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Company: City of Augusta
Location: Augusta, GA
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education



The purpose of this classification is to provide routine care for animals in the shelter and provide customer service and clerical support. This is an entry level position. Incumbents in this classification are under close supervision as proficiency of duties is attained.

  • Cares for shelter animals: feeds, trains and exercises animals; administers vaccines and medications and draws blood as needed; grooms pets by bathing, trimming nails and treating for fleas; washes bedding and toys; places microchips on animals; and performs temperament tests for appropriate adoption matches.
  • Performs a variety of duties to maintain animal control shelter: mixes cleaners to disinfect dog runs, cat cages, and small animal cages; scrubs equipment; cleans the yard; cleans floors, treatment rooms, and reception area; removes trash and processes recycling; and performs other maintenance duties as assigned.
  • Assists with animal intake: performs intake of unwanted animals being surrendered by their owner and intake of animals that have been lost, hurt, abandoned or caught in traps;  checks for microchip; assesses animal health; administers vaccinations and de-wormer; records animal's vital statistics; obtains photo of animal; prepares identification cards for cages; and assists with intake of wildlife and rabies vectors.
  • Assists with routine medical care of shelter animals: administers medications and routine first aid; restrains animals; obtains blood, stool and swab samples for medical testing; and assists with dental extractions, induction of anesthesia, implantation of microchips or other duties as assigned.
  • Assists with animal adoptions: supervises introduction of potential adoptions; transports animals to adoption events; may call references and landlord for potential adoptions; provides medical notes, record and vaccination history; answers questions and provides information on responsible pet ownership; enters adoption records and monies into the assigned computer system; and processes adoption fees according to established procedure.
  • Provides clerical support: prepares and/or processes a variety of documentation such as adoption contracts, forms, vaccine forms, microchip forms, and animal cage cards: enters animal records into computer database; documents animal health and care information; and enters information into euthanasia and S.A.R. log.

Education:  High school diploma or G.E.D.
Experience:  No experience required.  On-the-job training provided.

  • Possession of a valid driver's license with good driving history. If state license is other than Georgia or South Carolina, applicant must obtain a license in Georgia or South Carolina within 30 days of employment.
  • Euthanasia certification within 12 months of employment.

This position does require staff call up in an emergency situation.


  • Data Utilization:  Requires the ability to compile, assemble, copy, record and/or transcribe data according to a prescribed schema or plan. Includes judging whether readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics are similar to or divergent from prescribed standards, procedures or routines.
  • Human Interaction:  Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations.
  • Equipment:  Requires the ability to start, stop, operate and monitor the functioning of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
  • Verbal:  Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference and descriptive data and information.
  • Math:  Requires the ability to perform addition and subtraction. May include counting, recording of counts, and basic measuring.
  • Functional Reasoning:  Requires the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form.  Involves semi-routine standardized work with some latitude for independent judgment concerning choices of action
  • Situational Reasoning:  Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.
  • Physical Abilities:  Tasks require the ability to exert heavy physical effort in heavy work, with greater emphasis on climbing and balancing, but typically also involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds); may occasionally involve heavier objects and materials (up to 100 pounds).
  • Sensory Requirements:  Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
  • Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites, disease, pathogenic substances, or rude/irate customers.
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.

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