DCHS strives to be a welcoming, respectful and inclusive workplace. We know that working in animal welfare can be challenging at times, so DCHS and our staff make a concerted effort to support each other and have fun together. When you join our team, you’ll regularly get the chance to participate in costume competitions (for you and your pets!), bake-offs, trivia nights, and even our volleyball team, the Humaniacs! Join the Wellness Committee and you can try your hand at helping to organize the events your colleagues enjoy. DCHS staff and leadership have also created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, open to all staff members, that is working to better serve our clients, volunteers, colleagues and all members of our community. Racism and intolerance have no place in our organization or in the more humane future we are building.

Full-time staff also enjoy a generous benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, 403(B) plan, short-term and long-term disability insurance, and life insurance. Time off includes 2 weeks of vacation, 12 days of sick leave, and 8 paid floating holidays annually, plus 3 days of personal time after one year of employment. Part-time staff earn vacation time based on their average hours worked. We know pets are family too, so your sick leave can be used for veterinary appointments, and you’ll receive discounts on adoption fees and dog training classes. All employees receive discounts on youth day and summer camps. Pet food, medication and animal supplies from DCHS vendors can be ordered for personal use at cost + 10% admin fee.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, DCHS is working hard to keep our employees safe. This includes vaccine incentives for staff, masking, social distancing, plexiglass barriers at customer-facing work stations and daily cleaning protocols. We strictly follow health and safety recommendations and require that our visitors do the same. DCHS makes keeping staff as safe as we can a top priority to be sure that we can care for the thousands of animals that come through our doors each year.

Current Employment Opportunities

To apply for any of the opportunities listed below, please follow the specific instructions noted for that listing. Unless otherwise indicated, you can apply in person at the DCHS Main Shelter during regular business hours.

Full-Time Admitting Technician

Part-Time Information Technology Administrator

Part-Time Animal Caretaker

Part-Time Admitting Technician

Part-Time Shelter Resource Counselor


Maddie's Shelter Medicine Intern

Wildlife (Werndli) Apprenticeship

Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

At Dane County Humane Society, we know our work of helping people help animals directly benefits from having a diverse and inclusive workforce. DCHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that strives to represent the community it serves by employing people with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. Diversity and inclusion are celebrated and embraced at Dane County Humane Society. We will not discriminate against or give preference to any person because of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, handicap or disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, arrest or conviction record, genetic information, veteran status or other class protected by applicable law. DCHS puts people first and we are happy to work with employees and applicants to remove barriers and put any necessary accommodations into practice.

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