The Napa Valley Benefits Supplemental Questions
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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
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
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
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,
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
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
The Recruitment Process
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, June 18,
Applications will be screened for minimum qualifications the
week of June 21, 2021.
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their
supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of
June 28, 2021.
- 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
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.
Administer medications in tablet, liquid or topical forms.
Handle and restrain animals in a humane manner.
Recognize symptoms of rabies and other animal-related
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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)
Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer