Portsmouth Humane Society is currently hiring for the positions listed below. If interested, please fill out and submit an application.


Animal Care Technician

Portsmouth Humane Society (PHS) is the oldest continually operating animal shelter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Serving on average, 75 dogs and 120 cats per day, the ideal candidate must show an affinity for supporting animal welfare. The role of the Animal Care Technician is to provide routine care for our animals.

Animal Care Managers

Duties and daily tasks:
• Exercise, groom, medicate, and feed animals
• Clean, sanitize work areas and animals’ kennel spaces
• Assist customers in viewing animals
• Communicate health and behavior concerns to the attention of a manager
• Maintain safe and effective work environment which complies with animal shelter procedures, policies, rules, regulations and other duties as assigned by management

Essential functions:
• Feed and medicate animals as directed
• Bathe, groom, exercise animals as directed
• Provide enrichment to animals
• Assist customers in viewing animals and matching families with the appropriate animal
• Communicate concerns regarding animals, staff, volunteers, customers to managers
• Maintain a healthy environment for all animals, staff, and volunteers
• Comply with PHS procedures, policies, rules and regulations per the PHS Standard Operating Procedure manual and Staff handbook
• Vaccinate animals as directed
• Clean, organize and maintain all work areas
• Assist managers with behavioral/medical exams and new intake exams or any other duties assigned by Animal Care Managers

Qualifications and Essential Functions and working conditions:
• High school diploma
• Ability to lift 50 pounds
• Ability to be on your feet, bend, stoop, and walk for an 8-hour work day
• Willingness to take a drug screening
• Willingness and ability to communicate with people in a friendly and professional manner
• Ability to deal with difficult and stressful animal situations
• Professional animal husbandry experience, preferred

Compensation and Schedule:
$8.50 per hour; PTO earned after one year

PHS is an equal opportunity employer.

Foster Coordinator

Responsible for overall oversight and management of the Foster Care Program and associated animals. Works directly with shelter management to ensure the prompt placement of animals in Foster care, as well as coordinating with PHS fosters.

Director of External Affairs / Outreach Coordinator

Duties and daily tasks:
• Oversee, manage and develop all aspects of the Foster Care Program
• Match foster families with appropriate foster animals based on their skills and situation
• Provide ongoing assistance, coaching and moral support to foster families
• Coordinate with foster families to have foster animals return for vaccination updates, or medical appointments as necessary.
• Carry the emergency foster cell phone during assigned times and handle foster/shelter emergencies in a timely manner
• Approve or deny foster applications within 3 business days of receiving foster care applications and communicate with potential foster families regarding their status within 3 business days.
• Recruit new foster families
• Recruit, train and assign foster home visit volunteers.
• Update and develop all foster program materials including but not limited to: recruitment material, guidelines, handbook and miscellaneous documents
• Maintain an organized, accessible list of foster family requirements and availability
• Maintain an organized list of current foster assignments and contact information for the staff
• Maintain documentation of foster applications and documentation for all current, potential and previous foster families.
• Coordinate directly with the External Affairs Director, Outreach Coordinator, and Animal Care Managers to ensure the best care for our foster animals is provided.
• Report any foster family concerns to the appropriate senior staff member
• Maintain foster medical database on a daily basis and schedule veterinary appointments for foster animals.
• Schedule medication pickup such as monthly heartworm prevention with foster families
• Oversee pick up and return of foster animals; assuring foster families have all the necessary supplies, paperwork and information regarding the foster animal

1-2 years animal care experience; Shelter experience preferred
GED, high school diploma or higher education

Qualifications and Essential Functions and working conditions:
• Ability to lift 40-50 lbs for 100 feet; bend and reach; control large dogs on a leash; work in an environment with daily changes in climate.
• Some exposure to infectious organisms, animal waste, allergens and cleaning materials requiring OSHA Material Safety Data sheets.

Compensation and Schedule:
This is an unpaid volunteer position; Weekly 15-20 hours, flexible with weekends and occasional evenings
Volunteer database is accessible from home, and much of the necessary coordination can be achieved at home, as well as from the shelter.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please fill out an application and send, along with cover letter and resume, to: adoption@portsmouthhumanesociety.org or fax to: (757) 397-1900

PHS is an equal opportunity employer.