Animal Services Officer

Job Status: 
Open - open and accepting applications

Base Pay: $11.32 hourly

General Purpose

The Animal Services Officer position is a rotating position in the shelter cleaning and caring for the shelter and the animals in the shelter, and working the front counter waiting on citizens with complaints, reclaims, adoptions, and general office work. Field work includes enforcement of state and local ordinances, the humane capture and transport of stray animals, release of wild animals, gather supporting documentation to obtain convictions in court cases, maintenance of equipment and city vehicles; promotes efficiency and effectiveness as a pubic service. Patrols and responds to complaints from citizens related to animals in violation of municipal code, investigates animal bites, welfare/cruelty to animals, wild animals within the city, and assists in tranquilizing stray animals that methods of conventional capture has not worked. Issues citations to owners, who have allowed their pets to be in violation of municipal code, must also appear in county/municipal court as state witness on animal related cases. Traps and relocates wild animals. Must be qualified to prepare rabies specimens for testing. Must certified by the state as an animal control officer within one year of employment; must be certified within four months of performing euthanasia. Responsible for daily paperwork, web entries, logging animals in, transporting animals to the vet for spaying and neutering when needed. The care of the animals is an important aspect of the job. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Inspects shelter and compound to insure everything is in proper working condition

2. Does minor repair and reports major issues to the supervisor

3. Is responsible for feeding and watering the animals

4. Cleaning and sanitizing the kennels and catteries as needed at a minimum of once a day

5.Cleaning and mopping the shelter

6.Monitors health of the animals and reports any signs of illness or injury to the supervisor

7. Responsible for daily kennel intake records and entries to computer

8. Taking calls from the public

9. Performing adoptions and reclaims and proper handling of all paperwork and computer entry associated with it

10. Posting animals on the city website

11. Responsible for preparation of rabies suspects

12. Euthanasia of animals

13. Works with livestock large and small and wildlife

14. Extensive contact with the public

15. Vaccinating and weighing animals on intake

16. Responsible for vet transports

17. Micro chipping animals when needed

18. Transport of animal carcasses to landfill for disposal

19. Daily inspection of vehicle and equipment and maintaining inspection report

20. Responding to calls from the public dispatch

21. Investigates bite incidents, citizen complaints, and cruelty/welfare cases and prepares necessary documents associated. 

22. Makes decisions with calls from the police department, other city departments, or related agencies

23. Enforces state and local laws regulating animals

24. Interviews witnesses of alleged violations

25. Impounds dogs, cats, and other animals in violation of local or state codes. 

26. Issues written citations to owners of animals in violation of state or local codes

27. Maintain detailed records of daily activities

28. Performs minor repair to equipment, traps, staffs, and etc

29. Processes paperwork through the courts

30. Maintain drug logs concerning euthanasia

31. Restraint and handling of livestock

32. Any other duties assigned by animal services supervisor

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

Good physical condition must be able to stand for long periods, walk, extend high, low, crawl, in unfavorable conditions inside and outside, and lift on occasion in excess of 100 lbs. must mentally be able to deal with aggressive people, animals, and sick diseased animals. Will require rotating shifts and weekend work and 24 hour call back. 

Licenses/Registrations Required

Valid Texas driver license, high school diploma or GED, Euthanasia certification within 4 months, basic animal control officer certification within 1 year of employment. Experience in the care of animals and livestock. Able to keep records and prepare reports; supervise others and establish and maintain a professional working relationships. Ability to make decisions in emergency or uncommon situations. Ability to learn the procedures and practices of animal services; must have the ability to communicate and perform professionally with the general public and other related agencies.