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Old 09-20-2006
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Salary $3,159 - $4,785 plus excellent benefits
Final Filing: Continuous
Written Examination and Oral Interview to Be Announced

The Contra Costa County Animal Services Department is currently recruiting motivated, energetic individuals as Officers to enforce State and County laws and/or ordinances relative to the regulation, care and treatment of animals. This is an excellent opportunity to join the team of one of the most outstanding and innovative Animal Services agencies in the State. All positions offer excellent benefits including health/dental plans, paid vacation and sick leave days and retirement protection. Officers’ typical tasks include, but are not limited to enforcing State and County laws relative to animals; educating citizens regarding animal laws and regulations; capturing suspected rabid animals; capturing unrestrained animals; investigating complaints and taking appropriate action to prevent inhumane treatment of animals; handling all types of animals (domestic, livestock, wildlife) dead or alive; effectively and diplomatically dealing with citizens when resolving disputes regarding animals; issuing court citations, serving arrest and search warrants, and testifying in court; capturing and transporting sick and injured animals; assisting other law enforcement agencies as needed, composing investigative reports on activities; and using department computer systems to enter activity information. New officers without previous experience with animals will receive training for animal familiarization prior to field training. Sound physical condition, strength and agility, and excellent public relations skills are essential to this position. The department provides field services on a 24 hour/7 day basis, and officers may be required to work all shifts that include nights, weekends, and holidays.

Officers are required to use firearms. As such, officers must not have been convicted of a felony or any other crime in California or any other jurisdiction that would prohibit them from possessing a firearm in the performance of their job.


License Required: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Certificate: Within the first year of employment, appointees must successfully complete a California Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified P.C. 832 Level III (Part 1 and Part 2 modules) and Level ll.

Education: Possession of a high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalency or high school proficiency certificate.

Firearms Qualification: Must maintain firearms proficiency according to Department standards.

Physical and Psychological Requirements: Must meet such physical and psychological health standards as may be prescribed by the County Medical Consultant and/or P.O.S.T.

BACKGROUND REQUIREMENTS: (1) a thorough background investigation and psychological testing shall be conducted to the specification of the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training; and (2) shall not have been convicted of a felony in this or any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, or of any offense in any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in this state.


1. Application Filing: A completed Contra Costa County employment must be submitted by mail or in person to the Contra Costa County Human Resources Department at 651 Pine Street, 2nd Floor, Martinez, California, 94553. Resumes may not be substituted for the official application. An application may be obtained by calling the Contra Costa County Human Resources Department at (925) 335-1701 or by visiting us on-line at

2. Written Test: A multiple-choice written examination will be administered to all accepted candidates. The examination will measure candidate’s skills in understanding oral information, reasoning and analytical ability, written communications, report writing and public relations. Candidates must achieve a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, to pass this portion of the examination. (Weighted 40%)

3. Oral Interview: Candidates who pass the written examination will be invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal Board in Martinez, California. The Board will evaluate the job-related qualifications of each candidate. Candidates must receive a score of at least 70 from a majority of the Board members to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 60%)

4. Final Selection: All successful examinees will be placed on the employment list(s) for six months. Eligibles will be grouped into one of three bands (A, B or C bands) based on test scores and any applicable veteran’s credits. To be selected by the department, all eligibles must possess a good driving record and pass a comprehensive physical examination and a thorough background investigation. Officers must also pass a psychological screening and successfully complete a report writing exercise.

The Human Resources Department may make changes to the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.


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One of ours just went there a few months back ... she says it's not a bad place to work, but that they are really short-handed (hence the open positions). Judging by watching her go through the application process (she's an ex-cop with an outstanding record), they are very careful and take their time about hiring and training.

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I applied with them a few weeks ago and haven't heard back...I'm guessing they are really selective...I haven't lost hope yet!
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