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.

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.

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.  Rotational schedule as seen below:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday from 2:00-7:00 and every other Saturday from 9:00-4:00.

Pay: Starts at $10.50/hour


Part-Time Facilities Coordinator

Job Summary

The Facilities Coordinator will contribute to the cost effective, efficient, and sanitary operation of the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA). Primary duties include ensuring timely maintenance and care of the shelter facility and equipment, and the procurement and transport of shelter supplies and donations. 


Functions / Duties:

  1. Treats animals humanely, with love and concern both on and off the job and transmits these values to others.
  2. Works collaboratively with other shelter personnel to ensure efficient and safe transport of animals and supplies.
  3. Provides accurate information and friendly service to the public and municipal employees.
  4. Serve as a member of HSHA’s Safety Team.
  5. Monitors vehicle repair and maintenance schedules including but not limited to oil changes, annual inspection, and registration.
  6. Ensures shelter equipment is in good working order by performing simple repairs or by coordinating with outside vendors or contractors for general maintenance and repairs.
  7. Facilitates the pick-up/transport/delivery of shelter supplies.
  8. Facilitates the pick-up/transport/delivery of medium-to-large scale donations from local businesses and community partners.
  9. Facilitates the transport of animals to HSHA from shelter/rescue partners.
  10. Transports HSHA shelter animals to local veterinary hospitals for specialized treatment as needed.
  11. Maintains a high level of communication with the Director of Operations regarding needed repairs and preventative maintenance recommendations.
  12. Routinely inspects the kennel to ensure compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law kennel inspection requirements.
  13. Performs other duties as required by management to insure a positive public image and to improve the functioning of the organization.


Job Specifications:

  1. Lifting: Must be able to lift supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.
  2. Standing/Walking: Up to 75% of shift, dependent on duties.
  3. Sitting: Up to 75% of shift, dependent on duties.
  4. Math Skills: Ability to perform basic arithmetic functions accurately.
  5. Computer skills: Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Word.
  6. Communication: Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills.



  1. Valid operator’s license required.
  2. High school diploma.
  3. This is a non-exempt position.


The above information is not totally inclusive and is subject to change at any time.





Shelter Veterinarian

The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) is seeking a full or part-time veterinarian to join our dedicated team! We are a progressive animal shelter offering competitive compensation, flexible scheduling, and diverse continuing education opportunities to help you grow in your veterinary practice. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and employment qualifies for the Private Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Our culture at HSHA is based on Servant Leadership principles, and we adhere to our organizational values of teamwork, respect, grace, innovation, and effective communication in all areas of operations.

HSHA has a strong foundation in the local community, providing a variety of low-cost veterinary services, behavioral support, humane law enforcement, and other pet ownership support services to the residents of the greater Harrisburg area. We recently added 4,000 square feet to our facility’s veterinary department to allow us to expand our medical offerings to include surgery, dentals, digital xray, in-house lab work and other affordable life-saving veterinary services to low-income pet owners.


The Shelter Veterinarian provides oversight of all aspects of veterinary care for our shelter. This position is primarily medical and surgical focused. Duties and responsibilities outlined below.


  • Provides oversight on the overall wellbeing of the shelter residents by ensuring their medical, behavioral, housing, and nutritional needs are being met.
  • Makes recommendations and collaborates with management on herd health and disease control protocols.
  • Oversight of all medical policies and practices in the HSHA Veterinary Department relating to surgery, drug and medication administration, examinations, and diagnostics.
  • Performs physical examinations on shelter residents.
  • Develops and oversees the execution of treatment plans for shelter residents to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.
  • Performs spay/neuter surgery on shelter residents and clinic patients.
  • Performs other procedures including but not limited to dental, soft tissue, and orthopedic surgery on shelter residents.
  • Performs necropsies as needed.
  • Makes referrals to outside veterinary hospitals and veterinary specialists when appropriate.
  • Interprets radiographs and diagnostic test results.
  • Examines animals and documents findings for cruelty cases; provides expert witness testimony when appropriate.
  • Makes euthanasia or rescue placement recommendations when appropriate; performs euthanasia for shelter residents when necessary.
  • Keeps detailed patient records including surgical and/or treatment notes and exam findings.
  • Oversees controlled substance ordering, use, and logging in accordance with all federal laws.
  • Keeps current on trends in the veterinary field by attending seminars and conferences, watching webinars, and reading professional journals and articles.
  • Treats animals humanely, with love and concern both on and off the job and transmits these values to others.
  • Maintains effective and respectful communication with shelter staff in various departments as needed to coordinate and direct medical functions of the shelter.


Qualifications and skills:

  • Current license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Pennsylvania
  • Current DEA license or ability to obtain a DEA license
  • Maintenance of malpractice/professional liability insurance
  • Ability to work calmly and effectively within the frenetic nature of a shelter environment
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Proven time management, multitasking, and planning skills required
  • Ability to communicate skillfully, respectfully, and compassionately with a culturally diverse staff, volunteer base, and client base
  • Ability to use good judgment and display a professional manner in crisis situations
  • Commitment to fostering a positive work environment by being a leader and motivator


Physical Requirements and work environment:

  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Exposure to high noise levels
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches; exposure to zoonotic disease
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals


Compensation and benefits:

  • Competitive, negotiable salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance provided at a discounted/free rate after 1 year of service
  • Six paid holidays annually
  • Paid time off and sick leave
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee financial assistance program (Helping Hands)
  • Free life Insurance plan
  • Continuing education reimbursement
  • Reimbursement of professional and licensing fees
  • Simple IRA with employer matching
  • This is an exempt position



Full-Time Veterinary Technician

Job Summary: The Veterinary Technician provides support and assistance to the Shelter Veterinarian. Together, the Shelter Med team (Vet
Techs, Vet Assistants, Med Team Leader, Shelter Veterinarian) is  responsible for assessing the overall health and welfare of all shelter residents.  This is a full-time position.

1. Treats animals humanely, with love and concern both on and off the job and transmits these values to others.
2. Assists with daily cleaning, feeding, and medicating of the animals housed within the shelter medical department.
3. Assists the Shelter Veterinarian with surgery, including induction, intubation, surgical prep, monitoring, and recovery of all surgical patients.
4. Ensures the medical screening area and surgery room are cleaned and sanitized properly to prevent the spread of disease.
5. Performs routine vaccinations and microchipping on shelter residents.
6. Administers medication to shelter residents as directed by the Medical Team Leader and Shelter Veterinarian.
7. Performs rechecks on shelter residents during and after medical treatment.
8. Prepares samples and performs diagnostic tests (fecal analysis, urine analysis, blood work, snap tests, skin scrapes, etc).
9. Performs venipuncture and places IV catheters as directed by the Shelter Veterinarian.
10. Assists with taking radiographs.
11. Assists with emergency care and medical treatment of shelter residents as needed.
12. Ensures vaccination and medical information are properly recorded in the Pet Point and Neo software programs.
13. Ensure that all controlled substances are handled, stored, distributed, and logged following HSHA policy to comply with all DEA veterinary regulations and guidelines.
14. Assists the staff veterinarian at the shelter vaccine clinics as needed.
15. Maintains a high level of communication with other shelter staff (kennel department, adoption staff, and behavior team) in regard to the medical treatment of shelter residents.
16. Embraces a positive attitude at work and is willing to work toward and contribute to team success.
17. Approaches all interactions with coworkers, volunteers, and clients with compassion and respect.
18. Subscribes to and exemplify the values as defined within HSHA’s culture statement (Respect, Teamwork, Effective Communication, and Grace).
19. Other duties and responsibilities as needed.

Job Specifications:
1. Lifting: Must be able to lift supplies weighing up to 50 pounds; must be able to occasionally lift or maneuver animals weighing up to 120 pounds and must be able to handle/restrain large and/or uncooperative animals
2. Standing/Walking: Up to 75% of shift.
3. Reaching: Must be able to reach above head to handle animals in cages up to 25 pounds.
4. Bending/Stooping: Must be able to bend down to handle animals in cages at floor level.
5. Communication: Must have good interpersonal communication, time management and customer service skills.

The successful candidate will:
1. Be a graduate of an accredited veterinary technology program and/or have at least 1‐2 years of experience working as a Veterinary Technician.
2. Be detail oriented and a self‐starter.
3. Be able to successfully multi‐task in a fast‐paced work environment.
4. Have a positive attitude, a team player mentality, and a passion for serving the pets and people
of our community that are most in need.
***CVT or LVT/RVT preferred but not required to be considered for this position.



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.


  • 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.

Pay: $10.50 per hour


Part-Time Farm Animal Caretaker (Landisburg, PA)

If you enjoy farm animals and getting dirty, then this may be the job for you. The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area is looking for a Farm Animal Caretaker for their farm sanctuary located in Perry County. The farm includes mostly horses. Experience is required. Must have availability Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.  This position is located in Landisburg, PA.  

Job Type: Part-time



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