Sheriff's Animal Services Officer II (#RP0315)
$23.69-$28.79 Hourly / $4,106.09-$4,990.98 Monthly / $49,273.15-$59,891.82 Yearly


Under direction performs fieldwork in the enforcement of animal control laws and ordinances of the County of San Joaquin and State of California; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the journey level classification in the Sheriff’s Animal Services Officer series. Incumbents are fully experienced field officers and work with a substantial independence in the enforcement of animal control regulations, animal crime investigations, and the maintenance of specialized programs. Sheriff’s Animal Services Officers are civilian employees of the Sheriff’s Office. Incumbents are not peace officers but may exercise the powers of arrest of a peace officer as specified in California Penal Code Section 836 and the power to serve warrants as specified in Sections 1523 and 1530 during the course and within the scope of their employment, if those incumbents successfully complete a course in the exercise of those powers pursuant to Section 832. This class is distinguished from Sheriff’s Animal Services Officer I in that the latter class is the entry/trainee class where incumbents learn to perform field work, while the former is the fully- experienced journey level where incumbents function independently in the field and may train less-experienced staff.


  • Drives a dispatched vehicle equipped with a Mobile Dispatched Computer (MDC) to patrol assigned areas and enforce animal services ordinances and laws; responds to calls and investigates and evaluates complaints concerning vicious, diseased, trapped, injured, abused, or stray animals.
  • Locates, apprehends and impounds stray, sick, abandoned, diseased and dangerous dogs, small animals, poultry, livestock and large animals; investigates cases of livestock depredation and captures or destroys marauding wildlife.
  • Utilizes specialized equipment and techniques to handle down, injured, or sick large animals.
  • Develops and maintains positive relations with the public to resolve issues, gain compliance, and build trust; explains and enforces state and local laws and ordinances relating to the care, treatment, quarantine or impounding of animals; issues warning notices and citations for violations of laws and ordinances regulating licensing and control of dogs.
  • Operates a shotgun, dart projector, syringe pole, trap, net, taser or other issued equipment to capture or destroy animals for humane reasons; performs animal euthanasia by injection or gunshot for humane reasons; locates and removes dead animals of all sizes when owner is not known. 
  • Ensures that dogs have been properly licensed and vaccinated by checking license tags and owner’s verification; issues licenses and deposits funds; conducts residential canvasses for unlicensed dogs and does follow up work on delinquent licenses.
  • Investigates cases of animal bites or possible rabies exposure; quarantines animals; transports potentially infected dead animals to lab for examination; enforces rabies control measures.
  • Acts as the primary investigator for animal-related crimes, including interviewing victims, witnesses, and subjects; collecting and booking of evidence; writing and executing warrants; utilizing specialized investigative techniques; may make arrests related to violation of certain animal laws; preparing criminal cases for desired prosecution.
  • Maintains a public education program; speaks at community organizations, schools and other groups; organizes and coordinates special activities, outreach and educational programs.
  • May testify at hearings and in trials.
  • Works with other agencies, such as the Department of Fish and Game, Highway Patrol, or other local law enforcement agencies, enforcing state and local animal control laws and regulations.
  • Prepares various forms as a record of daily activities; prepares detailed written reports of activities and investigations; cleans and inspects equipment. May perform support office functions as needed.
  • Attends and completes related trainings as required.


Experience: One year as an animal control or humane officer at a level equivalent to Sheriff’s Animal Services Officer I in San Joaquin County service, including experience in the use of firearms.

License: Possession of a valid California Driver’s license. 

Special Requirement: Must be able to pass and maintain a Sheriff’s Department Background clearance. Must be immunized against rabies upon employment and maintain immunity for duration of employment. Must have successfully completed a regular course in powers of arrest and use of firearms (PC 832) approved by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Must demonstrate proficiency in use of firearms, tranquilizing equipment, euthanasia equipment, and complete an internal training program prior to completion of probation and requalify on a periodic basis.


Principles and practices of humane apprehension and care of animals; investigative principles and techniques; crime scene preservation and evidence handling techniques; principles and practices of customer service and public relations; physical and behavioral characteristics of common breeds of domestic animals; laws and regulations governing the licensing, quarantine, impounding, care, releasing and disposal of animals; symptoms of common animal diseases; methods and equipment used in handling various types of animals and reptiles; general safety requirements.


Interpret and apply applicable state laws, county ordinances and regulations; evaluate and establish priorities; use specialized techniques and equipment to capture and dispose of a variety of animals; maintain records and prepare reports; follow oral and written procedures and directions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, even in difficult situations; communicate effectively with others; write clearly and legibly.


Mobility - frequent walking on uneven terrain, regular standing, running, chasing, bending and squatting; sitting for long periods; occasional pushing, pulling, climbing; Dexterity - sufficient to operate firearms; handle individual papers; write and take notes; Lifting/Pushing/Pulling - frequent lifting of 25-75 pounds; occasional lifting of more than 75 pounds; Visual Requirements - ability to read files and documents and use computer screens; constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; occasional aiming firearm; Hearing/Talking - frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone and radio, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological - frequent public contact and decision making; Special Requirements - requires ability to drive county vehicles including specialized trucks; requires working on call, weekends, nights, and/or occasional overtime; Environmental - regular exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RP0315; EST: 12/18/2002; REV: 6/20/2024;