Human Resources

Admissions & Adoptions Counselor-PT

Open Until Filled; First review July 8, 2019
$13.69 per hour

Under the direction of the Admissions & Adoptions Supervisor.  This position is responsible for activities in the Admissions, Adoptions and Lost Pet Centers regarding animal intake and adoption.  This position will coordinate with foster parents for animals needing temporary placement outside of the shelter, assist in maintaining a foster database, facilitate movement of shelter and foster animals to ensure swift pathway planning by scheduling exams, vaccination and procedures to expedite permanent placement, and review and maintain lost and found pet reports to reunite found pets with their owners.  Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:  High school diploma or equivalent required with experience in animal welfare and shelter operations preferred.  Must be skilled in animal handling and have general knowledge of a variety of animal species and their health, care, and behavior.  The qualified candidate will be proficient in oral and written communication, computer usage and the use of basic computer programs, with a strong customer service background.  Ability to multitask, prioritize, manage time efficiently and make sound decisions in a fast-paced, stressful setting.  Must possess a valid driver’s license and complete required NIMS level training within the first six months of hire.

Physical Demands: Strength and agility sufficient to lift and maneuver up to 50 1bs. And up to 100 pounds with reasonable accommodations.  Ability to bend, kneel, reach and maneuver on uneven terrain.  Ability to handle and control animals of various species, size and temperament, including aggressive and dangerous animals.  Extended periods of sitting, standing, walking and animal handling.

Typical Working Conditions: Frequent exposure to difficult public contacts.  Inside animal shelter environment. Exposure to outside conditions of extreme heat, cold and adverse weather.  Exposure to animals of all types and temperaments, zoonotic diseases, potentially hazardous work areas, animal feces, dirty or unsanitary conditions and caustic chemicals.  Noise levels in the shelter vary but may be moderate to high at times.

Drug testing

Background check

In addition to the application, testing and/or examinations may be required for further consideration on this position.

This position may be required to work evening hours and one weekend day per week.  Part-time position with up to 30 hours per week.

Apply online at or by visiting the Human Resources Department, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Independence, MO  64050.  Position Open Until Filled; First review July 8, 2019.


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