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Animal Services Assistant

at City of Aurora

Pay: $15.45 to $17.98/hour
$15.45 - $17.98
Posted: 8/29/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2555719

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City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and wellness programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces
Neighborhood Services - Animal Services Division
Aurora Animal Services provides animal-related services for the city of Aurora. You can call them to pick up an injured or stray animal. Owners should search kennels in the shelter frequently for lost pets. The shelter also has many animals available for adoption. 

The City of Aurora is seeking a skilled Animal Services Assistant to provide humane care and treatment for sheltered animals.  This position will be cleaning and maintaining kennel facilities while providing assistance to patrons. 

The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis. As soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice. 


  • Provides humane care, treatment and safe handling of animals in the shelter including feeding, cleaning, grooming, and enrichment
  • Assists with the intake of animals and kenneling of all incoming shelter animals
  • Performs initial physical exam of animals upon intake and veterinarian services tasks, administers vaccinations and performs data entry to update animal records
  • Assists with kenneling and movement of animals and updates animal records to reflect movement
  • Handles and moves animals and facilitates the interaction between animals and patrons upon intake process, release process or adoption process
  • Monitors and maintains animal food and shelter supplies
  • Fosters teamwork and provides assistance to division staff and volunteers 
  • Directs and provides guidance for community services workers and volunteers  
  • Assists with front office duties; greets, interacts with, and provides information to citizens on the Aurora Animal Services Division's policies 
  • Meets with potential adopters to gather and give information to assist in the process of adoption
  • Educates prospective adopters in adoption of suitable pet; reviews and completes adoption paperwork
  • Observes animals for signs of disease or injury and assists in rechecking animals
  • Performs euthanasia and related tasks
  • Takes regular inventory of animals and reports discrepancies
  • Maintains proper functioning and safety of kennel equipment; transports animals; drives, cleans, and maintains vehicles assigned to shelter
  • Assists in janitorial and light maintenance duties
  • Maintains grounds including pulling weeds and picking up trash; and performs additional duties as assigned. 


Education:  High School Diploma or GED.

Experience: 1 year of animal shelter or kennel environment experience. Experience providing high level of customer service.

Education/Experience Equivalency: 

  • A combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements on a year to year basis.

Licenses:  Driver's License with a good driving record. 

Preferred Certification:

Knowledge: General knowledge of companion animal welfare, breeds, and species

Abilities:  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and citizens; handle difficult or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; Ability to complete work without close supervision, provide humane care and treatment for a variety of animals; perform euthanasia; and operate a City vehicle.

Skills:  Skill in handling animals; providing friendly service to customers; excellent interpersonal communication skills; high attention to detail.


Physical Demands:  Moderate to heavy physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 75 pounds; frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; regular walking and standing; a full range of body movements including bending, kneeling, stooping, pushing, pulling, climbing, and crawling; foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle; Work performed in high noise level areas.  Exposure to cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal dander, and feces.

Work Environment:  Subject to animal bites or scratches; works primarily in an animal shelter with exposure to dust, noise, water, animal dangers, odors, and fumes; some work performed outdoors or offsite; able to work with rotating hours, holidays, weekends and a flexible schedule.

Equipment Used:  Operates a motor vehicle; uses a variety of hand tools and equipment common to kennel operations.This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.


For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, military service and include related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.


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