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Are you passionate about helping animals? Are you dedicated, hard-working and driven? LPCHS employees are committed to animal welfare and are always looking for compassionate and talented individuals to join our team.

Please submit the following when applying for a position within our organization.

Liz Schenk, Assistant Director of Animal Services at 1111 S. Camino del Rio, Durango CO 81303

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Candace Kane-Hedrick, Director of Thrift Store at 1111 S. Camino del Rio, Durango CO 81303

Animal Protection
Travis Woehrel, Director of Animal Protection at 1111 S. Camino del Rio, Durango Co 81303

Now Hiring

Animal Protection Officer – Full Time

La Plata County Humane Society is seeking an Animal Protection Officer to enforce animal-related ordinances for La Plata County & the City of Durango, to protect the public, manage the animal population and educate the public about responsible pet ownership.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Patrols City/ County streets responding to complaints and determines appropriate action
  • Captures, impounds or quarantines strays, injured, vicious, or wild animals and those capable of transmitting rabies
  • Investigates and mediates neighborhood complaints pertaining to animals
  • Determines if violations of City/ County ordinances have occurred
  • Gathers evidence, issues warnings/summonses, conducts inspections and applicable follow-up, writes formal reports and testifies in court
  • Attends and makes recommendations at disposition hearings
  • Troubleshoots animal behavior problems in the field and over the telephone
  • Promotes responsible pet ownership and pet care in classrooms, at booths, fairs, through media contacts, etc. as needed
  • Inputs, updates and maintains information about field, kennel and animal activities via computer
  • Adheres to vehicle maintenance schedule and performs daily vehicle and standard equipment safety checks
  • Performs shelter, kennel and public education duties as required
  • Performs additional duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Education: High School Diploma or GED.

Experience: 1-2 years previous experience handling and caring for animals, and/or ordinance/code enforcement experience. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered but not required. 


Must be 21 years old and older, able to work weekends and on-call shifts, able to lift 50+ pounds, have a clean driving record and applicant must be able to pass background check. 

La Plata County Humane Society is seeking Animal Protection Officers to enforce animal-related ordinances for La Plata County & the City of Durango, to protect the public, manage the animal population and educate the public about responsible pet ownership.

Please submit letter of inquiry and resume to:

Travis Woehrel
Director of Animal Control

Kennel Technician – Full Time

This position requires the person be punctual, dedicated and customer service oriented. To work collaboratively with others to achieve a clean and sanitary environment for the animals. Treat animals humanely with love and concern, both on and off the job. Provide accurate information and friendly service to the public. Participate in team meetings with other team members to share ideas and suggestions designed to improve the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
– Feed, water, and care for shelter animals.
– Clean and disinfect inside and outside dog kennels, cattery and all other areas.
– Regularly observe animal for sign of sickness.
– Administer medication to animals when needed.
– Bath, grooming and walking animals as directed by a supervisor.
– Assist public with the adoptions.
– Assist volunteers when needed.
– Perform all janitorial duties assigned.
– Must be pleasant, courteous, and professional with public at all times, no matter how difficult the situation.

Job Qualifications:
– Must be 18 years of age or older.
– Able to lift 50+ lbs.
– Able to handle and restrain animals in a humane manner.
– Ability to deal with the public tactfully and effectively. Customer service in a must!
– Learn and understand principles of animal welfare, LPCHS mission and the policies of the humane society.
– Gain knowledge of the various animal breeds and vaccination policies.
– Multi-task comfortably.

To be considered for the Kennel Technician postiton, please submit letter of inquiry, resume and shelter application to:

Emily Phillips
Marketing & Development Manager



La Plata County Humane Society  is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities in all areas of occupation without regard to age, ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, gender, gender identity, serious medical condition, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, spousal affiliation or veteran status, according to state and federal laws.

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