Animal Control Officer I
Bay County, FL - Bay County, FL

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This is highly complex fieldwork in the enforcement of the Bay County, Panama City, Callaway, Springfield and Parker Animal Control Ordinances. Fieldwork also consists of identifying violations of Florida Statutes and referring to the appropriate law enforcement agency for follow up. Duties require contact with hostile and diseased animals necessitating the use of caution in handling and transporting animals for impounding. Work is subject to citizen complaint and is evaluated for proper application of policies and regulations. Work involves collection, sheltering and processing of animals. Work is performed under the supervision of the Animal Control Officer II.

Illustrative Tasks:
Deals independently with vicious animals, nuisance wildlife, and injured animals.
Screens complaints and establishes priorities for each day's operations.
Responds to dispatch directives and locates reported stray animals.
Attempts to locate animal owners and obtain information necessary to satisfy complaint and insure that regulations are enforced.
Advises citizens on responsibilities of animal ownership.
Issues warning notices and citations to owner of animals when animal control ordinance has been violated.
Prepares documentation for civil/criminal action such as reports and affidavits.
Initiates court action on ordinance violations.
Obtains necessary information in cases of animal bites, advises all parties on proper procedure.
Completes daily duties when assigned to animal shelter such as cleaning, feeding watering and otherwise caring for animals.
Assist in euthanasia of animals when needed.
Facilitates adoption of stray animals pursuant to county regulations or in concert with other adoption agencies.
Performs daily checks of trucks and equipment to ensureequipment/vehicle serviceability and accountability.
Performs related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from a standard high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma with some experience in animal control enforcement. Must complete Animal Control Officer FACA Level I and NACA Level III within 18 months. Must be able to maintain ACO Certification through State mandated continuing education. Possession of a valid Florida Driver's license with driving record acceptable to the County Driving Policy and insurance program.
A comparable amount of training and/or experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:
Knowledge of County and State animal control regulations.
Knowledge of humane methods of handling animals.
Knowledge of the road networks of the county.
Knowledge of the operation of a two-way radio.
Ability to communicate tactfully and courteously with the
public in confrontational and stressful situations.
Ability to maintain records in a highly organized and responsible manner.
Technical writing ability sufficient to prepare executable legal documents with accuracy and attention to detail.
Ability to enforce laws and ordinances with firmness and impartiality.
Ability to investigate complaints, interview witnesses, and
prepare a basic case file for legal presentation.
Knowledge of basic computer skills.
Ability to testify in courtroom settings.