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Douglas County  2610
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ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Pay Range 350

INTRODUCTION

This classification performs duties in enforcement of regulatory controls pertaining to dogs and/or predatory animals; investigate public complaints regarding dogs or predatory animals killing livestock.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

l. Receive and investigate complaints from the public, which include: abuse, neglect, strays, noise disturbances, running at large, animals killing livestock, etc. Resolve complaint, and take appropriate action, which includes: pick up animals, deliver to animal shelter, locate and talk to owners, issue citations.

2. Participate in euthanization program.

3. Receive and investigate cruelty complaints from public; determine and implement appropriate course of action.

4. Pick up injured animals and take to nearest veterinarian.

5. Participate in office support duties; ie: answer telephone, issue licenses, collect fees, take complaints, handle bounty claims, operate radio dispatch and computer terminal equipment.

6. Represent department to public by enforcement of rules and regulations; attending meetings, court appearances, and meeting with news media.

7. Maintain required reports and record keeping.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of:  Considerable knowledge of animal behavior, health, care and handling; reasonable knowledge of appropriate safety practices in dealing with all animals; basic knowledge of laws relating to animal control.  Skill and Ability to: Safely operate required equipment (traps, restraints, firearms).  Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; identify and distinguish damage done by dogs and/or other animals; euthanasia and dispose of animals; estimate time and materials and manage time efficiently; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; maintain record keeping systems; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, animal owners, law enforcement officials, veterinarians, schools and the public.

Education, experience and training: Two years progressively responsible experience in law enforcement or with animals OR any equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: At time of appointment, euthanasia technician certificate.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

This classification works under the general direction of the special services operations manager. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to the employee's discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed within established department policy and procedure; state, county and city statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; animal behavior, health, care, handling, and trapping reference materials; equipment manuals. Incumbents use judgment in determining appropriate guideline and procedure to follow. Supervisor is consulted when encountering deviations to standard procedures.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in the office and field and may require bending, gripping with hands, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting up to 100 pounds, operating work-related equipment, pulling, pushing, running, stooping and walking rough terrain. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. An extensive amount of driving is required.

 
   
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