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Shelter Veterinarian

Location: The Animal Community Center in Kona (Holualoa)

Hawaii Island Humane Society seeks a Shelter Veterinarian to elevate and enhance our lifesaving programs and veterinary care for both shelter animals and community owned pets.

Work responsibilities include:
• Overseeing the medical care of approximately 100-150 shelter animals
• Spay and neuter, dental, and soft tissue surgeries for shelter animals
• Spay and neuter clinics for the community 1-2x per week, with approximately 20-30 surgeries per clinic
• Providing care for shelter and foster animals
• Writing health certificates for transport candidates
• Working in collaboration with the full-time Shelter Veterinarian at our other shelter location to provide comprehensive care for all animals at Hawaii Island Humane Society
• Regular communication with HIHS leadership about the health status of shelter animals

About Hawaii Island Humane Society:

Hawaii Island Humane Society is a non-profit animal welfare organization, operating two limited admission shelters on the island of Hawaii (also known as ''The Big Island.'') Work is primarily based out of our new Animal Community Center in Kona. The Animal Community Center is situated on 12 acres in the idyllic climate of Kona's Holualoa neighborhood. The cool upper elevation breezes, natural rockfaces, and sweeping ocean views create the perfect setting for our state-of-the-art facility. Our campus includes Scruffee's Cat Barn equipped with indoor/outdoor catios as well as individual housing units, three Dog Dormitories, Adoption Square, a multipurpose Education Building, Welcome Center, Administrative offices, and Central Bark Park, comprised of two dog parks for large and small dogs. 

Hawaii Island Humane Society takes in an average of 2,000-3,000 pets annually and has an average lifesaving rate of 95%. Our lifesaving programs and services include adoption, foster, Field Trips for Shelter Dogs, transport and rescue partnerships, low-cost spay and neuter services for the community, community veterinary care, and more.

Why join us?

• In addition to living in paradise, we strive for a healthy work-life balance with a reduced 4 day work week, allowing you to enjoy your life in Hawaii and explore everything that our beautiful island has to offer.
• As the Shelter Veterinarian at the Animal Community Center, you will be working alongside a team of compassionate professionals who enjoy saving lives and making a positive impact in our community.
• Our Animal Care Manager assists with all administrative tasks, meaning less time on the phone or the computer, and more time practicing medicine
• Shelter hours are 8am-5pm with flexible schedules for veterinarians
• You will have the opportunity to be part of the development of our new state-of-the-art Anne Barasch Ryan Animal Hospital, which is currently under construction and set to open in late 2022.
• Hawaii Island Humane Society’s team is Fear Free Certified, focusing on how we can best reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in shelter animals.

Employees at Hawaii Island Humane Society enjoy a positive, progressive workplace culture built on teamwork, collaboration, and inclusion.

Additional benefits include:

  • 100% coverage of health/dental insurance premiums for the employee.
  • Retirement plan.
  • 4 weeks of paid time off.
  • Relocation allowance.
  • Signing bonus.
  • Paw Perks, pet wellness program for employee-owned pets.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility for full time employees.


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) required.
  • Veterinary license in good standing.
  • Shelter medicine experience preferred

This is a full-time job.

Please submit your resume to for consideration.

Temporary Adoption Coordinator

Location: Keaau

*Temporary position during the months of May - October*

Do you love animals but enjoy working with people? HIHS is expanding our Adoptions department to help get more pets into homes and we are now hiring for the position of Adoption Coordinator at our Keaau Shelter. This full-time position is key in completing families by making matches between our shelter pets and adopters. Adoption Coordinators must have excellent customer service skills and the ability to educate potential adopters with kindness and compassion. HIHS utilizes progressive, conversation-based adoption counseling to reduce barriers to adoption and help get pets into homes.

Previous customer service experience and experience working with animals is preferred.

Please submit your resume to for consideration.

Facilities Assistant

Location: The Animal Community Center in Kona (Holualoa)

Hawaii Island Humane Society is seeking a Facilities Assistant at the Animal Community Center in Kona. This position will include keeping our new facility sparkling clean, landscaping, basic maintenance/handyman work, and assisting with caring for the animals.

The ideal candidate will have good time management skills, be able to take direction but also be an independent worker, and take pride in maintaining a clean and well-kept facility.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Relevant experience as a janitor, landscaper, or handyman
  • Comfort around animals

This is a part-time or full-time position at our Animal Community Center location in Holualoa.

To apply, submit your resume for consideration to

Enrichment Coordinator

Location: The Animal Community Center in Kona (Holualoa)

Do you love working with animals? The Hawaii Island Humane Society is hiring for our most animal-centric position: Enrichment Coordinator at the Animal Community Center in Kona. Responsibilities include working directly with our Behavior Manager and Director of Lifesaving Operations to develop and implement enrichment and behavior plans and activities with shelter dogs and cats, working hands-on with the shelter animals to improve their quality of life during their stay at the shelter, and facilitating our popular Field Trips for Shelter Dogs program. The ideal candidate will enjoy working with animals, be open to learning about animal behavior, Fear Free Sheltering, and modern science-based training methods, and be a team-oriented person.

To apply, submit your resume for consideration to

Communications Coordinator

Location: The Animal Community Center in Kona (Holualoa)

Hawaii Island Humane Society is seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator.

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

Responsibilities include:

  • Greeting public, answering and directing incoming calls, responding to emails, etc.
  • Must enjoy providing stellar customer service. 
  • Manages incoming correspondence by answering questions and/or forward them to the appropriate department 
  • Perform general office functions such as data input, promptly answering phones, and organization of office and bathroom areas
  • Be knowledgeable of HIHS policies, and procedures and be able to communicate them effectively 
  • Light cleaning done daily, to ensure a clean and safe environment
  • Animal care, including cleaning kennels and feeding animals.
  • Assisting other departments as assigned
  • Assisting retail department
  • Other duties as assigned 

Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Animal Community Center is an active animal shelter that houses dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs. All staff must be comfortable around animals.

Please submit your resume to for consideration.