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Part-Time Kennel Assistant


Kennel Assistant

Job Information



Position Title:

Part-Time Kennel Assistant


Animal Care Services

Reports to:

CACS Services Manager; CACS Enforcement Manager

Hourly Range:

$15.00 - $20.00 / hour



Hourly; Non-Exempt; Safety-Sensitive


No benefits available for part-time employees

Application Deadline:  

April 30th  (interviews to begin immediately) 


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If you need assistance, accommodations or don’t have access to the internet elsewhere, call or email City Human Resources 812-376-2570 or to make an appointment to apply in person. We welcome all applicants.


General Summary:


  • Provides humane care and treatment to animals housed at the Columbus Animal Care Services Center
  • Responsible for operating and maintaining the facility daily, including:
    • cleaning, 
    • proper feeding of animals, 
    • minor maintenance, 
    • intake of fines and fees, 
    • preparation of paperwork  
    • entering data. 
  • Serves as a receptionist for the Columbus Animal Care Services Center, greeting visitors and accepting payments;
  • Must respond to complaints and requests for information as initial contact to the Center. 


Essential Position Responsibilities:


  • Assists in screening potential adoption of pets housed at the facility and coordinates placement of pets with other agencies.
  • Assists in the enforcement of animal-related laws for the City of Columbus, which includes issuing warnings and citations to offenders of local and state animal-related laws, interviewing individuals, and documenting complaint information.
  • Educates the public in responsible pet ownership, animal-related laws, and department policies and procedures.
  • Assists in the supervision and scheduling of the shelter volunteer program.
  • Performs disease prevention and first aid for animals housed at the facility, including administering medications, vaccinating animals, assisting or performing treatments, diagnostics, monitoring, drawing blood, bandage changes, post-op checks, and suture removals.
  • Assists in the evaluation and screening of animals that are housed at the facility.
  • Assists with inventory control, ordering, unpacking, restocking drug and medical supplies.
  • Assists and performs humane euthanasia and disposal of unwanted, sick, or injured animals.
  • Kennel Assistants may be required to work weekdays, weekends, and during holidays. 
  • Perform all other tasks and duties consistent with these functions as directed or assigned by superiors.
  • May be required to attend training sessions to obtain and maintain department standards (i.e., computer-related training, etc.).
  • Perform any other related assignment.


Job Qualification:


  • Must be able to read personnel policies and procedures.
  • Writing/typing skills are necessary.
  • Must be able to effectively and courteously respond to complaints and requests for information from co-workers and citizens.
  • Must follow all policies/procedures outlined in the City of Columbus Employee Personnel Booklet, Columbus Police Department General Orders, Animal Care Services, Policies, Rules and Regulations, and directives, as they apply to the Animal Care Services Center.
  • Must have a good working knowledge of the proper handling, care, and feeding of the various animals handled by the Center.
  • Ability to use sound judgment when not directly supervised.
  • Ability to communicate and deal tactfully with the public in all situations.
  • Ability to interpret and follow laws, rules, and policies.
  • Good working knowledge of basic office skills, including; reading, computer operations, typing, filing, writing reports, maintaining records, and basic math skills.
  • Working knowledge of medications for animals, animal diseases, and animal behavior.
  • Must maintain physical ability to perform essential position responsibilities.
  • Must maintain confidentiality.


Working Conditions and Physical Effort Required:


  • Primarily indoors, around concentrated chemicals, loud noises, animal diseases, odors, and challenging, confrontational situations in the office and on the telephone.
  • Physical ability to handle and restrain large, aggressive, and wild animals without injury to self, co-workers, and the public.
  • Physical ability to lift and carry 25 to 50 pounds frequently and 60 pounds occasionally.
  • Minor cuts, scratches, bites, and abrasions are a likely and probable hazard.


This is a part-time position, and this employee is not provided with any benefits (such as health insurance, paid time off, etc.). This employee shall work no more than 1559 hours per year. A part-time Kennel Assistant will work, on average, 20-29 hours a week but may work as many as 40 hours a week, as scheduling is flexible.


This position is subject to the City’s Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace Program, which includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return-to-duty testing, and follow-up testing. 


This description is intended to describe the type of and level of work performed by the person assigned to this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person, and employees at the city may be given other assignments at will.




*all potential applicants are encouraged to apply, and if you need accommodation or help to apply online, please call 812.376.2570 to make an appointment or email