County of Alameda

Animal Services Supervisor (#8167)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Non-Sworn Sheriff Dept (029)
$32.68-$39.71 Hourly / $2,614.40-$3,176.80 BiWeekly /
$5,664.53-$6,883.07 Monthly / $67,974.40-$82,596.80 Yearly

Under general direction, this single position class is responsible to plan, coordinate, supervise, and direct the field and shelter animal services activities; to enforce animal control laws and ordinances in unincorporated areas of the County and in those incorporated areas which contract with the County for animal control service; and do related work as required.


Animal Services Supervisor is located in the Animal Services Section of the Sheriff's Office Field Services Unit. This position has first-line supervision responsibilities within the Animal Services Section and reports to a Lieutenant who is responsible for the overall activities in the Field Services Unit. Animal Services Supervisor is distinguished from the next lower class of Sheriff's Technician, working in Animal Services, in that the latter is responsible for animal control investigation and field work.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Directs, supervises, trains, evaluates, schedules, and coordinates activities of employees engaged in shelter operations and field operations.
2. Advises staff concerning quarantine measures and other laws and ordinances governing animals for dissemination to the public.
3. Responds to citizens' complaints regarding employees and operational procedures, investigates and writes reports on complaints, and makes recommendations to superiors for disposition.
4. Reviews animal control communications and reports and oversees equipment; prepares and administers the annual budget relating to shelter operations and field services; and maintains and submits records on animal control activities.
5. Assigns and directs daily activities including investigation of complaints and biting animals, patrol, enforcement of State and local laws regarding animal control, feeding, care, adoption, placement, quarantine, euthanasia and disposal of animals held at the shelter, collection of fees, and shelter operation and maintenance.
6. Responsible for overseeing the performance of veterinarians for contract compliance purposes.
7. Reviews and submits reports concerning County ordinances and other codes related to animals.
8. Recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers enrolled in shelter activities.
9. Qualifies for the use of animal tranquilizer weapons; instructs subordinates in their use.
10. Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the Animal Services Section.
11. Establish and maintain cooperative relations with other jurisdictions and agencies.




The equivalent of three years of full-time experience in the class of Sheriff's Technician in the Alameda County classified service working in the Animal Services Section.



The equivalent of four years of increasingly responsible full-time experience in shelter operations or animal control activities that included one year at a supervisory level with budgetary, personnel and organizational responsibilities.



Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.


Special Requirements:

  1. A thorough background investigation will be conducted of all prospective employees to ensure they are suitable for law-enforcement related work.
  2. Incumbents must obtain a valid Euthanasia certificate that is recognized by the State Humane Association of California and the California Animal Control Director’s Association within 12 months of appointment.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

  • Laws and ordinances pertaining to animal control.
  • Kennel operations.
  • Principles and practices of effective supervision.
  • Various dog and cat breeds.
  • Symptoms of diseases common to domestic animals and wildlife.
  • Methods for safe, effective and humane handling and restraint of a variety of animals.
  • Performing euthanasia (CET certificate).
  • Methods, tools, equipment and materials used in Animal Services.
  • Safety regulations, safe work practices and safety equipment pertaining to the work.
  • Planning, directing, and coordinating, field, shelter and office work.


Ability to:

  • Make effective decisions.
  • Analyze and problem solve.
  • Manage and control.
  • Lead effectively.
  • Show interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Be flexible.
  • Plan and organize.
  • Prepare Unit's budget.
  • Handle difficult situations.
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Operate computer equipment.
  • Operate radio equipment.
  • Safely operate Animal Services vehicles.

Typed: 8/3/95
Old document: 0762h
New document: Jobspecs/8167
CSC Date: 8/9/95
EL:ac Revised/Retitled 03/01/19
Old Title: Animal Control Supervisor
CSC Date: 4/24/19


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.