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Animal Attendant

Company: County of Napa, California
Location: Napa
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

The Napa Valley Benefits Supplemental Questions


The Napa Valley, internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.

County of Napa as an Employer: The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,400 employees.

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.

The Position: This recruitment is being conducted to fill two (2) current full-time vacancies positions. The list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and extra help vacancies as they occur over the next 12 months.

There is also an immediate need for Extra Help Animal Attendants. Should you indicate on your application that you are interested in an Extra Help position as well, your application will be referred to the hiring department for consideration immediately. Please note that you will still have to successfully complete the recruitment process in order to be considered for any permanent, allocated position(s).

The Napa County Animal Shelter mission is to serve the community by providing a safe and healthy environment for our citizens and their animals, while promoting animal welfare and education about responsible pet ownership. We offer many programs and services, such as pet adoptions, lost and found pets, pet surrender, and licensing.

The Animal Attendant is the entry/journey level classification in the Animal Attendant series and is the backbone of the services we provide to our citizens and their animals. Animal Attendants assess animals for temperament and behavior; feed, care for, exercise, provide training for, and clean-up after animals; euthanize and dispose of animals in accordance with state laws; and promote the benefits of spaying and neutering. Successful candidates should like animals; treat animals humanely; have experience working with and caring for domestic animals in a veterinary hospital, humane society, ranch, farm, or other animal facility; or possess a valid registration as a Veterinary Technician in California; and possess a valid Euthanasia by Injection certificate.

The Recruitment Process

  1. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, June 18, 2021.

  2. Applications will be screened for minimum qualifications the week of June 21, 2021.

  3. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of June 28, 2021.

  4. The most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited for an Oral Panel Interview. Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place the week of July 12, 2021. Only the most qualified candidates from the interview process will be placed on the eligibility list and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year.

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to change the recruitment process at any time.

Example of Duties: The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Perform all necessary work in maintaining the Animal Shelter and related areas in a clean and sanitary condition; receive animals at the Animal Shelter from Animal Control Officers and the public; separate for observation all animals showing any symptoms of rabies or other animal-related diseases; care for and feed all impounded animals; exercise and provide basic training for impounded dogs; keep kennels and cages clean and orderly using prescribed material; assist the public in claiming or obtaining animals; evaluate all dogs for temperament and behavior for adoption purposes; euthanize and dispose of animals in the prescribed manner in accordance with State laws; assist in keeping records of all impounded, disposed, or released animals and inventories of Animal Shelter supplies; assist in opening and closing of the Animal Shelter; as necessary, assist office staff with various office duties including the collection of fees; and perform related duties as assigned.



Characteristics of different breeds of animals.

Proper care and feeding of various types of animals.

Basic methods and practices used in large volume cleaning.

Inoculation and euthanasia techniques.

Good customer service relations.

Safe working practices.


Learn State laws and County ordinances relating to the care, impounding, and disposal of animals.

Care for, feed, and exercise animals properly.

Vaccinate animals.

Administer medications in tablet, liquid or topical forms.

Handle and restrain animals in a humane manner.

Recognize symptoms of rabies and other animal-related diseases.

Learn to operate Animal Shelter equipment in a safe manner.

Evaluate dogs for temperament and behavior.

Train and exercise dogs.

Move heavy, immobilized, or resistant animals.

Lift, carry, and move up to 50 pounds.

Maintain accurate records on animals, and inventories on Animal Shelter supplies.

Perform euthanasia.

Operate a personal computer and input animal-related data.

Collect and record fees.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with persons contacted in the course of work.

Perform the duties associated with preparing FRA's (Florescent Rabies Antigen test) for submission to testing lab.

Work on adoptions and "meet-and-greets," and assist volunteers.

Perform all physical demands as described under the "Working Conditions/Physical Characteristics" section below.

Experience and Education

To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities. A desirable combination is:


Six (6) months of experience working with domestic animals in a veterinary hospital, humane society, or other animal facility; OR, possession of a valid registration as a Veterinary Technician in California.


Experience with personal pets is not considered qualifying. Experience on a ranch, farm, or with a humane society performing animal care and kennel work is considered qualifying.


Equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade including or supplemented by training in an animal-related field or in customer service.

License or Certificate*:

Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Possession of Euthanasia by Injection Certificate. Applicants who do not possess the Certificate may be appointed to the position, but the required course must be taken and the certificate obtained prior to permanent status being granted. (This exception does not apply to extra help candidates due to the temporary nature of their assignment.)

  • Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with Napa County. For continued employment with Napa County, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.

Special Qualifications

Persons employed in this class must be willing to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Working Conditions/Physical Characteristics

Incumbents must be able to perform physical tasks continuously, including sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine motor coordination when using a computer keyboard or mobile data terminal. Near vision, far vision, color discrimination and peripheral vision are required for recordkeeping, driving, caring for animals, recognizing illness, and behavioral assessment. Acute hearing is required for safety in interacting with animals, observing animal welfare and conditions, and behavioral assessment. The need to lift and carry animals, tools, and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds is also required. Staff rotate through three assignments, including (1) adoptions (dogs, livestock, and fowl), (2) stray dogs, and (3) cats. Work is performed in both an indoor kennel environment and in an outdoor livestock environment. The job duties will expose the employee to the outdoors, which may include exposure to weather conditions and temperature extremes; excessive noise (animal vocalization); animal bites and scratches; animal waste and dead animals; dust, chemicals from cleaning agents/disinfectants; sewage and zoonotic diseases; contact with agitated people; and emotionally challenging situations. The physical characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a qualified disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

ADA Accommodation:

Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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