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Animal Care Specialist

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Animal Care Specialist
Animal Care Specialist
Animal Care Specialist
$14.15 Hourly
Naples, FL
Job Type
Full Time, Regular
Public Services Department
Job Number
7/26/2018 5:00 PM Eastern
Purpose of Classification
The purpose of this classification is to perform general/specialized work functions associated with an animal shelter including adoptions, customer service, animal intake, caring for animals housed at the facility, humane euthanasia, and ensuring shelter operations are maintained in an effective and efficient manner in accordance with state and local ordinances.
Essential Functions
Cares for, cleans, grooms, and feeds all domestic, exotic, and livestock animals received into the animal control center; moves animals to proper shelter and ensures no threat to one another; observes disposition of animals for adaptability. Provides information and education for customers on pet breeds, characteristics, and county adoption policies and procedures to increase adoptions and match potential adopters with appropriate animals. Provide adoption counseling and process animal adoptions. Assists with the intake of animals from the public and field officers; including applicable paperwork, data entry, research of microchips, and processing. Maintains a comprehensive current knowledge of animal first aid, care and maintenance, zoonotic diseases, animal breed recognition, and breed characteristic behavior. Performs data entry functions by keying information into a computer system; retrieves, reviews or modifies data in computer database; verifies accuracy of entered data; makes corrections as appropriate. Responds to questions, complaints and requests for information/assistance from visitors, veterinarian personnel, the general public, employees, supervisors, or other individuals. Escorts the public and assists with looking for and reclaiming lost pets from the animal control center; accompanies owners visiting quarantined pets; monitors quarantined animals as required. Ensures animals have sufficient food and water; prepares appropriate food mixtures for animals according to type, size, and age; sanitizes and disinfects animal quarters and food/water dishes. Observes and examines animals for signs of illness or injury; prepares and administers medications, vaccinations and worming treatments; cleans and treats wounds; requests veterinarian services as necessary; performs routine lab work to include blood and fecal testing and skin scraping. Educates the public on responsibility of pet ownership, animal care techniques and procedures, laws and ordinances, and completes pet adoptions and provides adoption counseling; handles general public inquiries concerning animal services and pet adoptions. Observes and evaluates animals' behavior, characteristics, and interaction with humans to assist with determining adoptability. Performs and/or assists with euthanasia of animals as required and in accordance with county policy; cremates animal remains and/or transports euthanized animals to appropriate facilities for disposal; maintains crematorium. Scans animals for identification chips; processes and maintains identification files and other required paperwork on all animals housed in the center. Inventories, orders, and maintains sufficient amount of supplies, including food and cleaning supplies, to ensure adequate availability to perform daily tasks. Assists with assigning and overseeing volunteers, community service workers, and students performing tasks relating to operation of and quality care of animals housed in the animal control center. Answers telephone calls from the public, obtains information regarding complaints, maintains logs and files, and fills out complaint forms. Checks zone locations and dispatches calls associated with complaints to appropriate field units. Cleans and maintains shelter facilities, grounds, and equipment; mows/trims lawn, picks up trash, and waters plants, operates shelter cleaning equipment; maintains livestock and livestock area/pens. Attends meetings, seminars, workshops, and training sessions as appropriate; maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge and awareness of animal care and maintenance and applicable laws/regulations. Prepares and/or receives a variety of forms, logs, requests, records, reports, correspondence, and other documents associated with daily responsibilities of this position; reviews, completes, processes, approves, forwards, maintains, and/or takes other action as appropriate; prepares and maintains files and records. Operates a personal computer, printer, calculator, copy and facsimile machines, telephone, radio, microscope, lawn, cleaning, and maintenance equipment, restraining and grooming equipment, washer and dryer, livestock trailers, or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, to include the use of word processing or other system software.
Minimum Qualifications
High school diploma or GED. Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's License with any applicable endorsements and maintain eligibility requirements and endorsement(s) to drive a County vehicle as provided in CMA 5805. Must obtain and maintain state certification in Euthanasia Injection. May be required to attain and maintain other certifications as related to this position. Fingerprinting required.
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