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Kennel Care Attendant

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:Starting at $12.59 hourly
  • Posted Date:April 10, 2018
  • Deadline to Apply:April 24, 2018




Under direction, provide for the humane care and excellent quality of life for all animals in the shelter.  Duties include but not limited to cleaning, feeding, watering, and monitoring the animal’s health and behavior.  Assist with adoptions and lost and found.  Educate the public on responsible pet ownership and promote and support in St. Charles Parish Animal Control’s programs and mission.

Essential Job Functions

Humane care of shelter animals including cleaning, feeding, watering, and monitoring health, and behavior.

Administer vaccinations and perform heartworm testing. 

Assist with euthanasia and perform euthanasia once certified. 

Humanely handle deceased animals and disposal. 

Humanely handle severely injured sick and abused/neglected animals. 

Humanely handle aggressive animals. 

General cleaning and upkeep of interior and exterior shelter spaces. 

Maintain a professional attitude at all times. 

Report to work in extreme weather conditions such as but not limited to hurricanes, flooding and ice/snow. 

Become certified in euthanasia and perform euthanasia upon request. 

Perform all other duties as necessary and required. 

Minimum Training and Experience 

High School diploma or GED.  Have some experience in animal control, public service program coordination or related work, and experience involving the handling and maintaining of work records and reports.  Any equivalent combination of experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

 Special Requirements

 Possession of a valid Louisiana Driver’s License.

 Physical Requirements:  Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including typewriters, two-way radios, hand tools, animal traps, firearms, etc.  Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle.  Must be able to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.  Work involves walking, standing and running, and may involve physical confrontations.  Physical demands are those for heavy work.

Data Conception:  Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural, or composite characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communications:  Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information.  Includes receiving instructions, assignments and/or directions from superiors.

Language Ability:  Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence, reports, ordinance, forms, log, etc.  Requires the ability to prepare reports, forms, correspondence, logs, etc., using prescribed formats.  Requires the ability to speak to people with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence:  Requires the ability to apply rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form. 

Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions.  Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in standard English.

Numerical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract totals; to multiply and divide; to determine percentages and decimals.

Form/Spatial Aptitude:  Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape.

Motor Coordination:  Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using weapons, etc.  Must be able to operate a motor vehicle.

Manual Dexterity:  Requires the ability to handle a variety of office equipment, control knobs, switches, weapons, etc.  Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination:  Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shapes of color.

Interpersonal Temperament:  Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress and when confronted with emergency situations.

Physical Communication:  Requires the ability to talk and/or hear:  (talking:  expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing:  perceiving nature of sounds by ear).  Must be able to communicate via telephone and two-way radio.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of required policies, procedures and guidelines governing the activities of animal control.

Knowledge of daily operations of a kennel.

Skill in managing multiple tasks and responsibilities.

Ability to react and provide decisions in emergency situations.

Ability to assess case situations and determine appropriate intervention.

Considerable knowledge of laws and ordinances related to animal control, including humane animal collection, care of disposal methods. 

Considerable knowledge of safety practices concerning the handling of animals.

Considerable knowledge of rabies control program and procedures.

General knowledge of applicable traffic laws, ordinances, and rules and regulations.

General knowledge of basic breeds of dogs and cats.

General knowledge of methods used to determine an animal’s age.

General knowledge of symptoms of injuries and illnesses common to small animals, including rabies.

General knowledge of record keeping procedures.

General knowledge of standard small animal diets.

General knowledge of cleaning and disinfecting methods.

Ability to understand the occupational hazards involved and the safety precautions necessary in the performance of job duties.

Ability to provide total upkeep of the animal shelter. 

Ability to exercise tact and courtesy in explaining and enforcing State laws and local ordinances pertaining to animal control.

Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment in applying laws and ordinances to work situations.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. 

Ability to exercise tact, courtesy and firmness in frequent contact with animal owners and the general public. 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.

Must be able to work early or late and on weekends and holidays, as required.

Should not be allergic to animals; must be able to work around all animals. 

Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches.

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