Nassau County, FL
November 1, 2023
Job Type



This position is responsible for the care of animals and to ensure clean and humane living conditions for all animals housed within the shelter/center. Reports to the Senior Shelter/Center Attendant. Position may require shift rotations, call-in after hours and/or weekends and holidays. Exposed to heat and cold on a daily basis.

Examples of Duties

  • Maintains kennels and outside areas in a clean and sanitary manner.
  • Feeds and waters animals daily according to schedules; monitors animals in the kennels on a continuous basis for sickness, injury, or death.
  • Receives animals being delivered to the shelter by officers and/or the public. Impounds and places them within the facility according to size, sex, needs and circumstances involved in their pick up; maintains strict accountability by keeping animals with their respective records. Takes pictures of s tray animals to publish on social media.
  • Bathes, dips, inoculates, clips, grooms, and provides minor first aid and lab tests to the animals.
  • Handles animals, some of which may be aggressive and/or dangerous.
  • Assists the public in search of a lost pet or when seeking to adopt a new one; maintains records pertaining to shelter/center operations as assigned, to include having potential adopters sign into the Constant Contact guest book prior to viewing animals.
  • Aids in the euthanasia process, such as holding, pulling, bagging and placing in freezer and/or in Animal Control truck.
  • Prepares list of kennel supplies and food.
  • Attends offsite adoptions events.
  • Recognizes signs of stress or disease in animals, and reports any sick or injured animals within the shelter/center to the Senior Shelter/Center Attendant.
  • Move animals from temporary holding areas into appropriate kennels.
  • Compares intake reports to actual count of animals within the shelter.
  • Selects sick and injured animals for euthanization.
  • Repairs/maintains equipment.
  • Performs general housekeeping and yard duties.
  • Maintains simple to moderate written reports.
  • Maintains records/files.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

(These major job duties are not a complete statement of all duties required of the job. Employees will be required to perform such other related job duties as may be assigned or required.)

Typical Qualifications

Graduation from high school or, a General Equivalency Diploma unless exempt as provided under Article 25.9. Valid driver's license prior to application.

Supplemental Information

  • Ability to prioritize service requests on the basis of importance.
  • Knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards, regulations, methods, procedures and policies of the County as they pertain to the performance of the duties.
  • Knowledge of euthanasia procedures, animal care, health, and disease.
  • Knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of County and other governmental agencies.
  • Has a good organizational, technical and human relations skill.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices and technology; has skill in the use of computers for word processing and records management.
  • Knowledge of the terminology and various professional languages used within the department.


  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Standing: On ladders, on steps or on the ground for sustained periods of time.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, at times for long distances.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. Lifting up to75 pounds.
  • G rasping: Picking, pinching, manipulating small objects in confined spaces.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.


  • Work is performed in various locations, both indoor and outdoors. Exposure to heat and cold, wetness, humidity, machinery, hazards, electrical currents, smoke/dust, odors, dirt/pollen, dangerous animals, traffic hazards and noise extremes.


Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will continue to be received until the listed closing date or the position is filled, whichever is earliest. Submission of an application does not guarantee the applicant an interview. Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check.

Nassau County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Nassau County values the service veterans and their family members have given to our country and that the County supports the hiring of returning service members, military spouses, and their family members as such this position is eligible for Veterans' Preference in accordance with applicable laws.

The information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, environmental conditions, or qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. This position may be required to work in a safety sensitive capacity at any time based on emergency declaration or other operational need. Nassau County reserves the right to edit or re-write this job description at any time.

An organization is only as good as the people it employs. To attract and retain the best team possible, theNassau County Board of County Commissionersoffers a competitive benefit program. We believe that if we expect our employees to support the County, we must first support the health and financial well-being of our employees and their families, now and as they plan for their future.

This position is a Local 630 covered position and therefore is bound by the terms and conditions contained in the current collective bargaining agreement, which can be found here.

BOCC-Contributed Benefits

  • Medical & Prescription Drugs Benefits
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) Contributions with a Qualified Plan
  • Florida Retirement System
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • $10,000 in Life & AD&D Employee Coverage

Optional Benefits

  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Supplemental & Dependent Life & AD&D Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Voluntary Benefits Offered By Aflac and/or Colonial
  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Program
  • Roth IRA

NOTE: For detailed information regarding available benefits click here.

FLORIDA RETIREMENT SYSTEM (FRS)The Florida Retirement System is a retirement plan designed to provide an income to a vested employee and his/her family when the employee retires, becomes partially or totally disabled, or dies prior to retirement. A defined benefit or defined contribution option may be chosen by the employee. Employees are required to contribute 3% of their salary per Florida Statute.

TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMThe County may provide tuition assistance to cover the cost of tuition and books to County employees requesting tuition reimbursement for courses at an accredited college or university which are applicable to the employee's field of work and/or are of such nature to directly prepare employees for positions of greater responsibility within the County. Contact the Human Resources Office for additional details.

HOLIDAYSThe following, as well as any other days the BOCC may declare, are designated as official holidays for County Employees:

New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Presidents Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
The Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

PTO LEAVE All full-time employees shall accrue Paid Time Off (PTO) Leave in accordance with the following formula:

Years of Employment Hours Per Year
0 through the end of the 4th year 140
5 years through the end of the 10th year 160
11 years through the end of the 15th year 180
16 years and over 200

For additional information please review the current collective bargaining agreement between Nassau County Board of County Commissioners and the Northeast Florida Public Employee's Local 630, L.I.U.N.A found here and/or *Nassau County's Policies and Procedures found here.

* Contract covered positions will continue under those terms and conditions, except in such instances where that agreement does not address an issue contained in the Policies & Procedures. In such instances employees will continue under the terms and conditions contained within the Policies & Procedures.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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