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Do You...
  • Love and enjoy working with animals?
  • Like meeting people?
  • Enjoy helping people with family planning (adding a pet to the family tree)?
  • Want to stop animal abuse, cruelty and neglect?
  • Believe in community outreach to stop pet overpopulation?
  • Support pet adoption, and spaying & neutering?
  • Are a team player, friendly, outgoing and responsible?
LA Animal Services is Hiring!
Open Roles

We want you on our team! View our open positions below.  Visit the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department to apply.

For information on other positions within the City of Los Angeles, please visit the the City’s Personnel Department Website.


A part-time Relief Animal Care Worker receives and cares for all types of domestic and wild animals to include dangerous and/or diseased and injured animals; cleans cages, kennels, vehicles, buildings, yards, and equipment.  They also:

  • Assist with transferring animals to other shelters and explains regulations regarding disposition of animals to the public
  • Assists in giving first aid and emergency medical treatment to diseases and injured animals and calls the Department Veterinary Staff or an outside veterinarian when needed.
  • Requires contact with the public, volunteers, adoption partners, local veterinarians/clinic, internal staff, and staff in other departments
  • Provides excellent customer service and animal care.

A Relief Animal Care Worker must be available for assignment to various shifts, weekends, and holidays, at any of animal care centers in Central Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, San Pedro, and the San Fernando Valley. 

Must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years of age; and have a valid California Driver’s License and proof of legal right to work in the U.S.

A valid California Driver’s License is required and must be maintained  throughout employment.

$27.23 hourly with no benefits.


A part-time Administrative Clerk:

  • Requires strong computer, typing, and data-entry skills and has the ability to accurately prepare letter, memos, receipts, reports, spreadsheets, emails, correspondence, and financial tabulations.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and have the ability to continuously input information into the Department's animal management software
  • Answers multi-line phone with moderate to heavy volume of incoming telephone calls
  • Displays strong customer service as the candidate interacts with citizens when they enter the animal care center, and assists citizens at the public counter
  • Handles cash and receives money from adoptions, donations, licenses, and permits. 
  • Must be able to perform a variety of other clerical duties such as filing, faxing, and photocopying. 


  • Must be a high school graduate
  • Be at least 18 years of age, have a valid California Driver’s License and proof of legal right to work in the U.S.
  • Must have three years of previous cash handling, phone and computer experience; and be able to lift five (5) to 10 pounds.

A valid California Driver’s License is required and must be maintained throughout employment.

$21.07 hourly with no benefits.

ANNUAL SALARY: Salary commensurate with experience up to $189,005.76 annually.

A veterinarian diagnoses and provides first aid treatment, including surgery, to animals who come into the care and custody of the Department of Animal Services; assigns, reviews, and evaluates the work of employees assisting in the above work; advises the public and Department employees on matters within the field of veterinary medicine; and exercises medical judgment and skill in the independent performance of these responsibilities, applying current veterinary medical principles. This position will not be required to conduct spay and neuter surgeries.

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SALARY: Starting pay is $28.43 hourly, with annual step increases..

A Veterinary Technician assists a Veterinarian by performing routine and subprofessional duties in the medical or surgical treatment of animals at the City's animal shelters, performs euthanasia-by-injection, and immunizations under the direction of a licensed Veterinarian, administers emergency medical treatment to injured animals, and does related work.


  • A registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) certificate, issued by the State of California Veterinary Medical Board at time of filing.

Veterinary Technicians must be available to be assigned to any one of the shelters located throughout the City and may be required to work on the weekends.

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ANNUAL SALARY: $46,374 to $67,818 and $49,005 to $71,618

An Animal Control Officer enforces State and City ordinances dealing with the care, treatment, licensing, and impounding of animals in an assigned area of the City; picks up sick, injured, stray, vicious or unwanted animals; conducts humane investigations; conducts permit inspections, issues citations, and makes arrests; may be required to handle money accurately and collect animal licensing and other fees; and keeps records and prepares reports which may be used as legal evidence.

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Information on other positions within the City of Los Angeles is available at the
City’s Personnel Department Website.

RACO information flyer

Are you interested in trying something different? The RACO Program welcomes volunteers to become Reserve Animal Control Officers serving in the same capacity as our Animal Control Officers.

  • The program requires a commitment of 16 hours of volunteer service each month at any one of our six Animal Shelters for 3 months prior to the first class.
  • Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years of age, a high school graduate or equivalent, and must have a current driver’s license.
  • A background check, drug and alcohol screening will be performed as a part of the process.
  • Prospective candidates should also be prepared for a physical requirement check.
  • RACOs must be able to lift at least 70 pounds and sometimes in excess of 70 pounds.

Please complete a regular City Application and mail it to: RACO Program, LA Animal Services, 200 N. Spring St., Room 1805, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Thank you to our lifesaving partners who help us care for #LACityPets