Animal Control Officer

Department:Animal Care Davis County
Open Date:June 24, 2021
Salary Range:$16.17 - $24.93/hour (salary commensurate with qualifications/experience)
Number of Openings:3
Employment Type:Full-Time


Job Description

General Purpose

Davis County Government has an exciting career opening for an Animal Control Officer.  Animal Control Officers receive a take-home truck if they reside in the county, and also receive training opportunities every year, including traveling.  They are committed to providing great service to residents and compassionate care to animals, working tirelessly to support public safety, find homes for homeless animals, and educate the community about responsible pet ownership.  Full benefits package offered including pension retirement, 401(k) match, medical and dental plans, and vacation and sick leave.  No experience necessary, competitive starting pay.    

Under general supervision of the Animal Care Davis County Director or other administrative officer, performs working level duties in enforcing animal control regulations.

Example of Duties
Patrols geographic areas of county to ensure protection of citizens and animals; issues citations for violations of animal control codes and regulations; responds to traffic accidents involving animals.

Investigates citizen complaints; resolves disputes between owners of land and livestock; retrieves and collects stray or suspect animals; transports animals to shelter or auction.

Investigates animal fights; contacts victim and determines accurate account of incident; locates and confines suspect animal; contacts owner and informs of fight ordinance.

Impounds livestock; confines the animal to a suitable pen until the owner can be found or the animal can be impounded.

Performs euthanasia on injured and other animals as directed; ensures that chemicals for the tranquilizer and field euthanization of animals are handled in a safe and professional manner.

Removes animal carcasses from county streets and highways; disposes of animal carcasses at designated area.

Maintains accurate record of all duties as assigned.

Performs other related tasks such as:  radio dispatcher, assisting customers, cleaning building and pens, feeding and watering animals, disposing of injured or unwanted animals.

Operates a motor vehicle in a safe manner and in compliance with all Utah laws and regulations.

Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
High school graduation or equivalent.  Preference for one (1) year experience in a veterinarian hospital, animal shelter facility, or law enforcement.
Special Qualifications
Must possess or obtain (within six months of hire date) a valid Euthanasia Certification from an authorized entity.

Must pass a criminal history background investigation as required by the position.

Must possess a valid driver license; new employees with an out-of-state license must obtain a valid Utah Driver License within sixty (60) days of hire date (exceptions for military personnel and their dependents).

Operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.

Employees driving a personal vehicle while on county business must maintain the minimum vehicle liability insurance as specified in the Utah Code.

The job requires flexible hours including nights, weekends and holidays. 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Working knowledge of:  animal control enforcement practices, procedures, laws and regulations.  Basic knowledge of:  proper investigative methods and procedures; safe and humane animal handling and animal behavior.

Skill in: the use of tranquilizer guns and other tools and equipment specific to animal control functions; using all applicable computer hardware and software; keyboarding.

This position requires the driving of a motor vehicle; skill in operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner; ability to insure motor vehicle is operating in a safe manner; knowledge of Utah motor vehicle rules and regulations.

Ability to:  work weekdays, evenings, weekends and holidays; respond to emergency calls 24 hour/day on a rotation basis; respond to emergency call-outs within 15 minutes; understand and explain animal related laws and regulations; retrieve and impound large and small animals; perform euthanasia; perform data entry; operate various types of capture tools/equipment; lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing up to 100 pounds; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees, and the general public; follow oral and written instructions; communicate effectively (verbally and in writing).

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