Employment Opportunities

POSITION: Shelter Manager

The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch is entering an exciting new chapter in our history and we have an immediate opening for a dynamic Shelter Manager. We are completing the final stages of a beautiful new shelter and are looking for the right person to manage the shelter and define processes and requirements to drive us forward into the next decade! The HSLWR is a non-profit, no-kill, animal rescue/shelter that provides assistance and care for at-risk animals, until forever homes can be found. We primarily serve the East Counties of Manatee and Sarasota, as well as surrounding counties. The HSLWR is dedicated to making a difference in the welfare of destitute animals, reducing the euthanasia rate of adoptable dogs and cats, and helping people find loving companions. With our passionate team of volunteers, we have saved 100’s of animals. With our new, larger shelter and a highly motivated Shelter Manager, we expect to grow substantially. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person!

The Shelter Manager has the overall responsibility for the intake, health, safety and adoptability of the animals in the shelter. This position includes monitoring the safety and sanitation of the shelter; ensuring the compliance of isolation and shelter protocols; and adhering to HSLWR policies. They will hire and manage any shelter employees and support training and scheduling of volunteer activities. The Shelter Manager works alongside the assigned Business Manager, Board of Directors and Volunteer Group Team leaders to drive the successful goals of the HSLWR. We are looking for someone with a commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the HSLWR, with a true passion for saving dogs and cats.


  • High School diploma or equivalent required, BA preferred
  • 3-4 years of Animal Shelter experience, preferably in a supervisory capacity and/or Vet Tech experience
  • Knowledge of basic animal behavior and breeds
  • Effective time management skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Ability to handle stress in a calm and professional manner
  • Strong computer skills and Microsoft Office Application knowledge
  • Attention to detail in record-keeping, knowledge of PetPoint and PetFinder a plus
  • Flexibility to work some weekends, holidays, and additional time, as needed
  • Highly motivated, out-going, polite and professional demeanor
  • Team player – Able to work well with diverse personalities and demonstrating strong communication skills
  • Physical Requirements:   Ability to perform work in a shelter setting, with cats and dogs of all sizes and weights; work includes frequent bending, reaching, kneeling, climbing stairs, walking and standing on feet several hours per day; ability to handle exposure to disinfectant cleaning solutions; and occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs. with reasonable accommodations.
  • Clean Driver’s License
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment drug testing and background checks


  • Shelter management – manage overall effectiveness, protocols, inventory, training and costs
  • Animal care – intake (from local animal control agencies and owner surrenders), medical care coordinated with veterinarians, direct care, processes and reporting
  • Shelter staff and Volunteer engagement – hiring, supervision, training and scheduling
  • Ensure Safety protocols and health/cleaning standards are in place
  • Business involvement/interface – maintain PetPoint and other reporting, statistics, financial reporting, maintain permits, assist in long-term planning
  • Strive to ensure a professional and positive environment
  • Board/Committee support/interface – updates to Board of Directors, assist in coordination of events, and team leads activities
  • The ability to help work within a controlled budget

This is a full-time exempt position. Benefits include a competitive salary, opportunity for an annual bonus, 3 weeks of Flexible Time Off, continuing education opportunities, and the emotional rewards of leading a team of volunteers and possible employees in saving the lives of dogs and cats.