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Animal Care and Control Kennel Assistant 1

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Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County

Nashville, TN

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Animal Care and Control Kennel Assistant 1




Animal Care and Control Kennel Assistant 1


Animal Care and Control Kennel Assistant 1


$30,351.70 Annually


Nashville, TN

Job Type

Full Time Health Civil Service



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Position Description

Responsible for the daily care of animals; provides appropriate food and water; grooms, bathes, and exercises animals; monitors the behavior and health of animals; reports health, behavior or temperament issues to supervisor; and performs general housekeeping of shelter.

Apply with the Health Department using the link below. Applications not accepted thru NEO GOV Application for EmploymentREV8-28-17.pdf

Typical Duties

Assists shelter patrons, animal control officers and outreach staff with animal handling, intake, and evaluation, which often includes transferring and relocating animals to and from personal and department vehicles, cages and kennel runs; completes intake and care reports; maintains daily log sheets and inventories; and other record keeping as required.

Assists with medical treatments as directed, including euthanasia of animals; assists patrons and staff with disease prevention and reduction efforts.

Performs routine keyboard/computer operations on standard office equipment.

Responds to patron inquiries related to animal health education and related programs; provides humane education pamphlets or materials.

Supports and participates in departmental response to disaster and emergency events.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

High school diploma required.

Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.

Requires 1-2 years of professional animal care or animal control experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.


Must be a Certified Animal Euthanasia Technician (CAET), or obtain certification within six months of hire. NOTICE: State regulations prohibit anyone with a criminal conviction of any kind from obtaining CAET. Valid class D driver's license, use of personal vehicle, and maintenance of valid personal vehicle insurance as required by Tennessee Law.


Must receive pre-exposure rabies vaccinations.

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Must demonstrate knowledge of basic animal care standards, including safe animal handling procedures for domestic and wild animals. Must demonstrate proper use, secure storage, and disposal of lethal chemicals, syringes and related equipment.

Metro offers a generous core benefit package to eligible employees who are regularly and consistently working 20 or more hours per week. Insurance and benefit coverage is effective the first of the month after the employee has worked 30 days. Employees can change their benefits within 60 days of an eligible change in status or during Annual Enrollment. Metro also offers optional benefits from which the employee may choose. Family members, including eligible spouses, domestic partners and children, are covered under most of our benefits programs.


Medical: Choice of two plans; Metro pays 75% of premium

Dental: Choice of two plans; Metro pays for single coverage

Basic Life: $50,000 basic term life coverage; Metro pays 100% of premium

Pension: Formula-driven pension; 100% Metro funded; 10 year vesting for new employees

Paid Family Leave: Runs concurrently with time designated as FMLA leave (up to 30 days)

Longevity: Annual bonus beginning after 5 years of service; increases annually up to 20 years

Work Life/ Employee Assistance Program: Wide variety of counseling, referral and consultation services provided free

Other*: In-line-of-duty injury benefits, AD&D insurance, and Medical Disability eligibility after 10 years with Metro

Paid leave: (Full-time employees)

Vacation: 10 vacation days a year; increasing after 5 years of service (For Non Civil Service departments, contact the department's human resources office)

Holidays: 11 holidays per year (For Non Civil Service departments, contact the department's human resources office)

Sick leave: 12 days of sick leave per year

Other leaves: Judicial leave, military leave, bereavement leave

*See the Human Resources webpage for more details and optional benefits at


Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County


Human Resources Department

404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1000

Nashville, Tennessee, 37219


(615) 862-6640


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Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
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Nashville is a prospering city that offers a high quality of living in a low-cost business environment. Nashville’s cost of doing business is 88.5% of the national average. The state of Tennessee has no personal income tax and the city of Nashville has a low overall tax burden. Recently, Forbes ranked Nashville as the third best positioned city “to grow and prosper in the coming decade”, No. 6 on its list of the Best Places for Businesses and Careers and as the No. 4 “Brain Magnet” for gains in people with college educations.

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