Animal Shelter Attendant I/II (part-time)
City of Upland - San Bernardino, CA

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Position is limited to 20 hours per week, 1,000 hours per fiscal year

Under general supervision, receive, process, and care for impounded animals; clean and disinfect kennels and work areas; maintain records on the impounding and releasing of animals; canvass assigned neighborhood(s) to locate unlicensed dogs; and perform related duties as assigned.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this class. Other duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, either orally or in writing.

  • Respond to basic public inquiries regarding animals, Animal Shelter operations, and animal licensing.
  • Feed, water, and monitor the disposition of domestic, exotic, and wild animals.
  • Clean and disinfect kennels, cages, and equipment in a sanitary manner; perform on-going and preventive maintenance tasks associated with shelter facilities and equipment.
  • Dispatch calls for service dealing with animal control needs to officers in the field.
  • Door to door canvassing of assigned neighborhood(s) to locate unlicensed dog; issue citations; collect animal licensing fees.
  • Observe sick, quarantined, and potentially injured animals; euthanize animals as needed.
  • Maintain a variety of records including animal health records such as neutering, surgery, vaccinations, and other medical procedures.
  • Assist with the release and adoption of animals; microchip animals as required.
  • Order and maintain supplies needed at the shelter.
  • Serve as cashier; handle customer transactions including license sales.


    Knowledge of:

    Various breeds of dogs, cats, and other domestic animals; principles of animal behavior and care; principles and practices used in dealing with the public; methods and procedures of kennel cleaning and maintenance; basic principles of record keeping; safe work practices; occupational hazards and safety practices necessary in the area of animal services; safe driving principles and practices.

    Ability to:

    Operate cleaning equipment and other tools used in the maintenance of kennels; operate a vehicle observing legal driving practices; operate modern office equipment, including a computer terminal and cash register; administer injections and medications to all types of animals; handle animals in a safe and efficient manner; learn, understand, and interpret rules and regulations governing the impounding and release of animals; recognize normal and abnormal animal behavior; prepare and maintain accurate and complete records; meet and deal tactfully and effectively with the public; respond to requests and inquiries for information regarding animal services; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; work independently in the absence of supervision; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


    Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.


    Animal Shelter Attendant I:
    Six months of recent experience working with domestic animals in a veterinary hospital or other animal facility.

    Animal Shelter Attendant II:
    Two years of recent experience working with domestic animals in a veterinary hospital or other animal facility.

    Licenses/Certificates/and Special Requirements:

    Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver's license, an acceptable driving record and evidence of insurability.

    Ability to obtain Euthanasia Certificate within one year of appointment.

    Certification per California Penal Code Section 832 at time of hire.

    Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.


    The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Physical Demands:

    While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit; talk or hear, in person and/or by telephone; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms. Employees are frequently required to walk, stand, squat and kneel, and lift and move animals weighing up to 70 pounds.

    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

    Mental Demands:

    While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work under intensive deadlines; and interact with staff, customers, the public and others encountered in the course of work.

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