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Class Title: ANIMAL CONTROL TECHNICIAN
DEPARTMENT: PUBLIC SAFETY
Under general supervision, performs technical work associated with the enforcement of local, state, and federal animal cruelty, animal control, animal nuisance and rabies laws. Performs a variety administrative tasks in support of department animal care and control initiatives.
The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
Assists with investigations on cruelty complaints to determine compliance with animal control ordinance including: seizing animals, transporting animals to vet for evaluation and/or treatment, providing owner with Notification of Impoundment, housing animals at the shelter until the court date, and serving the owner with citations or warrants for their arrest; documents scene by taking photographs or sketching, completing a written report and documenting and housing evidence seized in the case.
Interacts with the public in the shelter to provide information about animals for adoption or assists them in locating lost pets.
Interviews citizens and files report when a domestic or wild animal bites someone; completes reports on animal bites; enters bite reports and ensures appropriate confinement of animal.
Transports lab specimen for bites; processes documentation for negative results and contacts victims to notify them of results.
Contacts victims in the event of positive rabies results to set up shot series and any additional quarantine measures as may be warranted; provides lab report and bite report to kennel staff.
Completes documentation for bites categorized as potentially dangerous or dangerous dogs, including attending Potentially Dangerous Dog and/or Dangerous Dog hearings before the Animal Control Board and, if animal is declared as one of those categories, follows up to ensure compliance to applicable County Ordinance and State Law.
Completes and updates description cards on each animal picked up to comply with state agriculture requirements.
Locates pet owners whose animals are in County custody due to hospitalization, arrest or otherwise unavailable conditions; informs owners on process for reclaiming their animal.
Requests names of relatives or friends with an interest in the pet in the event that custody is due to the owner’s death.
Performs follow up for spay / neuter for adopted animals not spayed / neutered prior to adoption; issues citations to owners in violation of spay / neuter adoption contract.
Assists the public at the counter with adoption, reclaims, and other general information as required; answers inquiries regarding specific animals and operation of the kennels.
Performs a variety of administrative support functions in supporting efficient operations of the department.
Maintains attendance and punctuality within customary tolerances for this position.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Personal Computer Standard Office Equipment Specialized Software
High School diploma or GED; supplemented by six months previous experience in animal care and/or control, such as that acquired as a veterinary assistant in a veterinary practice assisting animal care professionals; or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience.
Valid Driver’s License.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of applicable state, federal and local laws, rules, ordinances and regulatory standards applicable to the work.
Skill in researching, compiling, and summarizing data and information materials.
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Ability to utilize personal computers, standard office equipment and standard software applications, e.g., word processors, database software, spreadsheet applications.
Ability to provide lead worker training, assistance, and guidance to other unit staff in the essential functions of the work.
Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
Ability to maintain effective records maintenance and file management systems.
Ability to read and interpret various documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and related documentation.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communications with co-workers, volunteers, civic and related interest groups, and the general public.
Ability to organize work, establish priorities, meet established deadlines, and follow up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.
While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is frequently exposed to fumes, odors, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic substances, excessive noise, temperature extremes, dampness/humidity, confrontational persons, animals and various forms of wildlife.