Animal Control OfficerFull Time
On a routine basis, or as assigned, enforces state and local laws and ordinances to protect the safety and rights of the public and the welfare of animals. Tasks and responsibilities include responding to reports of vicious animals, animal cruelty, animal pick-up and confinement, responding to property damage complaints, inspection of containment facilities, preparing reports, representing the County at public hearings, testifying in court, and performing euthanasia. The bulk of the work is performed in the field driving a department vehicle and responding to reported violations or area of need.
Education and Experience:
High school diploma or GED and two years experience in an animal welfare or control environment, including a humane society, veterinary office or kennel. Additional training or course work in veterinary science, law enforcement and/or experience with animals such as farming or ranching will be considered toward meeting the above requirement. Experience involving intensive public contact is desirable. Possession of or ability to obtain a Washington drivers license and evidence of prior safe driving record required. Attendance at the Animal Control Officer Academy sponsored by the Washington Animal Control Association required within two years of hire date.
Knowledge of: County roads and locations; animal control ordinances and related RCW’s; department policies and procedures; animal identification, behavior and control methods and techniques; and traffic and safety laws; legal process, enforcement of codes, laws and regulations pertaining to animal welfare; conflict management and resolution techniques; governmental regulations, policies and procedures; principles and practice of communications.
Ability to: Be on call for weekend and emergency assistance calls; understand, apply and explain applicable laws, codes, ordinances and procedures clearly and accurately both verbally and in writing; develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates; exercise judgment, tact and courtesy in sensitive or controversial situations; maintain composure and act quickly and effectively in an emergency; be comfortable with and participate in the euthanization of animals; safely operate and maintain a light truck; prepare reports and other documentation of activities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other departments, agencies and the public.
For complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line, please visit our website at:
Salary Grade: Local 11.802 $24.70 – $31.52- per hour