Placer County

Animal Care Attendant (#16710)

$20.49-$25.59 Hourly / $3,551.60-$4,435.60 Monthly / $42,619.20-$53,227.20 Yearly


To feed and care for animals housed by the County in the animal care facility; and to maintain facilities in a clean and sanitary condition.


Receives immediate supervision from the Animal Care Supervisor, and technical and functional supervision from other animal care staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Maintain the animal care facility in a clean, sanitary and safe condition; clean and disinfect kennels and cages; feed and water animals; provide first aid to wounded animals.  Maintain records on special feed instructions for animals needing unique care; clean and disinfect quarantine areas; take in stray and owner released animals from the public and provide appropriate records; handle dead and decomposing animal carcasses.
  • Assist the public in difficult situations, including requests for euthanasia; perform euthanasia procedures to ensure safe and humane treatment; perform chemical restraint procedures as necessary.
  • Receive and classify animals delivered to the shelter.
  • Assist the public in redemption and adoption of animals; review records for lost and found animals and attempt to help the public.
  • Oversee volunteer involvement in the animal care facility; teach basic animal attendant skills.
  • Oversee the ordering of supplies needed for operation of the animal care facility; make recommendations to supervisor.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Administer vaccinations and medications to animals in accordance with the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.
  • Provide enrichment to animals on a daily basis to maintain their health and well-being.
  • Attend off-site events and presentations on behalf of the County to educate the public about animal care services and promote responsible pet ownership.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is performed in an animal care facility with indoor and outdoor operations and animal noises and odors.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: No experience is required. Some experience handling dogs and cats under stressful and traumatic conditions is desirable.

Training: Formal or informal education or training which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain prior to completion of the probationary period, a certificate in euthanasia procedures.
  • May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Various dog breeds and characteristics in order to properly classify and cage dogs in order to avoid disruptions and maintain safety of all animals.

Ability to:

  • Work with the public during tense and emotional situations; calm hostile and emotionally distraught individuals; demonstrate tact, courtesy, patience and sound judgement.
  • Relay information to the public on program and departmental policies, procedures, and services.
  • Learn procedures and terminology associated with animal shelter operations.
  • Instruct and review the work of volunteers and trustees involved in maintaining the shelter facility.
  • Learn to apply state and local laws, rules and regulations relating to the shelter, including special conditions for quarantined animals.
  • Properly feed animals and notice symptoms of illness.
  • Hold live animals and inject a euthanizing drug into the animal in the most humane manner possible; properly measure drugs into hypodermic syringes for chemical restraint and euthanasia.
  • Maintain records and files.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of animal control operations; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects;  problem solve animal shelter situations; and explain animal care and control related laws to the public.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk or in vehicle; walk and stand during field activities; bend, squat, kneel or twist while working in field or animal shelter operations; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and finer manipulation; and lift very heavy weight.

CLASS: 16710; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 2/25/2020;