Animal Control Officer
City of Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield, CA

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Under close supervision, explains and enforces laws and ordinances relating to the treatment and control of animals; and performs other work as required.

Representative Duties:
The following typical tasks and responsibilities are representative of all positions in the class. They are descriptive, not limiting. Essential Duties: Explains and interprets animal control laws, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures; Operates, cleans, and maintains animal control trucks and cages utilized to detain and transport animals; Advises public regarding reclaim, relinquishing and adoption of pets or livestock; Answers complaints concerning animals and takes appropriate action; Makes investigations of animal bites and issues quarantine notices; Investigates and takes appropriate action to prevent inhumane treatment of animals; Issues violation notices and court citations; Collects evidence and appears in court as a witness; Uses Tasers, tranquilizer guns, shotguns, rifles or other means to control or destroy dangerous and/or injured animals; participates in destroying animals (euthanasia); Impounds and transports sick, injured, stray or dead animals; Administers minor first aid and emergency treatment for animals; Collects fees and issues receipts for licenses and other animal care/control services; Captures, loads and transports livestock using trailers; Works cooperatively with a variety of law enforcement agencies when joint action is required; Establishes and maintains cooperative-working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Performs public speaking presentations concerning animal control services and answers questions related to the care and treatment of animals; Keeps records and prepares reports; Maintains facility and equipment and makes minor repairs; Assists in front office, dispatch and shelter operations as necessary; Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
Applications will be accepted only for those applicants who clearly demonstrate on the COMPLETED City application, resume, Supplemental Questionnaire responses and DMV printout, that they possess the minimum qualifications which include:
  • Graduation from high school or G.E.D., AND;
  • Six (6) months' work experience in the care and handling of animals and work of a
responsible nature working with people in situations requiring the exercise of tact and
good judgment, OR;
  • Equivalent combination of training, experience and certification.
  • Possession of a valid California Class "C" Driver's License. Applicants must submit a
current State of California DMV printout only from the Department of Motor Vehicles
(dated no older than 2 months prior to the filing deadline). There will be
no substitutions for the official Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV printout). NOTE:
On-line applications will be accepted for this position as long as the DMV printout is
submitted by the filing deadline.
  • Completion of a certified Penal Code 832 course in arrest and firearms within one
year of appointment (preferred before appointment).

OTHER MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of: Laws and ordinances relating to licensing, impounding, care, treatment and disposal of animals; Techniques and procedures for the safe, humane and efficient handling of animals; various breeds of animals and their care and feeding; Causes and symptoms of common animal diseases; Safe work methods and safety regulations related to work. Ability to: Read, understand and explain applicable laws, regulations and ordinances; Recognize symptoms of rabies and other animal diseases; Work independently with little supervision, analyze situations and exercise sound judgment; Handle sick, injured, dangerous or dead animals and decomposing animal carcasses in a safe and humane manner; Learn the use and care of small firearms, tranquilizer guns and other assigned equipment; Learn various techniques of safe and humane destruction of animals, such as lethal injection; Destroy (euthanize) dangerous, sick or unsaveable animals, as required; Work efficiently and cooperatively with representatives of other City departments, outside agencies and members of the general public; Keep records, fill out forms and prepare detailed reports; Testify in court; Read, understand and follow verbal and written instructions. Physical Conditions or Special Working Conditions: Must possess sufficient strength and stamina to lift and remove objects weighing up to 100 pounds. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and with exposure to unpleasant and potentially hazardous conditions. May be required to work any shift in a 24-hour period including nights, weekends and holidays and routinely be on stand-by for emergency calls.

Supplemental Information:
ORAL APPRAISAL INTERVIEW (Weighted: 100%) February 12, 2013 (Tentative) An appraisal will be made of applicant's education, training, experience, certification, knowledge, abilities and personal qualifications for the position. A minimum passing score of 70% is required. NOTE: Admission to the Examination may be limited to those applicants who clearly demonstrate on the completed application, resume, supplemental questionnaire responses and DMV printout the best combination of qualifications related to the position. Applicants possessing the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed admittance to the Examination. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completed application and supplemental questionnaire.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: (Weighted: Pass/Fail) Prior to appointment, applicants must successfully complete an investigation of their personal history and background to determine suitability for this position with the Bakersfield Police Department.

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