Animal Attendant

Description :

                      CLASS TITLE:  Animal Attendant




Performs responsible work at the animal shelter relating to the welfare of animals.




  • Confines, cares for and disposes of animals in accordance with city ordinances.  
  • Keeps records of monies received and remitted on computer.
  • Performs public relations work; takes complaints and relays information to Animal Control Officers.
  • Participates in the maintenance of buildings and grounds; mops floors, cleans restrooms, cleans outdoor and indoor kennel runs, windows and flowerbeds.
  • Performs kennel duties as required by handling, feeding, cleaning and providing care to animals; maintains the sanitary conditions of kennels.  
  • Performs shelter duties including taking reports from the public, receiving animals brought to the shelter, preparing adoption paperwork, reclaiming animals to their owners and transporting animals to veterinarians and/or groomers.
  • Updates, edits and corrects data files on animals in the kennel; updates websites for animal adoption.
  • Maintains proper inventory levels of cleaning and other supplies. Informs supervisor when reordering is necessary.
  • Gives vaccinations; performs euthanasia on injured, sick, dangerous or unwanted animals by means of lethal injection; prepares euthanasia area; calculates dosage requirements for euthanasia procedures according to the weight of the animal.
  • Performs other work as necessary and or as assigned.
  • Must report to work on a regular and timely basis.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position.



The Animal Attendant reports directly to the Animal Control/Shelter Supervisor. 


The Animal Attendant does not have any direct reports or supervisory responsibilities.




Training and Experience:  High school diploma or equivalent preferred but not required, with at least six (6) months’ customer service experience.  Preference will be given to those with prior experience with animals. 


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:  Good knowledge of the geography of the city.  Knowledge of city ordinances relating to animal shelter operations; considerable knowledge of the methods of handling and maintaining custody of animals; good knowledge of the care and feeding of animals; ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public and city officials; ability to make effective and rapid decisions in complex or emergency situations; ability to maintain complete records, reports and simple accounting statements.


Physical Requirements:  The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.  On a case-by-case basis, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, arm and hand steadiness and finger dexterity will be needed enough to use a keyboard and telephone.  Frequent walking, standing, lifting and carrying of objects up to 60 pounds, balancing, bending, handling, climbing, twisting, kneeling and repetitive movements.  Must be able to work around cats, dogs and other animals as required.  Vision, speech, hearing and feeling sufficient to perform essential tasks.  Punctuality and reasonable attendance is essential.     Must submit to drug screening and fitness to work physical exam.


Licenses and Certificates:  Possession of a valid Oklahoma Class D driver’s license is required. Within one year of employment, must receive and maintain certification in use of legend drugs and certification as a euthanasia technician.  Must pass a police background check and maintain a drug free and criminal free background while employed. 


WORKING ENVIRONMENT:  Work in this classification is consistent indoors and outdoors.  Will travel within city as required.


STARTING PAY:  $9.84/hr.  Excellent employee benefits (insurance, vacation leave, sick leave, retirement, holidays).


WORK HOURS:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.


WORK LOCATION:  City of Muskogee Police Department, Animal Shelter Division, 4002 Border Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Contact :

RESUMES MAY BE SUBMITTED BUT WE REQUIRE THAT OUR EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED ALSO.  The employment application can be found on our website:  Just click on “Menu” at the top left side of the page (in the green bar), then under that go to “Departments” & click on “Human Resources”, then click on “Links and Downloads” on the left hand side of the page, then click on “Applications” (toward the bottom of the page), then click on “Employment Application” (print and fill out) or “Fillable Employment Application” (fill out online), or one can be faxed, emailed, or mailed to you or you can pick one up from the City of Muskogee Human Resources Department at 229 West Okmulgee Street (the three story red brick building (Muskogee Municipal Building) at the southeast corner of 3rd and Okmulgee Streets).  The Human Resources Department is located on the First Floor, Room 102.  Applications can be returned to the same address or by mail:  City of Muskogee, Human Resources Department, P. O. Box 1927, Muskogee, OK  74402-1927; by fax:  918-684-6223; or by email:  If you should have any questions, please call the Human Resources Department at 918-684-6221 or inquire in person at the address above or fax or email (above).


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  5:00 p.m., Monday, November 20, 2017.



Deadline for Applying : Nov 20, 2017