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Santa Barbara Campus

POSITION TITLE: Registered Veterinary Technician

COMPENSATION: $25.00-$30.00 per hour DOE, plus generous benefits including 100% employer-paid health, vision, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, and access to dependent and other optional coverage; vacation and sick leave, matching 401(k), Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, and discounts on veterinary services and Purina pet food.

STATUS: Full-time, non-exempt

LOCATION: Santa Barbara, CA

Ready to join a fun team where your education and experience can truly make a difference? We’ve got a job for you!

Santa Barbara Humane is seeking a Registered Veterinary Technician (CA) at our Santa Barbara Clinic. This is a rewarding job in a high-volume spay/neuter, vaccine, and wellness hospital that provides our community with low-cost services to ensure animals get the medical care they need. Duties include prepping animals for surgery, administering and monitoring anesthesia, assisting veterinarians during surgery, and post-operative management of veterinary patients; performing routine laboratory procedures and tests in hematology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology; assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of animals; dispensing and administering medications, vaccines, serums, and treatments as prescribed by SBHS veterinarians; and providing top-notch in-person and telephone client service.

In addition to a valid Veterinary Technician License from the California State Board, the ideal candidate has hands-on experience at a veterinary hospital; strong animal handling ability; brings top-notch communication and client service skills, and has a sincere interest in the mission of SB Humane, a Socially Conscious Shelter.

Complete job description available upon request. Email [email protected]

Ready to apply? Please complete the form below.

This job posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions, or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

POSITION TITLE: Veterinary Assistant

COMPENSATION: $17.00 per hour, plus generous benefits including 100% employer-paid health, vision, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance and access to dependent and other optional coverage; vacation and sick leave, matching 401(k), Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, and discounts on veterinary services and Purina pet food.

STATUS: Full-time, non-exempt

LOCATION: Santa Barbara, CA

Ready to put your passion for animals to work? We’ve got a job for you!

Santa Barbara Humane is seeking a Veterinary Assistant at our Santa Barbara clinic. We provide our community with access to affordable services so animals get the medical care they need. This is a rewarding job in a busy, fast-paced environment where you’ll assist with a variety of medical procedures while providing essential in-person and telephone client service. Duties include assisting with spay/neuter prep and monitoring anesthesia during surgeries; restraining animals and assisting with medical procedures; administering vaccinations and other medications; scheduling appointments; and providing pet owners with advice and education on proper animal care.

The ideal candidate has a minimum of one year volunteer or paid experience at a veterinary hospital or animal shelter, has strong animal handling ability, brings top-notch communication and client service skills, and has a sincere interest in the mission of SB Humane, a Socially Conscious Shelter.

Complete job description available upon request. Email [email protected]

Ready to apply? Please complete the form below.

This job posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions, or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

POSITION TITLE: Shelter Manager
DEPARTMENT: Operation
SUPERVISES: Animal & Client Care, Behavior & Adoption Specialists, and assigned volunteers.
RELATIONSHIPS: Works collaboratively with other departments.
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Non-Exempt

SUMMARY:
Responsible for daily animal care and efficient operation of shelter services. Ensure shelter practices, procedures, and protocols align to the tenets of Socially Conscious Animal Sheltering and the achievement of SBH strategic goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Engage with SBH departments and partners to direct and effectively manage adoption-driven capacity, humane sheltering, and animal placements through managed admissions, medical treatment, enrichment, foster care, behavior assessment and modification, transfer, and marketing.
  • Coordinate daily tasks and directly supervise staff and volunteers assigned to shelter animal and client care; perform duties of Animal & Client Care and/or Behavior & Adoption Specialist as needed. 
  • Work collaboratively with the Manager of Animal Behavior to implement and monitor animal behavior and enrichment plans; train and monitor staff and volunteers on appropriate safe, fear-free animal handling. 
  • Work closely with Manager of Volunteer Services to recruit, train, and schedule volunteers; integrate volunteers into shelter duties by providing a welcoming work environment, practicing mentorship, and providing advancement opportunities.
  • Establish and model client care standards to provide a welcoming, efficient, and consistent client service;  ensure accurate transactions and record-keeping; display initiative and problem-solving skills to resolve customer requests or concerns; remain calm in difficult or emotional situations; represent Santa Barbara Humane in a professional manner.
  • Provide staff and volunteer training on SBH Standard Operating Procedures and monitor compliance; practice continual process evaluation and stay abreast of industry standards; make recommendations for improvements to animal and client care, work processes, and protocols; ensure operational consistency between campuses through frequent communication and collaboration between Shelter Managers.  
  • Mentor staff and encourage advancement and skill development through coaching, regular group, and individual communication, meetings,  and training opportunities. 
  • Prepare staff schedules, approve payroll, and manage leave requests to ensure sufficient coverage throughout the day across all shifts and departments
  • Anticipate hiring needs and recruit, onboard, train, coach, and evaluate employees assigned to shelter operations; monitor compliance with SBH Employee Handbook promptly and consistently addressing/reporting concerns as they arise.  
  • Display proficiency in shelter software and ensure integrity and accuracy of animal and client records; generate reports as requested; maintain office records, files, and supplies.  
  • Participate in the development of departmental budget; monitor expenditures and resources; work within budget parameters. 
  • Participate on leadership committees, meetings, projects, and events as assigned. 
  • Proactively promote SB Humane programs and services and encourage charitable support for the organization. 
  • Maintain inventory of departmental supplies, pet food, and retail items; schedule/manage deliveries and storage; operate a forklift ( SB Campus).
  • Monitor and report on facility, vehicle, and equipment needs; schedule repairs and maintenance to ensure effective and safe shelter operations; maintain the shelter facilities and grounds in an orderly and organized fashion; schedule and supervise cleaning and organizing projects; coordinate court-ordered community service volunteer tasks. 
  • Participate in community disaster response efforts.
  • Train staff in safe workplace practices; monitor workplace safety taking immediate action to address potentially unsafe or hazardous conditions. 
  • Keep COO apprised of concerns and progress related to shelter operations, employee and volunteer performance, animal care, and client service. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA) from four-year accredited college preferred, minimum 5 years experience in a related industry or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A sincere interest in supporting and advocating for the philosophies, policies, and mission of Santa Barbara Humane, a Socially Conscious Shelter. 
  • Three years of management and/or customer service experience, preferably in an animal shelter, veterinary hospital, or boarding kennel environment. 
  • Requires critical thinking skills and the ability to identify solutions and make sound decisions within the parameters of SB Humane policies and procedures. 
  • Knowledge of animal breeds, health, behavior, and safe animal handling preferably within an animal shelter environment. 
  • Excellent client service skills and ability to communicate with diverse groups of people.
  • Effective organizational skills, able to multi-task and supervise various assignments within a busy work environment
  • Able to work weekends, holidays, early morning, evening, and rotating shifts as needed.
  • Able to lift and carry 40 lbs.
  • Must be able to speak, read and write English legibly.
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license and driving record acceptable to Santa Barbara Humane Society’s insurance carrier as position requires driving a company vehicle in performance of company business.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA)
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • CPDT and/or certified dog trainer and knowledge of animal behavior assessments. 

SUPERVISORY COMPETENCIES: 

  • Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.
  • Client  Service – Manages difficult or emotional client situations; Responds promptly to client needs; Solicits client feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Delegation – Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Judgement – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Teamwork – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Continuous standing and walking on uneven surfaces, stooping, kneeling, and reaching; continuous repetitive motion of the hands, arms, and legs.  
  • Work is routinely performed outdoors with regular exposure to various weather conditions and high noise areas.
  • This position requires frequently carrying animals, including deceased animals, weighing over 50 pounds (with assistance) as well as large sacks of food, animal supplies, and cleaning supplies. 
  • Exposure to fractious or aggressive or potentially dangerous animals with potential behavior problems animal dander, and zoonotic diseases; exposure to euthanasia of animals and deceased animals. 
  • Exposure to cleaning chemicals, dust, poor ventilation, heat and cold and sudden temperature changes, wet floors, machinery, and loud animal noises, animal waste, and odors.
  • Operating SB Humane vehicle up to 8 hours with scheduled breaks. 
  • May be assigned to work at any Santa Barbara Humane Campus on an as-needed basis. 

Complete job description available upon request. Email [email protected]

Ready to apply? Please complete the form below.

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological breakdowns or developments.

POSITION TITLE: Adoption & Behavior Specialist

COMPENSATION: $21.00 per hour, plus generous benefits including 100% employer-paid health, vision, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance and access to dependent and other optional coverage; vacation and sick leave, matching 401(k), Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, and discounts on veterinary services and Purina pet food.

STATUS: Full-time, non-exempt

LOCATION: Santa Barbara, CA

Are you a dog trainer committed to positive reinforcement techniques and impacting the lives of homeless animals? We’ve got a job for you!

Santa Barbara Humane, Santa Barbara campus, is seeking a full-time Adoption & Behavior Specialist. This is an important and unique job for someone who loves working with dogs and cats and has strong animal handling and behavior skills.

The Adoption & Behavior Specialist role combines shelter animal assessments, behavior plans, training, and adoption counseling with client education and assisting or teaching public dog training classes at our Santa Barbara campus.

The ideal candidate holds CPDKA, KPA CPT, or ABCDT certification and/or equivalent training and experience, is fully committed to positive reinforcement dog training techniques, and has a sincere interest in the mission of SB Humane, a Socially Conscious Shelter.

Complete job description available upon request. Email [email protected]

Ready to apply? Please complete the form below.

This job posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions, or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

POSITION TITLE: Animal & Client Care Specialist

COMPENSATION: $17.00 per hour, plus generous benefits including 100% employer-paid health, vision, dental insurance, life, and long-term disability insurance and access to dependent and other optional coverage; vacation and sick leave, matching 401(k), Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, and discounts on veterinary services and Purina pet food.

STATUS: Full-time, non-exempt

LOCATION: Santa Barbara, CA

Ready to put your passion for animals to work? We’ve got a job for you!

Santa Barbara Humane is seeking an Animal & Client Care Specialist at our Santa Barbara campus. This is a rewarding, hands-on position that ensures the comfort, safety, and future of our shelter animals while providing essential client services. Daily duties may include animal feeding, enrichment, training, and kennel sanitation along with in-person and telephone client care, community education, and adoption counseling.

This is a boots-on-the-ground physical job with four 10-hour-a-day shifts from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. with at least one weekend day and rotating holidays.

The ideal candidate has volunteer or paid experience at a veterinary hospital or animal shelter, top-notch communication and client service skills, and a sincere interest in the mission of SB Humane, a Socially Conscious Shelter.

Complete job description available upon request. Email [email protected]

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

This job posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate
reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

POSITION TITLE: Philanthropy & Outreach Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Chief Philanthropy Officer
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: Supervises volunteers and interns as assigned

STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt
LOCATION: Santa Barbara, CA

Do you have a heart for homeless cats and dogs and would like to use your talents to increase the number helped in Santa Barbara County?

Are you looking for a team where you can express kindness and support to one another and have a chance to express ideas for departmental initiatives?

Have you been praised for your engaging personality, organizational and analytical skills, and enthusiastic can-do attitude, and can imagine how you can make a direct impact on the lives of dogs and cats?

If this sounds like you, then we want you to keep reading.
Santa Barbara Humane provides shelter, care, and support to all dogs and cats of Santa Barbara County and we need a Philanthropy & Outreach Coordinator to manage the hefty list of development and outreach projects in support of the animals in our care.

But it’s not just about project management! We need you to be a free thinker who is self-motivated to aid in all work of the Philanthropy and Outreach Department.

Your day could be filled with managing data entry and reporting from our donor management system, pulling reports or statistics, or analyzing the success of fundraising campaigns. You could be providing vital organization to projects to keep them moving by managing and following up on deadlines, gathering estimates from vendors, and executing list clean-up for mass donor email blasts or mailings. We will be totally into your color-coding.

We would love for you to apply for this job if you are highly organized and love the feeling when a completed project is done on time and on budget. You should apply if you have a positive and upbeat personality. If you see challenges as opportunities and are very versatile seeing last-minute changes to schedules or plans as just part of what needs to be done to make a difference in the lives of animals in need.

Here’s what we hope your cover letter or resume showcases:

  • Your strengths and experience in project management.
  • Specific examples of projects that were complex and your part in their success.
  • How you use and shine using technology to stay organized, keep projects moving and showcase clean data for presentations.
  • What software and technology you are proficient in and the uses that have benefitted you.
  • Strong writing in your cover letter to showcase your communication skills.
  • How you have supported executive-level individuals while providing enthusiastic support for the entire team.
  • An understanding of our position as a Socially Conscience Shelter and your sincere interest in supporting and advocating for the philosophies, policies, and mission of the Santa Barbara Humane.

See the full job description HERE.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

Have questions about the position? Email [email protected]

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological breakdown.

Santa Maria Campus

POSITION TITLE: Staff Veterinarian, Santa Maria Campus
DEPARTMENT: Veterinary Clinic
REPORTS TO: Chief Veterinary Officer 
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt
LOCATION: Santa Maria, CA

SUMMARY: The Staff Veterinarian is responsible for providing quality healthcare to the animals at Santa Barbara Humane public clinic and shelter medicine including diagnosis and treatment of animals throughout the shelter and public wellness clinic, caring for sick and injured animals, surgically sterilizing adoptable animals and animals owned by the public, performing emergency surgical procedures as required. This position is located at the Santa Maria Campus. The Staff Veterinarian is required to support and advocate for the philosophy, programs, and policies of Santa Barbara Humane.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Follow all protocols and procedures set by the VP, Veterinary Medicine.
  • Perform 10-20 high volume spay/neuter surgeries daily and additional surgery as needed. Additional surgeries include but are not limited to dentistry, enucleations, exploratory laparotomies, tumor removal, amputations, etc.
  • Diagnose and monitor the conditions of animals in the shelter and address any conditions which would warrant care, perform daily rounds in the shelter and clinic.
  • Educate technicians to screen for signs of disease and/or illness in animals visiting the vaccination clinic and provide appropriate recommendations. 
  • Perform physical examinations, diagnosis, and recommend treatments for public animals during Wellness Clinics. 
  • Maintain comprehensive computerized medical records on ShelterLuv for medical management and surveillance of illness within the shelter.
  • Maintain comprehensive computerized medical and surgical records on ClinicHQ for public animals.
  • Adhere to a comprehensive health care program with the following components: environmental sanitation, record-keeping, disease surveillance, physical examinations, vaccination, parasite control, disease testing, disease treatment, surgery, nutrition, outbreak response, and environmental enrichment for animals in the shelter and in foster homes.
  • Always promote a caring attitude toward all animals and treat them humanely and compassionately, regardless of circumstances, including those that are sick, injured, feral or aggressive.
  • In cooperation with all departments, ensure compliance with government agencies including OSHA, Santa Barbara Department of Animal Control, the California Department of Agriculture, and the California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB).  
  • Ensure appropriate vaccination recommendations are being made, in accordance with standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Associate of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
  • Follow operations in compliance with standards set by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians 2016 Medical Care Guidelines for Spay/Neuter Programs.
  • Maintain appropriate surgical and anesthesia records in compliance with the CVMB.
  • Order and maintain appropriate records of all controlled substances, in compliance with the CVMB and Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA).
  • Ensure appropriate vaccination recommendations are being made, in accordance with standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Associate of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the VP, Veterinary Medicine.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • DVM degree from an accredited university with a California veterinary license or ability to obtain a California license within 30 days
  • Experience with high volume spay/neuter clinic and dentistry desired
  • Experience working in an animal shelter, high volume spay/neuter clinic or TNR program desired
  • Experience with high volume wellness services, vaccination clinic program, and herd health

COMPETENCIES:

  • Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Delegation – Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Judgement – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Teamwork – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license and driving record acceptable to Santa Barbara Humane’s insurance carrier. May drive company vehicle in performance of company business.
  • Must be able to lift/carry 40 lbs. or more.
  • Work is completed in an clinic within an animal shelter.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

POSITION TITLE: Adoption & Behavior Specialist

COMPENSATION: $21.00 per hour, plus generous benefits including 100% employer-paid health, vision, dental insurance, life, and long-term disability insurance, and access to dependent and other optional coverage; vacation and sick leave, matching 401(k), Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, and discounts on veterinary services and Purina pet food.

STATUS: Full-time, non-exempt

LOCATION: Santa Maria, CA

Are you a dog trainer committed to positive reinforcement techniques and impacting the lives of homeless animals? We’ve got a job for you!

Santa Barbara Humane, Santa Maria campus, is seeking a full-time Adoption & Behavior Specialist. This is an important and unique job for someone who loves working with dogs and cats and has strong animal handling and behavior skills.

The Adoption & Behavior Specialist role combines shelter animal assessments, behavior plans, training, and adoption counseling with client education and assisting or teaching public dog training classes at our Dog Training Center in Santa Maria.

The ideal candidate holds CPDKA, KPA CPT, or ABCDT certification and/or equivalent training and experience, is fully committed to positive reinforcement dog training techniques, and has a sincere interest in the mission of SB Humane, a Socially Conscious Shelter.

Complete job description available upon request. Email [email protected]

Ready to apply? Please complete the form below.

This job posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

POSITION TITLE: Community Resource Coordinator
STATUS: Full-time, non-exempt
LOCATION: Santa Maria, CA

Ready to help improve the lives of people and animals in our community? We’ve got a job for you!

Santa Barbara Humane is seeking a Community Resource Coordinator to oversee our Community Cat/TNR efforts and promote and facilitate access to our veterinary and other services.

The ideal candidate has volunteer or paid experience at a veterinary hospital or animal shelter, experience in Trap-Neuter-Return, enjoys working hands-on with diverse groups of people, and is bilingual (English-Spanish). You’ll need top-notch client service skills and the ability to identify solutions and create resources. Hours are often early-morning (the best time to trap cats!) and the work involves carrying heavy traps and large bags of pet food and driving a SBH vehicle.

Santa Barbara Humane offers generous benefits including 100% employer-paid health, vision, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick leave, matching 401(k), Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, and discounts on veterinary services.

Complete job description available upon request. Email [email protected]

Ready to apply? Please complete the form below.

This job posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

POSITION TITLE: Animal & Client Care Specialist

COMPENSATION: $17.00 per hour, plus generous benefits including 100% employer-paid health, vision, dental insurance, life, and long-term disability insurance and access to dependent and other optional coverage; vacation and sick leave, matching 401(k), Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, and discounts on veterinary services and Purina pet food.

STATUS: Full-time, non-exempt

LOCATION: Santa Maria, CA

Ready to put your passion for animals to work? We’ve got a job for you!
Santa Barbara Humane is seeking an Animal & Client Care Specialist at our Santa Maria campus. This is a rewarding, hands-on position that ensures the comfort, safety, and future of our shelter animals while providing essential client services. Daily duties may include animal feeding, enrichment, training, and kennel sanitation along with in-person and telephone client care, community education, and adoption counseling.

This is a boots-on-the-ground physical job with four 10-hour-a-day shifts from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. with at least one weekend day and rotating holidays.

The ideal candidate has volunteer or paid experience at a veterinary hospital or animal shelter, top-notch communication and client service skills, and a sincere interest in the mission of SB Humane, a Socially Conscious Shelter.

Complete job description available upon request. Email [email protected]

Ready to apply? Please complete the form below.

This job posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

Both Campuses

POSITION TITLE: Relief Veterinarian
DEPARTMENT: Veterinary Clinic
REPORTS TO: Director of Veterinary Services  
STATUS: Part-time as needed
EFFECTIVE DATE: November 1, 2021

SUMMARY: The Relief Veterinarian is responsible for providing quality healthcare to the animals at the Santa Barbara Humane public clinic and shelter medicine including diagnosis and treatment of animals throughout the shelter and public wellness clinic, caring for sick and injured animals, surgically sterilizing adoptable animals, and animals owned by the public, performing emergency surgical procedures as required. The Relief Veterinarian is required to support and advocate for the philosophy, programs, and policies of Santa Barbara Humane.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Follow all protocols and procedures set by the Director of Veterinary Services.
  • Ensure appropriate vaccination recommendations are being made, in accordance with standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Associate of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
  • Educate technicians to screen for signs of disease and/or illness in animals visiting the vaccination clinic and provide appropriate recommendations.
    Provide information for the public on basic care, socialization and spay/neuter recommendations.
  • Diagnose and monitor the conditions of animals in the shelter and address any conditions which would warrant care, perform daily rounds in the shelter and clinic.
  • Perform high-volume spay/neuter surgeries and additional surgery as necessary on shelter animals. Additional surgeries include but are not limited to dentistry, enucleations, exploratory laparotomies, tumor removal, amputations, etc.
  • Maintain comprehensive computerized medical records on Shelter Luv for medical management and surveillance of illness within the shelter.
  • Adhere to a comprehensive health care program with the following components: environmental sanitation, record-keeping, disease surveillance, physical examinations, vaccination, parasite control, disease testing, disease treatment, surgery, nutrition, outbreak response, and environmental enrichment for animals in the shelter and in foster homes.
  • Always promote a caring attitude toward all animals and treat them humanely and compassionately, regardless of circumstances, including those that are sick, injured, feral, or aggressive.
  • In cooperation with all departments, ensure compliance with government agencies including OSHA, Santa Barbara Department of Animal Control, the California Department of Agriculture, and the California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB).
  • Follow operations in compliance with standards set by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians 2016 Medical Care Guidelines for Spay/Neuter Programs.
  • Maintain appropriate surgical and anesthesia records in compliance with the CVMB.
  • Order and maintain appropriate records of all controlled substances, in compliance with the CVMB and Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA).
  • Ensure appropriate vaccination recommendations are being made, in accordance with standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Associate of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Director of Veterinary Services

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • DVM degree from an accredited university with a California veterinary license.
  • Experience with high volume spay/neuter clinic and dentistry desired.
  • Experience working in an animal shelter, high volume spay/neuter clinic, or TNR program desired.
  • Experience with high volume wellness services, vaccination clinic programs, and herd health.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethics; Upholds organizational values.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.
  • Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Delegation – Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Teamwork – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license and driving record acceptable to Santa Barbara Humane’s insurance carrier. May drive company vehicle in performance of company business.
  • Must be able to lift/carry 40 lbs. or more.
  • Work is completed in a clinic within an animal shelter.

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The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Title: Manager of Volunteer Engagement
Department:  Operations
Supervisor: Chief Operating Officer 
Working Relationships: Directly and indirectly supervises volunteers; works collaboratively with department leaders on volunteer needs, training, and performance. 
Status: Full-time, exempt 

Position Summary: Develop and manage a volunteer team to support and enhance SB Humane animal and client care services; manage daily volunteer program operations including recruitment, training and scheduling of individual and group volunteers and interns.  

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and grow volunteer base through outreach to individuals, community-based organizations and groups, colleges/universities, and corporations as needed. 
  • Ensure volunteers are aligned with SB Humane core values, mission, and Socially Conscious Sheltering approach to animal welfare; communicate and ensure compliance with SBH policies and procedures; promptly address volunteer performance concerns. 
  • Collaborate with all program and department managers to assess and meet the needs for suitably qualified volunteers. 
  • Develop and maintain processes to assess, onboard, train, schedule, and communicate with volunteers.
  • Engage daily with shelter animals; train volunteers in safe and humane animal care and handling protocols and SBH shelter operations. 
  • Maintain volunteer software and database, provide monthly statistical and other reports as requested. 
  • Ensure volunteers have a meaningful, positive, and safe experience: 
    1. Engage with existing volunteers daily to provide feedback and additional guidance as needed.
    2. Develop and distribute regular group communication, updates, and newsletters. 
    3. Train staff to work cooperatively with volunteers and to provide them with effective supervision.
    4. Plan and execute volunteer advancement and ad-hoc opportunities, training workshops, and appreciation activities.
    5. Keep volunteers informed of organizational updates, events, and activities. 
  • Respond to internship and school or court-ordered community service requests; assess interests/skills of temporary volunteers and match with appropriate staff or projects; provide necessary evaluation and reporting. 
  • Work closely with the Philanthropy & Outreach Department to: 
    1. Serve as liaison with local businesses and schedule and coordinate special visitor and project groups from community organizations and corporations.
    2. Participate in outreach, special event, and donor cultivation planning; attend events and coordinate volunteer activities. 
    3. Identify high-profile volunteers and make connections with the P&O team.
    4. Identify meaningful volunteer stories; collaborate with P&O for collateral.
    5. Provide departmental reports for grant requests and follow-up. 
  • Stay abreast of industry best practices; identify areas for improvement; ensure department activities are aligned with SBH strategic planning goals and core values. 
  • Assist in creating the annual budget for the volunteer program activities; administer and monitor expenditures for volunteer programs against the approved budget. 
  • Follow workplace safety protocols, working in a safe manner at all times. Take immediate action to prevent or address safety concerns.
    Proactively promote Humane Society programs and services and encourage charitable support for the organization.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree. Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum 4 years experience in program development and management with an emphasis on   
  • working with volunteers 
  • Previous experience as a volunteer, ideally in an animal health or welfare environment. 
  • Valid California Driver’s License and insurable driving record.
  • Available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A sincere interest in supporting and advocating for the philosophies, policies, and mission of the Santa Barbara Humane Society, a Socially Conscious Shelter. 
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to develop short and long-range plans and metrics to meet objectives. 
  • Proven ability to develop, implement, and manage programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, train and motivate staff.
  • Ability to provide coaching and address volunteer performance concerns. 
  • Experience developing curriculum and educational material.
  • Ability to comfortably speak before large groups of people. 
  • Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with diverse communities of youth, staff, volunteers, and donors. 
  • Skilled at developing and documenting effective policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge about dog and cat behavior and safe animal handling.
  • Substantial computer skills and demonstrated ability to manage digital information.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment, embrace and foster change, problem solve and multi-task.
  • Ability to handle calmly and efficiently situations ranging from routine to emergency.
  • Ability to handle and mediate conflict in a direct and sensitive manner.
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred. 

Working Conditions: 

  • Work is performed outdoors when working in kennels and at events and requires regularly moving about the campus. 
  • Work requires animal handling, including maintaining control of large leashed dogs and exposure to animal dander, and zoonotic diseases. 
  • When in the shelter environment, exposure to cleaning chemicals, dust, poor ventilation, heat and cold and sudden temperature changes, wet floors, machinery, loud animal noises, animal waste, and odors.
  • Requires weekly driving of a company vehicle throughout Santa Barbara County.
  • Regularly sit at a computer station and operates electronic equipment, including computer and telephone 
  • Occasionally lift, carry and position objects weighing up to 30 pounds when moving supplies and assisting with events. 

Competencies: 

  • Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. 
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. 
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with  frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. 
  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures. 
  • Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to  requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments. 
  • Delegation – Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities;  Provides recognition for results. 
  • Judgement – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in  decision-making process; Makes timely decisions. 
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans. 
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to  ensure quality. 
  • Teamwork – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own  interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports  everyone’s efforts to succeed.

Complete job description available upon request. Email [email protected]

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The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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