Full Job Description
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
Graduation from high school or equivalent, plus six (6) months of work experience.
Licenses and Certifications Required:
Notes to Applicants
Who Are We?
Austin Animal Center‘s mission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our animals by providing shelter, care, and lifesaving efforts. We are located in the largest No Kill community in the country and maintain a live outcome rate of 90 percent and above. As the City of Austin’s municipal shelter, the Austin Animal Center strives to protect the health and wellbeing of residents and their pets, through rabies control, the sheltering of stray or lost pets, fostering and adoption programs, and the enforcement of animal-related laws.
What is the Job?
The Austin Animal Center is seeking someone who will share our commitment to deliver exceptional service and care to our guests on a daily basis by providing mental and physical enrichment for dogs and cats. The Animal Care Worker Dog Walker is responsible for providing walks to dogs that would not be walked and/or interacted by our volunteers since they are not allowed to walk these dogs. Interaction with these dogs will assist you in providing valuable feedback on behavior and demeanor of these dogs improving the likelihood adopted or fostered quicker. You’ll need to be able to work on weekends or holidays when most people visit our adoption center.
Regarding Your Application:
Please be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Be sure to provide job title and employment dates for all jobs you wish to be considered.
A cover letter and résumé are required, but will not substitute for a complete employment application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include contact information from previous employers.
A cover letter is also required. In the cover letter candidates should describe, in concise detail, their interest in this position and highlight any prior experience that is relevant to this position.
If you are selected to interview:
Military/Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 at the time of initial interview to receive military/veteran interview preference.
If you are selected for hire:
You must provide proof of education which may include your official college transcript, High School diploma, GED or equivalent degree and your professional licenses.
A Criminal Background check (CBI) will be conducted.
Austin Public Health/Animal Service Office worksite locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any APH/ASO worksite – including construction sites, parking lot, or in any personal vehicle located on the premises.
Please Note this posting may close any time after 7 days.
$15.00 per hour
Open seven days a week, so schedule will include at least one weekend day and holidays. This position will work 20 hours per week.
Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Animal Services
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Location Austin Animal Center, Bldg A 7201 Levander Loop Bldg A
Demonstrated comfort working with different breeds, sizes, and types of dogs.
Demonstrated experience working in a fast paced, high stress environment with competing priorities.
Demonstrated ability to use good judgment with animals with unknown temperaments.
Professional experience in working with dogs.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
1. Cleans, disinfects and maintains shelter areas as assigned.
2. Feeds, waters, bathes, dips and exercises animals. Provides humane sheltering services in compliance with State minimum standards and shelter policies.
3. Safely and humanely handles animals, of unknown health and temperament.
4. Assists in monitoring the medical/behavioral status of animals and performs related health care activities.
5. Contributes to the programs and services that support the shelter’s live outcome goal.
6. Loads dead animals onto trucks.
7. Ensures the safety of animals and people in the shelter.
8. Accurately maintains all required records in the shelter’s database.
9. Provides information to the public.
10. Assists in unloading trucks, stocking shelter areas and storing materials. Assists in preparation, transport and documentation of specimens for rabies testing.
11. Maintains facility and grounds in a clean, neat and organized manner.
Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised: None
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
1. Adherence to disease management and safety protocols.
2. Skill in safely handling animals, including those with unknown temperament.
3. Knowledge of animal services and related programs.
4. Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
5. Knowledge of applicable processes, techniques and principles.
6. Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships
with city employees and the public.
Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.
Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.