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Animal Welfare Specialist

Company: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:


$44,931.52 - $53,380.18 Annually


Multiple Locations- See Job Description, CA

Job Type



Public Health

Job Number

22-0485-01 (O)

SALARY$21.53 - $25.58 Hourly$44,931.52 - $53,380.18 Annually
We are accepting applications to fill three (3) full-time Animal Welfare Specialist positions in the County of Santa Barbara for the Animal Services Division in the Public Health Department.

Animal Services has shelters in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and Santa Maria, and this position can be assigned to work at any of the above listed locations. However, the primary location for these vacancies are Santa Maria (2) positions and Santa Barbara (1) position. Please note, applicants must be willing to travel to and work at all three shelters with minimal to no notice. Applicants must check the locations they are willing to accept employment, for current and future vacancies, on the application agency-wide question and supplemental questionnaire.
We are also accepting applications to establish an employment list for future Full-time, Part-time, Extra Help and 1414* vacancies for Animal Welfare Specialists in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc.

*1414 vacancies may occur as a result of a leave of absence (Civil Service Rule 1414) 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 Civil Service 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. BENEFITS OVERVIEW:Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment.Holidays: 13 days per year.Sick Leave: 12 days sick leave per year. Unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement.Health Plan: Choice of medical and dental plans (with vision care). County contributes toward the employee's premium.On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria: Provides ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and their eligible dependents over age 5.In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:Retirement reciprocityTime and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rateClick on the Benefits Tab above or for more information on County benefits for this position. POSITION: Animal Welfare Specialist is the working title for this position and encompasses the concept that the staff person is comfortable working with animals in the kennel area, assisting clients over the phone, in the front office, and throughout the shelter. The County classification title is Animal Shelter Attendant.Animal Welfare Specialists, under general supervision, care for, feed the animals at a County shelter, participate in the euthanizing of animals, and maintain the shelter facilities and grounds; perform other duties as required. They also provide excellent customer service as they interact with the public, and provide a range of services to shelter customers at the front desk and over the phone. They assist with lost-and-found animals, animal adoptions, education/outreach, return to owner, animal intake, general questions, data entry, and input of animal control activities. This position will also perform behavioral assessments, participate and/or perform the euthanasia of animals, assist the veterinarian, maintain the shelter facilities and grounds, and perform other duties as required.

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will have:

  • Paid work experience with and knowledge of multiple species of animals, preferably in a veterinary clinic and/or animal shelter setting;
  • Excellent animal handling skills with all types of animals, including, but not limited to, injured, sick, fearful, and aggressive animals;
  • Skills and experience to meet the demands of a busy, fast-paced, environment while continuing to provide high quality customer service. The ability to converse fluently in English and Spanish is preferred;
  • Proficient front office skills that include effective communication by telephone and in person, and familiarity with basic office applications including those specific to the animal industry, such as Chameleon;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people and groups from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, learning styles, and literacy levels;
  • Euthanasia certificate from a certified Euthanasia Training Program.The County of Santa Barbara Animal Services Division operates three open admission animal shelters, serving the entire County with the exception of the City of Carpinteria. The Animal Services Division provides field and shelter services, disaster response, adoption, lost-and-found programs, affordable spay and neuter services, a Responsible Pet Ownership program, volunteer programs, a public resource center, licensing, and public vaccination/microchip clinics. to learn more about the County of Santa Barbara Public Health Department Animal Services. Animal Shelter Locations:Santa Maria Shelter, 548 W. Foster RoadSanta Barbara Shelter, 5473 Overpass RoadLompoc Shelter, 1501 W. Central Avenue
    Examples of Duties
    Performs animal care duties such as preparing food, feeding, and providing water; cleaning and disinfecting kennel and cat cages; washing litter, water, and food pans; sweeping and mopping floors; performing laundry duties, picking up fecal waste; washing, scrubbing, and sweeping debris from walls, beds, kickplates, and dog run areas. Monitors sick, quarantined, and injured animals and observes them for unusual physical and behavioral conditions; segregates and isolates animals as necessary; assists the veterinarian or staff with vaccinations, administers medications and minor medical treatments; separates and controls fighting animals; keeps a record on the disposition of animals; performs a daily count of animals and reports any condition or inconsistencies to the supervisor or veterinarian as appropriate. Participates in humane euthanasia, by lethal injection, of dangerous, sick or unwanted animals; assists in preparing rabies specimens and ensures timely delivery to the laboratory for testing. Assists clients over the phone and in person with lost-and-found animals; shows animals to the public and provides information regarding licensing; counsels clients on animal adoption, daily care, vaccinations, rabies control, spaying and neutering, pet-owner responsibilities, licensing, and general information. Assists clients with animal redemption and surrendering animals. Collects license, redemption and adoption fees. Performs data entry and completes various written and electronic records and forms such as kennel cards, logs of controlled drugs dispensed, daily activity sheets, receipts for fees, and work order forms for repairs; maintains a log and inventory of food and other animal supply needs. Maintains shelter facility; cleans windows, floors, walls, and restrooms; pulls weeds; makes minor repairs; checks gates and locks for security purposes and reports any safety or liability concerns to the supervisor; cleans and stocks animal control vehicles.
    Employment Standards
    A combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.Ability to: handle sick, injured, dangerous, or dead animals and decomposing animal carcasses in a safe and humane manner; learn the physical and behavioral characteristics of animals; learn and recognize symptoms of rabies and other common animal diseases; destroy (euthanize) dangerous, sick, or unwanted animals; learn basic first aid treatments; learn the methods and techniques used in the care and handling of animals; use appropriate chemicals and cleaning agents; pick up fecal material; analyze a situation and adopt a course of action; develop and maintain working relationships with co-workers, volunteers, agencies, and organizations; make simple arithmetical calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; learn applicable laws, regulations and ordinances; keep accurate records; understand and follow instructions; learn computer operations; use tools and equipment; work independently.
    Supplemental Information
    Working Conditions: Incumbents in this class must be able to move animals or objects weighing up to 75 lbs. and use strong chemicals for disinfecting kennels. Incumbents are also expected to wear a uniform, and work rotating shifts, including holidays, and weekends.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 1. Review applications and Supplemental Questionnaire: To determine those applicants who meet the employment standards. 2. Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: Applicants that meet the employment standards will be evaluated and scored. A candidate's final score and rank on the eligible list will be determined by the information provided on their supplemental questionnaire. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than 13 qualified candidates.

    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.

    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 mi

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