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Animal Control Officer, Supervising

Salary: $23.33-$28.48 hourly / $4,058-$4,953 monthly / Range: 5648

DEFINITION: Under direction, supervises operations and staff at an animal shelter in an assigned geographical area; performs patrol and enforcement duties; and performs other duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a working supervisory classification. Incumbents spend a majority of time supervising Animal Control Officers, Animal Shelter Attendants, clerical support staff, and the work of volunteers at one of three shelters in the county. Incumbents perform field officer patrol and enforcement work, and may assist the Animal Control Services Director with administrative functions.


  1. Supervises Animal Control Officers performing field enforcement work, Animal Shelter Attendants responsible for the care and feeding of animals, and kennel maintenance; supervises clerical office support staff, and monitors volunteers and individuals from various organizations assisting with shelter and animal activities; participates in the hiring of staff and provides training; establishes work schedules and assigns work; monitors the work of staff to ensure that work is accomplished in a safe, efficient, and timely manner such as in the euthanasia of animals; provides technical advice to staff to ensure the appropriate interpretation, application of, and compliance with rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; evaluates performance and recommends disciplinary action; conducts staff meetings; assists with the identification, development, and implementation of policies and procedures as instructed by the Animal Control Services Director; may assist the director in the preparation of the annual budget; monitors expenditures.
  2. Maintains and reviews daily activity sheets, productivity reports, drug and weapon usage logs, employee injury reports, and euthanasia logs for appropriateness of action, and to prepare reports concerning shelter activity; inspects shelter equipment and vehicles to ensure they are in safe and proper working condition; orders shelter supplies and equipment; plans facility improvements or changes.
  3. Coordinates the annual rabies clinic and public school education programs; conducts public school education and community group presentations; explains to the public animal control policies and procedures, and the role of the Animal Health and Regulation program.
  4. Provides technical assistance to staff regarding field investigations of the more difficult cases, such as those involving animal cruelty, serious animal bites, or vicious dog cases, and in the preparation of related documents; conducts the more complex investigations which may involve contact with agencies such as the District Attorney's Office; prepares evidence for court cases and testifies in court.
  5. Performs patrol and field enforcement work: searches for stray, sick, injured, dead, or wild animals; responds to calls from the public, law enforcement agencies, or staff regarding injured, stray, sick, or dangerous animals, and violations of animal regulatory ordinances; enforces leash laws, licensing, vaccinations, spaying, neutering, animal noise, and barking dog ordinances, and other State and local laws and regulations; issues citations; uses a department issued weapon, such as a shotgun, tranquilizer gun, or pellet gun to capture and/or destroy animals in the field; assists the public in claiming, adopting, and obtaining licenses for animals; inspects commercial/hobby kennels for code compliance; reviews and processes applications for licenses submitted by business owners.


  1. One year of journey level animal control experience in kenneling, licensing, and patrol and enforcement work; or,
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Animal Control Officer II with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications:

  1. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.
  2. Incumbents must complete course PC 832 in Arrest, Search, and Seizure and Firearms Training, and in compliance with California Code of Regulations, complete 8 hours of "Euthanasia Training Curriculum" within one year of appointment to Animal Control Officer, Supervising.
  3. Incumbents must be able to move animals or objects weighing up to 100 lbs.
  4. Incumbents are expected to: work in the field; wear a uniform; and work shifts, weekends, and rotational standby duty as required.
  5. Employment in this class may require successful completion of a criminal background investigation.

Knowledge of: applicable State and local laws, regulations, and ordinances; safety practices in cleaning, animal handling, vehicle and weapon operation; inspection and enforcement methods and techniques; proper English usage, grammar, and spelling; report writing; training techniques; euthanasia methods and techniques; 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.

Ability to: plan, schedule, and direct the work of staff; train and evaluate staff; gather, analyze, interpret information, and adopt a course of action; explain, apply, and enforce rules and regulations; prepare various reports; obtain cooperation and compliance from members of the public; exercise tact and independent judgment; present a positive public image; establish and maintain effective relationships with the public, volunteers, and staff; handle sick, injured, dangerous, or dead animals and decomposing carcasses in a safe and humane manner; recognize diseased or injured animals; destroy (euthanize) dangerous, sick, or unwanted animals; make mathematical computations; speak before large and small groups; tolerate stress; safely drive a vehicle; and work independently.

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