Senior Animal Care Specialist

Williamson County
Full Time $15 - $16 Per hour TX Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, 1855 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626, United States


Reporting directly to the Animal Care Supervisor, responsible for providing care to animals within the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, by providing a positive quality of life to the animals, customer service to potential adopters, providing supervision to Animal Care Specialists and maintaining a clean and safe shelter at all times. Level II of II in Animal Care Specialists.


  • Assists with delegation and monitoring of animal care tasks
  • Supervises, trains, directs, and provides feedback on daily tasks of Animal Care Specialists, Volunteers and Community Service workers, and assists as needed
  • Assists with delegation and monitoring of Animal Care Specialists tasks, and provides disciplinary actions under guidance of the Operations Manager
  • Oversees the general maintenance and cleanliness of the facility and ensuring laundry and feeding utensils are properly cleaned and sanitized
  • Supplies food, water, toys, clean bedding, socialization time, and routine enrichment care
  • Offers assistance to potential adopters with the animals, answering questions, transporting animals to and from kennel areas, and assessing likelihood of matches for adoptions
  • Performs customer service duties related to the intake and processing of animals for impoundment, adoptions and redemption
  • Administers routine well-being checks of all animals, documenting any concerns and communicating to Operations Manager for follow-up
  • Assists medical staff with medical workups and vaccinations of animals
  • Socializes fractious animals to help them become adoptable, and assist with behavior modification plans as written by the Animal Behavior Coordinator
  • Restocks cleaning and animal care supplies throughout the facility as needed
  • Utilizes shelter software to record and communicate information about animals, including up-to-date medical and behavior histories
  • Helps identify animals that are candidates for outside rescue organizations or foster care
  • Transports animals to other facilities, as needed
  • Makes operational decisions in absence of Operations Manager
  • Follows all safety measures and policies, including proper animal restraints and reading animal behavioral cues, and promptly reports any safety incidents to leadership
  • Performs special duties, and oversees special projects, as assigned

  • Reports directly to – Animal Care Supervisor
  • Direct Reports – Yes, Animal Care Specialists

  • Position involves prolonged standing, walking, twisting, bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, and other fine motor repetitive motions
  • Position requires grasping, repetitive hand movement, and fine motor coordination
  • Position involves lifting and carrying of animals and equipment weighing up to fifty (50) pounds, or up to one hundred (100) pounds with assistance, and exertion of up to twenty-five (25) pounds of force to move objects
  • Ability to hear and/or see alert cues regarding animal and staff security

  • Work tasks are conducted indoors and outdoors
  • May work outside in inclement weather, including extreme heat, cold and wet conditions
  • Frequent handling of animals, including contact with waste and blood
  • Exposure to unpleasant smells and a noisy and wet environment associated with a shelter
  • Frequent exposure animals that are agitated or injured that may attempt to bite or scratch

  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and holidays is a schedule requirement
  • May be deemed essential personnel for emergency situations, at discretion of Director

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position. This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the job change.


  • High school diploma/degree and one (1) year of experience working with animals in an animal hospital, shelter, or related animal facility; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated customer service and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in a lead, training, or supervisory capacity
  • Ability to work in a high-volume, fast-paced environment
  • Basic computer skills
  • Maintain satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record

  • Required within thirty (30) days of employment
  • Valid driver’s license

  • Two (2) years of experience working with animals in an animal hospital, shelter, or related animal facility
  • One (1) year of animal welfare experience
  • Knowledge of dog and cat body language cues
  • Euthanasia certification
  • Basic Animal Control certification

Employment is contingent on passing any post-offer pre-employment screening as listed below:
  • Criminal background check: Yes
  • Motor Vehicle Record check: Yes
  • Drug screening: Yes
  • Physical exam: No
  • Psychological exam: No
  • Additional: N/A