Placer County

Animal Control Officer - I (#16701)

$21.52-$26.88 Hourly / $3,730.13-$4,659.20 Monthly / $44,761.60-$55,910.40 Yearly

Animal Control Officer - II (#16702)

$23.72-$29.62 Hourly / $4,111.47-$5,134.13 Monthly / $49,337.60-$61,609.60 Yearly


DEFINITION

To explain and enforce laws and ordinances pertaining to humane treatment and control of animals; provide for and promote public safety in the prevention of rabies and other communicable diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans; conduct public education and outreach regarding the humane treatment of animals and animal control laws; and respond to animal related emergencies.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Animal Control Officer I 
This is the entry level class in the Animal Control Officer series.  This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.

Animal Control Officer II 
This is the full journey level class within the Animal Control Officer series.  This class is distinguished from the Animal Control Officer I by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.
This class is distinguished from the Senior Animal Control Officer in that the latter works in a lead or specialized capacity by overseeing additional animal service operations.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Animal Control Officer I
Receives immediate supervision from a Supervising Animal Control Officer and technical and functional supervision from an Animal Control Officer II and a Senior Animal Control Officer.

Animal Control Officer II
Receives general supervision from a Supervising Animal Control Officer and technical and functional supervision from a Senior Animal Control Officer.
May exercise technical and functional supervision over the Animal Control Officer I.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Patrol a designated geographical area of the County and enforce animal regulations, laws and ordinances; contact dog owners by house-to-house canvass to locate unlicensed or unvaccinated dogs; receive and investigate complaints and reports from the public and other agencies regarding stray, dangerous, unwanted or improperly controlled animals; tactfully handle complaints, trying to remedy the problem; consult supervisors by radio in the handling of unusual and/or difficult situations.
  • Issue violation notices and court citations, collect evidence and appear in court as a witness, as necessary; carry out law enforcement procedures including warrants, arrests, search and seizures, issuing warnings, dangerous animal statements and citations; work cooperatively with other law enforcement groups when joint action is required.
  • Use tranquilizer guns, shotguns, rifles, and other related equipment to control or destroy dangerous and/or injured animals, as a last alternative.
  • Answer emergency calls concerning persons bitten by animals; quarantine potentially rabid animals; check potentially rabid animals at intervals as directed and release animals from quarantine at the end of a safe time period, as directed; issue citations for violation of the quarantine.
  • Assist in arranging for and setting up immunization clinics; may assist veterinarian with vaccinations and animal inspections.
  • Administer first aid or minor treatments to animals; pick up and transport sick, injured or dead animals; impound animals and release impounded animals to owners; may segregate, isolate, destroy and dispose of animals.
  • Perform euthanasia procedures to ensure safe and humane treatment, perform chemical restraint procedures as necessary.
  • Prepare food and feed animals; clean kennels and related areas; may participate in front office and kennel operations.
  • Assist the public in claiming impounded animals; assist customers in pet selection; answer questions concerning age, breed, characteristics, care and treatment of animals; advise public of legal rights; explain and interpret animal control laws, regulations, procedures and policies.
  • Interact with the public in a professional and knowledgeable manner to maintain public confidence and safety; speak at schools and to other community groups concerning animal control services.
  • Assist public with obtaining licensing information by directing them to online resources; sell licenses and turn in collected fees.
  • Prepare reports, keep records and fill out forms concerning animal control violations and transactions.
  • May assist with the training of new Animal Control staff.
  • Operate and perform minor maintenance on all equipment used in the field and the kennels including:  vehicles, weapons, traps, catch-poles and cages.
  • Clean and disinfect shelter facilities, vehicles and equipment as necessary.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Animal Control Officer I

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: No experience is required.  Experience in the care and handling of domestic, farm and/or ranch animals is preferred.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a certificate showing successful completion of a P.O.S.T. Basic course, the P.O.S.T. training requirements for Penal Code 832 Arrest and Firearms Training or P.O.S.T. equivalent training course.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

Animal Control Officer II

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: One year of experience in a position similar to an Animal Control Officer I in Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a certificate showing successful completion of P.O.S.T. Basic course, the P.O.S.T. training requirements for Penal Code 832 Arrest and Firearms Training or P.O.S.T. equivalent training course.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
     
     
     

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Animal Control Officer I

Knowledge of:

  • Feeding and care of animals.
  • Basic mathematical calculations.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Ability to:

  • Learn to care for and control animals in a safe manner, including livestock, so as to avoid injury to persons and animals.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of animal control operations; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; continuously observe for animal violations; problem solve field situations; and explain animal control related laws to public.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk or in vehicle; walk and stand during field activities; bend, squat, kneel or twist while working in field or kennel operations; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; and lift very heavy weight.
  • Learn the provisions of State and County laws and regulations relating to animal control and licensing; assist other Animal Control Officers in their enforcement activities.
  • Learn to recognize symptoms of rabies and animal diseases; learn the techniques involved in restraining and isolating animals suspected of having bitten individuals or of having rabies.
  • Learn the methods involved in feeding and caring for impounded animals.
  • Learn to safely operate firearms.
  • Properly measure drugs into hypodermic syringes for chemical restraint and euthanasia; perform euthanasia in the most humane manner possible.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work effectively in stressful situations, exercise good judgment; exercise good judgment and make sound decisions under a variety of conditions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Read and comprehend the laws and regulations pertaining to animal control.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records and forms.
  • Work shifts, standby, weekends and holidays on a rotating basis.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.

Animal Control Officer II

In addition to the minimum qualifications for an Animal Control Officer I:

Knowledge of:

  • Techniques and procedures for the safe, humane and efficient handling of animals.
  • Provisions of State and County laws and regulations relating to animal control, treatment, impounding and licensing.
  • Investigative procedures and processes.
  • Symptoms of common animal diseases.
  • Common breeds of domestic animals and appropriate practices for their care, handling and feeding.

Ability to:

  • Handle animals humanely and safely, including livestock.
  • Read, comprehend and apply laws and regulations pertaining to animal control.
  • Present evidence and testify in court cases;
  • Clearly explain animal control procedures and regulations to the public.
  • Exercise tact and good judgment; work effectively in stressful situations; exercise good judgment and make sound decisions under a variety of conditions.
  • Perform euthanasia of an animal with a weapon or chemical immobilizer in a safe and humane manner.
  • Discharge firearms safely and accurately.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Recognize symptoms of rabies and other animal diseases.
  • Keep statistical records.
  • Be sensitive to various cultural and ethnic groups present in the community.
  • Obtain information through interview and interrogation; deal fairly and courteously with the public.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relations with those contacted in the course of work.
     

CLASS: 16701; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 4/10/2017;
CLASS: 16702; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 4/10/2017;