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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:

Communications Coordinator (Full-time)

Location: The Animal Community Center in Kona, 78-6767 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa 

The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for answering phones, responding to emails,  and providing guests with information about the various programs, services, and initiatives at Hawaii Island Humane Society. This is a full-time position, Friday to Tuesday with Wednesday and Thursday off. 

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Exceptional phone etiquette and experience handling heavy traffic on multiple lines
  • Ability to meet and greet visitors in an upbeat professional manner
  • Capability to multi-task and maintain professionalism and patience within a fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Comfortable working in a team as well as independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Interest in the humane treatment of animals


Adoptions Coordinator (Full-Time)

Location: The Animal Community Center in Kona, 78-6767 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa

The Adoptions Coordinator is directly responsible for utilizing progressive, conversation-based adoption counseling to facilitate the adoption of shelter animals. Essential functions of the position include but are not limited to responding to adoption applications in a timely manner, facilitating meet and greets, writing emails, phone conversations, conversing via text message, participating in weekly Adoptions meetings, participating in Adoption events, educating interested adopters about individual animals, providing care to shelter animals through cleaning and feeding, 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


Available Positions at the Keaau Shelter

Animal Care Technician (Full-time)

Location: Keaau Shelter, 16-873 Keaau Pahoa Hwy Keaau, HI 96749

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.

Please submit your resume to for consideration.