Animal Control Officer

Now hiring for Animal Control Officer 

SALARY: Animal Control Officer $12.05 – $14.04 D.O.E.

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, performs a variety of animal control functions in the area of field enforcement and performs other duties as required. Animal control workers handle animals of all types, from pets to wildlife. They investigate mistreated animals and control those that are deemed dangerous, abandoned or lost. A high school diploma is required for this position, and on-the-job training and certification may also be necessary for candidates. DISTINGUISHING

CHARACTERISTICS: Animal Control Officer is expected perform the full range of animal control duties, and to function at a high level of independence, self-direction, judgment, and interaction with the public. Must Promote good animal ethics and guardianship over animals.

JOB DESCRIPTION FOR ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS Animal control involves a combination of animal investigation, care and education. Animal control officers can patrol public areas, respond to service calls. Their jobs can also lead them into the courtroom when animal laws have been violated and cases are being tried. Animal control officers may work night and weekend hours, due to the 24-hour needs of animal shelters and animal patrol schedules. Animal service workers' duties can be physically and emotionally demanding, also just as rewarding. EXAMPLES OF

1. Patrols assigned area in an animal control vehicle to search for stray, sick, injured, or dead animals and provide services as needed; responds to calls from the public, law enforcement agencies, concerning injured, stray, sick, or dangerous animals and violations of animal regulatory ordinances; enforces State and local laws, regulations, and ordinances, such as leash laws, licensing, vaccinations, spaying, neutering, quarantining, dangerous dog, animal noise, and barking dog ordinances; picks up and transports animals to the shelter for impounding, disposal, or rabies investigation, or to the veterinarian as appropriate.

2. Prepares reports, completes records and various forms such as daily activity sheets, citations, quarantine and investigative reports, and logs of controlled drugs used.

3. Provides information to the public regarding licensing, vaccinations, euthanasia, rabies control, pet-owner responsibilities, spaying, neutering, and adoptions; gives information to citizen groups; participates in public school and community group presentations.

4. Conducts special investigations in response to public complaints of violations of animal regulatory ordinances; appears in court to testify and present evidence regarding violations of animal regulatory ordinances.

5. Performs animal care duties such as feeding, watering animals in immediate care that can not be transport to veterinarian clinic, monitoring sick and dangerous wild and domestic animals, segregating and isolating animals when necessary; detects disease or injury in animals.

6. Cleans and disinfects vehicles and equipment.

7. Uses department issued weapons, such as a shotgun, tranquilizer gun, and pellet gun to capture and/or destroy animals in the field.

8. Animal control officers write reports and citations and maintain files on animals that have been impounded. They talk with animal owners who are seeking missing animals and interview those who have witnessed any animal wrongdoing. They may arrange shelter for unclaimed animals. Officers investigate claims of animal cruelty or attack. They also may have to euthanize those that are severely injured or rabid.

9. Animal control workers care for animals in their custody, providing food, shelter, water and a clean environment. They may arrange for the veterinary treatment of any animals in need of medical attention.

10. Officers might educate the public on pet laws and licensing, animal control operations and general animal care

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid Kansas Driver's License.

KNOWLEDGE OF: Applicable State and local laws, regulations and ordinances; the proper care and handling of animals; the physical and behavioral characteristics of animals; breed identification; the symptoms of rabies and other common animal diseases; the safe and accurate handling of firearms; the various techniques of safe and humane destruction of animals. Proper English usage, grammar and spelling. A

ABILITY TO: explain applicable State and local laws, regulations, and ordinances; obtain cooperation and compliance from members of the public; analyze a situation and adopt a course of action; exercise tact and independent judgment in dealing with the public; speak to a wide range of people; prepare reports; present a positive public image; develop and maintain working relationships with co-workers, agencies and organizations; handle sick, injured, dangerous, or dead animals and decomposing animal carcasses in a safe and humane manner; destroy (euthanize) dangerous, or sick animals; make simple arithmetical calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; read, understand, and follow oral and written instructions; work independently.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Applicants must be able to move animals or objects weighing up to 100 lbs. Applicants are expected to work in the field a majority of the time, wear a uniform, work shifts, weekends and rotational standby duty as required. Employment in these classes requires successful completion of a criminal background investigation.

NOTE: Experience with personal pets is not considered qualifying.

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     The Parsons Police Department (PPD) is a full-service law enforcement agency serving our community since 1870. PPD works in concert with other local, state and federal agencies to ensure the safety and security of our growing and dynamic city.

     Unlike traditional police departments, PPD is evolving to take on additional responsibilities from traditional 1st responders to crimes and criminal investigation, to emergency management duties, crisis intervention, and we are growing to partner with community agencies and organizations to enhance services to families in crisis, people with mental health problems and at-risk juveniles. Over 10,000 people come to the police front counter every year for help, while our police officers contact over 30,000 citizens every year.

     Recruiting for Police Officer and Dispatcher are now open. We’re not recruiting for the average. We are recruiting mature individuals who are self-motivated, service-oriented and place helping on par with enforcement.

     Currently patrol officers and dispatchers work 12-hour shifts working 15 days a month. In 20119, we are investing in our staff with specialized training including Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, active shooter response, crime prevention, Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT) certification and 105 hours of (on-line) Sexual Assault Response and Investigation training.

     PPD is positioning itself to work in partnership with Labette County Sheriffs Department and the Labette County Attorney to target illegal narcotics through the development of a new drug task force.

     A new Bicycle / ATV Officer option is being reviewed that would include being assigned a mountain bicycle, and access to ATV units as a supplemental assignment to regular patrol duties.

     We hope to develop a Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program in 2019 that will support our Investigations Unit in a new Police Annex Facility. These volunteers will assist detectives in working with crime victims, juveniles in crisis and to provide front counter support for investigators.

     WE VALUE:
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          • Prior military service with progressive responsibility.
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