NOTICE OF CHANGE: This posting will be extended and will now
remain open until the position is filled.
We are currently accepting applications to fill one full time
vacancy for the Public Health Department Animal Services Division.
NOTE: Santa Barbara County Animal Services (SBCAS) has shelters in
Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. Applicants must be willing to travel
to, and work at, both locations.
Applications are also being accepted for future full-time,
part-time, extra-help, and 1414* vacancies at both locations.
- NOTE: CSR (Civil Service Rule) 1414 is a position vacated as a
result of a leave of absence and the duration of the appointment
shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A
person who is appointed to a position under CS Rule 1414 may be
able to transition into a regular position in the classification
without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance
of the appointee and the needs of the department.
THE POSITION: Under general supervision, incumbent provides
routine medical treatment to animals in the SBCAS shelter; disposes
of animals; performs decapitations as needed for rabies testing;
maintains kennels in a sanitary condition; maintains accurate
records of treatment and procedures; evaluates underage animals;
evaluates animals for foster placement; provides medical
counseling; triages medical emergencies; has general knowledge of
zoonotic diseases; has experience with high volume and high quality
anesthetic procedures and surgery; the ability to perform dental
procedures; and performs related duties as assigned.
Click on Benefits Tab above or click HERE for more information
on County benefits. Applicants from other public sector employers
may qualify for:
- Retirement reciprocity
- Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual
The Ideal Candidate will have experience in an animal shelter
environment and assisting in a high volume spay and neuter clinic.
Examples of Duties
- Performs physical examinations of animals and records findings;
examines animals to determine breed and approximate age; evaluates
health of animals and determines which animals have priority for
medical care (triage); prioritizes which animal should be
fast-tracked for adoption; determines which animals should be
transferred to veterinary partners for further diagnostics such as
but not limited to imaging/critical care/overnight monitoring and
obtains estimates for outside treatment.
- Monitors the overall health of the animal population by
communicating with shelter staff, volunteers, and fosters; treats
animals and administers vaccinations under the supervision of a
veterinarian; monitors the health of animals in
quarantine/isolation; records all treatment and vaccinations of
each animal in the SBCAS computer database.
- Maintains a supply of controlled substances, medical supplies,
and medications; has a working knowledge of how to order medical
supplies; confers with shelter supervisors and staff regarding
supply needs; distributes and monitors usage of controlled
substances; reconciles controlled substance logs at all shelters;
oversees proper use of pre-anesthetic and euthanasia drugs;
provides training and euthanasia certification for staff as
- Assists and restrains animals for shelter staff during
examinations/treatments; makes and notates observations on the
health of sheltered animals in the computer database and reports to
the veterinarian and shelter supervisor; communicates medical
information to staff, volunteers, and customers; provides a list of
animals to be examined by the veterinarian; schedules animals for
altering and other procedures; performs pre-operative examinations,
surgical preparation, anesthesia, surgical monitoring, and
post-operative care for animals.
- Prepares animals for laboratory rabies testing; ensures rabies
specimens are handled, transported, and disposed of in such a
manner as to protect public safety.
- Assists in the determination of animals for adoption;
recommends animals for foster care placement; provides input on the
selection of animals for euthanasia; assists with the feeding,
watering, and medication of animals; assists with the cleaning and
disinfecting of the shelter.
- Cleans, maintains, and sterilizes surgical instruments,
equipment, and materials; ensures equipment such as but not limited
to monitors/anesthetic machines/breathing apparatus are in good
working condition; perform monthly maintenance on equipment as
- Collects specimens and performs routine laboratory procedures
and tests in microbiology, urinalysis, and serology to assist in
the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
- Ensure SBCAS is in compliance with all OSHA and the DEA
regulations and inform the veterinarian and shelter supervisor if
there are any regulatory issues.
- Train staff and volunteers in basic animal handling, husbandry,
treatment, and cleaning protocols.
- Possession of a valid license as a Registered Veterinary
Technician with the State of California.
Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California
Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Incumbents must
Knowledge of: Methods, techniques, and medication used in the
care and treatment of animals; physical and behavioral
characteristics of animals including domestic, wildlife, and
livestock; characteristics of disease; spay and neuter surgical
procedures and techniques; proper techniques for the preparation,
handling, and disposal of rabies specimen samples; legal
requirements for controlled drug logs, proper euthanasia
techniques; basic animal care and nutritional needs; standard
office computer software; English grammar and usage.
Ability to: handle animals safely and humanely; perform
euthanasia of animals by injection; recognize symptoms of rabies,
common diseases, and animal injuries; keep accurate records of
treatment in the SBCAS database; lift 75 pounds; perform extensive
stooping, bending, and carrying; learn specialized computer
applications; exercise tact and independent judgment; maintain
effective working relationships with shelter staff, volunteers,
customers, and veterinarians.
The Public Health Department (PHD) requires all employees
working in direct contact with patients or clients in a high-risk
environment to comply with the PHD Employee Immunizations policy.
This can be accomplished by providing documentation of
immunizations, submitting laboratory immune titers demonstrating
adequate immunity, or obtaining required vaccinations. A list of
requirements, based on the specific program, will be sent at the
time an offer letter is presented to the selected candidate(s) and
initial documentation will be required at this time.
APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS
- Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine
those applicants who meet the employment standards.
- Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking. Responses to the required
supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored.
Candidates' final score and rank on the employment list will be
determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than eleven
Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the
supplemental questionnaire ranking to be placed on an employment
list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors
listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are
successful in the selection process will have their names placed on
the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the
employment list is established, all candidates will receive an
email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment
list, and exact duration of the employment list. Human Resources
will notify you by mail if your name is removed.
NOTE: Veteran's preference credit is applicable for this
recruitment (5 points for veterans, 10 points for disabled
veterans). To be eligible for this credit, you must be applying for
this position within five years from your most recent date of: (1)
honorable discharge from active military service; or, (2) discharge
from a military or veterans' hospital where treatment and
confinement were for a disability incurred during active military
service; or, (3) completion of education or training funded by a
Federal Educational Assistance Act. No time limit exists for
veterans with 30% or more disability. To receive veteran's
preference points, you must: (1) check the Veteran's Preference
Points box on the employment application form, (2) submit a copy of
your Form DD214 to the Human Resources Department on or before the
test date, and (3) pass all phases of the examination process. The
preference points will be added to your final score.
Conditional Job Offer: Once a conditional offer of employment
has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete
a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and
satisfactory reference checks. The appointee will be subject to a
post-offer medical evaluation or examination. The appointee must
satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.
Recruiters will communicate with applicants by e-mail during
each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to
check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection
Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is
committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants.
Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable
accommodation during the application or selection process should
contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require
verification of needed accommodation from a professional source,
such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution.
STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT
The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and
sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion
everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County
believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in
policies, institutional practices and systems. The County
recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed
to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx,
Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other
diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where
society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and
health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive,
enabling all people to participate and reach their full
We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for
inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We
aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and
the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity
employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law
and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.
We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the
County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One
Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the
County to deliver our best to all our community members.
APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: THIS
RECRUITMENT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED.
Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at
Anne Spargur, Recruiter, Public Health Department,