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Ventura County Animal Services
Camarillo, SImi Valley, CA, United States
11 days ago
Ventura County Animal Services
CA, United States
12 days ago
Ventura County Animal Services
Camarillo, SImi Valley, California, United States
11 days ago

Description

Animal Care Technician I - Under immediate supervision; receives training and learns to treat, care for, feed, and enrich impounded animals; ensures kennel facilities are safe, sanitized, and equipped to meet operational standards; provides intake and reunification services; may provide adoption counseling services;  may assist in humane euthanasia of animals in accordance with established laws and departmental policies; performs other related duties as required.
 
Animal Care Technician II - 
Under general supervision, treats, cares for, feeds, and enriches impounded animals; ensures kennel facilities are safe, sanitized, and equipped to meet operational standards; provides  intake and reunification services; provides adoption counseling services; humanely euthanizes animals in accordance with established laws and departmental policies; performs other related duties as required.
 
Distinguishing Characteristics:
Each successive level in the Animal Care Technician series is distinguished by scope of independence and responsibility. The level of the position within the series is commensurate with the complexity of the assigned tasks. If appointed at the lower level, incumbents may be promoted to the higher level without further examination upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with business needs of the department.  
 
Animal Care Technician I  
is the entry level classification in the series. Incumbents learn the primary duties and responsibilities performed in the animal shelter and assist higher-level Animal Care Technicians. Incumbents receive in-service training in the procedures of shelter animal care, breed identification, behavior characteristics, safe animal handling, animal restraint, and sanitation including ordinances governing animal care and control. This classification is flexibly staffed with the Animal Care Technician and incumbents are expected to progress toward the competency and performance of the full range of duties assigned to the journey level of the series; however, formal assignment is at the discretion and approval of management.
 
Animal Care Technician II 
is the journey level classification in the series. Incumbents perform the full range of animal shelter duties, work under less supervision, and are expected to work independently. This classification is flexibly staffed with the Animal Care Attendant and is distinguished from the lower level of the series by the performance of the full range of duties, independence, use of good judgement when handling various animals, and working knowledge of state laws and local ordinances pertaining to animal care. It differs from the Senior Animal Care Technician in that the latter is the lead over lower level staff.
 
The Animal Care Technician classification series is distinguished from the Animal Control Officer classification in that Animal Control Officers are primarily assigned to field operations and work independently.
 

 APPROXIMATE SALARIES:
 Animal Care Technician I:  
$17.14 - $24.00 per hour
 Animal Care Technician II:  
$19.26 - $26.97 per hour

NEW HIRE/REFERRAL INCENTIVES
Subject to the applicable section of the SEIU 721 MOA 2019-2022, Amendment #6 (Secs. 3801 – 3803):

  • New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive of $1500 (applicable for Animal Care Technician I and Animal Care Technician II)
  • In compliance with specific requirements, a regular employee may be eligible for an Employee Referral Incentive of $500 (applicable for Animal Care Technician I and Animal Care Technician II). 


EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: 
Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive. This incentive may be 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification.
 
BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: 
Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive pay depending upon operational needs and certification of skills.  
 
DEPARTMENT/AGENCY: 
Animal Services

Job Location: Primarily at the Camarillo shelter. Rotations at the Simi Valley shelter may be required. 
 
The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular, Temporary, Fixed-Term, Intermittent, and Extra-Help vacancies in the Animal Services Department. There are currently four (4) Regular vacant positions.
 
Intermittent, Temporary, and Extra-Help employees are not regular county employees and are not eligible for county benefits. Additionally, Intermittent employees are limited to working a maximum of 1,664 hours per fiscal year.


 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Opening Date:  7/14/22
Closing Date:  Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs.



Requirements

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cleans, disinfects, and maintains sanitary conditions of all kennel areas, onsite Veterinary Hospital, enrichment items, and laundry.
  • Prepares food, feeds, enriches, and provides daily care for impounded animals.
  • Observes animals for signs of illness or unusual behavior; documents observations and notifies peers and management; facilitates movement of injured or ailing animals with Veterinary hospital staff; 
  • Assists veterinarian with vaccinations and minor treatment of infirmed, injured, aged, immature, diseased, and feral animals.
  • Prepares animal(s) for discharge and walks/carries to owner’s vehicle.
  • Utilizes Animal Services Records Management Software systems, to process and track animal service activities such as kennel admission and departure dates, animal information and contact records, photographs, behavior profiles, clinic operations, veterinary record-keeping, etc.
  • Facilitates inventory and flow of animals to ensure adequate space is available for newly impounded animals.
  • Mediates and de-escalates customer complaints; communicates and works closely with management, supervisors, and staff when handling sensitive cases.
  • May assist with front office and dispatch duties by responding to inquiries from the public regarding care and retention of animals.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Animal Care Attendant I:
 

  • May provide adoption counseling services by facilitating a positive interactive adoption experience for prospective adopters and animals.
  • May perform kennel enrichment programs and may assist in playgroups.
  • May respond to public inquiries concerning reclaims, surrenders, adoptions, license fees, and vaccinations.

Animal Care Technician II:
 

  • May assist with training lower level staff/volunteers assigned to shelter operations; inspects and reviews the work done to ensure cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been carried out according to department standards.
  • Humanely euthanizes animals in accordance with established laws and departmental policies.
  • Responds to public inquiries concerning reclaims, surrenders, adoptions, license fees, and vaccinations. 
  • Provides adoption counseling services by facilitating a positive interactive adoption experience for prospective adopters and animals. 
  • Administers treatments and special dietary supplements for the humane care of animals; 
  • Recognizes individual animal behavior and has ability and responsibility to convey observations into the shelter management software. 
  • Performs kennel enrichment programs and assists in playgroups;  

Typical Qualifications

Animal Care Technician I:
 No experience or training is required; however, applicants must demonstrate an aptitude and willingness to perform duties as defined by the knowledge and abilities outlined above.
 
 Animal Care Technician II:

  • Any combination of experience which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge and abilities related to the area of assignment.
  • One (1) year experience (full-time regular employment) in caring and handling animals in an animal control/regulatory agency, veterinary office, animal care facility, or animal hospital

OR

 

  • One (1) year experience as an Animal Care Technician I in the County of Ventura.

 
Necessary Special Requirements

  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver License.
  • Must be able to drive assigned county vehicle when needed. 
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, bend, stoop, reach, and lift/carry animals and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be willing and able to work rotating shifts, including days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, stand-by for emergency calls, and work in all weather conditions.
  • Must be willing and able to work various locations throughout Ventura County.
  • Must be proficient with the Department's shelter software program within the first six (6) months of hire or promotion.
  • Incumbents may be required to wear a uniform during work hours.

Animal Care Technician II:

  • Must successfully complete a Department approved training course leading to a certificate in Euthanasia by Injection within six (6) months of hire or promotion.

 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
   

Animal Care Technician I:
Basic knowledge of: practices, methods, and materials used in cleaning and disinfecting animal facilities; physical and behavioral characteristics of common breeds of animals; caring for, feeding, and safe handling of domestic and wild animals; causes and symptoms of common animal illnesses and zoonotic animal diseases; equipment utilized to restrain, feed, care for, groom, and release various types of animals; best practices in customer service.
 
Ability to: learn and apply departmental policies, procedures, rules, regulations, state laws, and local ordinances governing the care and housing of animals; learn department’s management software program; learn to identify and recognize illness, habits and behaviors of various animals; learn to operate equipment used for handling, restraining, receiving, feeding, caring for, grooming, and releasing various types of small and large animals; learn to recognize signs and symptoms of zoonotic diseases; learn to assist the veterinarian in treating injured animals; learn euthanasia techniques; understand and follow oral and written directions; learn to recognize problems and exercise rational judgment in formulating solutions; speak and write effectively; establish and maintain effective relationships with the public, department personnel, volunteers, and other agencies.
 
 Animal care Technician II:
Knowledge of: departmental policies and procedures, rules and regulations, state laws, and local ordinances governing the care and housing of animals; practices, methods, and materials used in cleaning and disinfecting animal facilities; physical and behavioral characteristics of common breeds of animals; euthanasia techniques; caring, feeding, and safe handling of domestic and wild animals; causes and symptoms of common illnesses and zoonotic animal diseases; equipment utilized to restrain, feed, care for, groom, and release various types of animals; best practices in customer service.
 
Ability to: work independently with minimal supervision; interpret, understand, and apply departmental policies and procedures, rules and regulations, state laws, and local ordinances  governing the care and housing of animals; utilize department’s management software program; identify and recognize illness, habits and behaviors of various animals; take action in maintaining herd health to prevent cross contamination; recognize signs and symptoms of animal illnesses and zoonotic diseases; operate equipment used for handling, restraining, receiving, feeding, caring, grooming, transporting, and releasing various types of small and large animals; ; assist the veterinarian in treating injured animals; euthanize animals; understand and follow oral and written directions; recognize problems and exercise rational judgment in formulating solutions; speak and write effectively; establish and maintain effective relationships with the public, department personnel, volunteers, and other agencies.
 
Supplemental Information:
Work is performed outdoors, regardless of weather conditions, requiring moderate to heavy physical activity and include exposure to dangerous and/or diseased animals. Incumbents must be patient and tolerant of loud environments (barking), animal waste, odor, and hair.

Recruitment Process

FINAL FILING DATE:  This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested. Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.
 
To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at ventura.org/jobs. If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.
 
Note to Applicants:  It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications.  A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.
 
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – qualifying:  All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this exam AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the exam process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in the application being removed from consideration.
 
APPLICATION EVALUATION - Qualifying:  All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met.  Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.
 
TRAINING & EXPERIENCE EVALUATION: 
A Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) is a structured evaluation of the job application materials submitted by a candidate, including the written responses to the supplemental questionnaire. The T&E is NOT a determination of whether the candidate meets the stated requirements; rather, the T&E is one method for determining who are the better qualified among those who have shown that they meet the stated requirements. In a T&E, applications are either scored or rank ordered according to criteria that most closely meet the business needs of the department. Candidates are typically scored/ranked in relation to one another; consequently, when the pool of candidates is exceptionally strong, many qualified candidates may receive a score or rank which is moderate or even low resulting in them not being advanced in the process.
 
ORAL EXAMINATION - 100%: A job-related oral examination will be conducted to evaluate and compare participating examinees' knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to those factors which job analysis has determined to be essential for successful performance of the job. Examinees must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.
 
NOTE: The selection process will likely consist of an Oral Exam, which may be preceded or replaced with the score from a Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E), contingent upon the size and quality of the candidate pool. In a typical T&E, your training and experience are evaluated in relation to the background, experience and factors identified for successful job performance during a job analysis. For this reason, it is recommended that your application materials clearly show your relevant background and specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is also highly recommended that the supplemental questions within the application are completed with care and diligence.  Responses such as "See Resume" or "Refer to Resume" are not acceptable and may disqualify an applicant from further evaluation.

If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, a T&E or an Oral Examination will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.
 
PRACTICAL EXAMINATION – Pass/Fail:  Candidates will be required to complete several job-related tasks where essential job duties and the job environment are simulated. The method of completing the tasks, the time required, and the final product are scored and evaluated. Practical exams may also encompass actual job performance in the position and/or successful completion of any required job training. Candidates must pass both the written exam and the practical exam in order to qualify for placement on the eligible list.
 
Candidates successfully completing both the written exam and the practical exam may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

INTERVIEW PROCESS: For more information about how to prepare for a selection interview, please click here.
 
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:  A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information and driving record is required for this position.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Erin Niemi by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at (805) 654-2568

Job Information

  • Job ID: 62290901
  • Location:
    Camarillo, SImi Valley, California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Ventura County Animal Services
  • Position Title: Animal Care Technician I/II
  • Job Function: Animal Care
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
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