We are very proud of our Animal Care and Adoption Center (341 South Birdneck Road). We are an open admission facility, meaning that we accept all animals. We work hard to reunite stray and lost animals with their owners. When that is not possible, we strive to place animals in their forever home. In some cases, we place animals with rescue or rehabilitation organizations.
Animal Caretaker Duties: Individual will perform a variety of manual tasks required to maintain the proper standards of care for the animals housed at the shelter; follow shelter protocols and daily schedule for feeding, watering and exercising animals and sanitizing kennels/pens; assist citizens in a variety of interactions, including at reception desk, in shelter and at adoption events; assess and monitor overall animal health and behaviors, providing appropriate documentation; provide basic medical attention for animals such as changing bandages, administering medication or applying ointments; may provide assistance to the veterinarian in preparing animals for medical procedures and may assist in performing euthanasia.
Work Schedule: Please note that the Animal Caretaker position has an unusual work schedule. Days off will be determined based on seniority and will most likely be weekdays, rather than the traditional Saturday/Sunday weekend. Work hours vary based on operational demands for each day of the week.
Here is an example of a possible work schedules for an animal caretaker employee:
Thursday: 1100 - 1930
Career Progression Opportunities: Animal Caretaker I is the entry level position. Employees may advance to Animal Caretaker II and receive a 10% pay increase upon completing a minimum of one year employment, obtaining euthanasia certification and taking on responsibility for one or more specialized tasks such as coordinating kennel supplies, vaccinating animals, researching or coordinating specialized animal care, coordinating animal cages at partner locations, etc.
The following is a listing of "disqualifiers" or concerns that could result in you not being selected for employment. Please give consideration to these factors before applying. This is not an exhaustive listing.
Criminal History: Conviction of any felony or any crime involving moral turpitude (crimes contrary to justice, honesty, or good morals). Conviction of any Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor, excluding traffic violations which are discussed separately, or the Virginia State Law equivalent within the last 5 years.
Traffic Violations: Any conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusal to take blood or breath test, eluding police, racing, or leaving the scene of an accident within the last 5 years.
Drugs: Any involvement in the sale of illegal drugs as an adult. Any illegal use or possession of any illegal drug, including but not limited to heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens or any derivative thereof (except marijuana) within the last five years. Illegal possession of anabolic steroids within the last 36 months.
There is no working conditions statement available for this position at this time.
MINIMUMS: High school graduation or GED plus one (1) year of experience caring for animals in a professional setting, such as on a ranch, farm , veterinary hospital or at a kennel; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must have, or obtain, a current and valid Virginia or North Carolina driver?s license in accordance with Virginia or North Carolina DMV driver?s license eligibility requirements. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: All employees may be expected to work hours in excess of their normally scheduled hours in response to short-term department needs and/or City-wide emergencies. Must be able to work rotating shifts including weekends and holidays and be available to work overtime when required to meet operational needs. This position is Alpha I Successful completion of a pre-employment physical. Successful completion of a police background investigation, including polygraph examination. Note: Work is physically demanding, requiring ability to lift up to 50 lbs and stamina in performing repetitive manual tasks associated with cleaning protocols throughout the duration of the shift.
DMV Transcript: Not Required
CDL: Not Required
DOT History: Not Required
CPS Check: Not Required
Physical: Not Required
Respirator: Not Required
Polygraph Review: Required
Psychological Screening: Not Required
Attachments Required: None
Strong customer service orientation; ability to perform physically demanding work in a fast-paced environment; animal handling experience; collaborative work style.
Applicants who apply to this posting will be considered for the current opening and any future Animal Caretaker vacancies through 3-2022.
This recruitment is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed regularly and the recruitment will close to applicants once a candidate is selected.
VRS Contribution: All full-time employees are required to contribute 5% of annual salary toward their retirement account; in accordance with VRS retirement provisions. This will be handled through a pre-tax payroll deduction.