Cameron County
  • 10-Feb-2021 to 09-Mar-2021 (CST)
  • Public Health
  • San Benito, TX, USA
  • $24,475.00
  • Salary
  • Full Time


PAY GRADE: 111 - $ 29,475.00 minimum salary



Under the supervision of the Environmental Health Director or designee, the Animal Shelter Supervisor will oversee the custodial and remedial care, admissions, adoptions and euthanasia of all animals; ensures the safety, sanitation, and up keep of the facility. Additionally, the Animal Shelter Supervisor will provide staff trainings, prepare operational reports, serves as the on-site spokesperson to the general public for the shelter, and educate the public about responsible pet ownership and Cameron County animal laws and regulations.


Employee will accurately document all time worked.

  1. Direct supervision of staff and manages the daily operations.
  2. Conduct meetings with staff to review policies and procedures, discuss workplace issues and share ideas to improve animal care.
  3. Prepare reports on the operational statistics and shelter activities to ensure information is readily available to interested parties.
  4. Make final decision regarding euthanasia; and supervise that proper techniques are followed when administering vaccination and conducting euthanasia.
  5. Develop and implement goals, policies and procedures to include disaster preparedness documentation to ensure the superior care of all shelter animals.
  6. Maintain the Department of State Health Services Quarantine and Impoundment Facility license and yearly veterinarian inspection current.
  7. Regularly inspect shelter property for needed repairs or maintenance. By following daily assignment check list.
  8. Report any building maintenance issues by submitting work order request to the Environmental Health main office.
  9. Operate county vehicles and other equipment within policy and procedures to fulfill essential functions.
  10. Evaluates employees, assigns work schedules and coordinate with Director to approve leave for animal shelter staff.
  11. Supervises staff to properly disposing of animals.
  12. Supervises staff to prepare animal specimens to send to State Health Department - Austin for rabies testing.
  13. Work after hours, weekends, and holidays. Will also respond to emergency calls such as assisting animal control officers to euthanize injured animals.
  14. Supervises staff assigned to maintain the animal shelter clean by rinsing, scrubbing and disinfecting animal cages and outdoor runs, hallways, floors, walls and isolation/quarantine areas; cleans water and food dishes and related kennel equipment and facilities, scrubs interior of animal-holding refrigerator after animal carcasses have been removed, cleans and disinfects animal bedding.
  15. Supervises staff to provide recommended amount of feed and water to each animal kept at shelter and monitor appetite especially quarantine animals.
  16. Audit all animal bite and animal neglect reports.
  17. Audit Euthanization reports for accuracy before requesting additional euthanization chemical.
  18. Maintain and generate daily reports for Environmental Health Director, will also train animal shelter staff to maintain all reports on how to complete when he or she is absent.
  19. Will assign duties to animal shelter staff on a daily bases.
  20. Assign and supervise the process of incoming and outgoing animals.
  21. Supervise staff to maintain records of animals impounded, euthanized, reclaimed or adopted.
  22. Meet and greet the public and answers questions regarding animal shelter operations and policies.
  23. Maintain inventory control of equipment, building, and grounds in a clean and orderly fashion.
  24. Works closely with Animal Control Officers to ascertain all applicable information of animals collected to better care for animals.
  25. Prepares presentations/workshops on rabies prevention, animal care, etc. for area schools, adult/children daycare centers, and civic groups and door-to-door.
  26. Coordinate animal adoptions with general public and rescue organizations as well as post available animals on county website and department display areas.
  27. Coordinate donations from general public and agencies.
  28. Monitor the sanitation of animal transport carriers to minimize the spread of disease.
  29. Interpret ordinances, State statutes, regulations and County policies to the general public and staff.
  30. Work together with Environmental Health Director on Shelter's budget; forecast additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; and, recommend adjustments as necessary.
  31. Oversee the purchasing of shelter supplies and inventories to include pharmaceuticals.
  32. Observe shelter animals to detect signs of illness or injury and arranges for appropriate veterinary treatments.
  33. Update known pet owners of animal health and behavior conditions as needed.
  34. Other duties as assigned.



Applicant must possess an Associate's degree in Animal Science or related field, and six (6) months of experience dealing with animal control duties and daily operations of an animal shelter/impoundment facility or related field.


Applicant must have three (3) years of supervisor/manager experience and a minimal six (6) months of experience dealing with animal control duties and daily operations of an animal shelter/impoundment facility.

The applicant must currently possess or obtain within six (6) months of employment the Animal Control Officer and Euthanization Certification. The applicant must maintain the certifications active while employed with the Cameron County Public Health Environmental Health Program. The applicant will begin their Civil Service probation period of six (6) months from the day their required certification is attained. If an applicant has their required license they will begin a Civil Service probation period of six (6) months on their first day of work. Upon successful completion of six (6) month probationary period, the applicant shall become a civil service covered employee.


Knowledge of animal control rules/ordinances and regulations. Knowledge in preparing animal specimens for rabies testing. Ability to fill out and record daily report. Knowledge and skill on loading and unloading animals. Knowledge of correctly and safely euthanizing animals. Ability to work after hours, weekends and holidays.


Must have a valid Texas Driver's License, comply with State of Texas driving laws, and maintain an acceptable driving record. Must have reliable transportation. Employees of Cameron County may be required to work during any natural disaster or emergency. Criminal background check is required for employment or continued employment.


Good health and physical condition sufficient to permit full performance of the duties of the position. If additional assistance is required, employee must request assistance prior to performing the assignment.




Occasional contact with other health, social and educational care agencies and outside organizations. Frequent contact with DHHS staff and other county departments. Communication is via telephone, written communication and face to face.


Utilizes tact when dealing with County employees, health, social and educational care providers, and clientele regarding operations issues. Constant contact with Human Resources Office.

Communicating is primarily face-to-face, via telephone and through written communication.


Comply with Cameron County and Department of State Health Services rules/regulations and display a positive public image. As a Cameron County employee, the identity of every client shall be kept confidential except to the extent necessary to carry out the purpose of an investigation, hearing, or judicial proceeding.


Judgment is required to ensure completion of job activities as assigned by the immediate supervisor or designee. Uses discretion to achieve work goals. Initiative is constantly required to achieve work goals.


As assigned by immediate supervisor or designee. It is the responsibility of the employee to know and maintain contact with their immediate supervisor or designee.


Working conditions are primarily in a clinic, office, community center or field setting.

This position is subject to a six (6) month probationary period prior to Civil Service eligibility. Must submit to a Civil Service Clerical Exam.


Cameron County Offers Excellent Fringe Benefits, Including: Health and Life Insurance Protection, Sick and Annual Leave, Retirement System and Paid Holidays. Cameron County has a mandatory direct deposit payroll program.


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