Thanks for visiting our employment page! We are excited that you are considering a career with us. To apply for any of the positions below, please email resumes to Kelsey Alford, HR Manager at kalford@hsoyuma.com.


Job Title: Veterinarian

Reports to: Executive Director

Summary: The function of this position is to perform spay and neuter procedures for shelter, adopted, owned and feral animals that HSOY schedules into the clinic. Develop and implement standards of animal medical care and to coordinate and direct treatments for animals in the care of the Humane Society of Yuma. The work typically is performed under general direction of the Director of Veterinary Medicine and the Executive Director, with administrative assistance provided by the Spay/Neuter Clinic Manager.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

· Perform surgical sterilization for animals that are released from the shelter through rescue, adoption and return to owner.

· Perform surgical sterilization for all animals that enter our facility through our low-cost spay/neuter


· Participate in all off-site surgical sterilization and vaccination clinics as needed.

· Ensure that all procedures are done in a humane manner at all times and staff stays abreast of new trends towards humane treatment within animal shelter low-cost spay/neuter clinics.

· Provide direction to staff responsible for following prescribed treatment and maintaining treatment records for animals brought to the shelter; ensures that the highest level of service and care are provided and that changes in animals' conditions are recorded.

· Work with clinic manager to ensure staff is abiding by clinic policies and procedures, set by HSOY at all times, to include, medical, drug and client record keeping.

· With the Clinic Manager, ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, accepted standards, and HSOY policies and procedures regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to.

· Maintain up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues.

· Assists with educating entire HSOY staff on medical issues that affect animal shelters and teach the philosophy of “Herd Health” within the shelter environment.

· Work with local Veterinarians who step in on medical cases, to include cruelty cases, which require medical treatment outside of HSOY’s ability.

· Assist shelter staff in providing solutions to disease outbreaks within the shelter setting.

· Administer all vaccinations through HSOY’s vaccination clinics.

· Provide medical care to fostered animals that are being fostered by volunteers at HSOY.

· Provide input when euthanasia decisions are to be made on medical cases.

· Build effective relationships through positive interaction and communication with the community, volunteers and staff.

· Perform other medical services as needed for animals in shelter, fostered animals or staff animals when requested or required for humane care.

· Be available by phone, after hours, to clinic staff when emergencies arise from animals that were recently altered in HSOY’s clinic.

· Report to shelter, as needed, when after hours emergencies, from previous HSOY surgeries or foster’s, require the assistance of HSOY’s Veterinarian.


· Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from accredited college.

· Current Veterinary License within the State of Arizona.

· Licensed within the State of California preferred.

· Minimum of 1 year animal shelter experience preferred.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

· Excellent written and oral communications skills.

· Superior knowledge of medical animal care.

· Ability to work with many different types of people to promote HSOY in the best possible manner.

· Flexibility and ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.

· Ability to be forward thinking and encourage, self, and others, to promote, and become knowledgeable about changes in industry standards while also ensuring HSOY is on the leading edge of shelter standards of medical care.

Physical Demands and Abilities:

· Frequently required to stand, sit, walk, run, jump, bend, twist, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; taste or smell; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools or controls.

· Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

· Close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

· Ability to work in varying temperatures and climate change




Job Title: Adoption Counselor (PART TIME)

Reports to:   Adoptions Supervisor

Summary:  Assist the public in making appropriate adoption matches, conduct adoption and behavioral consultations, as needed. Assemble adoption literature packets for adoption consultations.  Review adoption application with potential adopter and assists the adopter in knowing animal’s specific traits that have been identified as concerning. Conduct all post-consultation activities prior to and following the adoption.  Consult with owner in animal surrender situations.  Must have the ability to work both cooperatively in a team environment, as well as, independently. 

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Perform pet consultations to include interacting with the prospective adopters to find out what they are looking for in an animal and make suggestions as to the best possible match
  • Counsel new pet owners on characteristics of the animals care and behavior
  • Facilitate the adoption process by helping people through the process, reviewing the application and making decisions to finalize or deny an adoption, and communicating with the potential adopter in such a manner that maintains a courteous and friendly attitude even when declining an adoption request
  • Organize adoption paperwork by maintaining a complete file of actions associated with the adoption ensuring accuracy and entering that information into shelter software program
  • Advise pet owners who are attempting to surrender their pets with the goal of keeping their pet in their home
  • Treat all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation of circumstance and promoting a humane and caring attitude
  • Develop a working knowledge of all animals available for adoption through hands-on interaction, review of paperwork and database information
  • Develop specific knowledge of each animal currently in the shelter by name, type, age, gender and any breed/mix characteristics and behavioral considerations specific to each animal and their character
  • Assist with the movement of animals from the kennels to the clinic on a daily basis
  • Communicate and coordinate animal transfers to and from Petsmart EAC/ Shelter.
  • Coordinate and complete surgery list for kennel animals.

Additional Petsmart location essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Clean and maintain Petsmart Everyday Adoption Center (EAC), which includes sweeping, mopping, laundry, cleaning windows and walls, and picking up fecal matter.
  • Customer service at Petsmart EAC includes traditional reception work; such as, answering the phone, payment processing, and issuing pet licensing for local municipalities.
  • Communicate and coordinate animal transfers to and from Petsmart EAC/Shelter.
  • Complete medical and behavioral checks of the animals. May need to administer booster shots and medication as needed.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Must be energetic and enthusiastic
  • Computer literate with the ability to quickly learn software specific to animal shelters
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability and initiative, working with minimal supervision
  • Flexible with the ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as, in a team environment
  • Ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and other problems, as well as, aggressive tendencies



Job Title: Animal Care Technician (FULL TIME AND PART TIME)

Reports to: Shelter Manager

Job Purpose:

The primary function is to perform routine animal care and related duties at the animal shelter.  The work is physically fast paced and requires the ability to multi-task.  Duties include cleaning and maintaining kennel areas, receiving and assessing of animals brought in to the shelter, administer medications and vaccines, properly and humanely restrain animals for treatment; visually check every animal daily and be able to recognize signs of common illness, injury and/or behavior issues.  Maintain accurate records for animals in the shelter, and perform humane animal euthanasia.  Technicians are expected to carry out daily assignments, follow through on all issues, and use independent judgment and training to take appropriate actions to deal with standard recurring situations.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the compassionate care of animals to include proper cleaning of kennels and facility, basic animal handling and socialization, evaluating animal's behaviors, proper and humane restraining of animals for treatment, monitoring health issues, computer data entry and customer service
  • Performs shelter duties including receiving animals brought to the shelter, escort visitors to the lost and found kennel for reclaiming animals
  • Observe shelter animals for any unusual symptom(s) that may be indicative of a medical or behavioral problem and report to the Shelter Manager
  • Performs humane euthanasia, when required
  • Responsible for laundry which includes washing, drying and folding towels and bedding
  • Always promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all information regarding the animals in our care
  • Follow established procedures governing safe work practices; to perform duties in a manner which assures the safety of oneself and others
  • Perform duties in a manner which encourages contributions and business for HSOY
  • Always treat people and animals with respect, contribute to effective teamwork, promote staff cooperation, and foster public relations beneficial to HSoY
  • Assist with adoptions when needed
  • Other duties, as assigned

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and other problems, as well as, aggressive tendencies using established procedures and protocol
  • Basic Computer literacy with the ability to quickly learn software specific to animal shelters
  • Handle animals safely, effectively and humanely
  • Clean kennels efficiently and effectively
  • Ability and initiative, working with minimal supervision
  • Must have the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
  • Organizational skills, multi-tasking ability and the capacity for working well under pressure
  • Deal courteously with the public
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as, in a team environment


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Animal husbandry experience, preferred
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Must have a flexible schedule and be able and willing to work weekends and holidays



Job Title: Veterinary Technician (PART TIME AND FULL TIME) 

This position is supervised by: Veterinarian

Veterinary Technician Assistant must have knowledge of animal husbandry, including a basic knowledge of medicine. They must be able to successfully and humanely restrain animals. Responsible for sterilizing and maintaining equipment, and performing clerical and administrative tasks, are required. A veterinary assistant is expected to keep all areas of the clinic clean, organized, and stocked with supplies. Maintain strict confidentiality regarding clients and patients for whom the clinic provides veterinary services.

Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Handling frightened and or unpredictable animals safely and humanely
  • Prepares animals for surgery; induces and monitors anesthesia.
  • Monitors animals during recovery
  • Cleaning / sanitizing of all clinic areas and surfaces including kennels
  • Autoclaves and maintains all surgical packs
  • Assist on walk-in vaccine clinic days
  • Maintains constant vigilance regarding open doorways that could allow pets to escape from the facility
  • Establish and maintain ongoing training
  • Other assigned tasks, as necessary

Knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to perform the Essential functions of this position:

  • Basic knowledge of animal husbandry
  • Basic knowledge of medical instruments and equipment
  • Must demonstrate the Core Values of the Organization on and off the job.
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to analyze processes for continuous rapid improvement
  • Ability to work daily under stress and pressure
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility in dealing with people
  • Function calmly in situations that require a high degree of sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy
  • Be a Team player and Continuous Learning
  • Demonstrates Ethical Behavior
  • Supports Change

Qualification Requirements:

  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must have a clean driving record.



Job Title Director of First Impressions (FULL TIME OR PART TIME)

Reports to:   Licensing, Development, and Client Service Coordinator

Summary:  Provide welcoming, attentive customer service to our customers through communication and proficiency in all aspects of reception and clerical duties.  Answering incoming calls in a timely professional manner; assist caller with questions and/or transfer calls to appropriate staff member or voicemail.  Greeting and directing walk in customers to the appropriate person and or place.  Assist in pet licensing, animal turnovers, collecting adoption fees, merchandise sales and donations.  Must have the ability to work both cooperatively in a team environment, as well as, independently. 

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Answering incoming calls in a timely manner. Direct call to the appropriate staff or to a voice mailbox when associate is unavailable. 
  • Work as a team leader to ensure staff and customer satisfaction
  • Provide caller with information such as the facility address, directions to the facility, company fax number, company website, and other relevant information related to the shelter.
  • Acknowledge and greet each customer promptly in a professional, courteous  manner
  • Assist with the purchase and processing of animal licensing, adoption fees, animal surrenders, donations, fundraising or retail merchandise sales or other services provided by the shelter.
  • Must be able to collect fees, make change, process credit card transactions; ensure start-up funds and close out funds balance with daily totals in computer system.
  • Assist with related clerical duties such as photocopying, faxing, and filing.
  • Other assigned tasks, as necessary


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills both in person and over the phone
  • Handle emotional/controversial situations with professionalism and compassion
  • Handle routine customer complaints and problems
  • Accurately process monetary transactions and issue receipts
  • Computer literate with the ability to quickly learn software specific to animal shelters
  • Working knowledge of all types of office equipment and internet proficient
  • Flexible with the ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment
  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as, in a team environment
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