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Default City of Los Angeles, CA - Animal Control Officer

OPEN DATE: 4/28/2006



SALARY $39,171 - $51,365/ Annually
$39,171 to $48,671 and $41,342 to $51,365
Candidates from the eligible list are normally appointed to the lowest pay level. Bonuses are paid for night work.

DUTIES An Animal Control Officer enforces State and City ordinances dealing with the care, treatment, licensing, and impounding of animals in an assigned area of the City; picks up sick, injured, stray, vicious or unwanted animals; makes humane investigations, conducts permit inspections, issues citations, and makes arrests; and keeps records and prepares reports which may be used as legal evidence.


REQUIREMENT One year full-time paid experience performing animal care, maintenance or control on domestic or wild animals; or

Successful completion of 12 semester units or 18 quarter units in a recognized college or university in Animal Science, Animal Management, Administration of Justice, or related course work.

Achievement of a qualifying score on the Physical Abilities Test for Animal Control Officer.
An equivalent combination of experience and education in Requirements 1 and 2 may also be accepted. (i.e., 12 semester units equal one year of experience).
Candidates who lack six months or less of the required experience may file for this examination. However, they cannot be appointed until the full experience requirement is met.

A valid California driverís license is required upon appointment. Applicants must have a driving record free of accidents and/or moving violations within the last year. Applicants who have three or more moving violations or at-fault accidents, or any combination of moving violations or at-fault accidents totaling three or more within the last five years, will be disqualified and will not be eligible for hire.


You may apply on-line at, or you may download a paper application and supplemental questionnaire at and send it by mail. You will have to have Internet Explorer version 5.5 or above and Acrobat Reader 6.0 or better.

Applications may also be obtained at the following locations and times:

Personnel Building, Room 100, 700 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (213) 847-9240 TDD (213) 847-9267;
Constituent Services Center, 8475 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.;
Marvin Braude Constituent Center 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Room 200, Van Nuys, on Tuesdays only, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.;
Cypress Park Community Center, 929 Cypress Avenue, Los Angeles, on Wednesdays only, from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m.

Filing may be closed without prior notice after a sufficient number of applications are received. Immediate vacancies will be filled from among those who apply first. Other vacancies will be filled as the need arises. For administrative purposes, filing will close periodically and will reopen the following day or close permanently.


If it appears that your online application meets the bulletin requirements, you will be immediately directed to the online Application Supplement for Animal Control Officer. At that time, you must follow the prompts and save the Application Supplement to a hard drive or a floppy diskette. You may complete the Application Supplement during the initial session or you may access the document that you saved and complete it later.

If you are unable to successfully access the online link to the Application Supplement provided at the end of your application filing session, the document is also available at


SELECTION PROCESS Examination Weights:
Written Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100%
Physical Ability Test (PAT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pass/Fail
The examination will consist of two parts: 1) a written test, and 2) a qualifying (pass/fail) physical abilities test (PAT). In the multiple-choice written test candidates may be examined for: written communication knowledge including correct spelling and English usage; reading comprehension; arithmetic; ability to read street maps; ability to follow instructions; and other necessary knowledges and abilities.

The PAT consists of four parts: one to measure flexibility, one to measure upper body strength, one to measure lower body strength and one to measure gross body coordination. Only candidates who pass the written test may take the PAT.

Candidates will be notified by mail of the exact time and place of the examination. Both the written and physical abilities tests will be given on the same day. All candidates will take the multiple-choice test in the morning. Candidates will be given a break during which the multiple-choice test will be scored. You may bring a small snack with you to eat during this break. Candidates may not leave the test site until they have completed the entire examination, including during breaks. Candidates will be informed of their multiple-choice test result, and those who pass will take the PAT. Because you may be taking a PAT, be sure to wear clothing appropriate for athletic activity. Candidates should allow approximately 6 hours to complete both tests.


Being 21 years of age or older.

Passing a physical abilities test designed to measure flexibility, upper body strength, lower body strength and agility. Each candidate passing the written test will be administered the physical abilities test. Candidates must pass the PAT in order to be placed on the eligible list.

Passing a thorough medical examination, including a personality inventory evaluation administered by the Personnel Department.

Passing a thorough and comprehensive background investigation.
Animal Control Officers' initial assignments will be in positions that have been designated as temporary training positions by the Civil Service Commission. Employment in the temporary training positions will be limited to six months during which employees must successfully complete a comprehensive training program. Upon completion of the training program, employees will receive regular appointments to the class of Animal Control Officer and begin a six-month probationary period.

Other conditions of employment and job requirements are stated in the supplemental questionnaire to be completed and signed by all candidates.


NOTES Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
A final average score of 70% is required to be placed on the eligible list.
This examination is based on a content validation study and, as provided by Civil Services Commission Rule 4.20, the written test will not be subject to candidate inspection.
As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.
You may take this examination once every 180 calendar days. Your name may be removed from the eligible list after six months.
Candidates may be required to undergo a DRUG and ALCOHOL screening test based on city policy.


Class Code 4311CONT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REVISED 05-19-2006


NOTICE If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment.

Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position.

The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Applicants or employees who believe that they have been discriminated against are encouraged to contact the Office of Discrimination Complaint Resolution at (213) 485-8250.
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