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Customer Care Associate (Adoptions)

Lawrence Humane Society
Douglas County, Kansas, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Conservation science
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Position Summary:

Customer Care Associates at Lawrence Humane Society (LHS) are compassionate, hard-working professionals who enjoy a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Their primary goal is to find suitable homes for the animals in LHS' care by working with customers who visit the shelter and counseling them towards a great fit with one (or more) of our animals. Other duties include data entry, handling payments and donations, providing direct animal care and cleaning various areas of the shelter on a daily basis. LHS utilizes an open adoption philosophy that emphasizes reducing barriers and saving lives.


Customer Service
  • Provide extraordinary service to LHS customers who visit or call to inquire about our services and programs
  • Actively engage members of the public from the moment they arrive or call LHS
  • Counsel prospective adopters to match the appropriate animal to the adopter(s) and educate them on proper animal care
  • Inform customers of the animal's noted medical and behavioral history at LHS and prior (as available)
  • Counsel customers on necessary future and ongoing veterinary care as well as any applicable programs and services
  • Field (or transfer as needed) calls using a multi-line phone system
  • Provide compassionate, respectful counseling to customers when the adoption is not a good fit

Animal Care
  • Work with colleagues to provide all animals in LHS' care with appropriate housing, food, water, bedding, toys and other mental and physical stimulation and enrichment
  • Handle dogs (of various sizes and temperaments), cats, and occasionally small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.) safely and appropriately throughout the completion of daily cleaning and animal care tasks
  • Adhere to established Standard Operating Procedures for shelter operations
  • Monitor animals' health and immediately report any concerns to medical staff

  • Thoroughly clean kennels and other animal areas daily and as needed, helping to ensure a clean and sanitary facility at all times
  • Use shelter database software and other means of communication and data tracking to to keep an accurate animal inventory, input animal behavior notes and other memos, submit medical exam requests, place holds, etc.

Data Entry and Administrative Tasks
  • Process adoptions and related paperwork, collect adoption and other fees, issue receipts, and maintain records of adoption sales transactions
  • Ensure all animal kennels are clearly and consistently labeled with accurate, up-to-date information about the animals residing in them

  • Represent LHS in a courteous and professional manner at all times, providing excellent customer service to all customers, guests, colleagues and volunteers
  • Communicate critical information to colleagues as needed to ensure the highest standard of animal care
  • Follow all workplace safety rules, actively promoting a safe work environment and taking immediate action to prevent and address hazards. Report any injuries immediately.
  • Follow all LHS disease transmission prevention protocols
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Legal U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Compassion and empathy for animal and human clients
  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Maturity and professionalism
  • Organized, detail-oriented, "self-starter" work ethic
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work individually and on a team
  • Windows and Microsoft Office proficiency. Ability to learn new software.
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and growth
  • Sound judgement in handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Able to communicate effectively with people of various ages and backgrounds
  • No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents
  • Able to work holidays and weekends as needed

Preferred Skills/Knowledge:
  • Strong customer service background
  • Ability to learn computer software quickly
  • Calm and level-headed in difficult and emotional situations
  • Experience in the animal welfare field
  • Experience working for a nonprofit organization
  • Knowledge of basic animal handling, behavior and health
  • Basic knowledge of Google applications
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment with a variety of people

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
  • Considerable time communicating with the public
  • Contact with angry and emotional individuals, potentially dangerous animals, and deceased animals can occur
  • Exposure to animal bites, scratches, dander, parasites, infectious diseases, strong odors and fumes from caustic chemicals, and animal waste
  • Exposure to high noise levels
  • Use of a portable radio and headset required
  • Work in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer
  • Traverse the facility and grounds for extended periods of time performing labor that may include walking (with and without animals weighing up to 150 pounds), reaching with hands and arms, climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling, lifting up to 50 pounds without assistance and operating various tools and equipment
  • Exposure to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions while working outdoors
  • Occasional need to operate LHS vehicles, including 1-ton pick-up truck and full-size van (preferred, not required).

The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society encourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences .

To apply for this position, please submit a resume to Rikki Swearengin, Adoptions Manager, OR apply at:
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