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Animal Control Officer

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Reviewed Date: May 30, 2017

Original Author: 
MTAS
Date Created: 
Sep 26, 2002


Subjects:
Animal control
Police--Personnel
Personnel--Classification

Animal Control Officer

Summary: 
Job description for the position of Animal Control Officer.

Knowledgebase-Animal Control Officer

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER



DEFINITION:

The employee is responsible for enforcing the animal-rabies control ordinances of the City. Duties also include other support functions of animal control under the general supervision of the department head where they are assigned. Instructions to the employee are general and the employee must consider different courses of action and sometimes deviate from standard operating procedure. Independent judgement is required to complete some tasks.

EQUIPMENT/JOB LOCATION:

The employee will operate a light duty vehicle, some modern office equipment including calculators and computers.
The employee must also use tranquilizer weapons, catch poles, and operate euthanasia equipment.
Work is generally performed outdoors and some tasks will be performed in all kinds of weather conditions.
The employee is exposed to loud noise, bites and scratches from animals, and may be exposed to tobacco smoke.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:

Patrols the City and picks up animals that are strayed, unlicensed, sick, or presenting a public nuisance.
Puts animals to sleep using euthanasia equipment.
Answers complaints from the public relating to stray animals.
Some tasks require accurately firing a tranquilizer rifle or pistol to stop uncatchable animals.
Places cages to trap animals.
Must have the ability to lift heavy objects, weighing 25 to 75 lbs.
Employee will intermittently sit, stand and stoop.
Must establish and maintain an effective relationship with the public and other employees.
Handles and accounts for cash received from housing and selling animals.

ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:
(Any one position may not include all of the listed duties or duties which may be performed.)

Disposes of dead animals.
Feeds animals at the shelter.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the City's animal control ordinances and regulations.
Knowledge of geographic area of the City.
Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine proper course of action.
Ability to explain and enforce animal control ordinances and regulations firmly, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others.
Ability to operate a motor vehicle in performance of duties.
Ability to properly and safely place traps.
Ability to safely handle animals.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Possess a valid driver's license from State of Tennessee.
Graduation from a standard high school or equivalent.
Must pass drug screen by licensed physician.
Must comply with City's "Weight Control Policy."


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