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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:
Fax: 650/685-0678

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Last updated: May 20, 2015

Currently open positions are:

Animal Control Officer

Development Assistant

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.


  • 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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Development Assistant

Job Title: Development Assistant
Department: Development
Salary: $34k-$38k DOE. Full Benefits package available including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, & 403B retirement plan.

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

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, and individual should have knowledge of 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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