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Kennel Worker AF

Department: Police Dept/Animal Control
Office: Animal Control Facility
Position Number:60-20-203-425-6
Job ID#:16252
To be considered for this job:You must complete the on-line application form.
Opening Date for In-House Candidates:1/5/18
Opening Date to the Public:1/12/18
Open until filled; for best consideration, apply by:1/26/18
Starting Salary (or salary range):9.57
Other information about this position or about working with the City of Rio Rancho:A Drivers License is required for this position. Your driving record must always meet City insurability standards.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.
Banner:This is the initial posting of this job opening.
If you are called for an interview or to attend a pre-employment testing session:If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via e-mail or telephone with a date, time and place to interview.
Typical schedule :Works five - 8 hour shifts Weekends and holidays are required

Position Title: Kennel Worker AF

Department: Police  

Division: Animal Control  

Reports to: Animal Control Supervisor  

FLSA Status: non-Exempt  

Bargaining Unit: AFSCME 

Pay Grade: 06A  

Job Status: Permanent, Full-time  

Full Time Equivalent 1.0  

Position Summary

The Kennel Worker performs maintenance and custodial duties on kennels and cattery at the animal control facility to insure a clean and safe environment for animals, the general public and employees. 

Education, Training and Experience – minimum required to proficiently perform the job

Education / higher education: High School Graduate or equivalent 

Minimum number of years of directly related experience: Six months related work experience or training in kennel maintenance and/or animal care. 

Education and/or experience preferences: None 

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Driver’s License requirement: Infrequent Driver -- Regular Driver's License      Required Endorsements: None  

Note -- For any driver, driving record must always meet City driving and insurability standards.

Required certifications, licenses or registrations: None 

Preferred certifications, licenses or registrations: None 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to proficiently perform the job

Knowledge: Animal Breeds; Behavior 

Skills:  Animal Handling 

Abilities: Learn about domestic animal behavior and diseases in a kennel environment and how to control a variety of wild and domesticated animals.   Comprehend and carry out simple verbal instructions and recognize similarities and differences between words and between series of numbers.   Add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's.   Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City employees, elected officials and the public; Organize, coordinate and complete tasks to meet scheduled deadlines. Lift/carry 50-70 pounds including animals, bags of litter, dog and cat food. 

Interaction with Groups/Agencies/Entities: Internal: Works with animal control supervisor on   facility maintenance problems. Assists   animal control officers and office staff with handling animals arriving and   leaving the facility.   External: Escorts public through the kennel facility   for adoptions and reclaiming lost pets.   Presents a friendly, courteous image for the City to the general   public, customers, and public officials.       Potential interaction with irate members of the public. 

Authorities and Accountabilities

Level of independent decision making: Minimal-incumbent primarily carries-out instructions and follows established procedures 

Budgetary/Financial/Asset accountability: None -- Position has no accountability for, or authority to make, budgetary or financial decisions. 

Span of control: Responsibility for own work (no supervision or leadership expectations) 

Essential Functions

The following functions are typical for this position. The omission of specific functions does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Perform maintenance and custodial duties on kennels and cattery at the animal control facility to insure a clean and safe environment for animals, the general public and employees.
  • Assists animal control officers in loading and unloading animals and caring for them at the facility.  
  • Assists animal control officers in destroying unwanted animals, and assists with euthanasia procedures when needed.  
  • Assists animal control officers in kennels as needed, including identifying sex and breed of impounded animals, vaccinating impounded animals, checking for license or identification and placing animals in kennel.  
  • Monitors animals for sickness and/or disease and assists in transports to the veterinarian for treatment when necessary.  
  • Feeds, waters and cares for animals.
  • Cleans and disinfects cages, inside and outside runs, and cattery.
  • Does daily laundry.    
  • Performs kennel and office maintenance and custodial functions as needed: cleaning animal control facilities, maintaining inventory, and stocking supplies.
  • Provides office and customer assistance when needed: answers telephones, answers questions from the public, helps with paperwork, and escorts the public through kennels for viewing animals for adoption or claiming lost pets.
  • Assists animal control officers and front office with handling animals arriving and leaving the facility.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Daily activity level: Primarily physical work on a continual basis 

Physical characteristics: Job requires oral and aural communication; Job requires reading and comprehension of written materials; Job requires normal vision; Must be able to distinguish colors; Must be able to see in dim light; Exposure to high noise levels; Fine finger manipulation; Grasping with hand, gripping; Keystroking or repetitive motion of hands/fingers/arms; Subduing/restraining humans/animals; Involvement in verbal or physical confrontations; Use of shovel and rake; Use of medical equipment (i.e., AED, give injections, bandage/splint); Climbing Ladders/step stool; Bending/kneeling/crawling; Lifting/carrying/push/pull greater than 70 lbs.; Working while standing for prolonged periods of time; Walking long distances; Working more than 8 hours/day  

Exposures: Exposure to biological agents, human/animal body fluids, blood borne pathogens, excrement or tuberculosis; Handling hazardous chemicals or toxic substances; Exposure to excessive amounts of dust, flying particles, toxic vapors, noxious fumes or mists; Exposure to sharp objects including razor blades, teeth, finger/paw nails (incl. biting); Falling objects could injure feet; Working outside in inclement weather conditions; Violent or dangerous situations that could result in serious injury, psychological damage, or death

Extraordinary working conditions: May be required to work in inclement weather conditions 

Hazardous equipment/machinery used: Needles for injection of animal vaccine and microchips 

Required personal protective equipment: Safety Glasses with or w/o side shields; Latex gloves; Rubber gloves; Ear Plugs; Protective clothing (i.e., bullet-proof vest, reflective vest, apron); Gloves (incl. Kevlar gloves); Rubber water resistant boots if desired. 

If you need an accommodation for a disability that would enable you to apply or interview for this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 505-891-5011 (fax: 505-891-9183).


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