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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2318 - Animal Caretaker II

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Non-Exempt
GRADE:    111

Under direction; performs work of moderate difficulty as a lead Animal Caretaker, overseeing the care, temperament testing and euthanasia of the animals accepted into the Animal Care and Control facility; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class serves as a lead worker overseeing the kennels of the Animal Control Shelter; direction is primarily from the Veterinarian/ Administrator.

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.

•    Performs lead worker duties (e.g. training new employees, scheduling, etc.)
•    Ensures completion of work by kennel staff
•    Inspects work of kennel staff for completion and adherence to Department standards
•    Provides care for dogs, cats and any other types of animals accepted into the shelter
•    Prepares and administers diets, adding supplements as indicated
•    Identifies and treats basic shelter illnesses
•    Advises Veterinarian of animals that may need isolation  
•    Administers medications (e.g. vaccinations, etc.)
•    Injects microchips
•    Maintains inventory for kennel (e.g. bedding, cleaning supplies, etc.)
•    Orders food
•    Performs temperament testing to determine eligibility for adoption or foster care
•    Observes and reports animals for abnormalities and illness
•    Assists the Veterinarian with surgery preparation and post-operative care (e.g. holding animal, IV, etc.)
•    Operates autoclave machine to sterilize surgical instruments
•    Cleans and disinfects cages and other animal enclosures, exam room, garage and office
•    Answers questions from the public
•    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
•    Medications, dosages and their administration
•    Animal diets, disinfectants, disease and how they are spread
•    Temperament testing guidelines
•    Maintaining inventory and ordering 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
•    Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
•    Providing humane care for the animals
•    The operation of pressure washer and autoclave machines
•    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
•    Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others

Ability to:
•    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
•    Convey excellent oral and written communication
•    Work effectively under stress
•    Maintain confidentiality
•    Monitor and evaluate employees
•    Prioritize and assign work
•    Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
•    Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
•    Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
•    Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent and one year of animal science or related course work, and four years of experience as an animal caretaker, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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.

Euthanasia Technician Certification