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Default Fort Wayne, IN - Animal Control Officer

Animal Control Officer
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http://www.ci.ft-wayne.in.us/index.p...472&Itemid=632

Applicants must meet duties/essential functions and minimum requirements.

Job Vacancy: Animal Control Officer
Department: Animal Care & Control
Hours: Vary depending on shift bid and assignment. Rate of Pay: $16.49/hour
Date Posted: 9/29/05
Date Expires: Until Filled

SUMMARY
Working under the direction of the Enforcement Division Supervisor, incumbent responds to calls for service related to animals and answers complaints regarding animal care and control. Performs related duties to promote compliance with laws regulating animal treatment by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

· Works alone with minimal supervision, organizes tasks and prioritizes work;
· Responds to calls for service related to domestic animals, answers complaints regarding animal care and control;
· Educates the public on proper care and ownership of domestic animals;
· Assists the public in choosing appropriate solutions for nuisance wildlife problems;
· Captures unconfined animals, picks up confined animals and dead animals as necessary;
· Enforces city and state laws regarding animal control and care;
· Completes thorough and factual reports and keeps accurate records and files on duties performed;
· Maintains clean and sanitary equipment and vehicles;
· Is certified to perform euthanasia and/or assist in treatment and euthanasia on all species of domestic and wild animals;
· Handles animals in a humane manner as trained;
· Is responsible for setup of animals brought into the shelter and provides supplementary care as needed;
· Uses a personal computer in a competent manner;
· Enters all case reports and animals into the system data base and employs the elements of an infraction/crime to charge a violator;
· Conducts competent in-depth investigations on animal bites and more serious criminal and animal related civil violations;
· Performs various enforcement related paperwork assignments;
· Prepares court summons using a computer;
· Testifies in Court regarding investigations conducted and is knowledgeable of rules of evidence;
· Enforces departmental Pet Registration program as required;
· Monitors night depository and admits animals as needed;
· Contacts supervisor as questions on policy/procedure arise;
· Conducts general investigations regarding animal control related problems;
· Ability to be available for 24-hours on-call as needed;
· Provides animal rescue and citizen service assistance according to policy;
· Receives dispatches employing sophisticated radio equipment while using proper communications procedure;
· Has a historically safe driving record;
· Maintains a valid Indiana Driver’s License, will drive a city vehicle.

MARGINAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Performs other duties as required.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
No supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

· An Associates Degree in Criminal Justice or Animal Science, Criminal Justice preferred. Degree may be substituted by 5 years experience as a Police Officer, Animal Control Officer, or profession requiring daily hands-on animal care responsibilities;
· Knowledge of or the ability to learn and appropriately apply city and state laws regulating the licensing, treatment, care quarantining and impounding of animals.


OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES

· Ability to complete a variety of relatively complex tasks involving the enforcement of the City’s Animal Control Ordinance and State Law;
· Ability to use effective communication skills, both orally and in writing;
· Ability to safely drive an extended length full size van through narrow and congested alleys and streets;
· Ability to read animal behavior and handle vicious animals, or be trained to do so;
· Ability to maintain a good public image and an attitude of good public relations;
· Ability to testify in Court using the rules of evidence or be trained to do so;
· Ability to operate a personal computer, using specialized software and attached to a network, or be trained to do so.

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Incumbent has frequent contact with staff members and the public. These contacts involve handling questions and complaints requiring tact and judgment to provide service and carry out policy.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Follows standard procedures and regulations when performing the duties of the position. Incumbent makes choices and takes action on a variety of relatively standardized assignments that will require analysis and judgment to effectively complete. Work may be reviewed upon completion to ensure compliance with procedural requirements.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Indiana Driver's License and Police Commission

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee frequently is required to climb or balance and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job employee is regularly exposed to poor working conditions with frequent exposure to extreme outdoor weather conditions. The duties of the position involve frequent bending, lifting and other activities requiring physical strength and stamina. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Applications will be taken from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the City of Fort Wayne

Human Resources Department, One Main Street, City-County Building, Room 380, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Reasonable accommodations for person with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

Resumes can be e-mailed to cofwhr@ci.ft-wayne.in.us (MSWord preferred).

(Those individuals who accept employment with the City and live outside the county will have six (6) months from their start date to become residents of Allen County. Policy and Procedure Number 4.8 Page: 1 of 1)

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran’s status, national origin or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.
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