Employment – Humane Agent

Posted: Position Filled

Job Title: Humane Agent

Department: Animal Cruelty Investigations

Classification: Part-time, non-exempt

Job Relationship: Reports to Chief Humane Agent and/or Humane Agent Supervisor.

Position Summary: Serves as a humane agent and law enforcement representative for the Fayette Regional Humane Society in the prevention of cruelty and neglect to animals. Conducts investigations and assists in providing animal welfare education/awareness to the general public. Provides quality and ethical animal and people care in accordance with the FRHS’s mission, goal, and management philosophy.

 Essential Job Functions:

Conducts effective humane investigations and rescue response

  • Educates the public on the responsibility, care, and humane treatment of animals in accordance with state, city, county, and federal laws. Effectively identifies need for education vs. animal seizure.
  • Conducts investigations in accordance with the requirements of the law and legal proceedings.
  • Follows up on notices that have been served to insure compliance or issues summons for cases in violation of Animal Cruelty laws.
  • Maintains evidence and court documents for cases requiring prosecution.
  • Interfaces with animal control representatives and law enforcement personnel from Fayette County, and neighboring communities.
  • Maintains confidential information regarding investigations and other FRHS operations.
  • Stays abreast of trends in the field; pursues educational opportunities.
  • Responds to emergencies involving domestic animals
  • Available for after-hour response to calls about urgent animal cruelty investigations or sick/injured animals

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent preferred
  • Valid Ohio Driver's License and insurable driving record
  • No felony or drug-related criminal record
  • Certified Euthanasia Technician or the ability to become certified after hire.
  • Able to read and understand instructions
  • POST-HIRE: Complete the state-mandated training with curriculum as set by OPOTA, and passed the humane agent exam, and meet all eligibility requirements to be appointed by FRHS as a humane agent.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Working knowledge of the judicial system and ability to interpret local, state, federal laws.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience dealing with crisis situations, using effective communications and problem-solving techniques, and the ability to diffuse high-stress and emotionally charged situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to control dangerous animals.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a variety of people.
  • Detail-oriented and able to prioritize and perform duties efficiently and effectively.
  • Committed to maintaining FRHS’s high standard of animal care and mission to foster compassion and end animal suffering.


  • Retirement plan
  • A take-home company vehicle (Fayette County residents only)
  • Off every Sunday (Except when on call for emergencies)
  • Off every other weekend (Except when on call for emergencies)
  • Personal Time Off

Working Conditions:

Work is performed constantly in a facility that operates seven days per week with exposure to animals, including some with questionable health and temperament concerns, high noise levels, zoonotic diseases, and cleaning agents. The person in this position needs to constantly move about the facility to provide care to our program animals. Occasionally operates a computer and other office equipment (i.e. calculator, copier, and printer). Constantly positions self to handle animals of all sizes in a variety of areas and positions (low cages, high cages, on tables, on the floor, in vehicles, etc.). Constantly positions self to perform facility and animal cleaning functions. Constantly communicates with staff members and volunteers who have inquiries about their job responsibilities and animal needs and must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. Must be able to detect and recognize animal behavior that is potentially dangerous. Occasionally moves animals weighing up to 50 pounds (i.e. through the facility on and off-site with a leash or using other safe restraints and animal handling equipment, into and out of cages in the facility, into and out of vehicles, onto and off of exam tables). Must be able to modify work schedules to meet FRHS operational needs.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to perform other job duties as assigned.  This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

This is not the full job description in its entirety but it may be requested by email at badams@fayetteregionalhumane.org

Employment Application - Humane Agent

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  • Education

  • Additional Training, Skills, Licenses, Certifications

  • Employment History

  • References (Must list three (3)

  • Questionnaire

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