Youth Programs Specialist – Racine Campus

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Are you looking for a rewarding career with great benefits and opportunities for growth? The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is looking for a full-time Youth Programs Specialist to join our team that serves more than 5,000 young people each year. As the Youth Programs Specialist at our Racine Campus, you will make an impact by engaging young people in our mission through fun, hands-on programs.  WHS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with six operating locations, a budget of approximately $18 million, and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. This position will typically work 40 hours, Monday through Friday. Some evening and weekends are required.  The role will spend the majority its time supporting programs at the Racine Campus, but will also support programs at our Milwaukee Campus up to 30% of the time, including summer camps, field trips, and more. If you’re looking for the perfect opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of animals and the people who love them, while working alongside a committed, passionate, fun, and supportive team, apply today!

Position Summary

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead high impact youth programs in alignment with organizational resources and priorities
    • Lead youth in-person and virtual programs during the school year that engage young people ages 4-18 in the Wisconsin Humane Society’s mission, including scout programs, camps, birthday parties, Kids’ Night Outs, and field trip programs
    • Lead summer camps from June through August for young people who have completed grades 1-9 at the Racine and Milwaukee Campuses
  • Recruit, train, schedule, and support youth program volunteers for Racine Campus; train and support summer staff
  • Participate as a member of the youth programs team in planning and implementing the organization’s youth engagement strategy
  • Ensure excellent customer service and delivery of programs consistent with organization and community priorities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with youth serving professionals in the Racine community
  • Ensure programs are delivered in alignment with the Racine youth programs budget, both revenue and expense
  • Track program metrics that support program and organizational impact and engagement goals; pull reports as requested
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Three years experience working with youth
  • Experience and skill working with diverse groups of young people
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Comfortable presenting to groups
  • Dedicated to providing strong customer service
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with students, teachers, and community partners
  • Understanding or a desire to understand systemic challenges that affect youth people from underserved communities
  • Works well with a team and can lead programs with minimal supervision
  • Able to work evenings and weekends
  • Previous animal handling experience or willingness and ability to learn safe animal handling skills
  • Must be able to pass a safe Caregiver background check
  • Must have a valid Wisconsin’s driver’s license, access to vehicle during work hours, and necessary insurance


This position pays within an hourly range of $16.30 – $18.36.

Full-time Benefits Include:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Group term life insurance and voluntary life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Flexible spending plans
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • Aflac supplemental benefit
  • 403(b) retirement plan with company match
  • Paid family Leave

Time off including:

  • Vacation
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • Holiday

Full-time and part-time staff are eligible for the following benefits:

  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • 30% off adoption fees
  • 30% off manners classes and behavior consultations
  • 20% off youth programs
  • Event discounts
  • Animal Antics retail discounts
  • Limited wellness/veterinary care services for companion animals

Come see why over 240 staff call one of WHS’s 6 locations home! You’ll be happy you did!

Equal Opportunity Employer

About Us

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin. It was founded in 1879 and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Door, and Brown Counties, as well as a Spay/Neuter Clinic in West Allis. The organization offers adoption services, educational programming, and veterinary resources for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs, and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the states busiest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group.

To apply, please visit our employment page to complete and submit an online employment application. Only applications submitted through our online application system may be considered. Please know that it is our policy to reply to every application received once we have a status update.

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