Registered Veterinary Technician, Foster and Shelter Volunteer Programs Coordinator

Registered Veterinary Technician, Foster and Shelter Volunteer Programs Coordinator

Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe
10961 Stevens Lane
(530) 582-2462
About Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe

Essential duties and primary job purpose include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
* Must live within a 20-mile radius of the Truckee shelter. 

Under the direct supervision of the Community Engagement Director, the Registered Veterinary Technician, Foster and Shelter Volunteer Programs Coordinator will work within the parameters set by the Shelter Manager to provide outstanding care to HSTT’s patients and clients during surgery days as well as work alongside the Foster and Shelter Volunteer Programs Manager to facilitate the foster program for HSTT’s entire service area and help oversee the volunteers working directly with animals in the Truckee shelter.

Shelter animal volunteer program

The primary responsibility will include the training and supervision of volunteers working with shelter animals to improve the health and well-being of shelter animals.

Foster program

The primary responsibility is for the coordination of HSTT’s foster program assuring proper sanitary, efficient and humane care of shelter animals while in foster care, training and supervision of foster volunteers, and necessary communication with other departments of the organization as it relates to the foster program and assist with other shelter operation tasks as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

  • Organize and conduct training for shelter volunteers in accordance with HSTT’s mission and philosophy. Update training materials, programs, and curriculum as needed.
  • Provide, or recruit someone to provide, “first walks” to new volunteers.
  • Supervise shelter volunteers and provide feedback and guidance when requested or required.
  • Along with the Community Engagement Director and the Foster and Shelter Volunteer Program Manager, assist in resolving disputes and terminating volunteers blatantly disregarding the mission of HSTT.
  • Plan ways to make volunteering for HSTT fun and rewarding (i.e. holiday parties, volunteer appreciation, etc.).
  • Evaluate and revise policies and procedures for volunteers working with shelter animals as needed.
  • In conjunction with the Foster and Shelter Volunteer Program Manager, coordinate aspects of the foster program ensuring the best interest of the animals and foster families are a top priority.
  • Work with Community Engagement Director, South Lake Tahoe Programs Manager, and Foster and Shelter Volunteer Program Manager to actively recruit foster families.
  • Stay apprised of other foster programs to ensure HSTT is in line with industry standards.
  • Facilitate the movement of shelter animals into foster care and back to the shelter.
  • Monitor the health and behavior of animals in foster care and report findings/issues to the Operations Director and shelter medical team as appropriate.
  • Coordinate vaccines, rechecks, and drop-off times with foster animals.
  • Keep foster materials and programs up to date and provide appropriate training materials, manuals and handouts to all foster volunteers.
  • Coordinate foster animal transportation.
  • Have a plan in place for rapid response to foster animal emergencies.
  • Work closely with the Operations Director and Foster and Shelter Volunteer Program Manager to prepare foster animals for adoption and make them available as needed.
  • Keep all staff up to date on changes to foster programs; provide staff training for foster program procedures as needed; ensure staff is providing accurate information to foster volunteers.
  • Provide outstanding humane care for our patients and clients.
  • Assess patients for treatment with thorough physical exams.
  • Prepare and restrain animals for exams or procedures. This may include sterilization of work areas and administering pre-surgical injections.
  • Work on lab procedures and perform blood work. Operate microscope, centrifuge, and dental machines.
  • Calculate and prepare medications for patients.
  • Induce, monitor, and maintain animals under anesthesia.
  • Perform admitting and discharge duties for public and shelter animals.
  • Assist the veterinarians in surgery or as needed.
  • Maintain proper paperwork and medical records as required by law.
  • Euthanize and/or assist with the euthanasia of animals as needed.
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary work area in all workspaces.
  • Maintain controlled substances log.
  • Perform inventory and stock and re-stock supplies.
  • Uphold HSTT values and mission.

Qualifications and experience

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The individual must also possess the ability to manage the emotional aspect of end-of-life services and humane euthanasia, and support staff in high-emotion circumstances. Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and able to show COVID Vaccination Card as proof of vaccination.

  • Registered Veterinary Technician certification from an accredited program is required.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, shelter medical records, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Experience with domestic pets (dogs, cats) required. Prefer one or more years of experience in an animal shelter or veterinary setting with a good understanding of the day-to-day activities as it relates to shelter operations.
  • Ability to work well under pressure in emergency situations, and deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Knowledge of Petpoint database software or become proficient within the probationary period (first three months from hire date). Basic knowledge, or become proficient with Microsoft Office and computer keyboarding skills, and data entry.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles of supervision and motivation techniques. Knowledge of decision-making techniques, skills in mediating disputes, conflicts, and grievances.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills including public speaking, conflict resolution, performance feedback, and ability to communicate effectively with diverse people.
  • Demonstrated program management knowledge in developing training materials and the ability to organize and conduct group and individual training sessions for adults and children.
  • Valid California driver’s license with a good driving history.
  • Must be able to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Knowledge of domestic animals including breeds, behavior, appropriate care and housing, common health problems, disease symptoms, and handling techniques is preferred.
  • Weekends, evenings, and variable schedules are required.
  • Work well in emotional and stressful situations.
  • Commitment to the mission, goals, and success of HSTT.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Registered Veterinary Technician License

Education and experience: 

High School graduate or GED equivalent required. At least 6 months of related animal care experience and/or training is preferred.

Physical requirements: 

  • Must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to 50-75 pounds.
  • Must be able to perform strenuous manual labor and move quickly in an agile manner when dealing with animals and in cases of emergency.
  • Must be able to work with physically strong dogs.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, hike, walk, kneel, and lift comfortably and with ease

Non-Exempt Full-Time Position: Approximately 32 hours per week, Friday-Monday plus on-call after hours during scheduled workdays.

Compensation: $20-$28/hour DOE

Immediate supervisor: Community Engagement Director

If you are interested in applying, please send your cover letter and resume to Erin Ellis,


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