About HHS

Employment

The Houston Humane Society is searching for energetic, compassionate and dedicated people to join our efforts in ending the cruelty, abuse and overpopulation of animals.  We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive package of benefits to full time employees.

 

Current Shelter Job Openings


Assistant Medical Director
The purpose of this position is to serve as Assistant Medical Director at Houston Humane Society and to set standards of care and medical protocol for activities specific to the clinic. The Assistant Medical Director will assist the Medical Director with coordinating roles of the doctors within the clinic and work with them to develop new services and modify or create SOP’s to improve customer service patient’s care.
 
Assistant Medical Director works under the direction of the Medical Director.  Works in conjunction with the Clinic Operations Manager and Veterinary Technician Supervisor.  Medical Directors will recognize non-routine or unusual situations and refer them to the clinic operations manager with recommended solutions.
 
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Promote the humane care and treatment of animals at all times, both general public and HHS residents.
  • All duties of a DVM as sanctioned by Texas state law.
  • Assist the Medical Director with assisting the associate veterinarians with completing exams, surgeries, and recommend treatment protocol for patients of HHS according to the guidelines for standards of care in animal shelters. Directs associate veterinarians in roles to best handle clinic daily work flow.
  • Assists with supervising, evaluating and instructing Veterinarians and Veterinary Technician in field diagnosis and treatment for diseases and injuries to animals. 
  • Assist the Medical Director with planning, designing, and implementing animal health quality improvement activities.
  • Assist the Medical Director with developing, reviewing, and/or updating standing orders, animal health care protocols and division policies and procedures as required.
  • Set SOPs for the clinic when multiple methods are available for performing one activity.
  • Enforce safety practices and OSHA standards and reports violations to Clinical Operations Manager when infractions occur.
  • Receive and evaluate requests from associate veterinarians for new pharmaceuticals and equipment and submit such requests to the Medical Director and Clinic Ops Manager.
  • Provide guidance on methods and procedures for reducing the incidence of animal diseases and public health concerns.
  • Plan and conduct continuing animal health education.
  • Assist the Medical Director with overall strategic plan for the clinic operations and profitability with input from veterinarians, staff and management
All other duties that arise in the course of daily operations
 
Qualifications & Skills:
  • Requires a Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine.  Must be licensed by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medicine.  License must also include DPS and FDA controlled substance licensure.
  • Maintains current DVM license in good standing.
  • Knowledge of Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.
  • Strong client service skills.
  • Strong leadership, communication and motivations skills. Has the ability to direct, guide and assist a group of individuals. Bilingual Spanish language skills both written and spoken preferred, but not necessary.
  • Ability to stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl more than 2/3 of the day.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs more than 2/3 of the day, sometimes up to 100 lbs with assistance.                        
  • Ability to effectively use all available resources to provide the best patient care as well as ensure the profitability of the practice
  • Ability to communicate well, provide strong leadership and motivation to direct, guide and assist a group of individuals including effectively solving problems, setting performance standards and monitoring performance
  • Strong communication and client service skills. Considerable tact and diplomacy is required. Ability to greet clients in a professional, friendly, hospitable manner
  • Regular attendance and timeliness are essential
  • Ability to plan and organize all veterinary administration and personnel activities
  • Oversee the preparation, maintenance and disposition of required veterinary records and other correspondence
  • Market the practice as necessary to initiate new programs and educate clients of services available
HHS Benefits offered:
  • Medical Benefits: Health/ Dental/ Vision (after 90 days), Base medical plan free.
  • Pet care discounts: up to $700 annually
  • Employee Discounts
  • Paid Time off: after 6 months
  • 403(b): matching up to 15% of compensation
  • Holiday Pay
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
  • Employee Assistance Program
To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to kgordon@houstonhumane.org

Director of Community Impact
Position Overview: The Houston Humane Society seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the role of Director of Community Impact. The Director will be responsible for building community relations with government officials and community leaders and supervising a broad portfolio, including Education, Outreach, Pet Resources, Pets for Life (PFL), Volunteer Engagement, and Veterinary Social Work departments. This role is crucial in ensuring these departments work in harmony, operate efficiently, and align with our overarching vision and goals.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Community Relations Development:
    • Engage with government officials and community leaders to represent and promote our stance on animal welfare.
    • Analyze and address emerging animal welfare issues through strategic policy development.
  • Departmental Supervision & Leadership:
    • Guide the Education, Outreach, Pet Resources, Pets for Life (PFL), and Veterinary Social Work departments towards strategic growth and operational excellence.
    • Foster inter-departmental collaboration to maximize impact.
    • Mentor and develop department leaders, instilling a culture of excellence and improvement.
  • Stakeholder Engagement & Collaboration:
    • Collaborate with external partners and stakeholders to enhance our impact on animal welfare.
    • Represent the organization at key events to advocate for animal welfare policies and initiatives.
  • Program Development & Execution:
    • Develop and refine programs aligned with our vision and mission.
    • Assess and improve the effectiveness of existing programs, ensuring they reflect current best practices.
  • Budgetary & Financial Oversight:
    • Manage departmental budgets, ensuring fiscal responsibility.
    • Oversee grant applications and fundraising efforts for community impact initiatives.
  • Regular Reporting:
    • Prepare detailed reports for the President and CEO on departmental performances and policy progress.
    • Present updates to the leadership team and stakeholders.
  • Continuous Professional Development:
    • Stay informed about trends, research, and best practices in animal welfare and community engagement.
  • Additional Responsibilities:
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the President and CEO.
Supervision:
  • Reports directly to the President and CEO.
  • Supervises various department managers and coordinators.
Qualifications & Skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in policy advocacy, community engagement, or a related field, with a significant portion dedicated to animal welfare.
  • Proven leadership skills and experience managing multidisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent communication, analytical, and strategic thinking skills.
  • Strong relationship-building capabilities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software.
Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and any relevant supporting documents to kgordon@houstonhumane.org. Please reference "Director of Community Impact Application" in your submission.
 
The Houston Humane Society is an equal-opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates.
 

Staff Veterinarian
The Houston Humane Society is looking for an experienced DVM to join our team. Work in a well-equipped spay/neuter clinic with highly skilled staff. Must be available for high-volume spay/neuter work and capable of performing surgeries daily. Assisting with exams, diagnostics, lab work, administering vaccines, and medical treatments for general public and sheltered animals will be included. Exotic and large animal experience preferred but not required.
 
Must be a positive, energetic team player capable of thriving in a fast-paced environment. Strong work ethic and commitment to our mission to end pet overpopulation is paramount. Candidate must possess a DVM/VMD degree and be licensed to practice in Texas and also procure DEA license. Candidate must be able to work weekends. We offer excellent support staff, clean, well equipped facilities and competitive wages. Become part of our highly successful spay/neuter team!
 
Duties include but not limited to:
  • All duties of a DVM as sanctioned by Texas state law.
  • Promotes health of animals by advising animal owners about sanitation measures, feeding, and general care.
  • Determines nature of disease or injury by examining pets; examining small, and large animals.
  • Perform surgical procedures and provides anesthesia services.
  • Orders and evaluates laboratory tests.
  • Provides training of personnel and volunteers in areas such as animal care and nutrition, breeding, and housing and environment; teaches techniques for handling animals with a broad range of temperaments and about restraint requirements.
  • Prepares and maintains appropriate records.
  • Plans and conducts continuing animal health education.
  • All other duties that arise in the course of daily operations.
Qualifications:
  • Requires a Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine. Must be licensed by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medicine. License must also include DPS and FDA controlled substance licensure.
  • Maintain current DVM license in good standing.
  • Knowledge of Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
  • Strong client service skills.
  • Strong leadership, communication, and motivation skills. Has the ability to direct, guide, and assist a group of individuals. Bilingual Spanish language skills both written and spoken preferred, but not necessary.
HHS Benefits offered:
  • $10,000 bonus first year, $10,000 bonus second year
  • Annual CE allowance
  • HHS will pay yearly TVMA, AVMA, and DEA Dues
  • HHS will pay for Texas Veterinary License Fee.
  • Medical Benefits: Health/ Dental/ Vision (after 90 days), Base medical plan free.
  • Pet care discounts: up to $700 annually
  • Employee Discounts
  • Paid Time off: after 6 months
  • 403(b): 100% matched up to15% of Salary
  • Holiday Pay
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
  • Employee Assistance Program
To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to kgordon@houstonhumane.org.

Office Assistant
Provide administrative support and assistance to the Administration Department by handling information requests and performing multiple clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, scheduling meetings and receiving visitors.
 
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Screen phone calls and emails and promptly assist or forward to correct staff and follow up as needed.
  • Pick up and distribute mail daily to proper departments’ mailbox.
  • Receive visitors for Administrative department and provide all known info on visitor.
  • Arrange and coordinate meetings, events and conference calls for President and Staff Directors.
  • Secure lunch and all collateral needs for meetings as necessary
  • Schedule Responsible Pet Ownership class with Clinic Ops Manager, inform IT of class dates to put on and remove from website, register and take payments from students, print completion certificates for President and CEO signature and mail to students if necessary.
  • Oversee the grooming, medical and hygiene needs and care for the shelter mascot and other upstairs residents on a daily basis.
  • Maintain and schedule President and CEO calendar.
  • Anticipate potential problems and/or contribute ideas to Administrative department.
  • Organize and maintain files and other documents as needed
  • Assist in development and creation of department SOP’s and policies.
  • Retrieve and/or create, letters, documents and reference materials
  • Record and transcribe minutes of leadership meetings and distribute to attendees and other appropriate staff members. Oversee/report/follow-up on action items.
  • Create correspondence for Administrative Department.
  • Keeping an inventory of office supplies and ordering new materials as needed
  • Record/maintain customer complaints from all departments, visitors’ logs and any other necessary data and prepare report.
  • Collaborate with all responsible department heads to prepare monthly departmental reports. Review contents for accuracy and content prior to submitting to President and CEO for approval. Transmit report, financial documents and other attachments to the Board of Dir
  • Assist HR Manager with HR projects
  • Assist with the Homeless Assistance, Fort Bend women’s Center- Victim’s Pets Boarding & Medical Program, and Animeals on Wheels Programs.
  • Update and maintain Employee Organizational Chart weekly
  • Update all yearly outside professional agencies, ie: BBB, Houston Grant Center, etc. with new, additional information or changes
  • Organize staff Holiday Party with Staff Directors and HR Manager
  • Other duties as needed.
Qualifications & Skills:
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience providing administrative support in an office setting
  • Excellent written communications skills. Ability to write clearly, concisely and convincingly
  • Proficient computer skills and in-depth knowledge of relevant software such as MS Office Suite
  • Knowledge, perception and initiative of standard office administrative practices and procedures
  • Precise organizational and planning skills
  • Disciplined attention to detail and accuracy
  • Proficiency in managing one’s time and prioritizing tasks effectively
  • Commitment to handle, and keep confidential department matters
  • Ability to research, evaluate and monitor assignments
  • Problem analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Accurate data entry skills
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Recognizing and respecting the established lines of authority and reporting relationships within the organization.
  • Ability to lead, be a team member and communicate well with different audiences
  • Lift up to 20lbs.
HHS Benefits offered:
  • Medical Benefits: Health/ Dental/ Vision (after 90 days), Base medical plan free.
  • Pet care discounts: up to $700 annually
  • Employee Discounts
  • Paid Time off: after 6 months
  • 403(b): matching up to 15% of compensation
  • Holiday Pay
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
  • Employee Assistance Program
To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@houstonhumane.org.
 

Adoption Counselor
Full-Time Adoption Counselor needed to help our animals find their perfect home while providing excellent customer service and ensuring that visitors and adopters have a friendly and positive experience. Daily duties include, but are not limited to, screening potential pet adopters, reviewing applications, filing paperwork, introducing pets to potential adopters, and educating adopters about their pet’s needs. Animal experience, organizational and computer skills, and strong customer service is required. Candidates must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and work weekdays and weekends. Bilingual is a plus.
 
HHS Benefits offered:
  • Medical Benefits: Health/ Dental/ Vision (after 90 days), Base medical plan free.
  • Pet care discounts: up to $700 annually
  • Employee Discounts
  • Paid Time off: after 6 months
  • 403(b): matching up to 15% of compensation
  • Holiday Pay
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
  • Employee Assistance Program
To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@houstonhumane.org.
 

Veterinary Technician

Full-time Veterinary Technician needed for a fast paced wellness clinic. Duties include, but are not limited to helping provide medical services to community animals; assist with examinations, vaccinations, testing and other preventative medical care to patients; to assist the veterinarian examine and provide treatment for animals that have been scheduled for health issues of injuries; assist the surgery technicians when needed; medicate and provide prescribed treatments for shelter animals.

 
All applicants must be dependable and hardworking. Clinic and Shelter experience will be a plus. Will need to have computer skills and able to handle customer service for this busy clinic. Candidate must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, and work weekends and holidays.
 
HHS Benefits offered:
  • Medical Benefits: Health/ Dental/ Vision (after 90 days), Base medical plan free.
  • Pet care discounts: up to $700 annually
  • Employee Discounts
  • Paid Time off: after 6 months
  • 403(b): matching up to 15% of compensation
  • Holiday Pay
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
  • Employee Assistance Program
To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@houstonhumane.org.

Inventory Clerk
The purpose of this position is to serve as Inventory Clerk at Houston Humane Society, to handle the purchasing functions for the Houston Humane Society Animal Wellness Clinic ensuring that stock remains at a functional level while remaining profitable.
 
Position Overview:
The purpose of this position is to serve as Inventory Clerk at Houston Humane Society, to handle the purchasing functions for the Houston Humane Society Animal Wellness Clinic ensuring that stock remains at a functional level while remaining profitable.
 
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Receive shipments; inspecting deliveries to ensure they match order and invoice criteria
  • Processing returns for incorrect or unsatisfactory items
  • Updating inventory with received items
  • Updating inventory count and maintaining inventory records
  • Online Vetsource Pharmacy orders; contact clients regarding their on-line orders
  • Keep track of the of donations; record expired medications
  • Prepare supplies for mobile events
  • Transfer inventory to clinic and intake as needed
  • Work closely with purchasing and clinic management
Qualifications & Skills:
  • Must have a High School Education or GED. A minimum of one year of data entry, administrative experience and inventory management; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficient on excel preferred
  • Fluently speak, read and write English with some basic computer entry skills required.
HHS Benefits offered:
Medical Benefits: Health/ Dental/ Vision (after 90 days), Base medical plan free.
Pet care discounts: up to $700 annually
Employee Discounts
Paid Time off: after 6 months
403(b): matching up to 15% of compensation
Holiday Pay
FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
Employee Assistance Program
 
To be considered, please send your resume to jobs@houstonhumane.org.
 

IT Coordinator
Position Overview:
Work closely with the Chief of Staff to determine IT needs of the organization and develop and implement IT systems, strategies, techniques and procedures to meet immediate and long-term objectives of HHS. The IT Coordinator also provides first-response desktop support to all HHS staff for a wide range of systems and applications.
 
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Consult with users to determine hardware, software or system functional specifications and then implement and apply systems analysis techniques and procedures to meet these needs.
  • Design, develop, document, analyze, create, test and modify computer systems or programs, including prototypes, based on and related to user or system design specifications.
  • Plan and implement any additions, deletions and major modifications to the local area network.
  • Implement and support all network security systems.
  • Manage and support the business phone system.
  • Oversee all server system backups, archiving and disaster recovery.
  • Provide Houston Humane Society personnel with Help Desk support for any IT related problem.
  • Ensure that Houston Humane Society computer assets are maintained responsibly.
  • Provide support for Apple and Android company owned mobile devices.
  • Maintain and complete any changes to the Houston Humane Society website.
  • Plan and implement any additions, deletions and major modifications to the local video surveillance system.
  • Administer databases in use by various department within Houston Humane Society.
  • Responsible for account creation and onboarding new employees.
  • A passion for animal welfare and a commitment to the values and missions of HHS.
  • Recognizing and respecting the established lines of authority and reporting relationships within the organization.
  • Vigilantly safeguards the privacy and confidentiality of all company information.
  • The ability to effectively manage multiple tasks, organize data, and maintain detailed records. Time management skills are crucial.
  • Must be able to lift over 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to work on a ladder and scaffolding from time to time.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Provide prompt and effective response to any IT emergencies with an emphasis on minimizing downtime.
Qualifications & Skills:
HHS Benefits offered:
  • Medical Benefits: Health/ Dental/ Vision (after 90 days), Base medical plan free.
  • Pet care discounts: up to $700 annually
  • Employee Discounts
  • Paid Time off: after 6 months
  • 403(b): matching up to 15% of compensation
  • Holiday Pay
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
  • Employee Assistance Program
To be considered, please send your resume to jobs@houstonhumane.org.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or a related field, with substantial experience in IT coordination or management.
  • In-depth knowledge of modern IT systems, network administration, and cybersecurity practices.
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and the ability to handle complex IT challenges.
  • Must be able to lift over 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to work on a ladder and scaffolding from time to time.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to effectively manage multiple tasks, organize data, and maintain detailed records. Time management skills are crucial.
  • Recognizing and respecting the established lines of authority and reporting relationships within the organization.
  • Vigilantly safeguards the privacy and confidentiality of all company information.
  • A passion for animal welfare and a commitment to the values and missions of HHS.
 

 

Current Wildlife Job Openings


Wildlife Marketing Coordinator
Position Overview
The Wildlife Marketing Coordinator is a very important position at Houston Humane Society
(HHS) Wildlife Center. They are responsible for keeping our website up-to-date, producing
educational and fun social media content and videos, and using graphic design skills to create
marketing materials.
 
Reports to the Wildlife Director
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Media/Marketing
    • Create engaging newsletters in Constant Contact (biweekly/weekly, or as needed) and help manage contacts
    • Create fun, educational, relevant material for social media platforms (Facebook & Instagram) by coordinating with management for content and ideas
      • Post on Facebook 2x a day ideally
      • Post on Instagram 1x a day ideally
      • Create YouTube videos on a regular basis to share on other platforms
    • Monitor feedback and comments on social media posts and engage with the audience regularly
    • Create videos for upload to YouTube and other platforms when needed
    • Keep track of data and analyze the performance of social media campaigns
    • Collaborate with other departments to share their stories with our supporters
    • Develop new social media strategies and campaigns
    • Stay up to date with the latest social media best practices and technologies
    • Collaborate with the HHS marketing team to provide content about the HHS Wildlife Center
    • Conduct media interviews as needed
  • HHS Wildlife Center Website
    • Conduct minor changes on website pages and keep all information up to date
    • Upload current event information articles as necessary
    • Coordinate major/difficult changes with the webmaster
  • Social Media Interns
    • Work with the Wildlife Volunteer Coordinator to train and create marketing plans for Social Media Interns to carry out
  • Events - Assist with planning, hosting, and post event needs
    • Participate in committee meetings and take detailed notes
    • Actively assist in plans and management of ongoing events
    • Assist with tracking sponsorships, donations, events participation, and fundraising
    • Create promotional materials for events
    • Assist with planning staff and volunteer parties
    • Help with managing the GiveSmart account for fundraising and events
    • Create registration forms for events
    • Help maintain connections with event participants
  • Donations
    • Manage Friends of the Forest and Ambassador Adoptions (engravings, thank you cards, mail packages, etc.)
    • Send Thank You and Acknowledgement emails, cards, and videos when requested or necessary
    • Coordinate with Development Manager and Bookkeeper regularly
  • Misc. Center Things
    • Assist with cleanliness of the wildlife center as needed
    • Assist managers with tasks as needed throughout HHS Wildlife Center
    • Help with management of interns/volunteers when asked
    • Help with girl scout/boy scout project management as needed
  • Meetings
    • Attend weekly huddles with all wildlife center department heads
    • Attend quarterly in-person all staff meetings
    • Attend weekly one-on-ones with the Wildlife Director
    • Attend weekly HHS Marketing Meetings
  • Other duties as assigned by the Wildlife Director
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Two years of experience managing complex, quick paced marketing projects
  • Graphic design skills & experience using Canva
  • Familiarity with web design plug-ins
  • Photo and video editing experience
  • Knowledgeable about Facebook SEO tactics
  • Experience with automated email systems (ex: Constant Contact)
  • Experience with producing press releases.
  • Ability to multitask to work on multiple ongoing projects at once
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Previous experience working in an office setting (experience working in a non-profit organization preferred)
  • Experience using Google Drive
Work Hours
  • Must be able to work 40 hours per week
  • Must be available to work weekends when needed
Changing Office Locations:
The HHS Wildlife Center will be changing locations to a new and improved building in 2024. The new location will be 3100 W. Fuqua Street, Houston, TX 77045. All employees must be willing to work at the current location and switch to the new location after the move.
 
To be considered for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to kmalan@houstonhumane.org.
 

Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technicians are a very important position at HHS Wildlife Center.  They work together with the other Hospital Staff to ensure all patients receive the best care possible.
 
It requires a person who is self-motivated, can work both independently and with others, can prioritize many tasks simultaneously, and can produce quality work.   
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • General:
    • Report to Hospital Manager
    • Monitor and respond to emails, texts, and Group Me communications.
  • Veterinary Technician Duties:
    • Patient examinations.
    • Must be willing get vaccinated for rabies and work with bats.   Rabies vaccine is paid for by the Center.
    • Administration of appropriate patient treatments according to HHSWC guidelines and instructions by veterinarian, including: patient stabilization, fluid therapy, medications, wound assessment and treatment, performing diagnostics, accurate record-keeping.
    • Radiography
    • Provide training, supervision and direction to Vet Assistants and Interns
    • Assist veterinarian in surgical procedures.
    • Anesthesia monitoring.
    • Prepare surgical instrument packs as needed.
    • Replenish supplies in exam, surgical, and other areas when needed.
    • Place patients with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Department or with in-home rehabilitator.
    • Follow the HHS Wildlife Center seasonal triage policy, including conditions for euthanasia.
    • Must be willing to perform euthanasia as required.
    • Must maintain a quiet, low-stress Hospital environment for patients and enforce established protocols with others.
    • Distribute medication and supplies to HHS Wildlife Center affiliated home rehabilitators according to HHS Wildlife Center guidelines.
    • General cleaning duties. This includes but is not limited to dishes, laundry, taking out trash, cleaning treatment areas, sweeping and mopping, etc.
    • Critical Care patient care:
      • Animal husbandry. This includes feeding, weighing, cleaning, behavior monitoring, and providing appropriate enrichment.
      • Patient stabilization. This includes providing fluid therapy, gavage-feeding when necessary, medications, bandage, wound management and accurate medical record keeping.
      • Assess animals for outdoor enclosure and/or release.
  • Provide care to animals outside in our pre-release enclosures.
  • Assist in our rehabilitation department when needed. 
  • Other duties as assigned by Lead Technician, Hospital Manger, Director, or Veterinarian.
Qualifications:
Required:
  • Associates or bachelor’s degree with 2 years veterinary technician experience or no degree with 5 years veterinary technician experience. 
  • Proficient in clinical laboratory procedures, medication administration, IV catheter placement, compassionate animal restraint, triage of patients, physical examinations and patient assessments, radiographic techniques, surgical preparation and assisting, euthanasia, anesthesia monitoring and venipuncture.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Responsible, trustworthy, and motivated multitasker.
  • Respectful and calm demeanor with a positive attitude.
  • Must be able to work efficiently and calmly under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to face urgent life or death situations almost daily including handling the emotional aspects of euthanasia.
  • Must be able to perform basic mathematical computations including fractions and percentages.
  • Work will often require: standing, bending, stooping, lifting (must be able to lift 30lbs), climbing ladders, and reading small text.
Preferred:
  • Veterinary Technician license
  • Wildlife experience
  • Certified or permitted wildlife rehabilitator         
Skills:
  • Must be able to stand, bend, stoop, lift up to 30lbs, climb a step ladder, and read small text. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these duties
  • Must be proficient in basic computer applications, including Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, Publisher).
Shift Hours:
  • Required - Must be available to work 40 hours per week and available to work weekends and holidays.
  • The Center is open:
    • 9AM to 5PM Monday – Friday
    • 9AM to 3PM Saturday and Sunday. 
    • Hours may increase on weekdays in the spring of 2024 to 7:30PM
  • ½ hour to 1 hour for lunch. 
  • All patients must be triaged, and room cleaned before staff leaves
  • Must complete all training and attend any scheduled meetings.
Compensation:
  • Competitive and commensurate with experience.
HHS Benefits offered:
  • Medical Benefits: Health/ Dental/ Vision (after 90 days)
  • Pet care discounts: up to $700 annually
  • Employee Discounts
  • Paid Time off: after 6 months
  • 403(b): matching up to 15% of compensation
  • Holiday Pay
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
  • Employee Assistance Program
Changing Office Locations:
The HHS TWRC Wildlife Center will be changing locations to a new and improved building in late 2023/early 2024. The new location will be 3100 W. Fuqua Street, Houston, TX 77045. All employees must be willing to work at the current location and switch to the new location after the move.
 
Send resume, cover letter, and other documents to mwarwick@houstonhumane.org.
 

Veterinary Technician Assistant
The veterinary technician assistant provides support for the veterinary staff including the veterinarians and the veterinary technicians. There are many tasks in the wildlife rehabilitation hospital that are not part of everyday tasks in dog and cat hospitals. For example, when animals are admitted in a clutch or a litter, they need to be identified so that they can be followed throughout their stay within the hospital and rehabilitation facility. There are different identification methods that are employed with wild animals depending on the species admitted that require specialized training. Further, all of this information must go into the database succinctly and accurately. Other tasks include restraint of animals while specific procedures are carried out, certain medications are being administered, when gavage-feeding a patient or even when cleaning out the enclosure. It is imperative that handling time for all patients, and especially critically ill patients, be minimized as much as possible to decrease morbidity and mortality of these patients.  These supporting tasks are time consuming but do not require a medical degree. The efficiency of the veterinary team is expanded when having support personnel whose responsibility is to complete these types of tasks.
The Veterinary Technician Assistant will perform daily tasks to assist other Veterinary Staff in the care and treatment of our wildlife patients.
 
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide care to patients in the critical care, including:
    • Cleaning cages
    • Perform food preparation tasks for the large variety of diet items necessary.
    • Wash and sterilize food bowls and feeding equipment including feeding tubes and syringes.
    • Insect husbandry 
    • Enclosure set-up
  • Place patients with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Department or home-based rehabilitators as directed.
  • Consistently and accurately complete the patient’s record, transcribing and documenting examination results, care administered, and custody information using the WRMD online wildlife medical database and record keeping software.
  • Responsible for vet room/critical care room maintenance including general cleaning and replenishing supplies.
  • Must maintain an appropriate Hospital environment and enforce protocols with others (quiet, low stress for patients).
  • Other duties as assigned by Veterinary technician, Veterinarian and Hospital Manager.
  • Effectively communicate with staff members and volunteers.
  • Maintain a safe and professional working environment.
  • Observe animal appearance and activity for general physical condition, obvious signs of illness, disease and discontent.
  • Report signs of illness, disease, injury or unusual activity to veterinarian or veterinary technicians.
  • Restrain patients as required.
  • Under the supervision of veterinarians or technicians, assist with the administration of medications, postoperative care or preparation of samples for laboratory examination, collect specimens, clean instruments, and fill prescriptions as authorized.
  • Ensure that cages and animals are properly numbered and identified.
  • Clean, disinfect, maintain cages, aviaries, stalls, kennels and enrichment items as often as needed.
  • Perform general cleaning of other areas in the hospital to control the spread of disease.
Controls Over Work:
The veterinary assistant will work under the direct supervision of the veterinary technicians and the veterinarians, who will indicate general assignments, limitations and priorities. Practitioners and technicians provide specific instructions in giving medications, feeding specific diets, or following special cage setup procedures or quarantine procedures. Recurring assignments are performed independently. Deviations or unfamiliar situations are referred to the veterinary technicians.
 
Skills and Knowledge:
  • Apply knowledge and skills in appropriately restraining/handling individual species and individual patient temperaments.
  • Ability to gain confidence becoming comfortable with appropriate restraint for individual species when restraining for treatments or other procedures.
  • Knowledge of proper methods of animal restraint for a wide variety of species.
  • Ability to use cleaning materials and equipment with skill and efficiency.
  • Ability to perform moderately heavy physical labor.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written direction.
  • Knowledge of WRMD database.
  • Knowledge of basic natural history of the most common species we admit into the hospital.
Requirements:
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  •  A minimum of 1 year of working experience in service industry, veterinary field or similar. Volunteer hours may count as experience.
  • Animal handling experience: 1 year minimum.
  • Must have your own reliable transportation.
  • Possess strong communication skills and be able to work as part of a TEAM.
  • Responsible, trustworthy, and motivated multitasker.
  • Ability to take direction and constructive criticism well.
  •  Ability to be productive, efficient and respectful during high stress periods.
  • Calm demeanor with a positive attitude under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to face urgent life or death situations almost daily including handling the emotional aspects of euthanasia.
  • Must be able to perform basic mathematical computations including fractions and percentages.
  • Work will often require: standing, bending, stooping, lifting (must be able to lift 30lbs), climbing ladders, and reading small text.
  • Capable of rigorous indoor and outdoor work.
  • Leadership and people skills to motivate volunteers to complete tasks.
  • Comfortable preparing and working with insects and carcasses.
  • Comfortable working with and around needles.
Qualifications (Preferred):
  • Veterinary Assistant Experience: 1 year (Preferred).
  • Experience working with wildlife.
Shift Hours:
  • Required - Must be available to work 40 hours per week.
  • Must be available to work weekends and holidays.
  • Must complete all training and attend any scheduled meetings.
  • Preferred candidates will also be available to work evenings.
HHS Benefits offered:
  • Medical Benefits: Health/ Dental/ Vision (after 90 days)
  • Pet care discounts: up to $700 annually
  • Employee Discounts
  • Paid Time off: after 6 months
  • 403(b): matching up to 15% of compensation.
  • Holiday Pay
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
  • Employee Assistance Program
Changing Office Locations:
The HHS TWRC Wildlife Center will be changing locations to a new and improved building in 2024. The new location will be 3100 W. Fuqua Street, Houston, TX 77045. All employees must be willing to work at the current location and switch to the new location after the move.
 
Send additional documents including resumes and cover letters to iballiache@houstonhumane.org.
 

Seasonal Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician
The Houston Humane Society Wildlife Center is committed to providing quality emergency care and rehabilitation for injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife brought to us by the public in the Houston area. Our organization has several seasonal openings for Technicians in our Wildlife Rehabilitation Department. Animals in this department currently include, but are not limited to - squirrels, opossums, doves, and songbirds.  We will be expanding soon to include turtles, rabbits, ducks, aquatic birds, and raptors. 
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Animal husbandry including: feeding and weighing animals, cleaning enclosures, monitoring behavior and providing enrichment activities.
  • Learn and implement patient care protocols by species.
  • Medical work including: stabilizing patients, tube feeding, stethoscope use, administering oral and subcutaneous fluids, medical care, and record keeping.
  • Safely handle and work with all animals admitted, excluding rabies vector species.
  • Make sure animal feeding schedules are adhered to.
  • General cleaning duties including dishes, laundry, bathrooms, trash, sweeping, and mopping.
  • Assist in training and task assignments of volunteers and interns.
  • Effectively communicate with HHS Wildlife Center staff members, interns, and volunteers.
  • Maintain a safe and professional working environment.
  • Ability to pivot at the last minute as wildlife rehabilitation has many unexpected events.
Required Qualifications:
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must have your own reliable transportation.
  • College degree or equivalent workplace experience.  
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Responsible, trustworthy, and motivated multitasker.
  • Respectful and calm demeanor with a positive attitude under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to face urgent life or death situations almost daily including handling the emotional aspects of euthanasia.
  • Must be able to perform basic mathematical computations including fractions and percentages.
  • Work will often require: standing, bending, stooping, lifting (must be able to lift 30lbs), climbing ladders, and reading small text.
  • Capable of rigorous indoor and outdoor work, as many of our patients are outside.
  • Ability to work with volunteers in a friendly and professional manner, while ensuring they complete assigned tasks.
  • Comfortable preparing and working with insects and carcasses.
  • Comfortable working with and around needles.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in this field is not required, but some animal-related experience is preferred. We are willing to train qualified and committed candidates.
  • Have a degree in or be working towards a degree in biology, zoology, wildlife & fisheries, or related.
  • Ability to administer subcutaneous injections.
  • Knowledge of Wildlife Rehabilitation, MD software. 
  • Ability to build and/or repair caging. 
Time Commitment:
  • Position is seasonal and typically lasts from February to October.
  • Must be available to work 30-40 hours per week.
  • Must be available to work weekends and holidays.
  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule to accommodate the influx of animals during certain times of the year. Shifts may start as early as 4:45 am and end as late as 12 AM.
  • Must complete all training and attend any scheduled meetings.
  • No number of hours per week is guaranteed.
Changing Office Locations:
The HHS Wildlife Center will be changing locations to a new and improved building in 2024. The new location will be 3100 W. Fuqua Street, Houston, TX 77045. All employees must be willing to work at the current location and switch to the new location after the move.
 
Send additional documents including resumes and cover letters to tgallardo@houstonhumane.org
 

The Houston Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.