KENNEL WORKER - ANIMAL SERVICES

City of Columbia


Job Description
KENNEL WORKER - ANIMAL SERVICES103$25,120.27 - 31,400.34JOB SUMMARYThis position performsgeneral animal care and facility maintenance duties in support of daily AnimalControl Department operations; and performs related work as required. Theincumbent works according to set procedures under close supervision.ESSENTIAL JOBFUNCTIONS:Places impoundedanimals in assigned cages;Performs generalkennel maintenance duties, which include but are not limited to cleaninganimal cages, washing animal feed bowls, and laundering towels and animalbedding;Performs generalfacility and grounds maintenance duties as assigned, including mowinggrass;Provides care ofimpounded animals, including feeding, bathing and observing animalbehavior; notifies supervisor of unusual animal behavior or symptoms ofillness;Cleans barnwhich houses livestock;Euthanizesanimals as directed; operates the incinerator for carcass disposal;Assists intraining new employees as assigned;Greets andassists customers and other department visitors;Performs otherroutine clerical duties as required, including but not limited toanswering the telephone, preparing forms, entering and retrieving computerdata, etc.; Maintainsassigned equipment;Maintainsrecords of daily work activities;Attends training,meetings, workshops, etc., as necessary to maintain job knowledge, skillsand required certifications; andPerforms other relatedduties as assigned.MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TOPERFORM WORK: High schooldiploma or GED;Six (6) months ofrelevant prior experience;Be able toobtain the S.C. Humane Euthanasia Certification within one (1) year fromthe date of hire or promotion;Valid SouthCarolina Class "D" Driver's License.Knowledge, Skills andAbilities: Knowledge of basic addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and/or calculating ratios, rates and percentages;Ability to express using excellent interpersonal skills;Ability to copy, transcribe, enter or post data or information;Ability to speak or signal to people to convey or exchange information of a general nature;Ability to handle or use machines, tools or equipment requiring moderate instruction and experience, such as computers, animal control equipment, euthanasia equipment, etc.;Ability to perform semi-routine work following procedures with occasional problems;Ability to read routine sentences, instructions, regulations, procedures or work orders; writing routine sentences and completing routine job forms and incident reports; speaking routine sentences using proper grammar;Ability to perform clerical, manual or technical tasks prescribed by standard practices but which may require computation, the use of several procedures, and the use of independent judgments with obvious choices; requires normal attention for accurate results; andAbility to guide others, requiring a few decisions affecting a few co-workers; works in a stable environment with clear and uncomplicated written/oral instructions but with some variations from the routine.PHYSICAL DEMANDS:The work is considered medium-to-heavy innature and involves walking, standing, stooping, lifting, climbing, pushing orraising objects and also involves exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force ona recurring basis and 50 to 100 pounds of force on an occasional basis. Thework requires the following physical abilities to perform the essential job functions:balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching, fingering, handling, hearing,kneeling, lifting, mental acuity, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitivemotion, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, visual acuity, and walking.WORKINGCONDITIONS: Work environment may involve exposure to bright/dimlight, animals/wildlife, fumes and/or noxious odors, disease/pathogens,toxic/caustic chemicals; and is dynamic that requires sensitivity to change andresponsiveness to changing goals, priorities, and needs.
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