Senior Animal Care Assistant

Recruitment #1712-SRACASAFSG-003



Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.


Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.


Hillsborough County Government is guided by our shared values that help us deliver on the promise of effective quality service. We expect and demonstrate:

  • Customer Commitment: Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity: Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence: Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork: Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


The ideal candidate will possess at least three years of experience in a large animal shelter environment and/or three years working in an animal clinic environment, three years working in customer service and two years of supervisory training experience. Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel. Must be able to multi-task in a high-pace environment, and have strong organizational skills.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
One year of experience in animal care in a shelter environment, veterinary clinic, or animal care facility; and

Possession of a valid Driver License.


  • Be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Work inside and outside.
  • Standing up/ Sitting down.
  • Use of PPE.


  • Working knowledge of Florida laws and Hillsborough County animal care ordinances pertaining to small animals.
  • Working knowledge of procedures for the care and humane treatment of small animals.
  • Working knowledge of general maintenance and sanitation techniques used in animal shelters.
  • Some knowledge of animal drug use regulations and euthanasia programs, including the operation of an animal cremation unit.
  • Skill in administering medications and medical treatments to animals.
  • Ability to use animal handling equipment within a shelter environment, including specialized handling of dangerous or suspect rabid animals.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to read and understand job related material.
  • Ability to follow written and oral directions.
  • Ability to perform duties with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to control and move animals weighing up to 200 pounds.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. 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 the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Performs euthanasia of selected abused, injured, or unhealthy animals to prevent undo suffering and pain.
  • Observes animals for signs of injury, sickness and disease.
  • Assists staff with selection, medical testing and treatment of animals under consideration for adoption.
  • Assists veterinarian staff with care and medical treatment of sick, injured, feral and abused animals.
  • Surgically prepares deceased animals for rabies testing.
  • Coordinates the intake of animals from field officers and citizens including applicable paperwork, data entry and record keeping.
  • Assigns shelter tags, pens and cages for placement of animals in designated areas.
  • Assigns and performs daily sanitation and maintenance tasks for cages, pens and shelter facility to insure proper cleanliness standards are maintained.
  • Maintains inventories of food, cleaning materials and equipment.
  • Inspects assigned areas for safety compliance, routine maintenance requirements and animal inventory control to comply with standards and policy.
  • Assists citizens by locating animals within the shelter area; resolving conflicts; providing information and education regarding Animal Services and animal laws, and ensuring safety of persons within the shelter to promote good customer relations. Provides other customer service related duties as required.
  • Operates crematorium, maintains files and prepares files and related reports.
  • Maintains medical, technical and legal documentation required in a shelter operation to include drug usage and treatment reports and records.
  • Picks up donated supplies from private and public agencies.
  • May perform team leader duties.
  • Supports the Department in mandated ESF-17 (Emergency Support Function 17) responsibilities in the event of a disaster or during an activation of the County’s Emergency Operations Center.
  • Performs other related duties as required.



We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

  • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from three health care plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 60 days of employment.
  • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
  • Holidays: Employees receive up to 12 paid holidays per year.

Visit our Employee Benefits page for more exciting details.

Veteran’s Preference:

Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

Response/Recovery Activities:

Employees may be required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to a major emergency or natural disasters affecting County operations. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees may be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*