Job Description

Overall Job Objective

What Success Looks Like In This Job

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The Animal Shelter is seeking an Animal Care Technician that is highly motivated, polite, and outgoing individual with a professional demeanor to perform a variety of duties involved in maintaining the cleanliness of the kennel and providing care for the Shelter Animals.

Examples of Duties for Success

  • Represent Adams County Animal Shelter in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
  • Provide food and water to shelter animals daily.
  • Maintain and clean kennels.
  • Adhere to effective disease control practices.
  • Perform Animal intake, including vaccinations, de-worming, taking pictures and accurately recording information into the animal shelter operating system (Chameleon).
  • Inform patrons of adoption policies and animal availability.
  • Perform reception/front office duties and responsibilities on a rotating basis.
  • Administer medication to animals, both orally and/or topically.
  • Perform laundry duties.
  • Train and work with volunteers in a cooperative manner.
  • Assist in evaluating animal behavior and report health or behavior abnormalities to supervisor.
  • Assist in the adoption or reclaiming of animals.
  • Participate in animal enrichment efforts and stress reduction efforts through purposeful handling of animals.
  • Perform euthanasia on a rotating basis.
  • Perform special projects as assigned.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn general principles of animal care.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn methods and procedures of kennel cleaning and maintenance.
  • Operate cleaning equipment and other tools used in maintenance of kennel.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn syringe use, incinerators, and other tools for inoculation and euthanization.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to impound, inoculate, and euthanize animals.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Read, write, and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Computer skills: Basic computer skills. Knowledge of Chameleon operating system preferred.

Qualifications for Success

  • Experience:
    • Previous animal handling experience of at least 6 months.
    • Demonstrated customer service and organizational skills.
    • Preference for individuals who have a working knowledge of animal welfare issues.
  • Education and Training:
    • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
    • Preferences: Candidate with Veterinary Assistant or Veterinary Technician training and/or Dog Training experience.
  • License or Certificate:
    • Certified Veterinary Technician preferred.
    • Must be certified in Humane Euthanasia within 30 days of starting this position.
    • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Colorado driver's license.
  • Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Other:
    • Must be able to treat animals humanely and with respect.
    • Allergies to animals must be controlled through medication.

More Qualifications for Success

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Exposure to weather and temperature swings, noise, chemicals, vicious animals, and disease is to be expected.

Application Instructions

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