Job Description

About the Department

The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's best managed cities and one of the top ten cities in which to live, work, and do business. Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region. The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values: Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration. The City's Public Works Department is seeking an individual whose values align with the values of the City's employees.

The Department of Public Works is responsible for delivering capital improvement projects for a wide variety of City facilities and infrastructure, maintaining City facilities and fleet assets, facilitating, and regulating development activities, and providing animal care and services. The Department is committed to high-quality service, partnering with the community, and providing an excellent environment in which to work.

Salary Information

The salary range for Animal Health Technician is $59,339.28 - $72,072.00

This amount includes an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable pay. Actual salary shall be determined by the final candidates’ qualifications and experience.

Positions & Duties

Per the City’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the City requires all employees starting on or after February 11, 2022 to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption. Proof of vaccination means that employees are required to be “up-to-date” with regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. Consistent with the Santa Clara County Public Health Order issued on December 28, 2021, "up-to-date" means that employees are required to be vaccinated with the entire recommended initial series of a COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine).

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at

San José Animal Care and Services, a division in the Department of Public Works is accepting applications for full-time Animal Health Technicians. This position will be responsible for providing paraprofessional medical care and treatment to shelter animals.

Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Checking and monitoring the health of animals, as well as rendering first aid and emergency treatment
Assisting shelter veterinarians in surgery, spay/neuter and other medical procedures
Maintaining pharmaceutical and other medical supplies; cleaning of kennels/ cages
Feeding and caring for animals
Humanely performing euthanasia, as required
This position will be required to work weekends, holidays, nights and rotating shifts, respond to emergency animal services assignments during off-duty hours, and wear a uniform.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.

Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise: Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations, including:

Ability to perform pre-op surgical procedures, including the administration on anesthesia
Ability to handle animals humanely and safely, and properly control animals that may be sick or injured.
Ability to read and comprehend the laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to animal licensing and vaccinating requirements.
Knowledge and comprehension of Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to the care, housing, treatment and impounding of animals
Knowledge and exposure to all activities occurring in high volume public animal shelter - Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records.
Ability to learn the basic characteristics, behavior, and common breeds of domestic animals.
Computer Skills: Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills: Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills

Communication Skills: Effectively conveys information and express thoughts and facts clearly, orally, and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

Flexibility: Makes effective decisions and achieves desired results in the midst of major changes in responsibilities, work processes, timeframes, performance expectations, organizational culture, or work environment.

Initiative: Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.

Reliability: Completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner, fulfills responsibilities, and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.


Education: Completion of high school or equivalent (General Education Development [GED] Test or California Proficiency Certificate.

Experience: One (1) year of experience handling and caring for animals.

Licenses or Certificates:

Incumbents may be required to pass a “breed” test and a “symptoms of disease” test within one (1) year following employment.
Current California license in good standing as a Registered Veterinarian Technician is required for full time positions.
Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process may consist of one or more interviews.

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.

Describe your experience caring for and handling domestic animals in a facility that typically cares or shelters domestic animals. Specifically identify the duties you have performed, where you obtained experience and the dates of your employment. If you do not have experience, indicate N/A.

Please describe your experience checking on the conditions of sheltered animals. What are the things that you would observe or look for on a daily basis? If you do not have experience, indicate N/A.

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Charmaine Guerrero via email at

Additional Information

Link to Benefits page
Link to Department: Public Works
Link to Division: Animal Care & Services

This recruitment will remain open until filled and all applications will be reviewed continuously. If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application. Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions.

This is a full time job

Contact Information

Job Contact Details

Closing Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023

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