Part Time Animal Shelter Assistant

City of Rohnert Park, CA - Rohnert Park, CA

Do you like animal? Do you like working with the public? The City of Rohnert Park is seeking compassionate, caring, and hardworking individuals to fill Part Time Animal Shelter Assistant positions. This recruitment will also create an eligibility list which may be used for future openings. These position are budged to work an average of 20 hours per week (up to a maximum of 1,000 hours per fiscal year, i.e. July 1st through June 30th) and requires flexibility in work hours at the City's 365 days a year Animal Shelter. There are no fringe benefits with this part-time hourly "at will" position.

If you are currently in a Registered Veterinarian Technician Program, please be advised that this position will not count toward the 4,000 + hours work experience requirement. Additionally, if you are currently volunteering at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter, you cannot be a volunteer and a Part Time Animal Shelter Assistant at the same time.

To be considered for this opportunity, please visit "Job Opportunities" at and complete the online application and required supplemental questionnaire. All applications will be screened in detail for completeness and possession of minimum qualifications to identify the most qualified candidates to interview.

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CalPERS retirees may not work for the City of Rohnert Park more than 960 hours per fiscal year, nor in a permanent position. Work assignments must be temporary, i.e. typically limited to 12 months.
You may submit a resume or other relevant documents to further describe your qualifications; however, "See Resume" will not meet the requirement to submit a complete applications, including employment history or be accepted in lieu of responses to supplemental questions. Be advised that your resume and other attachments not specifically requested, may not be used to determine your qualifications.
Under direct supervision, assists in the operation and maintenance of the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter, including cleaning kennels, cages, dishes and litter boxes; feeding, medicating and exercising the animals; cooperatively works with other staff and volunteers, including junior volunteers; assists in the intake of strays and owner-surrendered animals, and the redemption and adoption of animals from the Shelter; helps maintain records; provides front counter and phone coverage; and performs related work as required.

The Part-Time Animal Shelter Assistant is responsible for performing a wide variety of office and field duties at the City's Animal Shelter. This classification differs from the Animal Shelter Technician in that the latter class is primarily responsible for carrying out the direction of a licensed veterinarian in providing medical treatment and care to animals.

General supervision is provided by the Animal Shelter Supervisor or his/her designee.

These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.
Cleans, feeds, and medicates animals
Keeps Animal Shelter clean and sanitary at all times
Ensures animals are properly cared for
Assists with the sale of animal licenses and the collection of established fees
Assists members of the public seeking to redeem an impounded animal or adopt an animal
Performs front office duties including maintaining daily records, answering incoming calls and completes simple reports; answers citizen inquiries and provides shelter information to the public; conduct tours of the facility
Oversees adoption events at business, farmers markets and other off site locations
Assists in Volunteer Program coordination including recruiting volunteers, tracking work schedules, providing orientation to new volunteers and
Receives and records payment for licenses and adoptions as needed
Provides customer service at the front counter in person and on the phone
Utilizes computers and computer software programs; assists with updating website and social media sites that promote Animal Shelter programs, services and events
Washes dishes, laundry, and performs janitorial duties
Exercises good judgment when dealing with difficult situations and customers
Assists in the intake of strays or owner-surrendered animals
Assists with euthanasia of animals as necessary
Provides input on temperament of animals
May drive animals to vet offices for medical attention
May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker in the event of a disaster or emergency
May attend and/or oversee adoption events that include transporting animals and oversight of on-site adoptions
Performs other duties as assigned

Provide outstanding and friendly customer service
Create and maintain a respectful and collaborative working environment
Communicate honestly and behave in a manner that is ethical, legal and fiscally responsible
Demonstrate care for the organization, customers and coworkers
Practice and encourage initiative and innovation to improve the workplace

Sufficient education, training and/or experience to successfully perform the duties assigned to the Part-Time Animal Shelter Assistant.


Positions in this class typically require:
Education equivalent to a high school diploma
Two years of animal-related work experience, paid or unpaid, is preferred

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License and a good driving record is required
Possession of a Euthanasia Certificate is desirable

Techniques for properly handling and caring for animals
Operation and functions of an animal shelter
Physical and behavioral characteristics of domestic animals; breed identification basic office functions, working with the public, and customer service skills
Basic math and cashiering skills
Computers and standard software programs and web-based programs
Risk management policies, procedures and techniques
Proper documentation and recordkeeping

Perform data entry quickly and accurately
Write legibly

Effectively and safely handle a variety of animals, including fractious dogs, feral cats, and occasionally, exotic animals
Lift and carry a maximum of 50 pounds (i.e. animals, bags of litter, etc.)
Process payments
Perform basic math transactions
Maintain accurate records
Follow oral and written directions
Deal effectively and tactfully with the general public
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
Learn and utilize new technology

Must be 18 years of age
Must be available year-round and able to work a flexible schedule. The Animal Shelter is staffed 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to approximately 8 p.m., including all holidays. Work shifts are 6-11 hours typically.
Per California State Law, smoking is not permitted inside City facilities/vehicles or within 20 feet of main entrances, exits and operable windows.

Position requires extended periods of sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, and turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping in the performance of daily activities. This position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in preparing statistical reports and data, using a computer keyboard. The employee must 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. Hearing is required when providing phone and counter service. The incumbent is frequently around animals that are agitated or injured and may attempt to bite or scratch. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is exposed to outside weather conditions, wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, fur, hay, dust and vibration. The noise level in the work environment may be moderate to loud, depending on working conditions.