County of Alameda

Animal Control Aide (#8163)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$23.86-$29.01 Hourly / $1,789.50-$2,175.75 BiWeekly /
$3,877.25-$4,714.13 Monthly / $46,527.00-$56,569.50 Yearly

Under general supervision, to assist in the maintenance of County animal shelters; perform basic tasks to assist in the implementation of the animal control functions; and to do related work as required.


Animal Control Aides work in the Sheriff's Office Animal Control Unit. This position assists in the maintenance, care and control of animals housed within the County animal shelters. The Animal Control Aide is distinguished from the next higher class, Sheriff’s Technicians assigned to Animal Control, in that the Technicians are responsible for animal control investigations and fieldwork.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Vaccinate animals on intake.

2. Cleans and feeds animals.

3. Maintains overall cleanliness of shelter.

4. Answers office telephones and walk-in inquiries from the public.

5. Assists public with adoptions, animal licenses, redemption, surrenders, euthanasia requests and documents these functions.

6. Processes internal documents including money receipts, lost/found animal reports, vector control bite reports and medical documents involving sick or injured animals.

7. Is responsible for tracking of all incoming and outgoing animals. Other duties include animal identification, weighing animals, cage/kennel assignment, cage/kennel card, housing in observation, isolation, quarantine and general population depending upon circumstances.

8. Delivers animals to contracted veterinarians for mandatory spay/neuter and completes necessary paperwork; assists shelter veterinarians as required.

9. Transports sick/injured animals to a veterinarian as necessary.

10. Decapitates animals for laboratory testing for rabies, stores remains and completes necessary paperwork.

11. Euthanizes animals and stores remains as necessary.

12. May direct activities of community service workers and volunteers.


The equivalent of six months of full-time professional experience in caring for and handling of animals, which included performing clerical duties and maintenance/housekeeping work in a public and/or private institution related to the care or handling of animals.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Special Training Requirement:

In accordance with the California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Section 2039, all persons appointed to this class are required to attend and pass Sodium Pentobarbital/Euthanasia Training within 6 months of their hire date. Continued employment in this class is contingent upon successful completion of this training.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

 NOTE: The level and scope of the following abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Ability to:

• Work with and care for animals in a professional setting.
• Learn rules and regulations governing animal control.
• Learn and recognize the symptoms of rabies and other animal diseases.
• Learn to complete routine paperwork and clerical procedures using basic computer knowledge. • Communicate well with the public.
• Follow written and oral instructions.
• Handle monetary transactions.
• Prepare written reports.
• Decapitate animals and store remains.
• Euthanize animals and store remains.
• Maintain cleanliness of shelters and cages/kennels.

Revised 7/78
Retyped/Retitled: 8/3/95
Revised: 9/28/95
Old document name:0759h under JOB SPECS/OLD SPECS
New document name:8163 under JOB SPECS/NEW SPECS
CSC Date: 5/10/00
MY:cs Revised 7/24/14
CSC Date: 8/20/14


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.