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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2312 - Animal Caretaker I

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Non- Exempt 
GRADE: 109

Under general supervision; performs work of routine difficulty in the care, temperament testing and euthanasia of the animals at the Animal Care and Control facility; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class spends a substantial amount of time providing care to the animals of DuPage Animal Care and Control; work is performed under the general supervision of the Animal Caretaker Supervisor.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Provides care for dogs, cats and any other types of animals accepted into the shelter
• Prepares and administers diets, adding supplements
• Inoculates for airborne diseases
• Identifies and treats basic shelter illnesses
• Determines need for isolation of animals
• Administers medications in general
• Injects microchips
• Maintains inventory
• Performs temperament testing
• Provides input on potential animal outcomes - adoption, rescued, fostered or euthanized
• Assists the veterinarian with surgery preparation and post-operative care
• Operates autoclave machine to sterilize surgical instruments
• Observes and reports animals for abnormalities and illness
• Determines if animal is in emergency need of a Veterinarian
• Cleans and disinfects cages and other animal enclosures, exam room, garage and office
• Answers questions from the public
• Facilitates the delivery of animal behavior programs
• Provides daily enrichment both in-kennel and out-of-kennel
• Provides adoption counseling and post-adopt follow up
• Facilitate canine play groups
• Training of shelter animals in order to increase adoptability and implement behavior modification where indicated
• Assists in creating marketing collateral for animal promotions
• Performs humane euthanasia and provides end of life comfort care
• Assists in maintaining records on each animal
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Animal behavior and care for a wide range of domestic species
• Medications, dosages, and their administration
• Animal diets, disinfectants, diseases and how they are spread
• Temperament testing guidelines and behavior modification techniques
• Low-stress animal handling techniques
• Maintaining inventory and ordering medications and food
• Surgical anesthesia for animals undergoing spay/neuter procedure and recovery
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Providing humane care for the animals
• The operation of pressure washer and autoclave machines
• Operating a personal computer, applicable software and peripheral equipment
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Verbal and/or written communication

Ability to:
• Deal effectively with others
• Follow verbal and/or written instructions
• Work as part of a team and alone
• Maintain composure and professionalism during challenging, demanding or tense situations
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Ability to work with all species of dog, cat, rodent, reptile, etc.
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent and one year of animal science or related course work; two years of experience working in an animal shelter or veterinary hospital; or an equivalent combination education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.  Credit to meet these qualifications will be granted to former interns of DuPage County Animal Care and Control.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may regularly be required to walk, reach with hands and/or arms and lift up to 50 lbs.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position regularly includes working with loud animals, on concrete floors and being exposed to unfavorable odors.  Will be subject to animal bites and/or scratches.