Animal Care Technician
King County - Kent, WA

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SUMMARY: The mission of the Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is to ensure humane treatment of animals and to protect the health and safety of the public. Reporting to an Animal Services Sergeant, the Animal Care Technician will perform a range of services working with animals, the public and Regional Animal Services colleagues in the King County Animal Shelter.

WHO MAY APPLY: This short-term temporary position is open to all qualified candidates.

WORK SCHEDULE: This position is covered by the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible and may be mandatory. This position has a 40-hour week, generally built on 4 10 hour shifts and may include work on weekends, holidays, and on-call evening schedules. Schedules may change with 14-day notice.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit : (A) an online King County job application; (B) resume; (C) a letter of interest detailing your experience and qualification with reference to the specific duties and responsibilities of this position; and (D) completion of the supplemental questionnaire. Applicants may be required to demonstrate their qualifications at the time of the interview.

Failure to submit a complete application package will result in disqualification from further consideration for this position.

Questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Daniel Watson at or at (206) 296-4149.

Job Duties:
1. 1. Clean, feed, water and monitor animals held at the Center. 2. Vaccinate and scan for microchips all dogs and cats on arrival to the Center. 3. Medicate sick or injured animals as prescribed by a veterinarian, microchip animals available for adoption in the absence of veterinary staff. 4. Perform customer service, including receiving and releasing animals, receiving animal complaints, issuing licenses and answering general inquiries from the public. 5. Educate the public on animal behavior, care, training, laws and policies; assist potential adopters in selecting animals. 6. Prepare and issue adoption, redemption and transfer paperwork and release animals. 7. Sell pet licenses. 8. Perform behavior assessments on shelter animals. 9. Record accurate person and animal information, both on paper and in a computer database; maintain paper and computer records and files. 10. Answer phones; respond to email and voicemail messages.. 11. Provide guidance, training and support for volunteers working at the Center. 12. Euthanize animals. 13. Notify owners of licensed or identified animals brought into the Center. 14. Clean and sanitize shelter to maintain a healthy and humane environment for animals, employees and visitors. 15. Operate all related equipment to maintain shelter facility. 16. Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:
Consistently demonstrates regular and reliable on-time attendance.

High school diploma or equivalent

One (1) or more years of paid experience workign directly with animals (primarily dogs and cats) in an animal shelter, animal control, kennel, veterinary, or zoological setting.
Experience working directly with the public, providing quality customer service, responding to complaints, inquiries, and problems.

Ability to demonstrate effective customer service skills including effective listening, problem solving, verbal skills, and ability to deal courteously, professionally, and tactfully with the public.

Demonstrated ability to perform duties and maintain compsure under difficult and stressful situations.

Experience in animal handling and behavior assessment techniques, proper methods for the care and feeding of animals, cleaning of cages, kennels, and other areas.

Demonstrated ability to handle animals in a humane manner under a variety of shelter/field situations, including willingess to treat animals as directed.

Ability to prepare informative narrative reports documenting investigative actions and incidents.

Ability to use a computer, including the use of the Microsoft Office suite of products.

Ability to work mandatory overtime , after hours, and on weekends, including on-call availability.

Ability to multi-task and prioritize work assignments and be flexible in a busy environment.

Ability to complete assignments in an efficient and timely manner.

Ability to handle cash, accurately account for monies, licenses, and items subject to inventory and accurately make mathematical calculations and enter data.

Ability to work with kennel cleaning materials (i.e., bleach, Kennel-Sol, stinger degreaser, and various other hosuehold cleaning products).

Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

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