Employment

Thank you for your interest in working at PHS! 

The Portsmouth Humane Society (PHS) is a private, non-profit organization that is contracted by the City of Portsmouth to provide animal sheltering services. Annually, we intake around 2,000 animals, most of which are cats/kittens or dogs/puppies. Our mission is to provide shelter, care, and treatment to homeless animals in the City of Portsmouth through permanent adoptions, spay/neuter programs, and humane education. PHS daily operations are supported by a small staff of animal welfare professionals. Additionally, we rely on the support of our Board of Directors, volunteers, foster caregivers, sponsors, donors, and the community.

CURRENT OPENINGS:

Employment

Licensed Veterinary Technician

The Licensed Veterinary Technician will serve as the primary/lead veterinary technician for the facility, providing technical support to the Medical Director and Staff Veterinarians. The ideal candidate is a natural leader and willing to guide/mentor other technicians, assistants, veterinary technology students, and veterinary students toward reaching their true potential.

Essential Functions

This position will be responsible for daily technical operations within the clinic, including but not limited to:

  • Safe, humane, and effective handling of companion animals of varying temperaments utilizing a variety of low stress handling techniques that are designed to create positive veterinary experiences
  • Performing intake, health maintenance, and pre-adoption physical examinations and evaluations when appropriate, reporting all findings to the Medical Director
  • All technical aspects of surgical patient care, including pre-operative patient preparation, aseptic technique, and post-operative patient care
  • General anesthesia of companion animals, including drug calculations, pre-anesthetic examination and diagnostics, pre-medication, induction, maintenance, monitoring, and recovery
  • Sample collection and performance of in-house diagnostic clinical pathology, including but not limited to intestinal parasite screenings, heartworm testing, urinalysis, and more
  • Comprehensive oral health assessments and treatment (dental prophylaxis)
  • Documentation of medical information into the patient’s electronic medical record/management system
  • Shelter population disease prevention, intervention, and management, including using appropriate sanitation methods
  • Preparing of supply orders and invoices for shelter services
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be licensed as a Veterinary Technician in the State of Virginia or able to obtain licensure within 6 months of hire
  • Must be certified to perform humane euthanasia of companion animals in the State of Virginia or obtain certification within 1 year of hire
  • Valid Driver’s License (some driving is required between the two locations with mileage reimbursement provided)
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds unassisted and up to 150 pounds with ample assistance
  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, and walk for a 10-hour+ workday
  • Ability to climb, twist, push, pull, grasp, and squat
  • Ability to use near and far sight
  • Ability to work around pet dander, dust, and other allergens
  • Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats, and other small animals of varying sizes and temperaments
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to deal with difficult and stressful situations involving animals and guests
  • Must show compassion towards both people and animals
  • Willingness to work in an environment with loud noises and some strong smells
  • Willingness to work both indoors and outdoors year round
  • Experience in shelter medicine and/or with high-quality, high-volume companion animal spay and neuter preferred but not required

 

Job Type

  • Full-time/40-hours a week in four 10-hour workdays
  • No weekend or on-call hours
  • Hourly/Non-exempt

Benefits

  • 80 hours of Paid Time Off
  • Health Insurance (additional details apply)
  • Up to $1,000.00 continuing education/conference fees and travel allowance
  • State licensure reimbursement
  • Veterinary care discounts

Pay

  • Starting at $23.00 per hour

Additional Information

This position primarily reports to the Norfolk Clinic location.

The Portsmouth Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Interested applicants, please send a resume and cover letter to medicaldirector@portsmouthhumanesociety.org.

Veterinary Assistant

The Veterinary Assistant will provide support and assistance to the Licensed Veterinary Technicians, Medical Director, and Staff Veterinarians.

Essential Functions

This position will be responsible for assisting with daily technical operations within the clinic, including but not limited to:

  • Safe, humane, and effective handling of companion animals of varying temperaments utilizing a variety of low stress handling techniques that are designed to create positive veterinary experiences
  • Serving as a liaison to shelter and public clientele, responding to client inquiries via phone, e-mail, and in person, including scheduling of veterinary services, patient intake, and patient discharge
  • Assisting the technical staff with patient care, including pre-operative patient preparation, aseptic technique, and post-operative patient care
  • Sample collection and assistance with performance of in-house diagnostic clinical pathology, including but not limited to intestinal parasite screening, heartworm testing, urinalysis, and more
  • Shelter population disease prevention, intervention, and management, including using appropriate sanitation methods
  • Ensuring that all areas of the veterinary facilities are clean, appropriately stocked, and prepared for use
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

 

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 1 year of animal handling experience working in a veterinary setting
  • Must be certified to perform humane euthanasia of companion animals in the State of Virginia or obtain certification within 1 year of hire
  • Valid Driver’s License (some driving is required between the two locations with mileage reimbursement provided)
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds unassisted and up to 150 pounds with ample assistance
  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, and walk for a 10-hour+ workday
  • Ability to climb, twist, push, pull, grasp, and squat
  • Ability to use near and far sight
  • Ability to work around pet dander, dust, and other allergens
  • Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats, and other small animals of varying sizes and temperaments
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to deal with difficult and stressful situations involving animals and guests
  • Must show compassion towards both people and animals
  • Willingness to work in an environment with loud noises and some strong smells
  • Willingness to work both indoors and outdoors year round
  • Experience working in a veterinary setting with a background in veterinary medicine preferred but not required

 

Job Type

  • Full-time/40-hours a week in four 10-hour workdays
  • No weekend or on-call hours
  • Hourly/Non-exempt

Benefits

  • 80 hours of Paid Time Off
  • Health Insurance (additional details apply)
  • Veterinary care discounts

Pay

  • Starting at $15.00 per hour

Additional Information

This position primarily reports to the Norfolk Clinic location.

The Portsmouth Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Interested applicants, please send a resume and cover letter to medicaldirector@portsmouthhumanesociety.org.

Animal Care Technician I

The essential role of an Animal Care Technician (ACT) is to provide routine, daily care for all animals while in the shelter. The ACT’s role within our organization is vital as they have the most direct interaction daily with all our animals. They are responsible for feeding, cleaning, exercising, enriching, socializing, and medicating animals. The ACT works collaboratively with volunteers to ensure all animal needs are met.

As an Animal Care Technician, you will get to see the value of your work in the progress each animal makes from intake to adoption. The ideal ACT is kind, empathetic, patient, reliable, and easily adapts to changes. He or she will enjoy working on a small team with a passionate and dedicated staff.

Essential Functions

  • Feed all animals in shelter care based on species, age, size, or other dietary guidelines
  • Clean and sanitize kennels/cages, bedding, dishes, and common spaces daily to ensure a safe and healthy living environment for all animals
  • Walk and exercise dogs
  • Bathe/groom animals as necessary
  • Provide enrichment activities to all animals and participate in behavior modification plans as directed by Animal Care Managers
  • Medicate and provide supportive care to ill or injured animals at the direction of the Supervising Veterinarian or Shelter Director
  • Administer monthly flea/heartworm prevention to animals as appropriate
  • Conduct interactions between potential adopters and adoptable animals, ensuring good matches are made
  • Educate guests on the importance of routine pet care, including preventative veterinary care, training, and exercise
  • Assist with dog-to-dog interactions and oversee playgroups
  • Monitor population for medical or behavioral concerns and communicate these to the Animal Care Managers
  • Aid in the training of volunteers
  • Maintain a professional and healthy environment for all animals, staff, and volunteers
  • Discuss animal behavior, medical issues, euthanasia, and other sheltering challenges with the public in a way that is educational, positive, and free of judgment
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Animal Care Managers or Shelter Director

Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, and walk for an 8-hour+ workday
  • Ability to work around pet dander, dust, and other allergens
  • Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats, and other small animals of varying sizes and temperaments
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to deal with difficult and stressful situations involving animals and guests
  • Must show compassion towards both people and animals
  • Willingness to work in an environment with loud noises and some strong smells
  • Willingness to work both indoors and outdoors year round
  • Willingness to work both at Portsmouth Humane Society and Norfolk Animal Care Center under our organization’s employment
  • Professional animal husbandry experience preferred but not required

Job Type

  • Full-time/40-hours a week, which may include one or both weekend days, as well as holidays
  • Hourly/Non-exempt

Benefits

  • Earned Paid time off

Pay

  • $15.00 per hour

Additional Information

The Portsmouth Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Job Type: Full-time or Part-Time

To apply, e-mail resume to sheltermgr@portsmouthhumanesociety.org.

Foster Program Manager

 

The essential role of a Foster Program Manager (FPM) is to improve the quality of life of shelter animals and shorten the length of stay in shelter by moving animals to foster homes and supporting the placement departments, kennel staff, and volunteers. We are seeking an FPM who embraces change and growth and brings a positive attitude to challenges they face. This person must be aligned with the shelter’s mission and adhere to best practices in shelter training and behavior modification policies and protocols.

 

Essential Functions

Foster Family Recruitment and Training

  • Recruit, train, and motivate foster families
  • Develop, update, and enhance foster care training and program materials as needed
  • Develop behavior modification plans and training details for animals in foster care as needed

Communication and Foster Family Retention

  • Maintain a professional and healthy environment for all animals, staff, and volunteers
  • Discuss animal behavior, medical issues, euthanasia, and other sheltering challenges with the public in a way that is educational, positive, and free of judgment
  • Represent Portsmouth Humane to foster families, ensuring they are appreciated on a regular basis and interacted with frequently
  • Effectively communicate shelter needs with foster homes and the community
  • Providing communication in a timely manner to persons that are fostering or inquiring to do so
  • Ensure communication is relayed effectively between foster homes and the Portsmouth Humane clinic for medical needs and expectations

Program Administration

  • Assess shelter pets for appropriate foster home placement and communicate their needs effectively to interested foster homes
  • Collaborate with the Shelter Director and the Portsmouth Humane clinic staff to plan, develop, implement, and oversee activities related to the foster program
  • Manage foster family contact information, training records, and participation records
  • Produce foster program data and reports as requested
  • Maintain inventory of foster supplies and materials
  • Report to Shelter Director about consistent or serious issues with the foster programs

 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Provide medical direction based on shelter protocol developed by the Medical Director
  • Assist with daily care of shelter animals
  • Act in a supervisory capacity in the absence of the Portsmouth Humane Directors
  • Assist with humane euthanasia when necessary
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Portsmouth Humane Directors

 

Qualifications

 

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or equivalent, college degree preferred
  • Professional animal handling in a shelter environment (2+ years preferred)
  • General knowledge of animal behavior and care
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, and walk for an 8-hour+ workday
  • Ability to work around pet dander, dust, and other allergens
  • Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats, and other small animals of varying sizes and temperaments
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to deal with difficult and stressful situations involving animals and guests
  • Must show compassion towards both people and animals
  • Willingness to work in an environment with loud noises and some strong smells
  • Willingness to work both indoors and outdoors year round
  • Professional animal husbandry experience preferred but not required

 

Job Type

  • Full-time/40-hours a week, which may include one or both weekend days, as well as holidays
  • Hourly/Non-exempt

Benefits

  • Earned Paid time off

Pay

  • $18.00 per hour

Additional Information

The Portsmouth Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

For interested applicants, please send a resume and cover letter to shelterdirector@portsmouthhumanesociety.org