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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 25, 2014

Currently open positions are:

Animal Care Officer

Animal Care Technician

Registered Veterinary Technician (Full Time OR Part Time)

Veterinary Administative Assistant

Veterinary Assistant


Animal Care Officer

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.

Compensation & Benefits: Compensation starts at $15.60/hour plus a six month increase. This is a union position. Medical and retirement benefits are available to eligible employees.

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Animal Care Technician

Job Title: Animal Care Technician
Department: Animal Care Services
Reports To: Assistant Manager, Animal Care
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt-Union
Salary: $15.60/hour + 6 month increase

Summary: To perform all the necessary functions in maintaining the shelter in a thoroughly clean and sanitary manner. To ensure that all sheltered animals are provided the best possible care and attention.

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

  • Provide humane care for all animals in the Society's care
  • Clean and disinfect all animal areas as necessary to maintain a safe and sanitary environment
  • Feed and ensure water is available at all times for all animals
  • Unload, store and restock Animal Care Department supplies
  • Perform euthanasia in accordance with Society policies and California laws
  • Perform owner present euthanasia
  • Perform decapitations on select animals per the guidelines of the health department
  • Dispose of deceased animals
  • Perform light maintenance and other janitorial duties
  • Assist in the training of new staff and volunteers
  • Provide assistance to other departments as assigned
  • Perform other duties as assigned to ensure a positive public image, enhance the operation of the organization and improve the quality of life for animals

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.

Education, Experience, and Skills: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or six months to one year 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, volunteers, and other employees of the organization. Good oral and written communication skills.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add and subtract, multiply and divide. Ability to perform these operations using units, weight measurement, and volume.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Chameleon database software or become proficient within the first six months from hire date. Basic knowledge, or become proficient with Microsoft Office and computer keyboarding skills (data entry).

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Certified in Euthanasia within six months of employment.

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; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently 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 frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, zoonotic disease, exposure to aggressive/feral animals and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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Registered Veterinary Technician

Job Title: Registered Veterinary Technician
Department: Veterinary Services & Spay/Neuter Clinic
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Full time OR Part time positions available

Summary: To ensure that all animals in the clinic receive a thorough health evaluation and proper vaccinations. To implement protocols, procedures, medical evaluations and treatment of animals as set by PHS/SPCA. To accurately calculate and draw controlled substances for all animals in the clinic. To induce and maintain animals under anesthesia.

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

  • Perform physical exams.
  • Restrain animals for exams and/or treatment.
  • Perform inventory and stock and re-stock supplies.
  • Create list of patients for veterinary exam and other procedures.
  • Perform laboratory procedures including the use of a microscope, blood and dental machines.
  • Initiation of emergency medical practices as necessary.
  • Calculate and prepare medications for patients.
  • Induce and maintain animals under anesthesia. Ensure that all animals are monitored while under anesthesia. Assist veterinarian during surgery.
  • Ensure that each animal receives the proper vaccinations.
  • Provide humane care and treatment of all sheltered animals.
  • Perform admitting and discharge duties for public and shelter animals.
  • Calculate and draw pre-anesthetic/anesthetic drugs prior to surgery.
  • Maintain controlled substances log for Spay & Neuter and In-House Clinic.
  • Responsible for the surgical preparation of patients, including sterilization, administration of pre-surgical injections.
  • Assist the Veterinarians at PHS/SPCA in surgery or as needed.
  • Maintain proper paperwork and medical records as required by law.
  • Maintain department equipment in good working order. Report items for repair/replacement as needed to management as necessary.
  • Euthanize and/or assist with euthanasia of animals as needed in accordance with PHS/SPCA policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary work area in all work spaces.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position may supervise 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:

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Registered Veterinary Technician certification from an accredited program is required.

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 work well under pressure in emergency situations, 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 Outlook within probationary period.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Registered Veterinary Technician 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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Veterinary Assistant

Job Title: Veterinary Assistant
Department: Veterinary Services
Reports to:Manager, Veterinary Services
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Salary: $15.60/hour

Summary: To provide medical care as well as humane care and treatment to all sheltered animals in accordance with the policies and procedures established by PHS/SPCA. To ensure proper admitting, preparation, monitoring, recovery and discharge of animals in the spay/neuter clinic. Perform job duties within established protocols and procedures set by PHS/SPCA.

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

General:
  • Conduct assigned morning and evening rounds of all areas of the shelter to ensure the well being of all animals.
  • Prepare daily list of animals requiring vet exams.
  • Administer daily medical treatment to all sheltered animals as prescribed by staff veterinarians.
  • Assist veterinarian in examination and treatment of animals.
  • Assist veterinarian with emergency medical treatment as necessary.
  • Perform health checks of animals before they are placed for adoption.
  • Participate in the Screening Room/Receiving area activities including; scanning, banding, vaccinating and examining animals when necessary.
  • Assist in lab work and radiology requirements of shelter animals.
  • Assist with the training and supervision of vet department volunteers.
  • Must become familiar with proper processing of animals through the shelter, and the corresponding.
  • 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.
  • Receive animals into the shelter and obtain thorough and complete information regarding the animal's history.
  • Responsible for educating the public at the time of animal intake.
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary work area in all work spaces.
Spay/Neuter Clinic:
  • Restrain dogs and cats for pre-surgical injections and IV inducing
  • Responsible for surgical preparation of patients including, sterilization, and administration of pre-surgical injections
  • Perform admitting and discharge duties for public and shelter animals
  • Assist with emergency medical practices as necessary
  • Maintain proper paperwork and medical records as required by law
  • Monitor animals under anesthesia
  • Maintain department equipment in good working order
  • Report items for repair/replacement as needed to appropriate supervisory staff
  • Perform general office duties

Supervisory Responsibilities: This job may supervise volunteers within the spay/neuter clinic area.

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

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

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Certified in euthanasia within probationary period.

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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Veterinary Administrative Assistant

Job Title: Veterinary Services Administrative Assistant
Department: Veterinary Services
Reports To: Veterinary Services Manager & Veterinary Chief of Staff
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Salary: $17-$19/hour

Summary: To provide administrative assistance to the Veterinarians and Veterinary Services department. Perform job duties within established protocols and procedures set by PHS/SPCA.

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

  • Prepare daily list of animals requiring vet exams.
  • Assist the Chief of Staff by answering phone calls, obtaining animal records, acquiring information for second opinions, preparing and coding bills, filing, and other projects as needed.
  • Assist veterinarians in examination and treatment of animals.
  • Assist veterinarians with paperwork, signing up for conferences and veterinary organizations, and billing.
  • Become proficient in reading and interpreting ringworm DTM's on a daily basis. Send DTM's with suspicious growth to the laboratory, and record DTM results on animal records. Track the movement of animals with positive DTM's in the shelter. Assist with scheduling appointment for those animals that are in foster or have been adopted and need ringworm treatment.
  • Responsible for managing, coding and submitting bills that are submitted for the Chief of Staff's approval.
  • Responsible for managing contract wage forms for relief veterinarians.
  • Responsible for managing employee lab work bills
  • Track discounts received from outside veterinary specialty hospitals.
  • Check with local vets on a monthly basis to see if there are any consistent problems with newly adopted animals.
  • X-ray lead protective equipment bi-annually to assure they are in safe working condition.
  • Prepare monthly schedule for veterinarians. Track and approve (along with the Chief of Staff) any request for time off.
  • Assure the time cards for the veterinarians are submitted on time.
  • Prepare paperwork for the quarterly euthanasia class.
  • Check and answer messages on the Post Adoption Medical Line on a daily basis.
  • Balance and ensure accuracy of controlled drug logs.
  • Perform daily duties associated with the Possible Owner Board.
  • Administer daily medical treatment to all sheltered animals as prescribed by staff veterinarians as needed.
  • Identify and procure locations and dates to hold regular spay/neuter clinics throughout San Mateo and San Francisco County.
  • Occasionally coordinate and work clinics that include travel and/or overnight stays.
  • Ensure that all scheduled clinics are advertised appropriately. This is includes doing community outreach to bring awareness to the services the mobile provides.
  • Coordinate with site administrators/property owners and PHS/SPCA managers, ensuring that all rules and regulations are adhered to.
  • Coordinate with Veterinary Services managers to ensure adequate staffing for all clinics.
  • Work with managers in developing annual budget. Complete all necessary expense reports, including monthly variance reports.
  • Maintain log of clinics held and number of animals altered. Provide reports to PHS/SPCA managers as requested.
  • Maintain adequate inventory of surgery supplies and equipment. Order supplies and equipment as necessary.
  • Ensure Vehicle is adequately and appropriately maintained in a timely manner.
  • Check and answer messages on the Mobile Spay & Neuter voicemail box on a daily basis.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This job may supervise department 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: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferably with some level of veterinary medicine knowledge and background.

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

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Valid Driver's 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; climb or balance; stoop, kneel; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to sit. 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 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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