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Animal Control Officer

Salary: Animal Control Officer I (#0465)

$14.97-$18.27 hourly / $2,603-$3,178 monthly / Range: 4758

Animal Control Officer II (#0466)

$18.27-$22.31 hourly / $3,178-$3,880 monthly / Range: 5158

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, performs a variety of animal control functions in the area of field enforcement and kennel maintenance; and performs other duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Animal Control Officer I is the entry-level class in which incumbents receive orientation and training to perform the full range of animal control duties. Incumbents are expected to progress to the journey level, Animal Control Officer II, within a reasonable length of time, and to function at a higher level of independence, self-direction, judgment, and interaction with the public.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

  1. Patrols assigned area in an animal control vehicle to search for stray, sick, injured, or dead animals and provide services as needed; responds to calls from the public, law enforcement agencies, or other Animal Control Officers concerning injured, stray, sick, or dangerous animals and violations of animal regulatory ordinances; enforces State and local laws, regulations, and ordinances, such as leash laws, licensing, vaccinations, spaying, neutering, quarantining, dangerous dog, animal noise, and barking dog ordinances; picks up and transports animals to the shelter for impounding, disposal, or rabies investigation, or to the veterinarian as appropriate.
  2. Prepares reports, completes records and various forms such as daily activity sheets, receipts for fees received, citations, quarantine and investigative reports, and logs of controlled drugs used.
  3. Collects license, redemption, and adoption fees and fees for other services rendered to the public, such as picking up dead animals from a veterinary hospital.
  4. Provides information to the public regarding licensing, vaccinations, euthanasia, rabies control, pet-owner responsibilities, spaying, neutering, and adoptions; gives tours of the shelter to citizen groups; participates in public school and community group presentations.
  5. Conducts special investigations in response to public complaints of violations of animal regulatory ordinances; appears in court to testify and present evidence regarding violations of animal regulatory ordinances.
  6. Inspects commercial/hobby kennels and catteries for code compliance.
  7. Performs animal care duties such as feeding animals, monitoring sick and dangerous animals, segregating and isolating animals when necessary; detects disease or injury in animals and performs minor medical treatments on animals as necessary; assists the veterinarian with vaccinations and inspections of animals.
  8. Cleans and disinfects kennel areas, vehicles and equipment.
  9. Assists with front office duties such as receiving animals brought to the shelter by the public and releasing impounded animals to the public.
  10. Uses department issued weapons, such as a shotgun, tranquilizer gun, and pellet gun to capture and/or destroy animals in the field; participates in destroying animals (euthanasia).

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Animal Control Officer I:

  1. One year of experience providing information, such as explaining rules and regulations to the public, preferably in the handling, care, and control of animals; or,
  2. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License. Must successfully complete a PC 832 course in Arrest, Search and Seizure, and Firearms Training within six months of employment.

Note: Experience with personal pets is not considered qualifying.

Knowledge of: proper English usage, grammar, and spelling.

Ability to: read, understand and explain applicable State and local laws, regulations, and ordinances; obtain cooperation and compliance from members of the public; analyze a situation and adopt a course of action; exercise tact and independent judgment in dealing with the public; speak to a wide range of people; prepare clear and concise reports; present a positive public image; develop and maintain working relationships with co-workers, agencies, and organizations; handle sick, injured, dangerous, or dead animals and decomposing animal carcasses in a safe and humane manner; learn the physical and behavioral characteristics of animals; learn breed identification; learn and recognize symptoms of rabies and other common animal diseases; learn the safe and accurate handling of firearms; destroy (euthanize) dangerous, sick, or unwanted animals; make simple arithmetical calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; understand and follow oral and written instructions; safely drive a vehicle; and work independently.

Animal Control Officer II:

  1. One year of experience performing duties equivalent to Animal Control Officer I with Santa Barbara County; or,
  2. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License. Completion of course PC 832 in Arrest, Search, and Seizure and Firearms Training.

Knowledge of: applicable State and local laws, regulations and ordinances; the proper care and handling of animals; the physical and behavioral characteristics of animals; breed identification; the symptoms of rabies and other common animal diseases; the safe and accurate handling of firearms; the various techniques of safe and humane destruction of animals, such as lethal injection, chloroform, and barbiturates; proper English usage, grammar and spelling.

Ability to: explain applicable State and local laws, regulations, and ordinances; obtain cooperation and compliance from members of the public; analyze a situation and adopt a course of action; exercise tact and independent judgment in dealing with the public; speak to a wide range of people; prepare reports; present a positive public image; develop and maintain working relationships with co-workers, agencies and organizations; handle sick, injured, dangerous, or dead animals and decomposing animal carcasses in a safe and humane manner; destroy (euthanize) dangerous, sick, or unwanted animals; make simple arithmetical calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; read, understand, and follow oral and written instructions; work independently.

Supplemental Information: Incumbents at both levels must be able to move animals or objects weighing up to 100 lbs. Incumbents are expected to work in the field a majority of the time, wear a uniform, work shifts, weekends and rotational standby duty as required. Employment in these classes requires successful completion of a criminal background investigation.



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