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Recruitment #20-AC8-01





THE JOB: Under direction of the Animal Services Authority General Manager, supervises and coordinates the work of staff engaged in animal care activities and client services in the Authority’s animal shelters; interprets and enforces State and County laws pertaining to the care and sheltering of animals; possesses a thorough knowledge of the requirements and procedures for the safe and humane keeping of animals and shelter management techniques; supervises staff involved in the receiving, assessment, medical treatment, custodial care, adoption, humane euthanasia of unwanted animals and dealing with clients; provides assistance to the community in resolving animal problems, including over-population of domestic animals; acts for the Animal Services Authority General Manager during periods of absence; and other duties as assigned.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Training in supervisory and administrative techniques, AND three years of supervisory experience in animal control, humane society, or other animal facility providing similar public service operations.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Training: Incumbent must attend and pass the euthanasia certification course as provided for by State law and completion of POST course work and certification in the use of firearms and exercising the powers of arrest and search and seizure required by Penal Code 830.9 is required prior to the completion of a probationary period for this class. License: Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver license. Possession of a Registered Veterinary Technician Certificate is highly desirable. Background Investigation: Departmental background investigation and fingerprints are required. Employment in this class requires successful completion of a criminal background investigation. Hours: Availability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and/or holidays. Special Working Conditions: Exposure to animals who may be hostile or dangerous.

KNOWLEDGE: Considerable knowledge of the State and local laws and ordinances relating to animal care and control; the proper care and handling of various breeds of animals; the principals of humane animal shelter management; organization, operation and procedures of related government and law enforcement agencies; safety procedures, OSHA and CAL-OSHA requirements; principals and practices of personnel and fiscal administration; and animal health processes, such as preventative treatment and vaccination protocols.

ABILITY TO: Establish and maintain effective working relations with fellow employees, law enforcement agencies, private groups and the public; supervise subordinate employees; analyze animal services shelter problems and adopt effective courses of action; prepare clear and concise verbal and written reports; handles sensitive inquiries from and contacts with public officials; identify immediate and long-term staffing needs and propose solutions; plan and oversee staff training and development; complete work plan goals in a timely manner; manage the animal services shelter budget; complete educational programs covering legal aspects of animal control; operate computer, facsimile, copier equipment; follow oral and written directions; and lift 50 lbs. unassisted.


VACATION - 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years service. Available after 1 year service.
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE - Six days per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.


To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

County of Santa Cruz


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