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Animal Rescue Responder III (Reserve Status)

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking an Animal Rescue Responder III for the Animal Rescue Team (ART) department. The main responsibility of this position is to work with the Senior Director, the Deputy Director, Operations, and/or the Senior Manager, Animal Care and members of ART to manage aspects of the ART response program during a disaster/rescue as well as serve as a field responder or shelter, technical, and/or enrichment manager in HSUS led shelters..

This position will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating with the Senior Director, the Deputy Director of Operations, the Senior Manager, Animal Care, and members of the animal rescue team, implement strategies to carry out the Animal Rescue operations field program;
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of Animal Rescue standard operating procedures and direct their inclusion during a response or in an HSUS led shelter;
  • Working with and/or overseeing HSUS ART members and/ or other volunteers during field response activities to include rescue, transport, and sheltering operations;
  • Traveling extensively on very short notice to assist in the field as necessary during a disaster/emergency and work outside of normal business hours on a regular basis;
  • Responding to inquiries and providing accurate reporting including daily situation reports, animal census information as requested, after action reports, and participate in budgetary planning for response activities and supply acquisition;
  • Maintaining animal care equipment and vehicles in cooperation with members of the animal rescue team;
  • Serving as a shelter, veterinary, field, enrichment or logistics manager/ lead for animal rescue deployments;
  • Conducting media interviews in accordance with HSUS guidelines;
  • Acting as a liaison between the HSUS and lead animal care/law enforcement agency during larger and longer shelter operations;
  • Developing and maintain operational contacts with relevant individuals and organizations throughout the country with particular emphasis on emergency sheltering and field rescue.


  • High school diploma or equivalent and five years’ experience with handling animals; particularly animals in distress;
  • Experience in some form of emergency operations or response;
  • Working knowledge and experience with NIMS/ICS;
  • Ability to safely and humanely handle a variety of species from dogs to horses and be versed on husbandry and care practices for those species;
  • Proficient in and currently certified in technical ropes rescue, technical large animal rescue, swift water rescue, slack water rescue, and animal and human first aid/CPR;
  • Technical Certifications in Veterinary and Behavior fields a plus (i.e. CVT/RVT/LVT and CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, KPA-CTP or similar);
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills. Public speaking skills preferred;
  • PC proficiency to include word processing and the Internet. Ability and willingness to take courses where indicated to improve skills;
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and maintain good communication with other HSUS staff;
  • Must be able to be on the road a number of days a month and to work outside standard business hours;
  • Must have ability to travel and to assist in field for various animal-related activities;
  • Ability to periodically work long days outside standard work hours;
  • Ability to handle physical aspects of the job to include, but not limited to: walking, jumping, reaching, moving, and lifting objects up to 60 pounds above head height;
  • Ability to work around a wide variety of animals and in physically demanding environments;
  • Volunteers/Staff during HSUS led operations.

Please submit a cover letter and resume using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is a remote position and is on call only.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability, marital or parental status, or protected veteran status.


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