City of Sierra Vista, AZ - Sierra Vista, AZ

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: Under general supervision, investigates complaints of stray and vicious animals, captures and impounds and maintains animals and enforces applicable laws and ordinances. FLSA status: Non-Exempt.

Essential Functions : (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledges, skills, and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)


Investigates complaints of stray animals, including animal bites and attacks; captures animals and maintains in shelter; gathers dead and injured animals from roadways; completes reports concerning animal bites and attacks; patrols jurisdiction and issues citations for violation of City, county, or state statutes, codes and regulations; euthanizes and disposes of dead animals; responds to wild life calls; collect fees and issues licenses.

Assists the public with adopting animals not claimed from the kennel; completes incident and cruelty reports; compiles and develops activity reports; interviews witnesses and victims in animal bite cases; assists at animal shelter; conducts classes and speaks to civic groups regarding basic animal care and animal control issues.

Subject to standby and call-out on a rotational basis.

Knowledges, Skills & Other Characteristics:

Knowledge of:
City and county ordinances, state statutes, and state health regulations concerning animal control.
Court procedures and rules of evidence.
Division policy and procedure on animal control and health procedures relative to rabies.
The duties and activities of animal control officer and animal shelter operations.
The care and feeding of domestic animals.
Animal diseases and prevention.

Skill in:
Capturing, transporting, and confining/sheltering animals.
Supervising and monitoring office reports and records.
Euthanizing and disposing of dead animals.
Communicating effectively, orally and in writing.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with veterinarians, law enforcement agencies, City staff and the general public.
Maintaining clean and sanitary kennels.
Handling domestic and wild animals.


Graduation from high school or GED required. ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER I: Classes in bite prevention and pet care highly desirable. Arizona driver’s license. Ability to obtain Euthanasia Technician certificate within six months of employment. Applicant must not have experimented with illegal substances within three (3) years of application. Employment contingent upon passing medical screening.

Qualifications: 3 years experience as an ACO I, with National Animal Control Academy level 1 and 2 certifications, a minimum of 40 hours of training in animal cruelty investigations, euthanasia certification and certifications to use department issued weapons/tools. Must have received satisfactory performance appraisals during their employment with the police department. May perform the duties of the Animal Control Supervisor in their absence.