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Current Opportunities

Volunteer Coordinator

Delaware Humane Association is seeking a part-time Volunteer Coordinator at our no kill animal care and adoption center in Wilmington, DE. It is an exciting time to join the DHA team, as we have just moved into our new building!

The Volunteer Coordinator leads and coordinates efforts to engage volunteers for DHA’s programs and services. The Volunteer Coordinator cultivates volunteer opportunities, promotes strong working relationships between staff and volunteers, and ensures the best possible match between organizational needs and volunteer capabilities.

General responsibilities include planning for volunteer utilization, writing volunteer job descriptions, recruiting volunteers, facilitating general orientations, tracking volunteer hours and activities, and developing and implementing volunteer recognition efforts.

This is a part-time position of 20 to 30 hours per week as needs demand. Candidates will need to have flexible availability, including some weekends.

Essential Volunteer Coordinator functions include:

  • Responsible for the selection, interviewing, recruitment, retention and ongoing evaluation of volunteers
  • Assists with development and upkeep of the Volunteer Handbook and protocols
  • Communicates new development and protocols to volunteer base as needed
  • Schedules and facilitates all new Volunteer Orientations
  • Develops and maintains training manuals and related training materials for volunteers
  • Coordinates training schedules for volunteers regarding various areas of opportunity
  • Handles all communications to DHA’s volunteer base about various opportunities and needs
  • Inputs volunteer data and hours into the tracker
  • Creates new ideas for volunteer development and recognition
  • Researches effective volunteer recruitment and retention strategies
  • Reports monthly on volunteer activities to the Director of Operations
  • Reports monthly on volunteer budget usage and needs
  • Aides in special event planning

Knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to perform the essential functions of this position:

  • Previous experience as a Volunteer Coordinator or similar position
  • College degree in a social science or business management preferred
  • Strong telephone communication and interpersonal skills
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Able to organize, prioritize, manage multiple tasks, and set and meet deadlines
  • Works autonomously and perform well under pressure
  • Detail-oriented and resourceful
  • Can work in a fast-paced environment, maintaining energy through repetitive tasks
  • Able to maintain a flexible schedule
  • Ability to keep information confidential

Learn more about DHA's Volunteer Program at delawarehumane.org/volunteer.

Qualifying candidates should apply by February 10, 2015.  Please complete an Employment Application and send letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to Director of Operations Debra Radcliff at dradcliff@dehumane.org or fax them to (302) 571-0745.

Veterinary Technician

DHA is currently accepting applications for a part-time and a full-time Veterinary Technician. Vet Techs are responsible for providing medical care to all shelter animals in accordance with DHA's policies and procedures, as well as assisting with public education about humane animal care and welfare. All employees are be expected to promote the humane care and treatment of animals at all times.

The person hired for the part-time position must be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 am to 4:30pm, and one Saturday a month as part of a rotation with the other medical staff or for DHA's Vaccination Clinics. The person hired for the full-time position will have a revolving schedule, which will include at least one Saturday per month.

We are looking people who genuinely care about all animals and will be committed to providing exceptional care to our shelter clients and visitors.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Performing or assisting with initial medical assessment for animals being considered for intake, daily medical treatments, follow-up physicals, and pre-adoption exit examinations
  • Properly dosing and administering medications and vaccines
  • Administering tests to check for Heartworms and other parasites, urine pH, FeLV/FIV, Parvo, etc.
  • Performing blood sampling, skin scrapings, fecal floats, UV checks for Ringworm, etc.
  • Conducting nail clipping, ear cleaning, suture removal, and weight checks on all shelter animals
  • Assisting the veterinarian at vaccination clinics, including handling of clients' pets while vaccinations and microchips are administered
  • Assisting with spay/neuter services, including admitting patients, monitoring recovery, cleaning and preparation of surgical equipment, and cleaning the surgery van
  • Communicating effectively with partnering veterinary offices and volunteers who are providing foster care for shelter animals
  • Assisting the veterinarian with euthanasia when necessary (DHA is a no kill shelter that does not euthanize to make room for other animals)

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a minimum one year of experience as a Veterinary Technician or similar work experience in an animal care, veterinary hospital and/or shelter environment; certification is preferred
  • Possess a genuine passion for the humane care of animals
  • Have the ability to perform simple math to calculate proper dosage of medications
  • Have excellent communication skills, public relations/customer service experience, and strong organizational and written skills
  • Possess basic computer operations and knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel software programs
  • Perform duties in a professional manner using good judgment while promoting a team environment
  • Be in good physical and mental health with no animal allergies and be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Be a self-starter who is able to work well in a fast paced, changing environment which may be stressful or emotionally charged at times

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete an Employment Application and email it along with your resume to Director of Operations Debra Radcliff at dradcliff@dehumane.org or fax them to (302) 571-0745.

Animal Caretakers

We currently have employment opportunities available for part-time Animal Caretakers to work in our kennel and cattery.

Animal caretakers feed and clean our resident animals and their living areas, provide them with exercise and socialization, administer medication, and monitor the kennel and cattery to ensure a clean, healthy, and welcoming environment for the animals and shelter visitors.

Our kennel and cattery staff members also use their knowledge of the animals in our care to help potential adopters find a good match for their needs and lifestyles, provide assistance with animal visitation, and support the Customer Service and Adoption Counseling staff with animal handling as needed.

Candidates should not have a fear or dislike of cats or dogs since they will be handling both, and should be prepared for physically demanding work, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds. We are looking for people who genuinely care about all animals and will be committed to providing exceptional care to our resident animals.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please stop by the shelter and pick up an application, or contact Layne Ross, Administrative Coordinator, at (302) 571-8171, ext. 301 or lross@dehumane.org. Resumes can be sent via email or faxed to (302) 571-0745.

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How to Apply

Unless otherwise specified in the job posting, please follow the instructions below to apply for a job at DHA.

Please note that you must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a job at DHA.

Step 1

Complete the employment application provided below and:

  • Email it to lross@dehumane.org
  • Fax it to (302) 571-0745
  • Mail it to Delaware Humane Association
    Attn: Layne Ross
    701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

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Alternately, you can pick up a printed copy at the shelter and submit it in person or by mail.

Step 2

After completing your application, please submit your resume by email, fax or mail. If you don't have a resume, please provide a letter describing your interest and background.


If you have questions about applying, please contact Layne Ross at (302) 571-8171, ext. 301 or lross@dehumane.org.

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Delaware Humane Association is an EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) employer.