Animal Control Officer

Animal Control Officer Opening - Click link to apply

  • Job Type: Full Time 
  • Salary: $33,300.80 - $41,620.80 Annually
  • Closing: October 14, 2019 11:59 PM Pacific

Class Specifications

Performs animal control and welfare functions; performs related work as required. 

The primary function of an employee in this class is to provide animal control, welfare, and safety services; enforces City animal licensing and control ordinances. Additionally, an employee in this class may be assigned to other duties in the Police Department. The work is performed under the supervision of a Police Department sergeant but considerable latitude is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.  The principal duties of this class are performed in an outdoor environment and include exposure to inclement weather and wild and domestic animals.

Examples of Work Duties

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs animal control, safety, and welfare functions;
  • Enforces City animal licensing and control ordinances;
  • Responds to complaints and service requests including but not limited to animal noise, abuse and welfare reports, bite reports, strays, lost and runaway animals, nuisance, and related incidents;
  • Performs enforcement activities, including issuing citations, impoundment, and other incident responses;
  • Provides information on City animal control and welfare ordinances and codes;
  • Issues animal licenses and renewals;
  • Coordinates with law enforcement and other local and state agencies on complaints and incidents;
  • Patrols for stray, injured, and dead animals;
  • Obtains veterinary care for injured animals;
  • Operates and maintains the Post Falls Animal Shelter when assigned which includes care and feeding of the animals held and facility and equipment operation and maintenance;
  • Maintains animal care equipment, including but not limited to, trucks, cages and crates, traps, catch and snare equipment, and related equipment;
  • Inventories and purchases supplies;
  • Maintains records, documentation, and correspondence on lost, stray, impounded, returned, and adopted animals;
  • Maintains records, documentation, and correspondence on citations, summonses, and other enforcement actions;
  • Maintains records, documentation, correspondence, and receipts on new and renewal licensing;
  • Issues and picks up live animal traps;
  • Assists in euthanizing injured and unclaimed or surrendered animals according to City, state, and other applicable policies and procedures;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures, and safety practices. 

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • On call after regular work hours to respond to emergency situations;
  • Performs courier, and related duties for the Police Department;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Basic domestic animal behavior traits and patterns;
  • Geography, streets, and locations within the area of jurisdiction;
  • Basic animal first aid procedures;
  • English grammar and punctuation skills;
  • Current office practices and procedures;
  • Basic book keeping and cash handling procedures;
  • Customer service methods and techniques;.

Ability to: 

  • Follow written and oral instructions;
  • Learn and apply animal control and welfare methods, policies, procedures, equipment, and objectives;
  • Learn and apply federal, state, county, City, and other applicable statutes, laws, ordinances and codes related to animal control, safety, welfare;
  • Operate specialized animal safety and control equipment, including traps, snares, catchpoles, nets, radios, and related equipment;
  • Operate a motor vehicle;
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Prepare and maintain reports, records, documents, enforcement records, letters, and related information files;
  • Communicate effectively with the public in situations that may be stressful and confrontational;
  • Have the flexibility to work any shift;
  • Apply dispute mediation and resolution techniques;
  • Establish and maintain a positive working relationships with other City employees, law enforcement agents and agencies, and the public;
  • Perform multiple tasks simultaneously, including handling interruptions, and return to and complete tasks in a timely manner.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency; and
  • One (1) year experience in animal control or a related field; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.   

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