Open Positions

Looking for a fast-paced, exciting career in animal welfare?  Then the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area may be just what you are looking for.  Browse through our open positions and decide if you want to join our team.

Business Manager

Reports to Executive Director

Are you an animal lover looking for a fulfilling job opportunity? The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area is looking for a motivated, well-organized, self-starter to join our administrative team!


  • Mail, collect and distribute
  • Remote Check deposit – Fulton & Donor Perfect
  • Cash deposits and postings
  • Facilities entering and coding invoices
  • Organize and code credit card statement
  • Positive pay – Payroll
  • Track and file estate gifts
  • Preparing in-kind entry
  • Organize and file investment statements
  • Draft and execute municipality contracts
  • Bill Municipalities
  • Track and file estate gifts
  • Facilitate and oversee donor processing and donor relationships
  • Manage and maintain the donations from various sources (National United Way organizations, Amazon Smiles)
  • Maintain Donor Perfect databases, update for ongoing gifts received
  • Maintain Donor relationships
  • Grant support and management

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities are subject to change.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Proficient with or able to quickly learn the accounting software used by the organization.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software.

Education and Experience:

  • Degree in accounting/business administration, or equivalent education or work experience
  • Knowledge of general accounting principles
  • Experience working with nonprofits/donations/grants desired

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.


  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
Part-Time Adoption Center Team Associate

Job Summary

Do you love working with both animals and people? Do you find providing excellent customer service rewarding? Do you enjoy being part of a dynamic, fast-paced atmosphere? Then the Adoption Center Team at the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area may be a fit for you. As a Part-Time Adoption Center Team Associate, you will work as part of a team to help homeless animals find their best “furever” homes. You will be the face of our organization, professionally handling the public both at the Shelter, over the phone, and in email in matters of counseling, problem resolution, information, referrals and general humane education. You’ll also utilize your computer skills to help with record retention, monetary transactions, etc.

Typical work week for this position is Monday, Tuesday, Fridays from 2pm-7pm and Saturdays from 9am-4pm.


HSHA offers excellent benefits to its full time employees including health, health reimbursement account, vision, dental, life insurance, and life planning financial & legal services. HSHA also offers a Helping Hands Program for employees that offers financial assistance during times of temporary hardship. If you have any pets of your own, HSHA offers great perks such as core vaccines at no charge (up to three pets), Frontline at cost, and the ability to purchase medication and Rx food for your pets at cost!

HSHA others other perks to employees including employee events, luncheons, and more!

Essential / Critical Functions and Duties:

  1. Assists the public politely and courteously with both adoptions and surrenders*.
  2. Counsels prospective adopters and makes decisions regarding routine adoptions in accordance with the policies of the Humane Society.
  3. Professionally and politely handles the public both in the office and over the phone in matters of counseling, problem resolution, information, referrals and general humane education.
  4. Treats animals humanely, with love and concern both on and off the job and transmits these values to others.
  5. Maintains files for all records regarding surrender* and adoption of animals including but not limited to temperament test files for each resident.
  6. Maintain census and inventory of all residents housed in the Shelter and ensure all adoptable animals are listed on the PetFinder website.
  7. Receives money for adoption and surrender fees*, service fees and donations; all monetary transactions recorded on a daily ledger sheet.
  8. Prepare daily recaps of animals received* and adopted.
  9. Provides accurate information and friendly service to the public.
  10. Assist potential adopters with the selection of pets and provides information about animals.
  11. Assists in the education of the public about responsible pet ownership at every opportunity through counseling or by providing appropriate literature and referrals.
  12. Return all items to their proper locations when through using them.
  13. Regularly participates in staff meetings to share ideas and suggestions for improvement of the Humane Society.
  14. Assist with keeping the Shelter, front desk and adoption counseling rooms neat and clean.
  15. Perform other duties as required by management to insure a positive public image and to improve the functioning of the organization
  16. Other administrative duties as assigned

Job Specifications:

  1. Lifting: Must be able to lift supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.
  2. Standing/Walking: Up to 75% of shift.
  3. Sitting: Up to 75% of shift.
  4. Reaching: Must be able to reach above head to handle supplies weighing up to 25 pounds.
  5. Bending/Stooping: Must be able to bend down to handle animals in cages at floor level.
  6. Pushing/Pulling: Must be able to push or pull an animal weighing from several pounds up to 120 pounds.
  7. Math Skills: Ability to perform basic arithmetic functions accurately.
  8. Communication: Must have excellent communication and public relation skills.
  9. Administrative Skills: Experience with administrative tasks preferred.


  1. Valid operator’s license required.
  2. Animal handling and/or previous animal health/welfare preferred.
  3. Willingness to attend training programs to upgrade and maintain skill level.
  4. High school diploma or GED preferred.
  5. This is a non exempt position.

Job Type:  Part-time

Pay: $9.50 per hour

Part-Time Intake Center Associate

Are you an animal lover looking for a fulfilling part-time job opportunity? Join our team at the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area!

As an Intake Center Associate, you will be the direct contact in dealing with a wide range of situations daily. You will primarily work behind a desk performing administrative tasks and providing customer service. In this role, you will work directly with animals of varying sizes, breeds and temperaments.

Job Overview:
An Intake Center Associate will handle a variety of domesticated animals and provide those animals with services upon arrival to the shelter. An Intake Center Associate will be required to effectively communicate with the general public, law enforcement officers, and government agency representatives. An Intake Center Associate is knowledgeable of all policies and procedures of the department to provide assistance to the community and to the shelter throughout the year.

In combination with the customer service aspect of this role, an Intake Center Associate maintains administrative duties that are performed daily for the function of the department to operate efficiently. The tasks/responsibilities of the Intake Center Associate are distributed by the Intake Center Team Lead.

An Intake Center Associate is part of the HSHA team and is expected to maintain a safe and secure work environment for the function of all staff and wellbeing of HSHA Resident animals by following the policies and procedures outlined in the employee handbook and as instructed by the Team Leaders.

Standard Workweek:

Part-Time, up to 30 hours a week; Able to work the required shifts as scheduled by Immediate Supervisor.
Currently looking for coverage for:

Monday- 10:30AM – 7PM
Thursday – 1PM – 6PM
Friday – 2PM – 7PM
Saturday – 11AM – 4PM
Sunday – 9AM – 4PM

• Treat Animals Humanely
• Customer Service
• Answering Telephones
• Logging Voicemail
• Developing and responding to Department specific emails
• Data entry of Incoming Animals
• Understanding of Participating Municipalities for given year
• Implementing and enforcing Intake Procedures
• Communication with Intake Staff & Team Lead
• Presents professional image
• Comprehends the services and communicates effectively to public
• Assist, performs, responds to Intake Center Team Lead assignments
• Maintain a Safe & Secure environment for Staff, Residents, Volunteers and Public.

Job Specifications:
• Lifting: Able to lift supplies and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds; able e to maneuver and/ or restrain animals as large as, but not limited to 125pounds.
• Standing: 25-35%of time during shift.
• Sitting: 75-85% of time during shift
• Reaching: Able to reach with assistance into high animal holding areas
• Bending: Able to bend for animal handling or animal placement, as well as assistance in department area.
• Math skills: Identify and incorporate numbers and fractions through basic arithmetic.
• Communication: Excellent public, private relation skills
• Microsoft Office 365: Familiar with programs and applications
• Computer: Able to navigate through Databases, Microsoft programs and basic online support sites
• Phone: Understanding functionality of internal phone system
• Multitasking


Must possess a valid Driver’s License
Must possess a High School Diploma, or equivalent
Ability to pass a background and/ or Drug Test
Must be willing to work required Standard Workweek as Scheduled
Proper Transportation preferred
Previous Experience preferred but we are willing to train a motivated candidate.
Job Type: Part-time

COVID-19 considerations:
Staff, volunteers and visitors are asked to wear a mask and follow all recommended COVID safety precautions.

Full-Time or Part-Time Animal Caretaker

Through both team work and individual performance, the Animal Caretaker provides the necessary care of all of the animals that reside at the Humane Society. The Animal Caretaker will complete assignments with efficiency, timeliness and thoroughness, as well as report all medical and behavioral issues to the appropriate departments to ensure the animals receive the best care possible.

The shift for this job begins at 7am. 


  • Feed the animals in accordance with the individual needs of each animal.
  • Provide clean, sanitary and comfortable living environment to each animal through daily cleaning and follow up cleaning, depending on the needs of the individual animal.
  • Report any observed medical problems through the use of designated forms.
  • Report any behavioral problems through the use of designated forms.
  • Perform job functions with attention to detail, speed and accuracy. Organize and follow up.
  • Report to work during assigned shifts. Be aware of the posted schedule, checking weekly for possible changes.
  • Control the animals that are being handled, ensuring that no animal or person is injured. Depending on the assigned method of handling, walking dogs of various sizes and activity levels, lifting cats of varying sizes and personalities and meet the physical needs of potentially geriatric animals through proper handling.
  • Complete any miscellaneous task assigned by your supervisor. Adhere to instruction given, or if unable to do so, seek out guidance from your supervisor.
  • Reasonably address any issue observed that may compromise the well being of any animal or employee.
  • Adhere to all policies posted in the HSHA Employee Handbook. Follow through with all procedures outlined during training.
  • At all times, be an upstanding example of animal care and compassion, both while at work and during personal time. Report any cruelty observed to the proper authorities, either the HSHA Cruelty Department or the appropriate officials of the jurisdiction in question.


  • Ability to read and write.
  • Ability to maintain an independent work pace.
  • Ability to follow basic instructions.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to handle the average cat and the average dog, including all breeds of either species.
  • Ability to use all of the supplies necessary to care for the animals, including but not limited to bleach and litter.
  • Ability to tolerate a work environment that may consist of wet floors, humidity, hair, dust, dander, very loud sounds, unpleasant smells, any type of bodily discharge or excrement and any other environmental factors caused by the presence of a large amount of animals and the associated care.
  • Transportation to arrive to work on time.
  • Stand, walk, crouch repeatedly, lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Be on your feet at least 90% of a work day.
  • Ability to work any overtime required to provide the basic care of the animals residing at the Humane Society.

Job Type: Full-time or Part-time Available

Pay: $9.50 per hour



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