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Recruitment #19-AC2-01



THE JOB: Under supervision of the Animal Services Coordinator or Supervising Animal Services Shelter Manager, feeds, exercises, grooms, and cares for animals at the animal shelter; is responsible for all the necessary work in the maintenance and upkeep of the animal shelter buildings, equipment and grounds; assists office and field staff by retrieving animals from vehicles, the public and other staff; assists in assessing animals for adoptability; assists with adoptions and reclaiming impounded animals to the public; directs the services of trustees or volunteers; assists in the treatment of injured or sick animals; administers medications, immunizations and vaccinations as directed; assists in performing euthanasia of unwanted or unadoptable animals as required, after obtaining euthanasia certification and performs other tasks as required. The current vacancy is for FULL-TIME employment, however the eligible list established from the recruitment may be used to fill future temporary (extra-help), full-time, part-time and substitute positions.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and work experience that 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:

Six months of volunteer or paid experience in the care and feeding of domestic animals and the equivalent of a high school diploma, satisfactory completion of GED, or successful completion of JTPA, CareerWorks, or other related job training or apprentice program.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Training: Incumbent must attend and pass the Euthanasia by Injection certification course prior to the completion of the probationary period for this class. License Requirements: Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License at time of hire. Hours: Availability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and/or holidays, and rotational stand-by duty as required. Lifting: Incumbent must be able to lift, push/pull or carry up to 50 lbs unassisted.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to animals who may be hostile or dangerous, and exposure to animal feces and urine. Incumbents will be encouraged to undergo a pre-rabies vaccination.

Knowledge: Some knowledge of the feeding and general care of domestic animals; habits and characteristics of domestic animals; industrial cleaning methods, procedures, materials and equipment common to an animal shelter; customer service relations; safe working practices; and a desire to work with animals.

Ability to: Learn state laws and local ordinances related to the care, impounding, and disposal of animals; handle animals in a humane manner; care for, feed, and exercise animals according to shelter protocols; learn to vaccinate animals; move heavy, immobilized or resistant animals; transport animals, supplies or equipment; maintain inventories of shelter supplies; input animal related data into a computer; learn how to collect and record fees; operate a personal computer for entering animal related data; learn how to assist with assessing animals for adoptability; understand and follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers; communicate effectively with animal control, and other animal services staff, other agencies, and the public, at times under stressful conditions; learn how to recognize symptoms of animal-related diseases, in order to separate for observation animals showing any signs of rabies or other animal related diseases; keep kennels and cages clean of animal waste using prescribed materials, and handle animal carcasses.


- 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service. Available for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays 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 - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage
RETIREMENT - 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 $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
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 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. 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.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

Note: Provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

County of Santa Cruz