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Shelter Technician; REVISED 7/29/19

at Spokane County, WA

Pay: $24679 to $30135.4/year
$24679 - $30135.4
Posted: 10/7/2019
Job Reference #: 2510042
Keywords: health

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Summary

This is entry-level work related to the routine care of animals, maintenance and upkeep of the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) Regional Shelter and the euthanasia and cremation of animals in the facility, as necessary.

TOTAL COMPENSATION: $31,589.06 - $38,573.26 annually. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, median retirement fund contributions, and current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates (including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, and leave). The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

Examples of Duties

Performs daily routine cleaning of animal housing areas, shelter facilities and office area, requiring the use of specialized cleaning and disinfecting equipment.


Maintains animal housing areas, indoor and outdoor fencing and surrounding grounds.  Performs routine maintenance and minor repairs on kennel gates, fences, doors, and kennel machinery, i.e., floor care equipment, steam/pressure washer, crematorium, refrigeration unit, etc.


Cares for animals impounded at the shelter including feeding, watering and monitoring animals for health concerns.


Performs initial basic health exam for impounded animals, including administering vaccinations, microchip scanning, reporting any noticeable health issues or concerns, determining if the animal should be isolated, etc.; completes related documentation.


Medicates animals as needed according to department policies and procedures.


Routinely vaccinates and microchips animals; may transport animals to and/or from the veterinarian for spay/neuter procedures, exams, treatments, etc.   


Maintains accurate records of all activities.


Restrains animals for humane euthanasia and handler safety.  Determines proper dosage of drug for tranquilization and euthanasia and administers injections. Operates crematorium for disposal of dead animals.


May assist with foster animal placement, including:  schedules and/or performs foster animal exams and check-ups, organizing additional medical care when necessary; assists with vetting and orienting new foster parents, matching animals with appropriate foster homes, responding to foster home questions and concerns; works with Outreach Coordinator to ensure a clear pathway for animals transferring from a foster home to an offsite adoption event/venue, etc.; maintains electronic foster home and animal records.


May operate a County vehicle for the purposes of picking up confined, loose or DOA animals from the public, business or roadways as needed or assigned.  May also pick up donated items from area businesses and private parties. 


Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or equivalent. Six months combination of education and/or experience (paid or voluntary) which provides an understanding of the care and handling of animals.
LICENSE:  Valid driver's license must be maintained throughout term of employment.
NOTE:  Requires successful completion of criminal background check.
Must successfully obtain a certificate for legend drug/euthanasia as required by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy within 6 months of employment.


Selection Factors

Some knowledge of:

·       custodial methods and procedures for animal facility.

·       the care and handling of animals.

Ability to:

·       perform moderately strenuous manual tasks.

·       perform a variety of custodial functions to ensure a clean and sanitary environment.

·       handle animals in humane manner, under a variety of situations.

·       euthanize animals.

·       exercise good judgment in handling potentially hostile animals.

·       maintain simple records.

·       understand and effectively execute oral and written instructions.

·       establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, volunteers and the general public.

·        provide exemplary customer service.

·        operate general office equipment, such as copiers, faxes, telephones, personal computers and software related to the performance of duties.