff veterinarians.
  • Work quickly and effectively under pressure to deliver results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with coworkers, volunteers and the public.
  • Work professionally with the public, customers and fellow co-workers.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Good working knowledge of animal breeds, nutrition, general care, training and related information. Knowledge, appreciation and respect for animals, including birds, reptiles, rodents and small animals. Ability to work with and handle animals. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals. Valid California driver's license with clean driving record.

Education and/or Experience: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills: Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills: Microsoft office, Chameleon

Physical Demands: The physical demands 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. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

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Development Assistant

Job Title: Development Assistant
Department: Development
Reports to: Development Manager
Salary: $34-38k DOE

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA opened its doors in 1950 and serves the San Mateo County community with the following services: animal adoptions, lost and found, animal control, cruelty investigation, community outreach/education, wildlife rehabilitation, spay/neuter, pet loss support groups, and our Hope Program that helps the neediest shelter animals with medical and/or behavioral problems. We are seeking a Development Assistant who is detail-oriented and extremely accurate.

Summary: This position assists with PHS/SPCA's development department. It involves working on various fundraising projects including research, clerical duties, mailings, car donations, report writing, data entry, letters, etc.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assisting with mailings, monthly giving program, generating reports, research, in-kind gift acknowledgments, tribute gifts, and various clerical duties related to a smooth functioning development department
  • Working with confidential donor information, queries, and reports in the donor database
  • Preparing various reports
  • Querying for and exporting mail files
  • Identifying foundations for potential funding and assisting with preparation of grant proposals
  • Writing articles for our internal and external newsletters
  • Collecting and compiling animal stories for mailings
  • Preparing honor and memorial lists for tribute cards, newsletter, and donor wall
  • Processing online donations and reports
  • Responsible for vehicle donation program: processing incoming donations, vendor payments, etc.
  • Responsible for matching gift program
  • Maintaining the monthly donor program
  • Maintaining wish lists
  • Running various errands: purchasing supplies, picking up donations, etc.
  • Troubleshooting to resolve various problems as they arise
  • Working effectively under pressure to deliver results in a fast-paced environment
  • Working professionally with the public, volunteers and fellow co-workers
  • Acting as a backup to the Donation Processing Associate position

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or two to five years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office

Physical Demands: The physical demands 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. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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Staff Veterinarian

Job Title: Staff Veterinarian
Department: Veterinary Services
Reports to: Veterinary Chief of Staff
FLSA Status: Exempt; Full time OR Part Time

Summary: To ensure that all animals in the shelter receive adequate and appropriate veterinary care. To perform spay and neuter surgery. To implement protocols, procedures, medical evaluations and treatment of animals as set by the Chief of Staff and PHS/SPCA management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Perform physical exam on animals at PHS/SPCA to diagnose and to generate a treatment plan.
  • Provide emergency medical care as needed.
  • Maintain proper paperwork and medical records as required by law.
  • Provide shelter staff with clear and concise information regarding the medical condition, diagnosis, treatment plan and long term prognosis.
  • Consult with specialists on specific medical cases when appropriate.
  • Participate in vaccination clinics. Attend continuing education seminars.
  • Perform animal necropsies and write reports for animal control as needed.
  • Perform surgery, ranging from spays and neuters to emergency procedures, as required. Perform diagnostic tests including x-ray, blood work, cytology, and fecals.
  • Provide leadership and direction to veterinary staff, technicians, assistants and volunteers.
  • Participate in writing educational materials and articles for PHS/SPCA.
  • Perform spay and neuter surgery on shelter and public animals.
  • Induce and maintain animals under anesthesia. Operate anesthetic machine and surgical monitoring equipment. Ensure that all animals are monitored while under anesthesia.
  • Maintain department equipment in good working order. Report items for repair/replacement as needed to Animal Care Manager.
  • Provide humane care and treatment of all sheltered animals.
  • Euthanize and/or assist with euthanasia of animals as needed in accordance with PHS/SPCA policies and procedures and California state law.
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary work area in all work spaces.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position indirectly supervises Registered Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants and volunteers.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with two or more years experience in clinic setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Valid California Veterinary Medical License.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, shelter medical records and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must become proficient with Chameleon Database software and Microsoft Office within probationary period.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Valid California Veterinary Medical License.

Physical Demands: The physical demands 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50-75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals; routine exposure to zoonotic diseases, aggressive and feral animals; routinely exposed to mechanical moving parts; outside weather conditions and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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