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Employment Opportunities

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To apply for any of current job opportunities below, please download and complete an employment application and submit with your cover letter and resume via the link provided at the bottom of the page.
Staff Veterinarian


This is a Non-exempt position with a salary range of $65 to $75 per hour.

The primary responsibility of the DVM holding this position is to provide surgical services for the patrons of our high-quality high-volume (HQHV) spay and neuter clinic. The DVM is responsible for ensuring the health, safety and appropriate medical and surgical treatment of patients in our clinic. Some support for the health management of our shelter population may also be required.



  • Licensed and able to practice in the state of California as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Demonstrated proficiency in HQHVSN techniques or desire and ability to learn
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with others, handle challenges with diplomacy, and integrate into a high-functioning team
  • Clear oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate positively, respectfully, and professionally with staff, volunteers, and members of the public
  • Personal commitment to animal welfare and understanding of shelter medicine
  • Proficiency with computers and ability to learn new electronic medical records with ease



  • Previous experience in a HQHVSN clinic or animal shelter
  • Familiarity with Clinic HQ or Shelterbuddy software systems
  • Demonstrable ability to utilize Fear-Free techniques when handling animals



Ability to lift and carry fifty pounds for 100 feet; withstand long periods on your feet; bend, reach, stoop, lift and other moderately strenuous activities; control dogs on a leash; appropriately and humanely restrain cats and dogs; work with a variety of animals and cleaning agents



  • Proficiently perform high-quality/high-volume spay neuter surgeries and other surgeries/procedures as requested by the Director of Veterinary Services
  • Address any post-operative complications or concerns
  • Have deep understanding of anesthetic protocols, common side effects and potential complications
  • Accurately evaluate animals’ health and perform veterinary medical procedures as needed
  • Perform dental surgery
  • Demonstrate the mission and vision of the organization on and off the job
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards and provision of veterinary care in a safe, competent, professional, and humane manner.
  • Available by phone after hours for post-surgical complications and/ or emergencies
  • Maintain complete surgical and health records

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Humane Education Coordinator

Humane Education Coordinator

This is a part-time, non-exempt position approximately 25-29 hours per week, including weekend availability.

The salary range is $19.00 - $21.00 per hour, dependent upon experience.


Under the supervision of the Community Engagement Manager, the Humane Education Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and executing WHS Humane Education programs, which encompass youth programs as well as community outreach and engagement efforts, both on and off-site. This position involves travel throughout the SLO County area.

Woods’ Humane Education programs aim to: build public awareness of the organization’s mission, brand, and services by increasing visibility and engaging with the community; provide educational resources and pet care support to help pets remain in safe, loving homes; foster empathy for animals and celebrate the human-animal bond; and encourage community support, adoptions, and participation in Woods services and programs.

The Humane Education Coordinator plans and executes on-site programs in SLO and North County (such as youth camps, youth and adult volunteer programs, youth birthday parties, public seminars and workshops, and public tours), as well as off-site programs throughout the county (such as presentations to schools and other community organizations, and participation in key community events). Additionally, the Humane Education Coordinator assists the Community Engagement Manager with third-party fundraising programs and events, community partnerships, in-kind donations, and volunteer groups and events. 


  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • Current Adult-Child-Infant CPR and First Aid certification required within 60 days of hire (Employer Sponsored)
  • Mandated Reporter Training Certificate within 60 days of hire (Employer Sponsored)
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license with California required auto insurance
  • Ability to pass background check and/or LiveScan required
  • Camp counselor, teacher, or group leader experience preferred.
  • Animal welfare experience helpful but not required


  • Compliance with department, county and state standards, providing a fear free experience.
  • Willing and able to work daily with animals and handle individual animals in a caring and humane manner.
  • Able to work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and desire to communicate with staff, volunteers, adopters, and other members of the public in a consistently professional and educational manner.
  • Knowledge of teaching methods to accommodate the varied learning processes of both adults and children. Skills in lesson planning and presentation.
  • Demonstrated public speaking ability.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal relationship skills to include building alliances with schools and community organizations.
  • Able to remain calm, think clearly and follow procedures when responding to emergency or first aid situations.
  • Basic computer, video conferencing, email and social media skills necessary. Proficiency in Word, Excel, Google Suite, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive atmosphere and working environment at WHS
  • Ability to demonstrate the mission and vision of the organization on and off the job


  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, talk, hear and see, stoop, bend, squat, kneel, grasp, put fingers together firmly and reach above and below shoulder level and lift; push, lift or pull 50 pounds for situation of restraining or moving animals and lifting supplies, material and equipment; work in an environment with daily changes in climate.
  • Repetitively use hands to move animals around and operate computers
  • Flex the neck upward and downward; twist the neck and the waist.
  • Specific vision abilities required are close and mid-range vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to focus.
  • Appropriately and humanely restrain cats and dogs; control dogs on a leash; work with a variety of animals
  • Be able to tolerate extended periods of 4 to 6 hours of performing moderately strenuous activities, standing, lifting, stretching and bending.
  • Work in an environment with daily changes in climate.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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