Canine Placement Specialist

Class Title: Canine Placement Specialist – Humane Society of Chilton County
Salary: $9 Hourly
Weekly Hours: 25-40

Job Summary

This position is responsible for communications and work coordinating the outcomes of placement of canines at the animal shelter by means of adoption, return to owner, transfer, or rescue.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Must intake canines surrendered to the HSCC by owners or as strays.
  2. Conducts outreach to increase participation of placement partners and rescue groups and to enhance the live outcomes of the shelter.
  3. Maintains positive and open communication with existing and future partners.
  4. Notifies partners and coordinates flow of canines for adoptions, transfers and rescues.
  5. Facilitates photography/video of canines for adoptions, transfers and rescues.
  6. Uploads, posts, edits, and updates information on the animal shelter Facebook page and other social media outlets.
  7. Develops creative descriptions of available canines for marking and networking purposes through print and social media.
  8. Coordinates adoption events at the facility and off site.
  9. Organizes outreach involvement and activities for volunteers.
  10. Coordinates with employees to organize and implement surrender prevention strategies.
  11. Maintains complete and accurate records.
  12. Enters data and information into computerized database to maintain animal and adoption/transfer/rescue records.

Education and Experience

  1. Possess a valid driver’s license.
  2. High school diploma or equivalent.
  3. Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in customer service, public relations and/or clerical experience.    

Other Characteristics

  1. Willingness to work overtime and non-standard hours as required.
  2. Be willing and available to attend training related to job.
  3. Injuries from animals pose a work hazard for employees in this class. 

Specific Skills

  1. Compassion and empathy for animal and human clients.
  2. Strong interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills.
  3. Maturity, good judgement and professionalism.
  4. Ability to work individually and on a team, multi-task and self-start.
  5. Ability to remain calm and empathic in stressful situations.

Physical Requirements

  1. Handle and restrain animals weighing up to 150 lbs.
  2. Lift 50 lbs. to waist height.
  3. Frequent standing, walking, bending, lifting, stooping, carrying and reaching.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Good knowledge of internet and social media platforms and methods to connect with potential partners.
  2. Good knowledge of animal shelter operations, adoptions and rescues or the ability to readily acquire such knowledge.
  3. Good knowledge of written and verbal communication methods and principles; good knowledge of customer service principles and practices.
  4. Good knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
  5. Some knowledge of safety practices and procedures in dealing with animals, or the ability to readily acquire such knowledge.
  6. Some knowledge of area animal advocacy groups, or the ability to readily acquire such knowledge.
  7. Ability to in a fast paced environment.
  8. Ability to operate a camera.
  9. Ability to understand and explain general policies of animal control and shelter operations, including euthanasia of animals.
  10. Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion when dealing with sensitive subjects, such as euthanasia of animals.
  11. Ability to maintain professionalism in all aspects of work.
  12. Ability to plan, organize and coordinate events.
  13. Ability to compile and present oral and written report
  14. Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and travel to locations within the community and surrounding counties. 
  15. Ability to establish and maintain social media relationships.
  16. Ability to work independently and efficiently on multiple projects.
  17. Ability to communication, both orally and in writing.
  18. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public officials, employees and the general public.
  19. Hear well enough to respond to verbal communication and to use the telephone.
  20. Body movement to bend, stoop and move about.
  21. Manual dexterity to write and type.

Working Conditions

  1. Work is performed inside and outside.
  2. Exposure to unpleasant odors and noises.
  3. Exposure to bites, scratches and animal wastes.
  4. Possible exposure to contagious diseases.

At Will Employment There is no minimum period of employment guaranteed or implied by acceptance of an employment offer. It is the policy of the HSCC that employment is at will, which means that employment is for no specific term and that employment may be terminated by the employee or the HSCC at any time without cause.0

Equal Employment Opportunity

The HSCC is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We assure you that your opportunity for employment with the HSCC depends solely on your qualifications.


Statements included in this description are intended to reflect in general the duties and responsibilities of this classification and are not to be interpreted as being all inclusive. The employee may be assigned other duties that are not specifically included.

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