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Hillsborough County Government

Animal Care Assistant (#ANCAATAFSC) AFSC
$9.57-$15.19 Hourly / $1,658.80-$2,632.93 Monthly / $19,905.60-$31,595.20 Yearly


Performs duties involving the health, care, and sustenance of animals in an animal shelter.


Completion of the 9th grade; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • 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.


  • Some knowledge of Florida and Hillsborough County animal care and control laws and ordinances pertaining to small animals.
  • Some knowledge of procedures for care and humane treatment of small animals.
  • Some knowledge of general maintenance and sanitation techniques used in animal shelters.
  • Some knowledge of animal drug use regulations, euthanasia programs, and biohazardous waste disposal.
  • Some knowledge in identification of animal diseases and health requirements.
  • Ability to use animal handling equipment within a shelter environment, including specialized handling of dangerous or suspect rabid animals.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to read and understand job related material.
  • Ability to follow written and oral directions.
  • Ability to perform duties with little supervision.
  • 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 one or more of the activities described below.

  • Cleans animal kennels, cages and shelter areas to provide a sanitary and disease free environment.
  • Operates pressure cleaning equipment.
  • Provides food and water to animals.
  • Observes animals for signs of injury, sickness and disease.
  • Inspects kennel areas for safety compliance and routine maintenance requirements.
  • Assists citizens by locating animals within the shelter area; resolving conflicts; providing information and education regarding Animal Services and animal laws, and ensuring their safety within the shelter.
  • Provides other customer service related duties as required.
  • Assists in the intake of animals from field officers and citizens including applicable paperwork, data entry and record keeping.
  • Assists in assigning animal shelter tags and records, performing inventories of animals and placing animals in a pen or cage.
  • Assists in the euthanasia program by escorting animals to designated areas, and transporting deceased animals and waste products to disposal sites.
  • Assists in evaluating feral cats for euthanasia.
  • Coordinates animal quarantine for dangerous or suspected rabid animals according to state quarantine laws including, but not limited to, related paperwork and animal observation.
  • Maintains computer based information on animals within the shelter to include type of animal, location, disposition data and any other pertinent information as determined by Department policy.
  • Picks ups donated supplies from private and public agencies.
  • 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‚Äôs Emergency Operations Center.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

CLASS: ANCAATAFSC; EST: 8/16/2000; REV: 1/5/2012;