SUMMARY The Animal Care Specialist performs a variety of services involving the care and well-being of animals, shelter facilities, veterinary operations, clerical and recordkeeping duties, excellent customer service, and other related tasks. Nights, weekends, and on-call may be required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Reporting relationships, work assignments, and work schedules may be subject to change in order to meet City needs or operational requirements. Attendance at work and the ability to get along with the public, supervisors, and co-workers are essential elements of this position. Other duties may be assigned.
Handles animals of different species, including those of unknown temperament and health.
Daily cleaning and disinfecting of facility, kennels, walls, floors, equipment, and animal holding areas to ensure disease management protocol.
Daily feeding, bathing, and exercising of animals, as well as making medical and behavioral observations.
Monitors the physical condition of animals and perform health care as directed by a veterinarian.
Manages kennel space by performing a daily inventory of animals, as well as performing a weekly inventory of supplies.
Maintains relevant written and digital records.
Makes arrangements for spay/neuter services and other medical appointments.
Performs animal disposal services as trained and/or certified as needed.
Assists in animal adoptions as needed.
Operates within published standard operating procedures of Bentonville Animal Services.
Assists in animal shelter operations and staffing with welcoming visitors and answering calls and citizen inquiries about city animal services.
Plays a vital role with the shelter in adoption programs including community events and community education on responsible pet ownership.
Performs other related duties as assigned by Animal Services Manager or Animal Services Supervisor.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES None. May occasionally oversee the activities of volunteers working at the animal services facility.
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE High school diploma or general education degree. No direct work experience is required
LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS
Valid Driver’s License.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop; kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles. Toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and explosives. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The City of Bentonville is committed to providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, veteran status, political status, disability status, or genetic information, as required by all federal and state laws. The City’s commitment extends to all employment related decisions, terms and conditions of employment (including job opportunities), promotions, pay and benefits.
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