Taos County Employment Opportunity: Animal Control Officer

Internal and External


JOB TITLE: Animal Control Officer

ENTRY LEVEL: $13.04 per hour

CLASSIFICATION: Full Time/Classified/Non – Exempt/Union Eligible (FLSA)

DEFINITION: Performs a variety of technical ordinance enforcement duties related to coordinating and performing the daily field operations of the animal control program. Performs surveillance and enforcement of county animal control ordinance.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:


1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school plus sufficient training to demonstrate an aptitude and ability to perform above and related duties;

AND

B. Four (4) years of general work experience preferably in a field related to above duties;


2. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Working knowledge of local animal control ordinances;  local geography;  the operation of motorized vehicles;  basic animal care;  basic procedures and cautions used in dealing with disturbed animals; animal behavior and animal handling techniques; sanitation procedures related to animal services functions;  first aid for sick, injured and possibly contagious animals;  animal nutrition requirements; rabies control; maintenance of equipment used in animal handling and shelter operations, cruelty investigation techniques; euthanasia methods; human relations and interpersonal communications techniques.

Skill in record keeping and report writing; skill in the use of specialized animal control equipment; skill in the use and application of tranquilizers and lethal drugs.

Ability to deal effectively with hazards and stress related to public safety employment and animal control; maintain accurate records; be firm and courteous with the public; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees and the public; use discretion and good judgment; follow written and verbal instruction;  operate a two-way radio;  understand common radio code;  learn quickly the laws, ordinances and regulations governing animal control;  work in an environment where exposure to all weather conditions would be expected in the performance of the job;    perform moderate amounts of physical labor;  communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; perform effectively in stressful situations; supervise the work of others;  motivate and train staff.


3. Special Qualifications:

May be required to become certified as a “Special Function” officer through New Mexico Police Academy.

Must possess a valid drivers license.  Must be willing to work "on-call" on a 24 hour basis.

May be required to be HAZMAT certified.

Preference may be given for certification through the National Animal Control Association and New Mexico Humane Society in the use and application of various animal control equipment.


TAOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, AGE, SEX, ANCESTRY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SPOUSAL AFFILIATION OR GENDER IDENTITY.

Open Until Filled


This job announcement gives only a brief description of the position.  A complete job description can be obtained at the Taos County Administration Office, 105 Albright Street, Suite J, Taos, NM 87571 or by calling (575) 737-6313.


Taos County Job Description



Job Title: Animal Control Officer

Job Code: 1816
   
Division: Animal Control

Effective Date: 11/30/10

Department: Sheriff

Last Revised: 10/09

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Paygrade: 11


GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of technical ordinance enforcement duties related to coordinating and performing the daily field operations of the animal control program. Performs surveillance and enforcement of county animal control ordinance.


SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the County Sheriff.


SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Organizes the day-to-day animal control work plan and schedule; develops goals and objectives related to quality, efficiency and effectiveness of operations; recommends policies, procedures and implementation strategies.

Performs ongoing program evaluations to assure compliance with established public safety and health policy related to human safety and the care and treatment of animals; promotes animal adoption program; assures the proper and humane treatment of sick, injured and abandoned animals; promotes spay and neuter programs to control animal populations; assists veterinarians with rabies clinics.

Develops and implements community involvement and volunteer programs; maintains ongoing public awareness activities utilizing local media for public announcements and educational efforts; represents the county and animal control services at public meetings.

Maintains proactive public relations program; coordinates with community interest and action organization(s) as needed to communicate county programs, policies and procedures; evaluates public/interest group recommendations and implements changes consistent with county operating goals and objectives.

Issues animal licenses; collects and accounts for fees and fines received; organizes and operates licensing clinics; arranges and coordinates rabies clinics; impounds biting, vicious or dangerous animals; assures proper methods for quarantine; makes court appearances as needed.

Coordinates with the county attorneys’ office for the maintenance of comprehensive computerized information system as needed to document and record information and data related to animal control operations, activities and cases; prepare and submits reports and documentation as requested by the office of county attorney.

Patrols county; observes for unlicensed dogs and apprehends the same; removes dogs to animal shelter for impoundment until ownership can be determined; utilizes specialized equipment such as "catch-all poles", leashes, traps, snake tongs, mace, asp and tranquilizer guns and serums; picks up strays and delivers to shelter compound; removes dead or injured animals from county roadways; investigates animal abuse or cruelty complaints; issues citations for violation of various ordinances; gives testimony in court as required.

Monitors citizen compliance with regard to domestic livestock, wild and exotic animals; issues citations to owners allowing animals to become “estray” or “run at large”.

Monitors community compliance with ordinance related to regulation of kennels, grooming parlors, pet shops, pet facilities and hobby breeders; assures proper licensing and issuing of permits; regularly or annually, inspects premises, housing, general living conditions, etc., to assure animal health and safety and to prevent the general public from becoming “at risk”.

Investigates citizen complaints concerning ordinance violations through field investigations.

Ensure county vehicles are maintained in good repair and working order; maintains vehicle rosters, logs and tracks mileage.

Performs related duties as required.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school plus sufficient training to demonstrate an aptitude and ability to perform above and related duties;

AND

B. Four (4) years of general work experience preferably in a field related to above duties;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.


2. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Working knowledge of local animal control ordinances;  local geography;  the operation of motorized vehicles;  basic animal care;  basic procedures and cautions used in dealing with disturbed animals; animal behavior and animal handling techniques; sanitation procedures related to animal services functions;  first aid for sick, injured and possibly contagious animals;  animal nutrition requirements; rabies control; maintenance of equipment used in animal handling and shelter operations, cruelty investigation techniques; euthanasia methods; human relations and interpersonal communications techniques.

Skill in record keeping and report writing; skill in the use of specialized animal control equipment; skill in the use and application of tranquilizers and lethal drugs.

Ability to deal effectively with hazards and stress related to public safety employment and animal control; maintain accurate records; be firm and courteous with the public; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees and the public; use discretion and good judgment; follow written and verbal instruction;  operate a two-way radio;  understand common radio code;  learn quickly the laws, ordinances and regulations governing animal control;  work in an environment where exposure to all weather conditions would be expected in the performance of the job;    perform moderate amounts of physical labor;  communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; perform effectively in stressful situations; supervise the work of others;  motivate and train staff.


3. Special Qualifications:

May be required to become certified as a “Special Function” officer through New Mexico Police Academy.

Must possess a valid drivers license.  Must be willing to work "on-call" on a 24 hour basis.

May be required to be HAZMAT certified.

Preference may be given for certification through the National Animal Control Association and New Mexico Humane Society in the use and application of various animal control equipment.


4. Work Environment:

Tasks require a variety of physical activities periodically involving muscular strain related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, pulling and reaching.  Essential functions require talking, hearing and seeing.    Elements of the job pose various degrees of hazard uncertainty common to animal control and animal impoundment.  Common eye, hand, finger dexterity required to perform essential functions.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and guided problem solving. Daily travel and operating of enforcement vehicle is a job requirement.



Disclaimer:  The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons.  Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice.  This job description supersedes earlier versions.

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