Animal Care Assistant

Application submission beginning January 9, 2020 and ending February 10, 2020 at 4pm

Animal Care Assistant

Salary: $9 to $12.24/hour

Hours: Full Time, 40 hours

Scheduled Shifts: To include weekdays, evening hours, and weekends

Scheduled On Call: Must be available up to 3 to 4 days a week after hours for emergencies

Events/Holidays/Transport Scheduled: Must be available for Holidays. May be requested to attend events and assist with transportation of animals outside normal hours.

Benefits: Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation and Personal Time, Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Paid Holidays, Time and Half Overtime/Compensatory Time, Ivy Tech Reimbursement, Short Term Disability

Applicant Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the start date
  • Have a valid driver license and a clean driving record
  • Have a High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Live within Rush County or able to stay within Rush County during scheduled on call
  • Commit to the shifts and on call schedule
  • Must complete a drug test and background check
  • Have reliable transportation at all times

Work Experience and Skills Required

  • Experience with domestic animals professionally or personally
  • Customer Service experience and skills
  • Comfortable and willing to learn new technology
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Able to effectively multi-task
  • Able to communicate clearly, professionally, and simply as required orally and written
  • Comfortable with self-starting projects and tasks
  • Confident in the knowledge of the field and able to engage with the public
  • Able to work independently with little to no oversight and find tasks to complete on down time

Applicant Preferences, but not Requirements

  • Certification, education, experience and/or Degree in the Veterinary field
  • Experience with livestock


  1. Pick up an application from Carla in the Mayor’s Office at the City Center
    1. Address: 330 N Main St, Rushville, IN 46173 (second floor)
    2. You can also request one by email:
  2. Submit your completed Application to Carla
  3. Deadline: February 10, 2020 by 4pm
  4. Not following instructions may result in your application not being reviewed

*Applications are NOT available at the animal shelter

*Please do not call for an application update, all applicants granted an interview will be called by February 11, 2020


Key Responsibilities and Duties: The primary responsibilities and duties of this position is to perform tasks assisting with Animal Control related calls, Kennel Attendant, Adoption Service Representative, Euthanasia Assistant, Intake Service Representative, Veterinarian Technician Assistant and assist with tasks in relation to Outreach/Development, Fundraisers, Special Events, and Marketing.

Must Have the Following Competencies:

  • Communication skills including conflict resolution and friendly manner to be performed over the phone, by social media, email, and face-to-face
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Able to read and write English
  • Identify and implement the best solution for problems
  • Able to follow all laws and safety protocols when operating city owned vehicles
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds, lift objects above head, and perform all physical requirements to complete tasks
  • Able to perform all primary tasks alone with no to limited assistance from other staff
  • Able to properly count, record, and give change when handling money

Willing to Learn the Following Competencies if Not Already Mastered:

  • Computer or smart device skills including: Microsoft Word and Excel, Database management, Social Media, Website management, and Email
  • Restrain animals of all sizes using proper safety strategies and equipment
  • Follow and implement disease control and prevention protocols
  • Administer medication, vaccinations, identify common diseases/injuries, draw blood, perform tests, and implant microchips
  • Interact with animals of all sizes and behaviors, including walk, train, assess, bathe, medical care, and restrain
  • Use all equipment safely and correctly to prevent injury to self, others, or damage to equipment, including use of a control stick with the ability to control the animal no matter the size

Willing to be a part of the Decision and the Process of Euthanasia

This job title does not require the applicant to directly perform euthanasia, however, the applicant will be required to restrain the animal as needed during the process and also be a part of the discussion on the decision to euthanize

  • The applicant must be able to carry out the duties of this role in animal care in a compassionate manner
  • Ideas for alternatives to euthanasia are always welcomed and discussed
  • We do not euthanize for time or space, but do for medical or behavior reasons

Primary Duties

  • Drive a department designated vehicle primarily within Rush County with the occasional out of county trip
  • Handle and restrain animals of all sizes and behavior, primarily cats and dogs, but may include livestock or other small animals
  • Use of capture and restraining equipment, such as cat traps, cat nets, and control stick and maintain control of dangerous animals no matter their size
  • Lifting, squatting, turning, bending, pushing, pulling, walking, sitting, standing, and carrying are required physical activities over the course of the entire shift and any on call duties
  • Maintain information in data base and on social media
  • Clean cat and dog kennels, dishes, laundry, rooms, and vehicles
  • Answer the phone, email, social media, and greet visitors and volunteers
  • Process intakes, evaluations, adoptions, and transfers