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Employment Opportunities

Hawaii Island Humane Society is a non-profit animal welfare organization. All positions require humane treatment of animals, compassionate public service, excellent communications and computer skills, a clean driving record and no limitations in working with animals. Requires a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays. Hawaii Island Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. HIHS offers a generous employee benefits package.

All positions are full-time unless otherwise noted.

To apply for any open position, please email your resume to

Available Positions at the Animal Community Center in Kona:

Volunteer Coordinator (Full-Time) Hourly pay starts at $19/hr

The Volunteer & Foster Coordinator is responsible for expanding and enhancing Hawaii Island Humane Society's potential to provide humane care to animals by recruiting and retaining volunteers and foster caregivers. Essential functions include but are not limited to communicating directly with volunteers and foster caregivers via phone call, text messages, and email, conducting Volunteer Introductions under the direction of the Community Outreach Manager, working directly with the Behavior Manager and Placement Manager to identify and place animals in foster homes, overseeing the daily activities of volunteers in the shelter, coordinating appointments for foster caregivers and foster animals in conjunction with the veterinary team, participating in the training of volunteers and foster caregivers, developing and maintaining positive relationships with volunteers and foster caregivers, and more.


  • High School graduate or GED equivalent, required
  • Bachelor's degree, preferred
  • Experience in customer service, preferred
  • Experience with animals, preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively as a team
  • Must possess effective communication skills and proficiency with technology

Animal Enrichment Coordinator (Full-Time) Hourly pay starts at $18/hr

Do you love working with animals? The Hawaii Island Humane Society is hiring for our most animal-centric position, Enrichment Coordinator at the Keaau Shelter. Animal Enrichment Coordinator responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily Animal Care In Shelter
  • Mental Enrichment for both Dogs and Cats
  • Physical Exercise and Socialization of Shelter Animals
  • Helping Facilitate the Field Trips for Shelter Dogs program at the Keaau Shelter
  • Training and Supporting Behavior Volunteers using force-free, science based methods
  • Promoting a Fear-Free Environment for All Shelter Animals


  • Proficiency in using a computer, emailing, and inputting data
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in a related field (social work, customer service, non-profit) preferred
  • Must be comfortable working with animals (specifically dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs)
  • Must demonstrate compassion, patience, and empathy for others
  • Must enjoy working in collaboration with a team

Available Positions at the Keaau Shelter

Animal Care Technician (Full-Time) Hourly pay starts at $19/hr

An Animal Care Technician is responsible for maintaining the health for animals in our care while working with the HIHS Veterinarian, Animal Care Manager, and all other shelter staff. Work duties include but are not limited to:

  • Administering treatments to shelter and community animals
  • Preparing and monitoring animals during and after surgery
  • Handling and lifting animals
  • Scheduling appointments for foster caregivers and pet owners
  • Cleaning kennels
  • Inputting data
  • Applicants should enjoy spending time with animals of all shapes and sizes. Experience in medical or veterinary medicine is REQUIRED

Applicants must be reliable, compassionate, willing to learn, and follow HIHS protocols. Must have a solid work history and be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends if needed. Applicants must be dependable & mature with a clean driver's abstract. Other duties may be assigned. The Animal Care Technician reports directly to the HIHS Veterinarian.