Careers

Want your work to make an impact in the lives of animals?

The Ottawa Humane Society has been an animal welfare leader since 1888. We are more than a shelter and a safe haven for the thousands of animals in our care each year. We play a key role in our community enriching the lives of people and their companion animals through our programs, services and community outreach.

If you are hard-working and committed to a humane and compassionate community and you want to learn and grow with us, join one of Ottawa’s most reputable not for profits and support our vision to be a model of excellence in the advancement of animal welfare.

There are also many opportunities for volunteering.

Veterinarian

Full Time

The Ottawa Humane Society is seeking a full-time veterinarian to join our progressive team of two surgeons supported by great RVTs and quality medical protocols, in a state-of-the-art medical clinic, to provide high volume spay/neuter, rounds, dentistry and other procedures. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a generous benefit package.

Estimated Start Date: ASAP

Hours of work:  36 hours per week

Under the direction of the Chief Veterinarian, the Veterinarian’s professional responsibilities include: 

  • Assess and treat animals within established Ottawa Humane Society protocols
  • Follow and support all organizational and medical protocols
  • Examine animals pre-operatively to determine their ability to withstand surgery
  • Carry out clinical rounds within OHS protocols
  • Perform surgical sterilizations in a safe and efficient manner utilizing established high volume sterilization techniques
  • Perform other surgical interventions including dentistry
  • Provide crisis medical services
  • Oversee the daily Clinic or Mobile Spay Neuter operations
  • Monitor herd health and well-being and propose options for increased physical and emotional health
  • Prescribe treatments and other medical interventions
  • Provide necropsy and other tests and assessments to provide expert opinion and testimony
  • Assist in field operations as required
  • Ensure that minimum practice standards are maintained according to provincial legislation
  • Provide consultation and information to the public and other OHS staff as required
  • Provide advice and assistance to the Chief Veterinarian and other Managers, the President and CEO and the Board of Directors and its committees
  • Participate in the supervision and assessment of clinic staff performance
  • Consult with professionals and others as required
  • Be aware and make use of community resources
  • Ensure positive public relations and customer service practices
  • Provide client communication and education

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Current College of Veterinarians of Ontario License
  • Member of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario
  • 2 to 5 years clinical experience with small animals
  • Experience with large animals and wildlife is preferred
  • Small mammal bird and reptile experience an asset
  • Demonstrated excellent crisis management skills
  • Supervisory and/or training experience preferred
  • Training in high volume spay/neuter is preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English are required
  • Bilingualism (English/French) is preferred

Essential duties and working conditions:

  • Employees may be required to work evenings and weekends as required
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to provide services in a safe manner including but not limited to, lifts and transfers of large animals
  • Standing long hours in tight conditions at varying off site locations
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to work around all species of animals safely
  • Employment is conditional upon maintaining confidentiality of OHS information

For a copy of the full job description, please click here

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity and have the above qualifications, please forward your resume and cover letter to the Manager: Human Resources via email to careers@ottawahumane.ca with the job title “Veterinarian” in the email subject line.

The Ottawa Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer. The OHS offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by the OHS regarding a job opportunity, please advise prior to the interview if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Supervisor: Kennel

Full Time Permanent

Overall Purpose:  Under the direction of the Manager: Animal Care, the Supervisor: Kennel is responsible for the day to day operations of the Shelter.

Salary/Wage Range: 24.08 – 29.33

Estimated Start Date: ASAP

Hours of work: 4 week schedule – 67 hours in one pay period, 76 hours in the other pay period

Professional Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the daily kennel and clinic operations
  • Supervise and coordinate kennel and clinic staff and volunteers
  • Ensure animal emotional and physical health
  • Ensure a high level of animal husbandry
  • Train, supervise and schedule kennel and clinic staff
  • Assess kennel staff performance
  • Provide case consultation to other staff and managers
  • Consult with professionals and others
  • Provide crisis intervention services
  • Be aware of and make use of community resources
  • Ensure positive public relations and customer service practices

*for a copy of the complete job description, please click here

Required Qualifications:

Education, Experience and Skills: 

  • A veterinary technician diploma or relevant equivalent experience
  • 2 to 5 years clinical experience
  • Two years demonstrated excellent performance in a supervisory role
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service, crisis management and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated excellent teamwork abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to relate well to people from a wide variety of backgrounds

Languages:

  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English are required
  • Bilingualism (English/French) is preferred

Essential duties and working conditions:

  • Employees will be required to work evening, holiday and weekend shifts
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to provide services in a safe manner including, but not limited to, lifts and transfers of large animals
  • Employees will be required to wear a uniform designated by the employer
  • Employment is conditional upon maintaining confidentiality of OHS information
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to work around all species of animals safely

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity and have the above qualifications, please forward your resume and cover letter to the Manager: Human Resources via email to careers@ottawahumane.ca with the job title “Supervisor Kennel” in the email subject line.

The Ottawa Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer. The OHS offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by the OHS regarding a job opportunity, please advise prior to the interview if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

CSR: Foster

Part Time

Overall Purpose:  Under the direction of the Manager: Volunteers, the Customer Service Representative (CSR): Foster is responsible for assisting in developing and implementing the Foster Program at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS).

Salary/Wage Range:  $19.39 – $23.58

Start Date: ASAP

Hours of work: 40 hours biweekly (July – December) and 35 hours biweekly (January – June)

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain close contact with the Animal Care Department to evaluate the need and appropriateness of foster placements
  • Recruit, interview, and orient foster volunteers
  • Support volunteers in achieving the goals of the foster placement
  • Coordinate meeting the health requirements of fostered animals
  • Match animals requiring foster care to the appropriate volunteer
  • Facilitate day to day operations of the foster department
  • Monitor the health and well-being of animals placed in foster
  • Support volunteers in achieving the goals of the foster department
  • Provide prescribed treatments and other medical interventions for the foster animals
  • Clean and maintain foster animal holding areas
  • Ensure necessary documentation
  • Coordinate meeting the health requirements of fostered animals
  • Assist with volunteer recognition, retention and motivation programs and activities
  • Ensure appropriate feedback on the performance of foster placements

Required Qualifications:

  • Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum one year education or experience in animal care
  • Minimum one year experience in customer service and/or volunteer management and support
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service, crisis management and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated ability to relate well to people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Advanced verbal and written skills in English are required
  • Bilingualism (English/French) is preferred

Essential Duties and working conditions:

  • Employees will be required to work evening, holiday and weekend shifts
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to provide services in a safe manner including, but not limited to, lifts and transfers of large animals
  • Employees will be required to wear a uniform designated by the employer
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to work around all species of animals safely
  • Employment is conditional upon maintaining confidentiality of OHS information

For a copy of the full job description, please click here

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity and have the above qualifications, please forward your resume and cover letter to the Manager: Human Resources via email to careers@ottawahumane.ca with the job title “CSR Foster” in the email subject line.

The Ottawa Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer. The OHS offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by the OHS regarding a job opportunity, please advise prior to the interview if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Veterinary Technician

Casual

Overall Purpose:  Under the direction of the Supervisor: Kennel, the Veterinary Technician – Animal Care is responsible for the health and well-being of Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) and other animals.

Salary/Wage Range: 21.40 – 26.06

Estimated Start Date: ASAP

Hours of work: Casual, as required

Professional Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure the emotional and physical health of OHS animals
  • Provide medical and general animal assessment services
  • Monitor animal health and well-being
  • Administer prescribed treatments and other medical and diagnostic  interventions
  • Provide education, information and support to OHS clients  and other OHS staff
  • Assist veterinarians for rounds and as required

Required Qualifications:

  • A Veterinary Technician diploma from a recognized college
  • 1 to 2 years clinical experience external or internal to the OHS
  • Supervisory and/or training experience
  • Related work experience
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service, crisis management and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated excellent teamwork abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to relate well to people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English are required
  • Bilingualism (English/French) is preferred

Essential duties and working conditions:

  • Employees will be required to work evening, holiday and weekend shifts
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to provide services in a safe manner, including, but not limited to lifts and transfers of large animals
  • Employees will be required to wear a uniform designated by the employer
  • Employment is conditional upon maintaining confidentiality of OHS information
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to work around all species of animals safely

For a copy of the full job description, please click here

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity and have the above qualifications, please forward your resume and cover letter to the Manager: Human Resources via email to careers@ottawahumane.ca with the job title “Vet Tech” in the email subject line.

The Ottawa Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer. The OHS offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by the OHS regarding a job opportunity, please advise prior to the interview if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Customer Service Representative: Intake

Part Time

Overall Purpose:  Under the direction of the Supervisor: Customer Service, the Customer Service Representative: Intake is responsible for the admitting and identifying of animals, locating and notifying their owners and discharging animals.

Salary/Wage Range:  $19.39 – $23.58

Start Date: ASAP

Hours of work:  Part time permanent: 14.5 hours per biweekly pay period (days, evenings, weekends, and holidays required)

Full time 6 month contract: 72 hours per biweekly pay period (days, evenings, weekends, and holidays required)

Professional Responsibilities include:

  • Provide information and support to OHS clients
  • Ensure professional intake of incoming animals and discharge of exiting animals as per procedures
  • Assess and document the health and behaviour of incoming animals
  • Ensure that all in-coming animals are thoroughly examined for identification
  • Research all possible avenues to match an animal to its owner
  • Be aware of and make use of relevant community resources
  • Ensure appropriate information gathering

Required Qualifications:

  • Grade 12 graduation diploma
  • 1 to 2 years clerical and/or customer service experience
  • 6 months to 1 year of animal handling and care experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service, crisis management and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and demanding environment and to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to relate well to people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Advanced verbal and written skills in English are required
  • Verbal French skills are required

Essential Duties and working conditions:

  • Employees will be required to work evening, holiday and weekend shifts
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to provide services in a safe manner including, but not limited to, lifts and transfers of large animals
  • Employment is conditional upon maintaining confidentiality of OHS information
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to work around all species of animals safely.
  • Employees will be required to wear a uniform designated by the employer

*for a copy of the complete job description, please click here

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity and have the above qualifications, please forward your resume and cover letter to the Manager: Human Resources via email to careers@ottawahumane.ca with the job title “CSR Intake” in the email subject line.

The Ottawa Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer. The OHS offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by the OHS regarding a job opportunity, please advise prior to the interview if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Customer Service Representative: Adoptions

Casual

Overall Purpose: Under the direction of the Supervisor: Customer Service, the Customer Service Representative: Adoptions is responsible for assisting the public in adopting Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) animals.

Salary/Wage Range: $19.39 – $23.58

Estimated Start Date:  ASAP

Hours of work: Casual, as required

Professional Responsibilities include:

  • Provide daily care for animals
  • Provide consultation and screening services for OHS customers seeking to adopt an animal
  • Educate OHS customers on good animal care practices
  • Monitor the health and safety of animals for adoption
  • Ensure appropriate information gathering
  • Provide adoption follow-up services
  • Promote OHS goods for sale
  • Supervise and coordinate volunteers’ activities while on shift

Required Qualifications:

  • Grade 12 graduation diploma
  • 1 to 2 years clerical and/or customer service experience
  • 6 month to 1 year of animal handling and care experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service, crisis management, and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and demanding environment and to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to relate well to people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Advanced verbal and written skills in English are required
  • Bilingual (English/French) skills are preferred

Essential Duties and working conditions:

  • Employees will be required to work evening, holiday and weekend shifts
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to provide services in a safe manner including, but not   limited to, lifts and transfers of large animals
  • Employment is conditional upon maintaining confidentiality of OHS information
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to work around all species of animals safely.
  • Employees will be required to wear a uniform designated by the employer

For a copy of the full job description, please click here

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity and have the above qualifications, please forward your resume and cover letter to the Manager: Human Resources via email to careers@ottawahumane.ca with the job title “CSR Adoptions” in the email subject line.

The Ottawa Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer. The OHS offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by the OHS regarding a job opportunity, please advise prior to the interview if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Attendant: Adoption Reception

Part Time

Overall Purpose: Under direction of the Supervisor: Customer Service, the Attendant: Adoption Reception is responsible for greeting and directing clients, assisting with operations of the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) store and assisting with adoption of OHS animals.

Salary/Wage Range: $17.55 to 21.39

Estimated Start Date: ASAP

Hours of work:  42.5 hours per pay period, see below for schedule

Week 1 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
11:00 am – 8:30 pm 11:00 am – 8:30 pm
Week 2 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
11:00 am – 8:30 pm 8:00 am – 5:30 pm 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Professional Responsibilities include:

  • Greet clients visiting the OHS and direct them as appropriate
  • Provide general information to OHS clients about adoption processes
  • Ensure all animals available for adoption are appropriately advertised on the OHS website
  • Provide information to OHS customers on good animal care practices
  • Process sales transactions
  • Provide adoption follow-up services and direct issues appropriately
  • Promote OHS goods for sale
  • Supervise and coordinate volunteers’ activities while on shift
  • Answer telephone and triage phone calls
  • Triage emails and response
  • Accept and record in-kind donations

Required Qualifications:

  • A grade 12 graduation diploma
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in customer service
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service, crisis management and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and demanding environment and to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to relate well to people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Microsoft Office applications
  • Chameleon and/or Raiser’s Edge experience is an asset
  • Advanced verbal skills in English are required
  • Bilingualism (English/French) is required

Essential duties and working conditions:

  • Employees may be required to work evenings, holiday and weekend shifts
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to provide services in a safe manner, including, but not limited to, lifts and transfers of large animals and interaction with potentially aggressive animals
  • Employees will be required to wear a uniform designated by the employer
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to work around all species of animals safely
  • Employment is conditional upon maintaining confidentiality of OHS information

For a copy of the full job description, please click here

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity and have the above qualifications, please forward your resume and cover letter to the Manager: Human Resources via email to careers@ottawahumane.ca with the job title “ATT AR” in the email subject line.

The Ottawa Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer. The OHS offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by the OHS regarding a job opportunity, please advise prior to the interview if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.