Position Description

TALENT LIST: Kennel Attendant
Location Headquarters
# of Openings 1
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While we are not currently hiring for the position, we are inviting candidates to submit a résumé and or application for a position as an Kennel Attendant to keep in our Talent List for future openings.

PRIMARY FUNCTION: To keep the animals clean and fed throughout the day, and keep work areas clean and well stocked by performing the following duties. 


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Clean cages, kennels and litter boxes; wash dishes and utensils
  • Clean all animal and work areas including kitchen and hallways
  • Ensure that dogs in all areas have food, water, and needed supplies
  • Handle dogs of various temperaments including aggressive dogs
  • Transport dogs to other kennels or different areas in the shelter
  • Clean dog kennels in both the adoptions and holding areas
  • Wash and dry laundry including towels, sheets, blankets, etc.
  • Assist with garbage removal
  • Exercise patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional or angry people
  • Perform other duties as requested (ie. Help with processing animals, hold animals for euthanasia etc.)
  • Carry out responsibilities in accordance with the company’s policies and applicable state and federal laws
  • Observe all safety rules and regulations for self and others
  • Maintain good housekeeping


QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.(1)

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or equivalent education. Animal experience is preferred.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations.

CONTACTS: Frequent contact with shelter staff, adoption and admissions staff and clinic staff.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but involved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

TECHNICAL SKILLS/TOOLS: Beginner computer skills, ability to learn internal software. Animal chip scanner, dishwasher, washer and dryer, medical syringes, cleaning supplies, power washer and floor machine.

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.(1)

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to: hear, stand, walk, sit, reach, handle, lift 20 pounds, carry 20 pounds, pull 20 pounds, kneel, crouch, see, and speak.  Frequently required to lift/carry/pull/push 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.(1)

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. Employee is occasionally required to work near moving mechanical parts, electrical wiring, chemicals, and is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions, extreme heat/cold/humid conditions, slick floor conditions, and vibrations. Some cleaning and storing is in elevated, potentially precarious locations. The noise level in the work environment is loud.

  1. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Compassion – showing empathy and sympathy for what others – both people and animals – are experiencing;
  • Communication – able to convey accurate and timely information both internally and externally;
  • Flexibility – willing and able to adapt to new circumstances and conditions;
  • Commitment – a pledge to the mission, fellow employees, volunteers, animals and the community;
  • Teamwork – willingness to collaborate and communicate to achieve a common goal;
  • Integrity – pursuing our mission with honor, fairness and respect for animals, individuals and the organization;
  • Respect – showing consideration and professional regard for all aspects of the organization.





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