Animal Services Officer I
City of Garland - Garland, TX

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Responsible for protection of the public from zoonotic diseases and animal bites, as well as investigate nuisances caused by animals. Responsible for enforcing animal related city ordinances and state laws throughout the community and providing care for animals and assistance to customers at the animal shelter.

Essential Job Functions

  • Inspect and permit animal care facilities and stores, enforce animal related city ordinances and state laws regarding rabies control and animal cruelty.
  • Respond to citizen requests concerning stray animals, nuisances or other animal issues.
  • Apprehend stray animals and impounding lost and injured animal.
  • Investigation and inspection of animal nuisances including bites and animal cruelty and issue citations and notices to owners for the mistreatment of animals.
  • Enforce animal related city ordinances and state laws regarding rabies control, animal registration, animal cruelty and animal care inclusive of inspection of various facilities.
  • Assist in the daily care of impounded animals, including feeding, cleaning, and providing hygienic conditions.
  • Assist Veterinarian with animal evaluations, treatment and preparation.
  • Perform procedures such as drawing blood and administering animal injections which includes humane euthanasia and performing basic health tests.
  • Assist citizens in recovery or adoption of animals in shelter.
  • Preparation of reports and other pertinent documentation.

  • Preferred Knowledge - Abilities & Skills

    Education/ Experience
    • 1 year in service related work
    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
    • Basic computer skills in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word)
    • Ability to prioritize and manage work load
    • Ability to work under moderate stress
    • Basic understanding of animal welfare
    • Basic writing ability/skills
    • Ability to work independently or in a team
    Licenses & Certifications 

    Valid Class C Texas driver's license 
    Department of State Health Services Basic Euthanasia Certification or ability to obtain within 4 months of hire 
    Basic Animal Services Officer or ability to obtain within 1 year of hire

    Physical Tasks & Working Conditions

    The incumbent works in an outdoor environment responding to calls for service in the field. Frequent exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards. Minimal shelter work required. Ability to lift up to 70 lbs. Frequent interaction with dangerous animals.

    Competencies

    Adaptability/Flexibility
    Communication
    Customer Service
    Dependability
    Managing Conflict
    Productivity
    Teamwork

    Minimum Education & Work Experience 

    High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) 
    Up to and including 1 year of work experience
    Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

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