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City of Las Cruces Animal Caregiver in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Animal Caregiver


\$15.02 Hourly

\ Location

Las Cruces, NM

\ Job Type

Full-time Regular

\ Job Number

7003 07-23 DM

\ Department

Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley

\ Opening Date


\ Closing Date


Nature of Work

: ANIMAL SHELTER PERSONNEL ARE EMPLOYEES OF THE ANIMAL SERVICE CENTER OF THE MESILLA VALLEY (ASCMV) - NOT THE CITY OF LAS CRUCES.\ \ Provide compassionate and attentive care of the animals at all times, maintain a clean healthy environment for the animals and the public, and assist with animal adoptions.

**Work Situation Factors:**\ Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, weekends, nights, holidays and responding to customer issues. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley policies. **Environmental Factors:**\ Animal shelter environment; exposure to a variety of domestic and wild animals, animal body fluids, wastes and infectious materials and surgical instruments; cleaning solvents and material; outdoor and or inclement weather conditions, may be exposed to hostile or abusive members of the public. **Physical Factors:** Moderate to heavy lifting of fifty (50) pounds or more; bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling; sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time; operating various equipment. FIRST CONSIDERATION MAY BE GIVEN TO CURRENT ASCMV AND/OR CITY OF LAS CRUCES EMPLOYEES WHO MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS. Meeting or exceeding the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process. This posting will be used to fill the following positions with the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV) and may also be used to fill future vacancies: - Fulltime regular, non-exempt positions. - Part time regular, non-exempt positions. Part time positions are not eligible for leave or health benefits. This position is graded RN03.\ \

Duties and Responsibilities

: - Providing a healthy, safe, clean and pleasant environment and facilities for the animal and the public; daily, thorough cleaning of all animal areas, including inside/outside runs, cart areas, floors, dishes, bedding, and stocking supplies and doing laundry; spot cleaning of animal and public areas throughout the day.

- Treating all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance; feeding the animals, including providing special diets as needed; monitoring the health of the animals on an ongoing basis and rapidly identifying any health problems or conditions (medical or behavioral) and immediately reporting it to the supervisor or veterinary technician; medicating animal as directed. - Assisting in the vaccination, examination, performance of medical treatments, and, euthanasia; socializing and grooming the animals; assessing the temperament of the animals to facilitate finding the best possible placement for each individual animal; providing transportations for animals as needed, to and from vet appointments, for adoption events, to other shelters, or anywhere else needed. - Respond promptly and courteously to questions and inquiries from customers; educate the public and rescue groups about City ordinances and regulations. Work with volunteers as assigned. - Remove, or assist in the removal of deceased animals from public areas as needed; ensure safe humane handling of animals during procedure.

Minimum Qualifications

: Equivalent to a high school diploma. Animal handling, animal shelter and/or labor experience desirable. A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with ASCMV policy.\ \ Licenses/Certification(s)

Valid driver\'s license is required. Position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with ASCMV policy.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

: Knowledge of: Principles and practices of humane animal handling, care, and treatment; a variety of animal species, breeds, and related behavioral and health characteristics; operational characteristics of kennel equipment and tools; modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers; occupational hazards and standard kennel safety practices; pertinent Federal, State, and local codes, laws, and regulations.\ Skills in: The correct and humane use and application of a variety of animal handling skills; operation of animal control tools and equipment in a humane, safe, and effective manner; operation of office equipment including computers.\ Ability to: Assist in humanely restraining animals for various procedures; compassionately interact with animals in ways to minimize stress and enhance environment; respond to requests and inquiries from the public accurately, promptly and courteously; understand and follow oral and written instructions; work independently in the absence of supervision; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.





Agency : City of Las Cruces



Address : P.O. Box 20000\ \ Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88004



Phone : 575-528-3100\ 575-528-3100



Website : http://www.lascruces.gov{target="_blank"}