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Default Placer, CA - Senior Supervising Animal Control Officer

Senior Supervising Animal Control Officer
Open Recruitment
Permanent & Extra Help
$3,515 - $4,272 Monthly (26 Pay Periods) plus Excellent Benefits
$20.28 Hourly for Extra Help

Placer County Animal Services serves the citizens and animals of Placer County through active animal care and control programs, including rabies prevention, enforcement of the County's Animal Control Ordinance, and enforcement of the State's Humane Laws that protect animals from neglect and cruelty. This position assists in the day-to-day supervision of operational and programmatic activities; acts as a primary resource to management, staff, other county departments and work units, community organizations, and the general public regarding the technical and operations processes and procedures of animal control; and exercises direct supervision over assigned supervisory, technical, and clerical personnel.


To obtain an Application you may download one, visit the Personnel Department during regular office hours or submit a request either by e-mail ( or voicemail on the job line (530) 889-4070 - please include your name, address and job title.

Plan, organize, direct and supervise countywide animal control operations; assist in the administration of the County's animal control activities including kennel and field services; and act as a resource and liaison between community groups, private agencies and other governmental jurisdictions for Placer County Animal Control.

Minimum Qualifications
It is the applicant's responsibility to identify in their application materials how they meet the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS listed below.

Five years of increasingly responsible experience with licensing, patrolling, kenneling or enforcement work in an animal care/protection or law enforcement agency, including at least two years experience performing supervisory functions.

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
License or Certificate: Possession of a certificate showing successful completion of a P.O.S.T. basic course, the P.O.S.T. training requirements for Penal Code 832, Module A, Firearms Training or P.O.S.T equivalent training course. Possession of, or ability to obtain prior to completion of the probationary period, a certificate in euthanasia procedures.

Special Requirements
Prior to appointment as a Senior Supervising Animal Control Officer, candidates offered employment must complete a background investigation and pre-employment psychological and medical examinations.

Examination Process
ORAL - 100%
The oral examination will be conducted by a panel of raters who will assess and rate the degree to which each applicant demonstrates the knowledge and abilities required for this classification. Applicants' responses to a series of job-related questions, as well as their education and experience, will be rated in relation to the requirements for this classification.

Examination Date Information
You will be notified by U. S. mail of the confirmed date and location prior to the scheduled examination if your application is accepted. Please notify the Personnel Department of any address change for all applications submitted.
A weekly schedule of Examinations is posted on Personnel's web site.

Knowledge of
Principles and practices of animal control, care and custody. Equipment, tools and materials used in animal control, including feeding, kenneling and general handling of large and small animals. Causes, symptoms and safe handling of rabid and diseased animals; legal regulations, reports and procedures for handling rabies. Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation. Principles of budget monitoring and inventory control. Principles and practices of safety management. Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules. Legal liabilities and responsibilities of those concerned with the enforcement of animal control regulations and laws. Use and care for department issued weapons and other law enforcement equipment and tools. Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory; use and care of firearms, chemical agents, baton and other related law enforcement paraphernalia. Various breeds of animals and their care and feeding. Standard and accepted practices of documentation, record keeping and reporting for compliance with pertinent state and local guidelines and regulations.

Ability to
Organize, implement and direct animal control operations and activities. Use chemical restraints, tranquilizers and traps; oversee euthanasia of animals with weapons or chemical immobilizers in a safe and humane manner. Operate an emergency vehicle which includes skid training, high speed pursuit, defensive driving, and emergency driving; complete firearm training in order to learn and exercise good judgment and competency in the use of deadly force, ancillary police weaponry, and weaponless defense. Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff. Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, and recommend most effective course of action. Interpret and explain pertinent County and Department policies and procedures. Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget. Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations. Resolve confrontations in a sensitive manner; exercise tact and good judgment. Gather evidence; prepare a case for court; testify in court. Care for and safely handle animals, both large and small, including livestock. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Work shifts, standby, weekends and holidays as required. Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner. On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures. On a continuous basis, sit at desk or in vehicle for long periods of time; walk and stand during field activities; bend, squat, kneel or twist while working in the field or kennel operations; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation. Intermittently, twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and occasionally lift very heavy weight.

Modified Agency Shop
All new permanent employees, with the exception of law enforcement and management, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.

Benefit Package
Placer County values its employees and offers permanent employees an excellent benefit package including generous contributions to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); health, dental, vision, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance programs; 13 paid holidays, 12 paid sick days and vacation accrual starting at 10 days per year. Employees also have access to an employee assistance program, 401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans. Additional compensation incentives, including supplemental compensation and administrative leave, are also available for certain management classifications.

Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer. All hiring and employment decisions will be made without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer), age (over 40), or marital status. Please contact the Personnel Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

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