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, Executive Secretary for The Federation. All job postings will be kept active for one month unless otherwise specified.

  • ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER II, Seattle Animal Shelter (Closes 4.22.14)

    Animal Control Officer II's enforce animal control ordinances and related laws and regulations; patrol areas of the City responding to and investigating complaints of animal control, welfare and cruelty; write reports documenting investigations; issue citations for violations; and capture, handle, transport, and detain animals.

    • Patrols assigned areas of the city driving an Animal Control vehicle to enforce animal control ordinances, related laws and regulations.
    • Investigates complaints of non-compliance with city animal ordinances including menacing animals and bites, animal cruelty and welfare, violations of leash and scoop laws and noise ordinances; records detailed statements from complainants, victims, witnesses and suspects; and photographs injuries, incident scene and animals involved.
    • Writes reports documenting steps of investigations, observations, statements and timelines for every animal bite, dangerous animal incident, and animal welfare/cruelty investigation.
    • Issues citations for menacing animal bites and violations including but not limited to leash, scoop and noise ordinances, property damage, unlawful tethering, and failure to obtain pet license and rabies vaccinations.
    • Participates in court case preparation and testifies in court and administrative hearings on infractions and criminal trials.
    • Answers questions and explains the rules, policies and regulations pertaining to the animal control ordinances.
    • Captures and detains stray and/or vicious animals; and picks up and transports owner-surrendered, injured or dead animals.
    • Operates a two-way radio, responds and dispatches officers to assist field officers.
    • Maintains assigned equipment and sells pet licenses.
    • Lectures the general public, schools and other agencies on animal care, safety and welfare.

    Experience: Requires a minimum of two years animal care and treatment experience, at least one year of which is in assisting a licensed veterinarian; or one year animal care and treatment experience and one year law enforcement background; or one year field experience equivalent to an Animal Control Officer II.
    Knowledge of safe handling and transporting of dangerous, sick or injured animals required. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Must have a safe driving record and be able to safely drive a large Animal Control F350 vehicle daily. Ability to type and utilize Microsoft Office programs required.

    The most qualified candidates will have excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to work independently, think critically and exercise good judgment. Experience conducting investigations and writing reports is a plus.

    A pre-employment driving record check, background check and a pre-employment physical are required.

    Employment is contingent on successfully passing an extensive background check for Special Police Commission. For more information on the requirement for the Special Police Commission go to:

    For more information about Finance and Administrative Services and the Seattle Animal Shelter: http://inweb/FAS/ and

    For more information and to apply, please visit by 4:00 p.m. on 4/22/14.  The City of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in the workforce.

  • Part-time Animal Control Officer, Whatcom Humane Society (Posted 3.31.14)

    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 activites for the benefit of animals, always following the established policies, principles and objectives of the Whatcom Humane Society.

    1. Enforce Applicable 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 such as, daily logs and 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.

    1. High School Graduate or equivalent and minimum two years animal-related experience.
    2. Has or can obtain a valid Washington driver's license and has a good driving record.
    3. Minimum of 21 years of age
    4. Must be eligible for commissions by Police and Sheriff Dept (background check necessary).
    5. Ability to learn and interpret laws and ordinances governing animal care and control and teach others.
    6. Demonstrate ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
    7. Report writing ability to accurately record information in reports. Good spelling and grammar necessary.
    8. Knowledge of the characteristics and appearances of common breeds of dogs, cats, and other domestic animals. Skilled in the handling and care of animals.
    9. Knowledge of animal control equipment. Able to load and trailer livestock.
    10. Ability to work harmoniously with other employees.
    11. Ability to perform humane euthanasia and pass all certifications if necessary, as required by this agency in the use of Sodium Pentobarbital and Legend drugs.
    12. Must be in good health, able to pass a physical examination, sit, stand, bend, twist and lift at least 50 pounds.
    13. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.

    Must work irregular hours, shifts, weekends (both Saturday & Sunday) 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.

    TO APPLY: 
    Send resume and cover letter to:
    Whatcom Humane Society
    2172 Division Street
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    Attn:  Paul Evans, Animal Control & Rescue Manager
    Fax # 360-733- 4746


    WHS is an equal opportunity employer. 

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