Animal Care Attendant (Per-Diem)

City of Hayward - Hayward, CA4.5

Full-time | Part-time$3,600 a month
Individuals interested in this position are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment will close when a sufficient pool of per diem employees have been hired.

Next review of applications scheduled for May 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM

The City of Hayward is currently recruiting to hire a sufficient pool of part-time, hourly employees to work as Animal Care Attendants on an as needed, on call and per diem basis at the Hayward Animal Shelter. Animal Care Attendants provide care for animals include receiving, feeding, caring for, adopting out and redeeming animals; perform euthanasia on impounded animals; report any animals which exhibit symptoms of ill health or communicable disease; and vaccinate animals and administer medicine under instruction from a Veterinarian. In addition, they respond to questions from the public about animals and animal breeds, temperament and adoptions; provide advice on appropriate choices for adoption and proper animal treatment and care; clean, disinfect and maintain kennels and related areas and perform dishwashing and laundering tasks; and maintain inventories and supplies of food, medicines and controlled drugs as well as computerized log and other records of all animals at the shelter. The individuals selected for this per diem pool must be able to adhere to and promote humane care and the Department's policies on pet ownership responsibility.

Note: This is a physically demanding job requiring a great deal of lifting and restraining of dead and living animals under conditions which include loud noise and bad odors. The working environment includes exposure to chemicals used in the cleaning and treatment of animals as well as confined workspaces both inside and outdoors. Candidates will be required to work with healthy, sick, dead and fractious animals and perform euthanasia on animals which may cause physical or emotional stress. Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: Ability to stand, walk, run, kneel, crouch/stoop/squat, twist upper body and lift dead and living animals weighing up to 50 pounds; and work on an as needed, on call and hourly basis on rotating shifts, weekends, holidays, and work overtime as needed. Essential functions must be performed with or without reasonable accommodation.


Per Diem positions are part-time, hourly positions which are not eligible for benefits.

This class is distinguished from the Animal Control Officer in that work consists primarily of the cleaning and maintenance of facilities and the care and placement of animals. This classification does not involve the patrolling of an area or the enforcement of animal services regulations.
Essential Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Feeds, cares for, evaluates behavior, adopts, redeems, and performs euthanasia on impounded animals.

Receives animals at the Shelter, isolating those showing signs of disease from healthy ones.

Vaccinates animals as they are received and administers medicine under instructions from a veterinarian; prepares identification collars and places on animals for accurate records.

Responds to questions from the public about animal breeds, temperament and adoptions; advises public on appropriate choices for adoption and the proper care, treatment and control of animals.

Cleans, disinfects and maintains kennels and kennel area; performs dishwashing and laundering tasks.

Maintains a computerized log and record of all animals at shelter.

Reports any animals exhibiting symptoms of ill health or communicable disease.

Maintains inventories and supplies of food, medicines and controlled drugs, completing the necessary forms.

Assists in supervising volunteers.

Lifts and loads animals weighing up to seventy-five pounds.

Performs related tasks as required.

A complete job description and list of duties can be found at

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination equivalent to experience and training that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Six (6) months experience involving customer contact and six months experience in handling animals.

Education: Equivalent to completion of twelfth (12th) Grade or High School equivalency.

License: Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California Driver's License.


Knowledge of:
Care and feeding of animals.

Ability to:
Establish and maintain positive working relationships with other City employees and members of the public; communicate effectively and courteously with other employees and members of the public.
Read, write, interpret and apply policies and procedures.
Perform basic math in order to maintain accurate written records.
Learn to perform euthanasia in a humane manner.
Learn to identify different breeds of animals.
Deal patiently, compassionately and effectively with frightened, fractious and injured animals.
Humanely control, lift and carry a variety of animals weighing up to seventy-five pounds.
Follow written and oral directions and procedures.
Learn to recognize a variety of zoonotic and animal related disease.
Work with a variety of chemicals and disinfectants.
Work in a noisy and odorous environment.
Perform intensive general labor requiring long periods of walking or standing.
Work rotating shifts, holidays and weekends.
Supplemental Information

Pursuant to City Charter Section 2-4.01 Unclassified Service, "part-time employees paid on an hourly or per diem basis" are not a part of the classified service. Suitably qualified candidates who submit a completed City of Hayward job application may be invited to participate in a tour of the Hayward Animal Shelter as well as an interview with the department.

Actual hire depends on success in the selection process described above in addition to a background investigation, polygraph, and medical exam.

Applicants will be notified electronically via Government Jobs as to their status in the selection process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they can receive email notice from Neogov/Government Jobs and the City of Hayward.


Candidates are encouraged to apply online at under the Current Vacancies tab or at Paper applications can be obtained by visiting the Human Resources Department at Hayward City Hall located at 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user to the system. Our on-line application system is provided by Government Jobs. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the Government Jobs Help Desk at (855) 524-5627.

The City of Hayward reserves the right to modify the selection process as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity.

The City of Hayward is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Benefits OverviewThis summary provides a brief overview of the benefits available to regular full-time City employees. As indicated in the 2018 Benefit Summary, some employee groups have different benefits based upon negotiated agreements. Depending on employee group, some of these benefits may include: Your choice of CalPERS Medical Plan (with generous employer contribution) CalPERS Defined Benefit Retirement Plan (2.5% at 55 for Classic CalPERS members | 2.0% at 62 for New CalPERS members | 3.0% at 50 for Classic Safety members | 2.7% at 57 for New Safety Members) Dental Insurance (plans available through Dental Dental or United Concordia) Vision Insurance Life Insurance Disability Insurance Paid Leave Paid Holidays Flexible Spending Accounts Tuition Reimbursement Health and Wellness Reimbursement Professional Development Reimbursement 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (employee paid) Other Employee Paid benefits include Aflac, LegalShield, etc.