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Kennel Attendant - 033117 - 00135

at Rutherford County

Pay: $11/hour
$11 - $11
Posted: 10/24/2019
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 1704318
Keywords: service

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The purpose of this classification is to perform general work associated with providing effective and efficient animal control. Duties and responsibilities include feeding animals, cleaning cages, laundry, supervising/working with volunteers, assisting officers with administering vaccinations, assisting public in kennels, and completing other tasks as assigned. Documents all inquiries, service requests, and comments received from the public to provide pertinent information on adoptions, ordinance requirements, spay/neuter questions, and any other type of general information. The position will be required to work weekend and holiday hours. Reports to Animal Control Supervisor.

Examples of Duties

Participates in the intake of animals received, reclaimed by owners, and adoptions.
Feeds and waters all animals in the shelter.
Monitors shelter animals for health, temperament, and available kennel space.
Cleans and disinfects animal runs, kennels, cages, receiving areas, holding areas, and laundry to ensure the health and well-being of the animal population.
Assists with euthanasia of animals and administers vaccinations as well as prescribed medications.
Prepares and forwards laboratory specimens for rabies testing or other testing to laboratories.
Maintains daily use inventory of kennel supplies. 
Completes and files routine forms and reports.
Assists general public within the shelter and aids in matching the best fitting breed to the adopting household.
Assists in processing paperwork regarding lost/found pets, adoptions, citations and warnings, rabies tags, traps, impoundments, quarantines, and reclaimed animals and provides this information to the public.
Communicates to owners that their pet is in custody.
Provides assistance in answering questions and resolving citizen complaints.
Communicates with the public regarding current Animal Services Ordinances, policies, and requirements as well as information on responsible pet ownership.
Provides occasional information and assistance to law enforcement officers.
Receives and processes telephone calls. 
Receives payments and disburses receipts for various services.
Completes work at assigned workstation that is determined by the supervisor.
Must work hours as scheduled.
Assists with training of and supervising volunteers on job related responsibilities and functions.
Works under the supervision of Animal Control Shelter Supervisor who defines overall objectives and priorities of the work.

Occasional grooming and exercise of animals.
Provides assistance to other animal care workers as needed.
Performs various clerical duties as required, such as filing and data entry.
Performs other related duties as required.


Typical Qualifications

High school diploma or GED and basic knowledge of animal behavior; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Previous experience working in animal care (i.e. pet-sitting experience) preferred. Requires immunization of pre-exposure rabies series. Must possess basic computer skills, including but not limited to word processing, email, and Internet.

Supplemental Information

Data Utilization: Requires the ability to calculate and/or tabulate data.  Includes performing subsequent actions in relation to these computational operations.
Human Interaction:  Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations.
Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information.
Mathematical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.
Functional Reasoning:  Requires the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form. 
Situational Reasoning:  Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.
Physical Ability:  Tasks require the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds); may occasionally involve heavier objects and materials (up to 150 pounds).
Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, violence, disease, pathogenic substances, animal/wildlife attacks, or animal bites.
Estimated Total Hours: __4__ Maximum Continuous Time: __2__
Estimated Total Hours: __4__ Maximum Continuous Time: __2__
Objects: Animals
Weight           Hourly             Daily         Weekly           Monthly                Never
<10 lbs               X                                       
11-25 lbs            X                                                                                       
26-50 lbs            X                                                                                               
51-75 lbs                                 X                                                                    
76-100 lbs                                                   X                                                     
>100 lbs                                                      X                                       
Objects: animals, cages, trash, food containers, cat litter
            Height of hands above floor during push: most frequently chest level or below
Tasks: cleaning cages
Device: ladders, step stools
Height: 4 foot ladder to reach 8 foot cage
Frequency: daily
Tasks: vaccinating, cleaning cages, laundry, calling animals, picking up animals, examining animals
Frequency: frequently, several times an hour
Tasks: cleaning, retrieving animals, laundry, dishes, litter pan, vaccinations, inventory, identification
Hands Used:  RIGHT     LEFT    BOTH X
Distance        Direction            Frequency          Duration                 Avg. Weight
0-20"                  Both                   Daily              30 seconds per pan        2.5 pounds
21-36"    Straight and angled    45 times a day         15 minutes          8 lb cat; 30 lb dog
                  *Litter pan set up and cleaning the cages

Exposure to: Yes/No
Hot Temperatures: Yes
Cold Temperatures: Yes
Sudden Changes in Temperature: Yes 
Noise: Yes
Fumes/ odors: Yes 
Cramped Quarters: Yes 
Cold Surfaces: No
Hot Surfaces: Yes
Sharp Edges: Yes 
Vibration: No
Fluorescent Lighting: Yes 
Computer Monitor Screen Glare: Yes
Inside Building__90__% of time
Outside __10__% of time
Does Job Require: Yes/No
Crawling: Yes 
Jumping: No
Lying on Back: Yes
Lying on Stomach: Yes 
Twisting: Yes
Sweeping/Mopping: Yes
General Cleaning: Yes
Handling Trash: Yes
Including but not limited to computer, phone, fax machine, copy machine, brooms, mops, scrub brushes, spray bottles, squeegees, latex gloves, needles, knives, catch poles, nets, muzzles, carriers, ladders, pooper scoopers, carts, vehicles, stretchers, ramps
Type of Use: Yes/No/Frequency
Keystrokes: Yes / 1-2 hours per day
Grasp: Yes / Frequently (90% of time)
Fine Motor (i.e. writing, twisting hands or wrist, etc.): Yes/ Frequently (90% of time)