Animal Caregiver/ Adoption Counselor P/T

How many people get to say they love going to work?  Be one of the lucky ones and join us at Woods Humane Society to help care for the homeless cats and dogs!

Woods Humane Society is searching for our next great team member at our beautiful San Luis Obispo shelter. We’re looking to fill an Animal Caregiver/Adoption Counselor position, a part-time (up to 29 hours) schedule that includes weekdays, weekends with at least one or two holidays per year. Morning and afternoon shifts available.

JOB TITLE:  Part Time Animal Caregiver/Adoption Counselor (up to 29 hours) need to be available weekdays and weekends. (Morning and Afternoon availability). Work at least one or two holiday days a year



The Woods Humane Society (WHS) team thrives on bestowing all patrons with top notch customer service; all animals with the best possible care our resources permit; to approach each and every animal and person with compassion and understanding; to perform daily in an effective and efficient manner and to provide a pleasurable work environment rich in practical learning and team work.



Animal Caregivers are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the shelter and a safe and disease free environment for all animals; provide exceptional customer service to all potential adopters; assess and communicate animal behavior and provide basic medical care when needed.



  • A genuine interest in animals and their well being
  • A valid California Driver's License



  • Demonstrate the mission and vision of the organization on and off the job
  • Organize, prioritize and manage multiple tasks in an often busy working environment
  • Detail-oriented and resourceful
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, maintaining energy and enthusiasm through repetitive tasks
  • Ability to work independently and stay self-motivated as well as work in a close group setting
  • Ability to maintain professionalism in all interactions with the public and coworkers at all times
  • Always be unbiased and non-judgmental in one’s interactions with the public



Continuous exposure to infectious organisms, animal waste, allergens, chemical materials requiring OSHA Material Safety Data Sheets, high noise, sharp objects, potential hostile persons and/or dangerous and fractious animals, including the risk of animal bites and scratches.


SCHEDULE: (subject to change)

Willingness to work on weekends and a minimum of three holidays per year.


Please share the dates and times you are NOT available to work with a brief explanation (the facility is staffed 7 days per week)

Sunday__________ Monday__________ Tuesday__________

Wednesday__________ Thursday__________ Friday__________ Saturday__________



  • Ability to control large dogs and fractious cats
  • Work with a variety of cleaning agents
  • Work in an environment with daily changes in climate
  • Regularly required to use hands, fingers, voice and hearing
  • Frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel or crouch
  • Specific vision abilities required are close vision, distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to focus
  • The ability to lift and carry fifty pounds for 100 feet



  • Performing all tasks to the best of one’s personal ability
  • Seek supervision when unsure about any situation or project or when a situation is beyond one’s current level of training
  • Uphold an energetic and enthusiastic attitude with all public interactions
  • Arrive for scheduled shifts on time and prepared to work diligently throughout the shift
  • Contribute to a positive atmosphere and working environment
  • Communicate in a timely and professional manner with the Manager, Supervisor and Senior Animal Caregiver
  • Model proper interactions with co-workers and customers at all times




Kennel and Cattery Areas

  • Perform the daily cleaning routines of the animal living quarters in accordance with WHS policies and procedures in an efficient and effective manner
  • Assure animals are cared for regarding food, water, daily exercise, and living conditions
  • Monitor the health of animals and properly notify vet staff of any possible health problems
  • Participate with behavior and kennel enrichment programs including assisting with training and socialization programs
  • Ensure all daily tasks are completed
  • Participate in the training of new employees

Customer Service

  •  Ensure the general public is assisted in a helpful, professional, polite, courteous, and timely manner; providing a high level of personalized customer service
  • Accurately field questions regarding the organization's services and programs
  • Provide specific information to potential adopters regarding temperament, behavior, age and breed type characteristics of adoptable animals
  • Facilitate meetings between potential adopters and the animals with which they have interest
  • Facilitate meetings between WHS animals and the animals of potential adopters
  • Always be unbiased and non-judgmental in one’s interactions with the public
  • Computer skills and frequent use of shelter buddy program

Animal Behavior

  • Observe and assist in conducting behavior assessments on incoming animals (handling and observing), to include presenting opinions on approval or denial into the adoption program
  • Work under the supervision of the trainer on staff
  • Be able to discern between good interactions and questionable interactions with WHS animals and the animals of potential adopters, seeking the assistance of the Manager, Supervisor or Animal Care Team Leader if the interaction is questionable or if there are any concerns
  • Conduct dog-to-dog introductions with WHS dogs, seeking the assistance of the Manager, Supervisor, Animal Care Team, or Behavior and Training team if the interaction is questionable or if there are any concerns

 Woods Humane Society General

  • Maintain a neat and well-groomed personal appearance
  • Assist in maintaining overall facility cleanliness, including working on the daily check off sheet as well as any assigned cleaning tasks
  • Attend quarterly all staff meetings
  • Attend all Animal Care staff meetings
  • Attend trainings and utilize training material
  • Abide by all policies
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by the Adoption program manager and/or an Animal care supervisor

Cover letter needed: needs to include:

  • Reason interested in the position
  • Please provide the hours and days you are available to work as scheduling is key to our needs.
  • Please send a phone number and email address as well when applying on indeed

 Woods Humane Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (over 40), sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, religion, (including, but not limited to, religious dress and grooming practices), family status, ancestry, citizenship, military and veteran status, filing of a workers’ compensation claim, or any other legally protected status. It is our intention that all applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

This job description explains and outlines qualifications and requirements specific to this position. The job description may evolve over time including additions, deletions or further revisions as necessary. Your employment as an Animal Caregiver/Adoption Counselor or in any other position at Woods Humane Society is at-will and is for no set term; either you or Woods Humane Society may terminate the employment relationship at any time. By applying for this position you indicate that you have a clear understanding of what is required, that you possess the necessary skills, that you have a commitment to follow through with the duties as outlined and that you are willing to accept changes to the job description as it evolves.

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Opening Homes and Hearts to Homeless Pets
in San Luis Obispo County since 1955.