Animal Care Specialist II

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Location
FAIRFAX (EJ13), VA
Salary
$37,616.59 - $62,693.70 yr
Posted
Jul 17, 2017
Closes
Jul 29, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Acts as daily team lead providing guidance and oversight for caretakers in the performance of daily tasks; helping to coordinate daily kennel operations; monitoring and assisting with animal needs with regard to intake, fosters, citizens and volunteers. Other duties include:
  • Schedules, directs, supervises and participates in the daily activities of the positions at the animal shelter.
  • Provides oversight and assistance cleaning and maintaining kennels, all animal holding and animal handling areas, laundry, dishes, portable crates and vehicles.
  • Works with the Volunteer Coordinator II to integrate trained volunteers into the animal care and cleaning routine at the shelter with the care, feeding, exercising, evaluating, receiving and medicating of shelter animals.
  • Ensures the maintenance of accurate information and medical records in shelter software log and individual medical record folders.
  • Ensures maintenance and upkeep of the shelter and its grounds.
  • Consults and coordinates care and animal evaluation with the animal care manager.
  • Assists with temperament evaluations for dogs and behavior evaluation of cats; creates and coordinates behavior modification plans; monitors individual animal progress and makes disposition recommendations; provides input to the animal care manager on the dispensation of animals whether recommending adoption, euthanasia or other interventions taking into account history, behavior, health and age.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Specific duties include: daily review and status evaluation of all animals in the shelter's care; oversight and tracking of medical care for shelter animals and those animals temporarily placed in foster homes; assigning and reviewing work of animal caretakers and volunteers; ensuring that staff is properly trained in all shelter procedures; assisting with cleaning, feeding, medicating, and euthanizing as needed; maintaining controlled drug records; performing animal behavioral evaluations; preparing rabies specimens for health department; testing animals for heartworm, feline leukemia, feline aids and parvo virus; vaccinating animals on intake and when boosters are needed; and conducting ongoing performance management and annual evaluations for staff under supervision.
  • Duties are performed under the general supervision of the Animal Care Manager. Acts as daily team lead providing guidance and oversight for caretakers in the performance of daily tasks; helping to coordinate daily kennel operations; monitoring and assisting with animal needs with regard to intake, fosters, citizens and volunteers.
  • Schedules, directs, supervises and participates in the daily activities of the positions at the animal shelter.
  • Provides oversight and assistance cleaning and maintaining kennels, all animal holding and animal handling areas, laundry, dishes, portable crates and vehicles.
  • Works with the Volunteer Coordinator II to integrate trained volunteers into the animal care and cleaning routine at the shelter with the care, feeding, exercising, evaluating, receiving and medicating of shelter animals.
  • Ensures the maintenance of accurate information and medical records in shelter software log and individual medical record folders.
  • Ensures maintenance and upkeep of the shelter and its grounds.
  • Consults and coordinates care and animal evaluation with the animal care manager.
  • Assists with temperament evaluations for dogs and behavior evaluation of cats; creates and coordinates behavior modification plans; monitors individual animal progress and makes disposition recommendations; provides input to the animal care manager on the dispensation of animals whether recommending adoption, euthanasia or other interventions taking into account history, behavior, health and age.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Specific duties include: daily review and status evaluation of all animals in the shelter's care; oversight and tracking of medical care for shelter animals and those animals temporarily placed in foster homes; assigning and reviewing work of animal caretakers and volunteers; ensuring that staff is properly trained in all shelter procedures; assisting with cleaning, feeding, medicating, and euthanizing as needed; maintaining controlled drug records; performing animal behavioral evaluations; preparing rabies specimens for health department; testing animals for heartworm, feline leukemia, feline aids and parvo virus; vaccinating animals on intake and when boosters are needed; and conducting ongoing performance management and annual evaluations for staff under supervision.
  • Duties are performed under the general supervision of the Animal Care Manager.
NOTE:
Hours of work may vary depending on staffing levels and shelter needs as caretakers are considered essential personnel. Additionally, appointee will be required to work weekend days, holidays and/or evening shifts. Illustrative Duties (The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Supervises (assigns, reviews, and schedules) work of Animal Care Specialist I, volunteers, and community service assignees;
  • Works with the Volunteer Coordinator II to integrate trained volunteers into the animal care and cleaning routine at the shelter;
  • Assists with the animal care work of those supervised;
  • Trains staff and volunteers in safe, humane and efficient care of animals (wild, domestic, and livestock);
  • Maintains controlled drug and other routine records;
  • Refers animals for veterinary care (emergency and/or routine);
  • Assists veterinarian and directs and provides necessary after care for treated animals
  • (administering medications, changing bandages and wraps, evaluating wound conditions and charting all procedures)
  • Provides input to the animal care manager on the dispensation of animals whether recommending adoption, euthanasia or other interventions taking into account history, behavior, health and age;
  • Determines animal suitability for adoption taking into consideration the age, condition and behavior of the animal;
  • Selects animals for euthanasia considering factors such as age, condition, adoptability, behavior and length of time at shelter;
  • Performs euthanasia and cremates other animals as a service to citizens;
  • Prepares rabies test specimens for Health Department;
  • Inoculates animals at intake when there is no other evidence of inoculation;
  • Directs use of incinerator for cremation, disposal of confiscated and outdated drugs, syringes, records and other sensitive materials brought for disposal by various local and state law enforcement agencies and mental health departments;
  • Ensures timely reports of bites and scratches to protect staff from rabies and other complication.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities (The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of characteristics of different types of animals;
  • Knowledge of animal behavior indicators;
  • Knowledge of safe animal handling techniques;
  • Knowledge of inoculation and euthanasia techniques;
  • Knowledge of supervisory and work planning techniques;
  • Demonstrated interest in and compassion for animals;
  • Ability to move heavy, immobilized or resistant animals;
  • Ability to lift, carry, and move up to 50 pounds;
  • Ability to maintain a high level of ethical standards;
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of integrity and to be truthful at all times.
Employment Standards MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to high school graduation or a GED issued by a state department of education; and two years of experience in animal care as an Animal Care Specialist I or as a veterinary assistant. (Graduation from an accredited veterinary technician program may be substituted for the required experience.)

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license. Complete certification for euthanasia within three months of appointment.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Appointee will be required to complete a criminal and public safety background check; and medical examination to the satisfaction of the employer. Must have or be able to obtain euthanasia certification and canine temperament certification.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must have the ability to move heavy, immobilized or resistant animals. Must have the ability to lift, carry and move up to 50 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Three (3) or more years' experience supervising staff and or volunteers in an animal related capacity.
  • Experience working in a high volume animal care facility.
  • Experience leading animal care operations or programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to use a computer and enter and maintain data electronically.
  • Experience restraining, medicating and caring for a variety of animal species.
SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.