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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: March 26, 2015

Currently open positions are:

Animal Control Officer

Donations Processing Associate

Registered Veterinary Technician (Full Time OR Part Time)

Wildlife Technician (Seasonal)


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.

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Donations Processing Associate

Job Title: Donations Processing Associate
Department: Development
Salary: $32k-$36k DOE. Full Benefits package available including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, & 403B retirement plan.

We are seeking a Donation Processing Associate who is detail-oriented and extremely accurate, preferably with Raiser’s Edge and/or data entry experience.

Summary: This position is responsible for processing incoming donations, generating deposit reports, working cooperatively with other development department staff, and maintaining an accurate donor database.

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

  • Enter donations accurately in development database, prepare deposit slips and generate the appropriate correspondence in a timely manner. (Donations may come in the mail, online, over the counter, etc.).
  • Prepare thank you letters in a timely fashion.
  • Determine proper coding for incoming donations.
  • Create and maintain written instructions related to the duties of the position, including but not limited to donation coding, processing, generating letters, etc.
  • Adjust and customize thank you letters for donor cultivation purposes.
  • Contact donors when additional information or clarification is needed, while maintaining good donor relations and documenting all interactions.
  • Maintain current and accurate donor information in the database.
  • Proof newsletter donor lists to make sure tributes and donor categories are recorded properly.
  • Responsible for incoming and outgoing mail at both shelters.
  • Responsible for monthly giving program for in-house and online donations, including processing, troubleshooting, and contacting donors when updated information is needed.
  • Responsible for matching gift program, including gathering employer/matching company information and reports, processing the associated checks, maintaining matching gift information in the development database (confirming gifts, entering matching pledges, documenting), contacting matching companies when needed (e.g. for matching factor, missing matches, missing initial donations), thanking donors, etc.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Work closely with development volunteers on projects related to the position, and coordinate with them to ensure the tasks are completed properly.

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 to three months 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, and procedures manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or 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 percentages.

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: To perform this job successfully, and individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office and preferably Raiser's Edge software.

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 must occasionally 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.

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Registered Veterinary Technician

Job Title: Registered Veterinary Technician
Department: Veterinary Services & Spay/Neuter Clinic
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Salary: $20-$24/hour DOE. Full Benefits package available including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, & 403B retirement plan.
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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Wildlife Technician (Seasonal)

Job Title: Wildlife Technician (Seasonal)
Division: Veterinary & Animal Care Services
Reports to: Wildlife Supervisor
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Salary: $15.60/hour, Full Time

Summary: The Peninsula Humane Society Wildlife Care Center receives several thousand sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals every year. Our patients include songbirds, seabirds, waterfowl, raptors, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. We are looking for a qualified wildlife technician to help with the daily operation of our rehabilitation program. This person is responsible for intake of wildlife, medical care, husbandry, responding to inquiries and educating members of the public about wildlife related issues, as well as training and managing department volunteers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The ideal candidate will have knowledge of local wildlife including natural history requirements. Must be able to correctly identify incoming animals to ensure proper food, housing, enrichment, and medical care.
  • Position includes a lot of cleaning and grunt work. Must be able to bend, kneel, crawl, and lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Applicant must be comfortable handling and restraining wildlife from small songbirds to more difficult animals such as adult mammals and raptors.
  • The Wildlife Technician is responsible for assessing and treating all incoming wildlife, designing individualized rehabilitation plans for each patient, ensuring that patients are moving through the rehabilitation process in a timely fashion, and determining release criteria.
  • Technician will perform basic diagnostics such as radiology, blood analysis, and fecal analysis. Preference will be given to candidates who possess basic rehabilitation skills such as animal handling and restraint, performing intake exams, fluid therapy, blood sampling, wound management, fracture stabilization, and calculating drug dosages.
  • This is a fast paced and high pressure position. The ideal candidate will be able to multitask and work efficiently and calmly under stressful circumstances.
  • The Wildlife Technician must obtain euthanasia certification within the probationary period and be comfortable with performing euthanasia.
  • The Wildlife Technician must be able to work well in a team environment and have a professional demeanor. Must be able to communicate effectively in both written form (via medical charting) and verbally with coworkers, volunteers, and the public. Must be comfortable training, supervising, and giving direction to department volunteers.

Education and/or Experience: High school diploma or equivalent is required. Some college with a background in biology or a related animal science is desirable.

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