Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Animal Conrol Officer I
Department: Administrator/Controller Updated: 10/2017
Division: Animal Control FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME 1089 Wage Range: Not Available
POSITION SUMMARY:

Protect the public’s health and safety in regard to state and local animal laws and ordinances, including caring for sheltered animals, apprehending, rescuing and trapping of animals and providing public education. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Respond to citizen complaints and enforce animal control laws and ordinances; issue citations for violations.

·         Inspect licensed kennels to ensure compliance with security or safety regulations; make recommendation on suspension of licenses.

·         Investigate reports of animal attacks or animal cruelty, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and writing reports.

·         Capture and remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using tools provided for a safe capture.

·         Examine animals for injuries or malnutrition and arrange for any necessary medical treatment.

·         Seize sick, deceased, injured and healthy domestic animals found at large and make disposition; perform euthanasia as needed. 

·         Supply animals with food, water, and personal care.

·         Clean facilities and equipment, assist in the maintenance of the animal shelter. 

·         Supervise trustees in the maintenance of the animal shelter.

·         Examine animal licenses, issue warnings or citations in connection with animal-related offenses, or contact police to report violations and request arrests.

·         Maintain records and prepare reports of activities.

·         Maintain shelter supplies inventory.

·         Maintain all animals in shelter and account for same.

·         Prepare for prosecutions related to animal treatment, and give evidence in court.

·         Use tools and equipment or physical force to maintain safety.

·         Patrol the county watching for stray, lost dogs and other animals.

·         Investigate animal bite incidents, including rabies, and prepare specimens for testing in compliance with health regulations.

·         Transport animals to shelter.

·         Other duties as assigned.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Work is performed under the direction of the Animal Control Director or designee.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

N/A

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, EDUCATION:

·         High school diploma (GED acceptable) required; Associate’s degree in correctional sciences, law enforcement, criminal justice or closely related field is preferred.

·         Certified Animal Control Officer (100 hours of instruction as prescribed by the Department of Agriculture) and Certified Euthanasia Technician (8 hours of training by a certified Veterinarian) preferred.  Must successfully obtain certification as a Certified Animal Control Officer and Certified Euthanasia Technician within six (6) months of appointment.

·         Minimum of two (2) years of responsible work experience in an animal care facility or as a police officer required.

·         An equivalent combination of relevant professional work experience supplemented by technical training, college coursework and/or certification may substitute for education requirement.

·         Ability to be flexible and demonstrate patience and respect in difficult situations.

·         Reasonable knowledge of the geography of the County. 

·         Ability to act quickly in emergencies. 

·         Strong interest in animals and the willingness to develop an understanding of animal care through formal training or otherwise as provided. 

·         Good knowledge of animal diseases and ability to recognize symptoms of illness.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.  

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.  

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.

ESSENTIAL ABILITIES FOR ALL ST. CLAIR COUNTY JOB CLASSIFICATIONS:

·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                 

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                      

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                            

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Physical fitness as determined by an evaluation by a licensed health care professional which demonstrates that the candidate is free from any physical defects or chronic diseases which may impair the performance of the essential job functions of an Animal Control Officer or which might endanger the lives of others or the Animal Control Officer. 
  • Good moral character as determined by a favorable comprehensive background investigation.  The background investigation is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, credit check, school and employment records, home environment, personal traits, integrity and professional and personal references.  A satisfactory background check is defined as the absence of a criminal history record which bears a demonstrable relationship to the applicant’s or employee’s suitability to perform the require duties and responsibilities of the position. 
  • Mental fitness as determined by an evaluation by a licensed health care professional which demonstrates that the candidate is free from mental or emotional instabilities which shall mean free from any mental or emotional instabilities which may impair the performance of the essential job functions of an Animal Control Officer or which might endanger the lives of others or the Animal Control Officer.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.

·         Possession of a valid CPR, first aid and AED certification, or successfully complete the training within ninety (90) days of employment in the position.

·         Maintain satisfactory personal qualifications (including but not limited to: good moral character, mental fitness and physical ability) LEIN and other required certifications as mandated by the department and state regulations. 

·         Willingness to further credentials by attending additional education, training and workshops.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel.

·         Reach with hands and arms.

·         Stand and walk for significant periods of time; travel over uneven terrain.

·         See details in color, at close range and at a distance.

·         Good physical condition which will mean the fitness to be able to restrain, lift, move, push, pull or carry objects, equipment and animals during exams or procedures.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Position frequently works in an outdoor environment with exposure to weather-related heat and cold, rain, wind and related elements.

·         May be exposed to working in close quarters, fumes or airborne particles, infectious diseases, criminal suspects.

·         The employee works in areas where universal precautions are required and is frequently exposed to risk from bodily fluids.

·         Due to the nature of the work hours may include overtime, evenings or weekends.

 

Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

 


AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

 

It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.

 



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