Shelter Technician I/II - Animal Services

Animal Services, 925 S. 25th, Abilene, Texas, United States of America Req #119
Thursday, November 4, 2021

GENERAL DESCRIPTION


Under general supervision, to perform a variety of duties involved in the constant cleanliness of cages, runs, and shelter areas to include feeding, watering, and handling of animals at the animal shelter.


SUPERVISION EXERCISED


This position exercises no supervision over lower level staff.

 

IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES


Thoroughly clean and disinfect/sanitize all areas of the shelter according to Animal Services procedures. Ensure that animals are clean and smell fresh. 

 

Take charge of and/or handle animals as required and restrain hard to control animals.

 

Feed and water animals as prescribed by the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and records appetites.

 

Perform necessary cleaning, minor repairs, and maintenance of all equipment, tools, and shelter facilities.

 

Receive animals to be admitted for shelter care and is responsible for their proper identification and for recording their respective locations.  Ensure that animals are properly identified and housed.

                                                                                                            

Administer vaccines, insert microchips and perform minor testing such as heartworm and feline combo test.

 

Input data into the shelter management system as well as digital images of animals for posting on public websites.

 

Prepare and dip animals for ticks; assist in the loading of livestock animals.

 

Sweep, mop floors, vacuum, dust, and clean offices and other work areas; collect and remove waste; wash windows, empty the trash, and clean restrooms. 

 

Patrol the shelter grounds daily, removing trash and/or stool material.

 

Perform housekeeping and laundry duties for the Animal Shelter.


OTHER JOB RELATED DUTIES


Perform other job related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

 

Knowledge of:
 
Controlling/handling individual animal temperament to gain animal confidence when restraining them for transport, grooming, and/or treatment.
 
Common diseases, their symptoms, means of transmission.
 
Materials, methods, and practices used in cleaning operations.
 
Domestic animal and livestock behaviors.
 
Computer data entry operations.
 

Skill to:
 
Operate a variety of animal equipment and tools including control pole, lead rope, portable cage, euthanasia materials, and cleaning apparatus.
 
Listen, evaluate and understand the needs of customers when matching adoptable animals with the customer.
 

Effectively interact with animals and humans to make reclamation and adoption of animals.
 
Provide professional customer service.
 
Operate office equipment, including computer equipment.

Ability to:
 
Restrain animals for procedures performed by the technicians or veterinarian.
 
Administer oral medications.
 
Perform data entry into computer database and to query the database for information.
 
Learn occupational hazards and standard safety precautions in handling animals.
 
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
 
Prepare and maintain routine records.
 
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
 
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally.
 
Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Experience and Training Guidelines:
 

Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through:
 
Animal Control Shelter Attendant I

Experience:
 
Experience in working with animals such as holding, walking, loading, and unloading from cages and/or vehicles is required.
 
Previous general cleaning and sterilization of a solid surface facility is preferred.
 
Previous dietary and vaccination requirements of companion animals is preferred.
           
License or Certificate:
 
Certification as a Euthanasia Technician for the State of Texas is required within 6 months of employment.
 
Animal Control Shelter Attendant II

Experience:
 
Four (4) years of experience in working with animals such as holding, walking, and loading is required.
 
General Cleaning and sterilization of a solid surface facility.
 
Dietary and vaccination requirements of companion animals.
 
License or Certificate:
 
A certification as a Euthanasia Technician for the State of Texas is required.
 
Animal Control Shelter Attendant I / II
 
Education/Training:
 
A High School diploma or GED is required.
 
Special Requirements:
 
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:
 
Ability to work closely with all types of domestic animals.
 
May be required to use strength and/or agility in capturing and restraining stronger, more active animals.
 
Walking and/or standing for extended periods of time.
 
Frequently work in a bent over position.
 
Exposure to bites, scratches, and animal wastes.
 
Exposure to unpleasant odors, cold, heat, noise, outdoors, vibration, and chemicals.
 
Ability to sit, stand, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, and climb.
 

With or without accommodation, ability to lift up to 50 pounds and team lift up to 100 pounds.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $14.40
  • Max Hiring Rate $18.09
Location on Google Maps
  • Animal Services, 925 S. 25th, Abilene, Texas, United States of America