Job Opportunities

The Federation's member organizations are encouraged to submit job opportunities for posting on our website at no cost.  You may provide a link or submit your job announcement to Rachel Bishop, Programs Administrator for The Federation. All job postings will be kept active for one month unless otherwise specified.

  • Programs Administrator, The Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies (Posted 7.27.14 - Position open until filled)

    Status: Contract position

    The Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies (The Federation) is currently seeking a contract, part-time Programs Administrator to support the mission and goals of The Federation. The Programs Administrator is responsible for providing administrative services to the Board of Directors of The Federation. This includes, but is not limited to, monitoring all incoming correspondence to The Federation, assisting with the annual membership drive, managing the organization’s spay/neuter grant program and annual Animal Population Survey to members, overseeing the website and social media outlets, and coordinating Federation-sponsored trainings.

    Essential Functions:
    1) Oversight of day to day operations and correspondence for The Federation.
    2) Accurately produce correspondence, respond or appropriately redirect inquiries to The Federation’s email account and maintain records of the organization. Monitor Federation mail box.
    3) Assist shelters throughout the state by providing information, support and guidance in accordance with The Federation’s by-laws and position statements.
    4) Assist with coordination of in-person Board meetings, Retreats, and Annual Meeting. Attend these meetings as requested.
    5) Assist the Board and committees thereof on projects or with meetings as requested.
    6) Prepare and submit reports to the Board as requested.
    7) Produce and update publications as needed.
    8) Coordinate and implement annual Animal Population Survey. Manage survey distribution, work with Board to ensure broad participation, compile responses and distribute results.
    9) Oversee updates and maintenance of Federation website, Facebook page and social media, including domain and web host renewal. Act as liaison between web developer and Federation to achieve a professional and useful site. Keep website and social media content up to date.
    10) Assist in planning, marketing and execution of the annual conference and other sponsored trainings.
    11) Manage the “We Love Our Pets” license plate spay/neuter grant program, including marketing, application records, and correspondence with applicants; ensure the accuracy of final grant reports submitted by awardees.
    12) Track, and in most cases complete, all required annual filings with the state.
    13) Assist with annual membership drive; work with the Membership & Marketing Committee as requested to market and increase membership.
    14) Assist The Federation in growing opportunities to raise additional funds through donations, grants and fund raising opportunities.
    15) Other duties as contracted.


    • Two or more years of administrative experience, preferably in a non-profit setting.
    • Excellent word processing and computer skills, including mastery of MS Office Suite. Experience with web site management preferred.
    • The management and organizational ability to maintain accurate records, coordinate events, manage multiple projects at various stages of completion, and keep track of the work and schedules of several committees.
    • A strong attention to detail and a high degree of discretion.
    • Excellent writing skills for preparing publications, correspondence, and web site content.
    • A demonstrated interest in and enthusiasm for animal welfare.

    Application Instructions:
    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to rachel(at)wafederation(dot)com with “Programs Administrator” in the subject line of the email.

  • Medical Director, Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project (Posted 7.22.14 - Position open until filled)

    Reports to:      Executive Director
    Rate of Pay:     DOE
    Position:          Exempt/40 hour work week
    Last Revision:     July 2014
    Work Location:   Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project Clinic in Lynnwood, WA

    Summary: The Medical Director (MD) is responsible for the overall care and high quality sterilization of clinic patients in accordance with protocols. The MD is also responsible
    for the supervision of clinic staff, the tracking of clinic data, and varied outreach to ensure that the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project is functioning efficiently and with strong community support. The MD works with the Executive Director and Clinic Manager on contingency planning, veterinary community relationships and various projects  including fundraising activities.

    To access the full job description, please click here. For more information, please contact Jason(at)feralcatproject(dot)org or 425.563.8575.

    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jason(at)feralcatproject(dot)org.

  • Animal Control Services Officer - Lead, Snohomish County Animal Control (Posted 7.7.14)

    Current vacancy:   One (1) Animal Control Services Officer - Lead – Full Time Position
    Application period: 7/7/14 to 8/5/2014 at 5 p.m. PST
    Salary:    $31.08 - $37.76 hourly
    Benefits: Full benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance, PERS retirement

    All applications must be submitted on-line at
    Application and supplemental questionnaire required.  Successful candidates must pass job related pre-employment tests and examinations including, but not limited to, physical capabilities test; background investigation; fingerprinting; criminal record check; polygraph and psychological evaluation.  This is a non-civil service position.

    Summary: Responsible for leading and coordinating the activities of the Snohomish County Animal Control Services Unit; may perform the work of and/or assist subordinate staff in the work unit.  Prioritizes and assigns work to subordinate level employees; reviews subordinate work to ensure accuracy and compliance with established procedures.  Serves as the unit liaison between the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, SNOPAC and the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office for animal control related matters.  Responsible for administering and ensuring compliance with state laws and county ordinances pertaining to the safety, health and welfare of animals and the public. This position involves strenuous physical tasks including the lifting of vicious, injured and/or dead animals.  Take home vehicle privileges.

    Minimum Qualifications: Five (5) years’ experience in Animal Control Services or a related field. Successful completion of a basic law enforcement reserve academy training; OR, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities.

    Preferred Qualifications: Supervisory or lead experience and successful completion of an Animal Control Officers Academy preferred.

    Special Requirements:  Please refer to job description on-line for complete list of special requirements and pre-employment examinations required for this position. Must be able to lift and carry 100 lbs. Snohomish County Animal Control Services Officers carry firearms in the course of their duties, must participate in range training as indicated and have a special commission issued by the Snohomish County Sheriff.

    Vicki Lubrin, Manager  
    425.388.3505 - Snohomish County Auditor’s Office
    Snohomish County Licensing & Animal Control Services

  • Animal Care Technician, Whatcom Humane Society (Posted 6.23.14)

    FUNCTIONS: To maintain the shelter in a thoroughly clean and sanitary manner and provide all sheltered animals with humane care, treatment and attention.

    1. Clean, disinfect, and maintain various animal quarters and accompanying areas in sanitary condition.
    2. Vaccinate, feed, and observe animals daily as to their health and well-being.
    3. Provide special care when advised of animals requiring medication, treatment, and/or special needs.
    4. Completion of odd jobs as assigned.
    5. Properly identify all animals and maintain proper paperwork.
    6. Proper and respectful handling of dead animals.

    Animal Care Technicians will be assigned additional responsibilities after demonstrating competency at entry level. Examples of additional responsibilities are as follows:
    - Incoming health examination and assessment
    - Euthanasia
    - Adoption selection
    - Receiving animals after hours
    - Assist public in redemption/adoption of animals

    1. High school graduate or equivalent
    2. Must be in good health, able to pass a physical examination, and lift 50 pounds.
    3. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
    4. Workable knowledge of proper care for animals or ability to learn.
    5. Ability to work well with the public, volunteers, and fellow employees.
    6. Must be able to work independently.
    7.   Have minimum 1 year professional working experience with animals.

    Must work irregular hours, shifts, weekends and holidays.
    Be able to deal with unruly, vicious, and dangerous animals humanely. Be able to deal with a hostile public, a fast paced workload that at times can be stressful. Be able to deal with strenuous physical activity and the emotional drain of the job. Exposure to parasites and infectious diseases.

    Send cover letter and resume to:
    Adriana Willmersdorf, Animal Care Manager
    Whatcom Humane Society
    2172 Division Street
    Bellingham, WA 98226

    (360)733-2746 fax

    No phone calls please.

    WHS is an equal opportunity employer. 

  • Farm & Livestock Caretaker, Whatcom Humane Society (Posted 6.23.14)

    FUNCTIONS: To provide generalized care to the horses and livestock housed at the WHS off-site farm property.

    1. Clean and maintain various horse and livestock quarters, barn, paddocks, outbuildings and property in sanitary and orderly condition.
    2. Feed, exercise and observe animals daily as to their health and well-being.
    3. Provide basic medical care when advised of animals requiring medication, treatment, and/or special needs.
    4. Maintain paperwork/records in a clear and organized manner, including animal care logs, vaccination/medical records, and receipts.
    5. Maintain and order appropriate feed and supplies.
    6. Provide general socialization and handling of on-site livestock and manage different animal temperaments in a humane and safe manner.
    7.  Coordinate vaccines, worming and medical treatment/exams of animals with shelter veterinarian, outside veterinarians, Farriers and animal control officers as needed. 
    8.  Evaluate temperament and adoption potential of animals as needed.
    9.  Respond to email inquires, interview potential adopters and coordinate adoptions with shelter staff.
    10. Work closely with WHS volunteer coordinator to train and manage farm volunteers/foster homes.
    11. Other duties as assigned and necessary.

    1. High school graduate or equivalent.
    2. Strong and proven working knowledge of the equine care/behavior, livestock care and farm management.
    3. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
    4. Must be in good health, able to life 50+ lbs and handle large animals.
    5. Ability to work well with the public, volunteers, and fellow employees.
    6. Valid Washington driver's license.

    Ability to be available 24 hours/day to perform duties incidental to the functioning of the farm property.   Be able to deal with large unruly and dangerous animals humanely. Be able to deal with strenuous physical activity and the emotional drain of the job. Exposure to parasites and infectious diseases. 

    Wages shall be in the form of possession of the residence located on the WHS Farm premises (located in Everson, WA), which must be occupied as a condition of employment.  The fair monthly rental value of the residence is $ 1,300.00.  The utilities including gas, electricity, and trash removal are included with the occupancy.

    Send cover letter and resume to:     
    Laura Clark, Executive Director
    Whatcom Humane Society
    2172 Division Street
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    (360)733-2726 fax
    No phone calls please.

    WHS is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Animal Control Officer, Whatcom Humane Society (Posted 6.23.14)

    FUNCTIONS: To enforce local and state laws pertaining to animals in the community. To participate in the implementation of other field service, education, and public relations activities for the benefit of animals, always following the established policies, principles, and objectives of the Society.

    1. Enforce City, County, and State Animal Control laws.
    2. Investigate complaints by the public.
    3. Impound stray animals at large, issue citations and written warnings to owners/keepers in violation of local ordinances. Testify in court when necessary.
    4. Implement quarantine procedures in cooperation with the Health Dept. for rabies control.
    5. Capture, contain, and secure livestock, exotics, vicious dogs, and unusual animals for the safety of the public, transporting when appropriate.
    6. Pick up dead animals from private/public designated areas.
    7. Inspect/monitor kennels, pet shops, animal fairs, zoos, rodeos, and special events to insure the safety and well-being of the animals.
    8. Sell pet licenses.
    9. Keep complete records, daily logs, activity reports.
    10. Write clear, concise reports.
    11. Obtain search and seizure warrants/court orders when warranted.
    12. Obtain voluntary statements from witnesses/experts.
    13. Secure crime scene. Gathers evidence if applicable.
    14. Cooperate with and assist other law enforcement agencies.
    15. Maintain regular, open communication with supervisor and other officers.
    16. Perform service pick up of unwanted/stray animals that are confined by citizens.
    17. Collect fees and contributions when appropriate.
    18. Record complete animal information on pickups.
    19. Transport animals to shelter, veterinarian, or other when appropriate.
    20. Respond to emergencies: injured animals – domestic and small wildlife, animals in distress, vicious domestic animals at large, administers first aid/transports to shelter, veterinarian, or owner for treatment or euthanasia.
    21. Maintain interior and exterior of vehicle sanitation. Reports mechanical problems to designated person or supervisor.
    22. Participate in work related training and education programs both by the Society and other agencies in order to develop or improve work skills.
    23. Satisfactorily complete training and certification programs required for performance of duties.
    24. Other duties as assigned.

    For a full job description, including required qualifications, compensation, and application instructions, please click here.

  • DIRECTOR OF SHELTER OPERATIONS, Whitman County Humane Society (Posted 6.2.14)

    The Whitman County Humane Society (WCHS) in Pullman, Washington seeks a compassionate, customer-service-oriented, self-starter with animal care experience to oversee the daily operations of our no-kill pet shelter and adoption facility, AnimalHaven.

    Duties include supervision and maintenance of kennel and adoption areas, and volunteers; interactions with donors, members of the Humane Society, and members of the general public; staff training; and maintaining and improving customer service and animal care. 2+ years animal care experience, demonstrated supervisory knowledge, skill in mediating disputes, and ability to effectively train, direct, and interact with a diverse group of individuals required. Desired start date as soon as possible.

    To view the full position description and to obtain more information about WCHS, please visit

    To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and names of three professional references to webmaster(at)whitmanpets(dot)org. Salary is dependent upon experience and WCHS budgetary considerations. This position is normally not overtime-eligible, and WCHS cannot provide relocation. Select paid holidays, 10 days paid vacation after completion of the first year, and a medical insurance benefit are included.

Please check these sites for additional job opportunities:
The Humane Society of the United States
Society of Animal Welfare Administrators
American Humane Association
National Animal Control Association