Responsible for a variety of animal control services including responding to calls for assistance, apprehending strays, removing dead animals and similar activities.
Examples of Duties:
•Responds and investigates dispatched complaints regarding animals and wildlife.
•Captures, impounds and disposes of animals by using a variety of issued equipment.
•Issues summons or obtain warrants. Appears in court as necessary to present evidence.
•Completes reports and records by maintaining documents in accordance with state and local laws, documenting any problems that occur.
•Responds to citizen complaints. Checks homes in question for various animal violations including lack of food, water, shelter, and assesses outside temperatures relating to cruelty to animal regulations.
•Handles and employs a variety of specialized equipment safely and effectively, and in a manner consistent with law and departmental policy.
•Provides animal education and teaching humane treatment of animals to citizens and school groups.
•Rescues injured animals obtains treatment for injured and sick animals as necessary.
•Assists other personnel of the Police Division and those other agencies such as the Health Department, Fire and Rescue Division, Sheriff's Office and Codes and Compliance with animal problems upon request.
•Performs other duties as required.
Requires high school diploma or successful completion of the GED. Requires some work experience involving frequent customer, client, or other public contact and some knowledge of the proper care and handling of wild and domestic animals. Prior experience in animal handling as a veterinarian assistant, attendant at an approved kennel or as an animal control officer preferred. Must successfully complete state mandated basic training for Animal Control Officer and Special Conservator of the Peace and any specialized in-house training. Upon employment must obtain and maintain for duration of employment the following: successful completion of Level I National Animal Control Association training, Special Conservator of the Peace Officer Designation.
Must possess ability to: read and interpret federal, state and local laws and City ordinances, correspondence, various reports, contracts, articles and manuals; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; prepare reports and judicial documents using a personal computer and a variety of software; to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships. Must be highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals. Must be able to deal both firmly and courteously with the general public. Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued by the State of Virginia and must have a satisfactory driver's record based on the City of Hampton's criteria. Must pass a physical agility test, Hampton Police Division's full Criminal background check to include a polygraph and psychological testing and have the ability to be designated as a Conservator of the Peace. Any person offered employment in this position must successfully pass medical testing to include controlled substances.
An acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of the more specific qualifications outlined above.
Performs duties under the general supervision of the Animal Control Director/Supervisor. Requires considerable public contact and considerable travel within the City. Requires shift work to include nights , weekends., holidays and on call emergency standby on rotating basis. Must possess sufficient physical strength to move and/or control resistant or immobilized animals, and to move, lift and carry up to 60 pounds. This is a non-exempt position.