Animal Care Technician

King County   Kent, WA   Full-time     Veterinary
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Posted on October 17, 2020

***This recruitment will be used to create a referral list for Career Service and Short Term Temporary positions***

Are you someone who takes great interest in the health and wellbeing of animals and can also work considerately and effectively with their human owners? Are you interested in being a leader in service excellence, committed to building an enduring legacy of continuous improvement and employee engagement? Are you a team player? Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is seeking dynamic and experienced Animal Care Technicians! We are seeking to hire two (2) Short-Term Temporary Animal Care Technicians (ACTs) immediately and create a pool for future openings.

RASKC provides animal services to 24 cities and unincorporated King County, this includes: rescuing stray, injured, neglected or abused pets; reuniting orphaned pets with families and/or helping them find forever homes through RASKC's pet adoption centers in Kent and Kirkland, including several other partner locations; providing pet licensing services; a wide array of volunteering opportunities and much more. King County is a national leader in improving animal outcomes as a municipal shelter, using data and model practices to maintain a high live release rate (above 90%).

Records and Licensing Services' guiding principles and core values govern our roles and responsibilities as employees. We are actively seeking employees whose behavior is in alignment with our division's core values of; Collaboration, Service-Oriented, Results-Focused, Accountability, Innovation, Fair, Just, and Professional.

Job Duties

Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum demonstrate skill and ability to:

  • Clean, feed, water and monitor animals held at the Center;
  • Prepare, clean and sanitize shelter to maintain a healthy and humane environment for animals, employees and visitors;
  • Vaccinate, and scan for microchips, all dogs and cats on arrival to the Center;
  • Medicate sick or injured animals as prescribed by a veterinarian, microchip animals available for adoption in the absence of veterinary staff;
  • Plan, improve, and develop new methods for providing animal care and client communication including; communicating with various Animal Control sections, filing, data entry, and providing excellent customer service to all internal (staff, volunteers, foster parents) and external stakeholders (residents, general public) in person, over the phone or by e-mail while juggling multiple tasks on a daily basis;
  • Educate the public on animal behavior, care, training, laws and policies; assist potential adopters in selecting animals;
  • Prepare and issue adoption, redemption and transfer paperwork for the release of animals;
  • Perform behavior assessments on shelter animals;
  • Euthanize animals;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates who can:

  • Work directly with animals in an animal shelter, animal control, kennel, veterinary, or zoological stetting;
  • Handle behavior assessment techniques, proper methods for the care and feeding of animals, cleaning of cages, kennels and treat animals as directed;
  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders, including responding to complaints and inquiries from the public in a calm, professional and courteous communication style;
  • Prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment;
  • Comfortable and proficient in using Office Productivity tools in your daily work (King County uses Microsoft Office intensively) and experience with Chameleon (or a similar data management product such as a veterinary practice management software);
  • Work with kennel cleaning materials (i.e., bleach, Rescue, and other chemicals as needed);
  • Obtain a Euthanasia Drug Certification within one year of employment.

Supplemental Information

Supplemental Information:

  • Selected Candidate will need to pass a pre-employment physical (must be able to lift 40 lbs).
  • This position is represented by the Animal Control Officers Guild.
  • This position is covered by the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible and at times may be mandatory.

Are you ready to apply?
The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter addressing why you want to work for RASKC and what it means to you to serve King County residents.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Gadzik, Recruiter, by e-mail at, or by phone at 206-263-8694.

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Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant And Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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