Animal Control Officer PT
Company: Government jobs
Posted on: January 20, 2023
Under general supervision, performs a variety of duties involved in
the enforcement and communication of animal services codes,
ordinances, and regulations; ensures public safety by capturing and
caring for wild, vicious, and/or injured animals in both the City
of Westminster and the City of Stanton; and performs related work
Examples of Duties
- Patrols areas within the City and enforces animal services
codes, ordinances, and regulations; investigates reports of animal
abuse; issues citations; collects fees; takes other appropriate
- Captures and impounds unlicensed, stray, and uncontrolled
animals; transports animals to shelter; arranges for proper storage
and humane care.
- Picks up dead or injured animals; provides aid to injured
animals; transports animals to veterinarian for treatment or
euthanasia; medicates and vaccinates animals to be adopted.
- Responds to calls from citizens for animal services;
investigates complaints involving animals; investigates reports of
dogs, cats, or other animals creating nuisances.
- Determines whether calls meet the criteria for emergency
response and call out and how quarantines should be handled;
evaluates and authorizes immediate care of euthanasia for sick and
injured animals, emergency seizure of animals, and owner
relinquishments in the field; determines whether a criminal
complaint and/or dangerous/vicious dog investigation should be
- Assists Police Department with animal related issues.
- Establishes and maintains positive community relations through
programs, demonstrations, and public assistance regarding humane
animal services, including wildlife issues, adoption procedures,
and enforcement of animal regulations; speaks at school and other
meetings, and answers specific and general questions.
- Identifies and investigates animal related crimes; interviews
witnesses, collects evidence, writes reports, and testifies in
- Investigates reports of animal bites; completes state mandated
quarantines as necessary.
- Answers questions regarding the enforcement of animal services,
regulations, adoption, and licensing policies and procedures.
- Prepares reports and cases; maintains records, logs, and files
- Performs routine maintenance and animal care duties at the
- Performs other duties as assigned. Typical Qualifications
- Methods and techniques of handling, collection, impoundment,
and registration of a variety of wild and domestic animals in
- Identification of various breeds of dogs, cats, and other
- Principles of animal behavior and care.
- Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of code
violation investigation and compliance.
- Practices for documenting inspections, correcting violations,
and carrying through on Court procedures.
- Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes,
ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of
- California Animal Laws Handbook and the California Pet Shop Law
- Occupational hazards and standard safety practices necessary in
the area of animal services.
- Techniques and practices of public speaking and making
presentations before small groups.
- Principles of record keeping and reporting.
- Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and
applications related to the work.
- English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and
- Techniques for dealing with and solving the problems presented
by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural,
and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.
- Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by
effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City
- Recognize normal and abnormal animal behavior.
- Handle potentially dangerous animals in a safe manner.
- Inoculate and medicate animals, after completion of the
- Interpret and apply applicable Federal, State, and local laws,
codes, and regulations pertaining to animal services.
- Effectively respond to calls for services.
- Prepare, maintain, and update accurate and detailed
documentation of inspection findings and other written materials,
records, logs, and reports.
- Effectively represent the City in meetings with governmental
and regulatory agencies, community groups, property owners,
business owners, and the public.
- Operate and maintain a variety of animal control
- Operate a two-way radio.
- Maintain accurate records and files of work performed.
- Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
- Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time
- Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment
and software programs.
- Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the
telephone, and in writing.
- Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within
general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive
- Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working
relationships with those contacted in the course of work.Education
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the
required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical
way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
High School Diploma or GED equivalent and one (1) year of
experience in the enforcement and communication of animal services
codes, ordinances, and regulations and the humane care and handling
of animals. College-level coursework in animal health care and
experience with a public agency are desirable.
Licenses and Certifications:
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California
Driver's License by time of appointment.
- PC 832, Chemical Immobilization and Investigation & Prosecution
of Cruelty Cases certifications are desirable. Supplemental
Examination: Only those candidates whose qualifications best meet
the needs of the City will be invited to participate in the
examination process. The examination process may consist of any or
all of the following components: written examination, practical
skills evaluation, and oral interview. Eligible candidates will be
notified when testing dates have been established.
This posting is open on a continuous bases and can close without
prior notices, interested applicants are encouraged to apply.
Must possess mobility to work in the field; strength, stamina, and
mobility to perform light physical work, to climb and descend
vehicles, and to operate varied tools and equipment; vision to read
printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to
communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job
involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas
to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to
access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or
calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment.
Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and
climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must
possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and
objects up to 25 pounds.
Employees work in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels,
cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road
hazards, vibration, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and
hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact
with upset staff, public and/or animals and private
representatives, and contractors, in interpreting and enforcing
departmental policies and procedures.
Updated on 4/19/22 for Physical Demands and Environmental
RETIREMENT: Part-Time Employees participate in the Public Agency
Retirement Services (PARS) in lieu of Social Security. Employees
contribute 6.0% of their salary toward the plan and the City
contributes 1.5% of salary as well.
SICK LEAVE: Part-Time Employees are entitled to Paid Sick Leave in
accordance with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
"Healthy Workplaces/Healthy Families Act of 2014 Paid Sick
01 Please check the box which best reflects the highest level of
education you have achieved:
- High School Grad or Equivalent
- AA or AS Degree
- Bachelor's Degree
- Master's Degree
02 Do you possess or will obtain a current / valid California Class
"C" Driver's License by time of appointment?
03 Have you completed college-level coursework in animal health
04 Have you successfully completed the PC 832 (Chemical
Immobilization and Investigation & Prosecution of Cruelty Cases)
* Required Question
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