GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES To perform a variety of technical and semi-skilled work essential to the function of Marion County Dog Services to include medical evaluation, administer vaccines, maintain appropriate records, perform animal euthanasia, microchipping, carries out shelter veterinarian directives, and perform related duties as assigned. Work requires flexible hours that may include weekend scheduling.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED Works under the general supervision of the Shelter Operations Manager who assigns and outlines work and inspects results for compliance with laws and regulations governing the control, protection, and licensing of dogs.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED Supervision of employees is not a responsibility of positions in this classification. However, incumbent may act as lead worker over employees and volunteers including the reviewing of work, organizing, planning and scheduling work assignments, and providing training as it relates to medical needs of the shelter.
TYPICAL DUTIES - Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Examines and monitors the health and condition of all animals in custody. Performs Veterinary Technician exams on dogs as needed. Works with Veterinarian to perform health checks of dogs and examine dogs. Prepares and administers medications to dogs in custody per Veterinarian instruction. Collects specimens and performs laboratory procedures. Consults with a veterinarian about animal medical care and concerns as needed. Maintains accurate medical records. Provides instruction for food, water and exercise appropriate to type and condition of animal. Establishes, maintains and follows protocols relating to medical care of the dogs in custody.
Act as lead worker for shelter employees and volunteers including, reviewing work, organizing, planning and scheduling work assignments and providing training.
Receives lost dogs and administers routine medications. Handles dogs in a humane and safe manner at all times. Lifts, pushes, pulls, twists, bends, and restrains dogs. Performs physical maneuvers while controlling frightened, anxious, aggressive or passive dogs. Performs behavioral screening and medical assessment of dogs to determine disposition. Prepares dogs for adoption or redemption. Assists customers searching for a lost dog or dropping off lost dogs. Performs adoption counseling as needed. Assists, performs and follows all technical procedures for humane euthanasia. Assists dog control officers and police agencies by providing officers with written information about the condition of the animals when they arrive at the shelter.
Orders and maintains accurate records and inventory for all necessary supplies, diets, medicines, scheduled drugs, vaccines, lab equipment, instruments, and other items as need. Runs errands, picks up or delivers supplies, and attends meetings from remote locations.
Performs related work as assigned and willingly follows instructions.
Assists administrative staff or field officers as needed.
Develops professional relationships with foster groups, animal rescues, the general public and veterinarians through professional communication, education, networking, outreach, and customer service.
Maintains responsibility for working safely and following all applicable safety health rules. Worker is responsible for reporting any unsafe condition to supervisor, crew leader or lead worker. Workers are expected to stop work when conditions are unsafe and could lead to significant property damage, serious injury, or death.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Be a certified veterinary technician accredited by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board; OR
Eligible for reciprocity; AND
Two (2) years of experience as a certified veterinary technician in an animal shelter or veterinary clinic.
Candidates with animal shelter and/or animal welfare experience.
Possession of a Certified Veterinary Technician Certificate issued by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Board in good standing; or be eligible for reciprocity.
Possession of, or be able to obtain within one (1) month of hire, a Euthanasia Technician certificate issues by the State of Oregon.
Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history. Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business. The policy can be found at: http://apps.co.marion.or.us/APAP/.
Must pass a criminal history background investigation; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this classification.
This is a safety sensitive/special needs position. Final candidates selected for this position will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, including testing for marijuana. The Marion County Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing Policy can be found at: http://apps.co.marion.or.us/APAP/policy.aspx?p=policy&pid=518.
This assignment is represented by a union.
This is a full-time position, which is eligible for overtime.
Typical Work Schedule: Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday flexible work schedule depending upon the needs of the department and program.
WORKING CONDITIONS Duties involve regular exposure to aggressive, frightened, injured or diseased animals. Work is performed both in an office and outdoors, year round, in a variety of weather conditions. Work includes performing physical/manual labor such as lifting unassisted and carrying large bags of dog food, hoses, deceased dogs, and water buckets. Exert moderate to extensive amount of physical effort involving stooping, crouching, bending, twisting and climbing. Employee must be able to lift unassisted up to 60 pounds.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY Working knowledge of: dog behavior, breed identification, shelter animal health, and herd health; dog anatomy and physiology; basic principles and procedures of technical veterinary medicine, including treatment and control of common diseases and basic first aid for dogs; safe and efficient animal handling techniques; State and County laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures governing the control, impoundment, retention and release of dogs; safe and humane euthanasia techniques and procedures, including proper use, logging, ordering, and storage of controlled substances; record keeping techniques; computer skills, communications skills; customer service training; and dealing with difficult people techniques.
Skill & ability: to safely and effectively handle, care for and treat vicious, stray or diseased animals; handle and control animals; administers injections, microchips and medications to dogs; explain proper care of animals to the public and adoptive owners; identify diseases and assess injuries in dogs and take appropriate safety precautions when handling such animals; perform humane euthanasia; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the public, veterinarians, volunteers, animal interest groups and County employees; prepare and maintain accurate , detailed records; clerical and computer skills; and operate vehicles to transport animals and supplies.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Operates a motor vehicle; sees using depth perception; stands; sits; moves about the work area; bends forward; stoops; climbs 1 flight of stairs; lifts, pushes, pulls and carries items/dogs; moves carts; operates a keyboard; uses rapid-mental/hand/eye coordination; speaks clearly and audibly; reads a 12 pt. font; distinguishes colors and shades; hears a normal level of speech; works in areas that may be exposed to heat, cold, humidity, noise, chemicals and/or blood and body fluids; works in areas that may be wet and/or uneven; uses ladders and scaffolding. Knowledgeable of state and local protocol of rabid or potentially rabid animals.
Internal Number: 127-2019-1
About Marion County, Oregon
Marion County is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Located south of the Portland metropolitan area, Marion County stretches from the Willamette River to the Cascade Mountains encompassing nearly 1,200 square miles. Most of its population of 315,900 can reach the Pacific beaches in under two hours.
We serve the public to protect, promote, and enhance a positive quality of life in Marion County.
Marion County Dog Services operates Marion County's dog shelter located in Salem with the mission of serving and protecting dogs and communities throughout Marion County. The staff members are tasked with enforcing Marion County dog licensing and control ordinances; promoting humane treatment of dogs; providing shelter and care for stray dogs until they are reunited with their families or adopted; educating residents on quality dog care; and providing excellent customer service.