County of Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz County, CA

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Under the general supervision of the Animal Services Coordinator or Supervising Animal Services Shelter Manager, provides routine care, exercise, basic training and medical treatment to animals in the shelter; cares for animals and assesses them for adoptability; assists in the placement of, or provides for the humane euthanasia of shelter animals; assists veterinarians in the medical treatment of or spay or neuter of animals; assists in developing protocols and implementing programs to maintain kennels in a sanitary and disease-free condition; and performs other duties as required.


THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and work experience that would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years of experience performing paramedical tasks for domestic animals in a veterinary office or animal shelter or possession of a valid Registered Veterinary Technician Certificate issued by the California State Board of Examiners.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS/CONDITIONS: Training: Incumbent must attend and pass the Euthanasia by Injection certification course within the first six months of hire. A Registered Veterinary Technician certificate is highly desirable. License: Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License. Hours: Availability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and/or holidays, and rotational on-call duty as required. Lifting: Incumbents must be able to lift, push/pull or carry up to 50 pounds unassisted. Special Working Conditions: Exposure to animals who may be hostile or dangerous and exposure to animal feces and urine. Incumbents will be encouraged to undergo a pre-rabies vaccination series.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of methods, techniques, medications and pharmaceuticals used in the care and treatment of domestic animals; physical and behavioral characteristics of common domestic animals and livestock; the proper care and handling of domestic animals; the physical and behavioral characteristics of domestic animals; breed identification; the symptoms of rabies and other common animal diseases; the safe and accurate handling of animal care medical and euthanasia equipment; the various techniques of safe and humane euthanasia of animals; adoption guidelines and procedures; definitions and common working application of adoptability and redemption standards; State laws and local ordinances relating to the care, treatment, and impounding of animals; basic animal related surgical procedures in order to assist a veterinarian; methods to properly clean the areas, kennels, cages, and equipment that are the responsibility of the Animal Care group.

Ability to: Handle animals properly and safely and perform work in a humane manner; conduct euthanasia of animals by direct injection; recognize symptoms of rabies and other common diseases of animals; properly complete necessary forms; work tactfully and effectively with co-workers, staff of other agencies working with animals, and the general public; with the assistance of Manager, develop and foster cooperative working relationships with veterinarians in the community; vaccinate animals; move heavy, immobilized or resistant animals; transport animals, supplies or equipment; maintain inventories of drugs and medical supplies, and advise Shelter Manager of the need to order supplies; collect and record fees; operate a personal computer for entering animal related data; understand and follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers; communicate effectively with animal control, and other animal services staff, other agencies, and the public, at times under stressful conditions; recognize symptoms of animal-related diseases, in order to separate for observation animals showing any signs of rabies or other animal related diseases; administer basic first aid; handle animal carcasses; and perform other duties as assigned.


ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years. Available after six months for vacation and/or sick leave.

HOLIDAYS - 12.5 paid holidays per year.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.

MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.

DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.

VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.

RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County pays a portion of retirement contribution and participates in Social Security.

LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance. SDI - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions. DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”

H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.

HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.

EMPLOYEE CREDIT UNION - Offers systematic savings and low interest loans.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

OTHER - Other pay and benefit items apply to certain positions or assignments, such as Bilingual Pay and Night Shift Differential.


THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now! Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 310, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD# (831) 454-2123. Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways: 1) In the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

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A Santa Cruz County application form is required for this recruitment. You may print this Acrobat PDF document and then fill it in.

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We encourage you to submit your application on-line as this is the preferred application method. If, for any reason, you are unable do this, we can send you an application packet by conventional mail.

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FAX at (831) 454-2240,

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Santa Cruz County Personnel Department

701 Ocean Street, Room 310 Santa Cruz, California 95060

Phone: (831) 454-2600 or TDD (831)454-2123


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