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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2305 - Kennel Assistant

Job Description

GRADE: 107

Under general supervision; performs work of routine care of feeding, cleaning and exercising of the animals at the Animal Services 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 Senior Animal Caretaker.

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
• Cleans and disinfects cages and other animal enclosures, exam room, garage and office
• Stocks all kennel/cleaning supplies as needed
• Stocks areas and spot clean kennels and public areas throughout the day
• Operates autoclave machine to sterilize surgical instruments
• Prepares surgical packs
• Organizes donated supplies
• Cleans dishes
• Folds laundry
• Assembles enrichment items
• Observes and reports animals for abnormalities and illness
• 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
• Animal diets, disinfectants, diseases and how they are spread
• Maintaining inventory and ordering medications and food
• 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

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; 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 bend and kneel repeatedly, 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.