HSCC: A place where best friends work.

At HSCC we're proud of our dynamic work environment and our dedicated and hard-working staff who bring great passion for animal welfare and compassion for the human companions to their daily work. Our population of animal residents changes almost every day; we're constantly seeing animals off as they head on to new homes and welcoming visitors who come our way for a variety of reasons. With an average of about 100 animals in our building on any given day, there's never a shortage of work to be done! Our workplace culture and philosophy are all about the team. You won't find any lone rangers or solo flyers here - we get our work done together, support one another, and fill the gaps when the gaps need filling. And we're here because we care - about animals, about our customers, about our communities, and about each other. We work together, share lunch together on most days, and, when time permits, play together too.

Our staffing needs change from time to time so, even if there are no positions open at the moment, please check back often. 

Shelter Operations Director (Full Time; Exempt - Administrative)


The Shelter Operations Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of HSCC's animal care, customer care, and shelter services activities. In collaboration with our operational management team and the Medical Clinic Director, the Shelter Operations Director will work to ensure that animals move through our system efficiently and that each animal receives the care it needs during its stay. The position of Shelter Operations Director includes administrative, supervisory, and personnel duties as well as hands-on shelter work (including direct animal care and handling) as needed. The Shelter Operations Director is charged with keeping an eye on the "big picture" in an effort to ensure efficiency, a high standard of care for our animals, our customers and a positive and productive workplace for our staff.

  • Convene shelter management regularly to address daily, short term, and long term needs
  • Supervise, provide direction to, and support operational management team
  • Compile and report shelter statistics and data trends (i.e. intakes, adoption, euthanasia, etc.)
  • Assist in the development and implementation of operational and organizational policies
  • Create, in a timely manner, and effectively manage the weekly staff schedule
  • Oversee the hiring, evaluation, supervision, and dismissal of animal care and adoption staff and management staff
  • Address and resolve personnel disputes, requesting support from the President & CEO and Human Resources as needed
  • Process bi-weekly timesheets for submission to Finance & Administration Director
  • Assist with development/management of annual budget in relation to shelter revenue and expenses
  • Attend board meetings and present shelter related information to members as requested by President & CEO
  • Create ShelterLuv staff user accounts and update account permission when needed, act as key person for ShelterLuv database including trouble shooting
  • Other responsibilities as directed
  • Lead rounds meetings as necessary
  • Manage training of the Animal Care and Customer Care Managers
  • Supervise special animal care programs such as Good Neighbor Program; adoption events; foster program; transport program; animal control contracts
  • Work with Humane Investigator and Animal Care Manager to accommodate relinquished and seized animals
  • Oversee and ensure the cleanliness and orderliness of the facility at all times
  • Manage facility maintenance needs and ensure facility and equipment are functional and safe
  • Supervise volunteers in collaboration with managers and Director of Volunteer & Community Outreach
  • Maintain supply inventory either directly or by delegation (including adoption/animal care related supplies)
  • Maintain, update, and implement standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Assist with the cleaning, feeding, of shelter animals when emergency support is needed
  • Assist with adoptions and intakes as needed
  • Assist Customer Care Manager in responding to dissatisfied visitors/callers as needed
  • Other responsibilities as directed by CEO
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years management experience, including budgetary and staff supervision, in animal welfare or a similar field, preferably a not-for-profit and animal welfare organization. Previous experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree where appropriate
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Strong organizational, planning, and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to gather and analyze facts, devise solutions and implement plans
  • Excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in intense and emotional situations on a daily basis
  • Integrity and honesty in dealing with all facets of position
  • Adept and flexible multi-tasking abilities
  • Advanced computer and phone literacy
  • Knowledgeable in animal care and commitment to animal welfare
  • Upbeat, friendly, and outgoing personality
  • Willingness to: work as a team member, pitch in as needed, and have fun

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Brent Householder, Director of Finance & Administration, at We look forward to hearing from you! 

Camp Paw Paw Counselors (Part Time, Seasonal; $14.50-$15.50/hour)


The Camp Counselor is a part-time temporary (seasonal) position serving as support and activity coordinator for Camp Paw Paw, HSCC’s humane education camp for children ages 5-12. The Camp Counselor must attend a pre-camp training and be available for all of the camp sessions. We are currently hiring for three open positions! 

Essential Functions
  • Responsible for a group of 20 campers each session
  • Ensuring the functional operation of each one-week camp session
  • Assisting with the checking in and signing out of campers each day
  • Facilitating camp activities under the direction of the Head Counselor
  • Ensuring a positive, fun, and safe camp experience for all campers
  • Reporting conflicts and problems to the Head Counselor and assisting with productive and positive resolution of challenges as they arise
  • Responsible for becoming familiar with and assisting in the implementation of Camp Paw Paw’s humane education based curriculum
  • Other duties as assigned and needed
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Flexibility to deal with changes and problems
  • Interest and skills in working with children
  • Interest in animals and commitment to animal welfare
  • Upbeat, friendly, and outgoing personality
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to deal with challenges quickly, decisively, and appropriately
  • Willingness to: work as a team member, pitch in as needed, and have fun
  • Experience and/or training in education a significant plus!

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Erin Alamed, Director of Volunteer & Community Outreach, at We look forward to hearing from you! 

The Humane Society of Chittenden County  is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. We believe that marginalized groups - including people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ - must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.