Job Opening: Humane Officer


The Kauai Humane Society (KHS), the island’s only open intake animal shelter, seeks a Humane Officer to assist with animal handling, rescue and response.  KHS’s humane officers are responsible for the humane capture, transport and intake of stray and owned animals, responding to public concerns regarding animal abuse and cruelty, conducting animal rescues and cruelty investigations, as well as other related activities which promote the humane treatment of animals.  Humane officers must be experienced and confident when handling animals, must be comfortable driving around the island, must be able to represent KHS in a positive light at all times, and must be comfortable dealing with the public in a variety of different situations.

 Role and Responsibilities

  • Humanely capture, transport, and intake stray and owned pet animals.
  • Investigate animal neglect and cruelty, take appropriate steps to educate both the complainant and animal owner as to their legal and humane responsibility of animal ownership, participate in the legal process when needed.
  • Provide accurate information and professional, courteous service to the public.
  • Produce and maintain accurate case files, records, and reports as required, according to KHS procedures.
  • Provide emergency rescue and transportation of sick and injured pet animals during normal business hours as well as assigned on-call hours.
  • Conduct regular patrols throughout assigned areas for dogs at large, returning them to their owner or transporting them to KHS for impoundment.
  • lnspect commercial animal establishments and animal-related exhibitions for humane standards of care.
  • Issue citations and testify in court as a witness on behalf of the County when necessary.
  • Treat all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion, according to established KHS procedures.
  • Promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals through education to the public and provide example of proper animal care.
  • Be responsible for vehicle and equipment cleaning, disinfecting and restocking according to KHS established procedures.
  • Continue to educate oneself concerning animal welfare laws, techniques, procedures and equipment and implement into daily activity if according to KHS procedures.
  • Euthanize animals in emergency situations at the shelter when necessary.
  • Performing other duties or projects as assigned.

In addition, Humane Officers are expected to be active participants in the shelter community, taking part in staff meetings, performing duties to ensure a positive public image, and represented KHS’s Field Services Department publicly whenever needed.

Humane Officers must be prepared to spend a majority of their day on the road, driving around the island and potentially lifting heavy animals into the animal control vehicle.  Humane Officers must be willing to work weekends, holidays, overtime, and be willing to attend mandatory trainings and meetings


Candidates must have a Valid State of Hawai’i Driver License, clear driving record for at least one year prior to application and ability to safely operate both standard and automatic transmission vehicles. They be able to meet criteria for deputization with the Kaua’i Police Department: Not convicted of felony; not convicted of a misdemeanor involving a moral turpitude or of any criminal assault; US Citizen; at least 21 years of age; and subject to background investigation by Chief of Police. High School Diploma or GED is required.

Must have at least one year of animal handling experience, at least one year experience working with the public, and be competent using databases, ability to quickly learn KHS’s computer system.  Ability/willingness to handle inured and deceased animals is required.

Compensation range is $16-20/hour, commensurate with previous experience.

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