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Hillsborough County Government

Senior Animal Care Assistant (#SRACASAFSG) AFSG
$11.96-$18.99 Hourly / $2,073.07-$3,291.60 Monthly / $24,876.80-$39,499.20 Yearly


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


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; 

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below; and

Possession of a valid Driver License.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Successful completion of a Florida State approved 16 hour euthanasia technician certification course within the initial probationary period if not a currently a certified veterinary technician.
  • Successful completion of an 8 hour Crematorium Operations Certification course within the initial probationary period.

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