This is primarily field operations or shelter based work enforcing State Statute, County and City Ordinances relating to animals. Incumbent enforces animal control codes, issues warnings, citations and summons, and apprehends stray animals to ensure the health and safety of the public. Work is performed under close supervision following instructions regarding care, humane treatment and handling of animals.
Examples Of Essential Duties:
Responds to calls of animal abuse, animal bites, stray or nuisance animals, dangerous dog, and sick or injured animals. Participates in investigations to enforce State Statute, County and City laws, codes, ordinances and regulations. Utilizes various equipment and tools associated with animal control activities which may include county vehicles, control pole, humane traps, nets and chemical capture devices. Meets with citizens, law enforcement and other governmental agencies concerning issues relating to animals. Prepares and processes citations and case reports for and testifies before County Court, Hearing Examiner, State Attorney, County Attorney and other legal proceedings having jurisdiction. Participates in disaster preparedness, recovery efforts and animal relocations during a natural and/or man-made disaster. Completes dangerous dog investigations in accordance with State Statute, County and City Ordinances. Performs humane euthanasia as part of a population and disease control and to relieve pain and suffering. Educates the public on responsible pet ownership and compliance with State Statute, County and City Ordinances. Maintains a comprehensive current knowledge of animal first aid, care and maintenance, Zoonotic diseases, animal breed recognition and characteristic behavior and applicable laws and regulations.
Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and two years of work experience in animal handling, regulatory compliance and enforcement, law enforcement, or a related field. Possession of a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record is required. Requires possession of Florida Animal Control Association (FACA) Certification in Euthanasia and FACA Certified Animal Control Officer or the ability to obtain the certifications within 90 days of employment. Ability to lift up to 80 pounds, bend, stoop, lift, and crawl as necessary for handling and transporting of animals, equipment and supplies. Ability to work in a variety of environmental factors and in all weather conditions. Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Knowledge of State Statute and Local Ordinances relating to animal licensing, leash laws, animal control enforcement procedures and rabies control. Knowledge of two-way radio, wireless communications, digital camera, office equipment, computer software; such as, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. Ability to enforce the law with firmness and impartiality while explaining regulations to the public, law enforcement and judicial courts with tact, professionalism and courtesy. Knowledge of proper animal handling, microchip scanning, recognition of signs of Zoonotic diseases and laws pertaining to State Statute, County and City Ordinances. Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Ability to analyze problems, render advice or assistance and make appropriate decisions and judgments of effectiveness or compliance. Ability to enforce the law with firmness and impartiality while explaining regulations to the public, law enforcement and judicial courts with tact, professionalism and courtesy.
Work hours and days are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. Rotational Weekend and Night Shifts Required. Starting pay is $15.33 hour.
Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this classification. All positions are subject to a criminal background check. A conviction in and of itself may not necessarily preclude employment.
Lee County Government - 16 months ago