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Recruitment #22-AC7-01



THE JOB: The individual in this position will be part of a team that is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of our pets and our community. Under the direction of the Supervising Animal Services Field Manager, the position is responsible for the apprehending and caring of animals, determining the disposition of animals, enforcing various related State and local laws and ordinances, and responding to complaints concerning unwanted, escaped or other nuisance animals. The incumbent in this position will be required to work tactfully and effectively with the pubic to diffuse confrontational situations.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

One year of experience performing duties equivalent to Animal Control Officer I with the Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority, or an equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities. To receive credit for course work, applicants must provide the following information in the supplemental questionnaire: name of school, dates attended, course title, number of units and whether semester or quarter.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Training: Incumbents must attend and pass the euthanasia certification course as provided for by State law prior to the completion of the probationary period for this class; completion of POST course work and certification in the use of firearms and exercising the power of arrest required by Penal Code 830.9 is required prior to the completion of a probationary period for this class. Incumbents must attend and pass the Public Officer training course. License: Incumbent must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Class C California Driver License. Possession of an Animal Health Technician Certificate (Registered Veterinary Technician Certificate) is highly desirable. Background Investigation: Departmental background investigation and fingerprints are required. Employment in these classes requires successful completion of a criminal background investigation. Hours: Availability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and/or holidays, and rotational stand-by duty as required. Lifting: Incumbents must be able to lift, push/pull or carry up to 50 pounds unassisted. Special Working Conditions: Exposure to animals who may be hostile or dangerous. Incumbents are expected to work in the field a majority of the time, and will spend an equal amount of time, standing, walking and sitting. Incumbents will wear a uniform.

Knowledge of: Applicable State and local laws, regulations and ordinances; 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 animal control equipment; the various techniques of safe and humane euthanasia of animals.

Ability to: Explain applicable State and local laws, regulations, and ordinances; obtain cooperation and compliance from members of the public; analyze a situation and adopt a course of action; exercise tact and independent judgment in dealing with the public; speak to a wide range of people; prepare clear and concise reports; present a positive public image; develop and maintain working relationships with co-workers, agencies and organizations; handle sick, injured, dangerous, or dead animals and decomposing animal carcasses in a safe and humane manner; euthanize dangerous, sick, or unwanted animals; make simple arithmetic calculations; understand and follow oral and written instructions; safely drive a vehicle; perform other tasks as assigned; and work independently.


ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service. Available for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS - 14 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

County of Santa Cruz


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