Animal Care Attendant

The City of Hayward is excited to announce its recruitment for the position of Animal Care Attendant.


Annual Salary: $54,246.40 – $64,438.40 Annually

Plus excellent benefits package: See the 2021 Benefit Summary on the City’s Human Resources webpage for more details.

To clean, sanitize, and maintain kennels and related areas of the Animal Services Shelter; to receive, feed, care for and/or administer euthanasia to animals; to assist the public in claiming or adopting animals and to do related work as required.

This class is distinguished from the Animal Control Officer in that work consists primarily of the cleaning and maintenance of facilities and the care and placement of animals.  This classification does not involve the patrolling of an area or the enforcement of animal services regulations.

Essential Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Feeds, cares for, evaluates behavior, adopts, redeems, and performs euthanasia on impounded animals.

Receives animals at the Shelter, isolating those showing signs of disease from healthy ones.

Vaccinates animals as they are received and administers medicine under instructions from a veterinarian; prepares identification collars and places on animals for accurate records.

Responds to questions from the public about animal breeds, temperament and adoptions;  advises public on appropriate choices for adoption and the proper care, treatment and control of animals.

Cleans, disinfects and maintains kennels and kennel area; performs dishwashing and laundering tasks.

Maintains a computerized log and record of all animals at shelter.

Reports any animals exhibiting symptoms of ill health or communicable disease.

Maintains inventories and supplies of food, medicines and controlled drugs, completing the necessary forms.

Assists in supervising volunteers.

Lifts and loads animals weighing up to seventy-five pounds.

Performs related tasks as required.

A complete job description and list of duties can be found at


Knowledge of: 

  • Care and feeding of animals.

 Ability to: 

  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with other City employees and members of  the public; communicate effectively and courteously with other employees and members of the  public.
  • Read, write, interpret and apply policies and procedures.
  • Perform basic math in order to maintain accurate written records.
  • Learn to perform euthanasia in a humane manner.
  • Learn to identify different breeds of animals.
  • Deal patiently, compassionately and effectively with frightened, fractious and injured  animals.
  • Humanely control, lift and carry a variety of animals weighing up to seventy-five pounds.
  • Follow written and oral directions and procedures.
  • Learn to recognize a variety of zoonotic and animal related disease.
  • Work with a variety of chemicals and disinfectants.
  • Work in a noisy and odorous environment.
  • Perform intensive general labor requiring long periods of walking or standing.
  • Work rotating shifts, holidays and weekends.          

Minimum Qualifications


 Any combination equivalent to experience and training that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:  

Experience:  Six (6) months experience involving customer contact and six months experience in handling animals.

 Education:  Equivalent to completion of twelfth (12th) Grade or High School   equivalency.

 License:  Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California Driver’s License. 

Supplemental Information



Candidates must submit a completed City of Hayward job application, license, copy of transcript, typing certificate, and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire which fully describe the nature of their professional experience and qualifications.  Applications submitted without all required materials will not be considered.

Based on the information provided, employment applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  Those best qualified may be invited to the next phase of the process, which may include an oral, practical, written examination and/or supplemental questionnaires reviewed by subject matter experts.

The examination process will result in a ranked eligible register of candidates for hiring consideration by the department derived from any of the exam processes mentioned above.  Actual hire depends on success in the departmental selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background/reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, medical evaluation, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver’s license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.

Applicants will be notified electronically via Government Jobs as to their status in the selection process.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they can receive email notice from Neogov/Government Jobs and the City of Hayward.

The City of Hayward reserves the right to modify the selection process as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity.

Candidates are encouraged to apply online at under the Current Vacancies tab or at  Paper applications can be obtained by visiting the Human Resources Department at Hayward City Hall located at 777 B Street, Hayward, CA  94541.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user to the system.  Our on-line application system is provided by Government Jobs. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the Government Jobs Help Desk at  (855) 524-5627. 
The City of Hayward is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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