Animal Services Officer
Company: Government jobs
Posted on: January 26, 2023
General Description of Duties
Under direction, enforces local, state, and animal cruelty,
control, nuisance and rabies laws in compliance with the County's
Animal Control Ordinance & Florida State Statutes.Employee
functions at journey level and is responsible for protecting the
lives and welfare of the citizens and animals.Position is
responsible for the apprehension of stray and trapped animals.
Performs related tasks as necessary.
Essential Job Functions
The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to
be representative of the tasks performed within this
classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one
position in the class. The omission of an essential function does
not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if
such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
- Explains Animal Control Ordinance to the general public;
advises citizens on the responsibility of animal ownership.
- Responds to calls and investigates complaints of injured or
nuisance, domestic and wild animals which may pose a threat to the
- Loads, delivers, sets and baits animal traps; removes captured
animals from traps set by the County and citizens; apprehends stray
animals; rescues trapped animals from public areas such as,
culverts, and roadways.
- Investigates cruelty complaints to determine compliance with
animal control ordinances and statutes; seizes animals, transports
animals to vet for evaluation and/or treatment, provides owner with
Notification of Impoundment, transports animals to the shelter
until court date; serves owner with citations for violations.
- Obtains necessary information in cases of animal bites and
court related matters, both civil and criminal that is forwarded to
the County Attorney for possible prosecution; appears in court for
cases, including citations and criminal prosecution; prepares court
- Interviews citizens and files domestic or wild animal bites
report; maintains field notes and information to complete incident
reports on cases to be processed and sent to court to back up
citations; completes reports on animal bites.
- Prepares various daily and periodic written reports and
departmental forms; maintains logs; completes forms.
- Prepares all necessary paperwork for each incident; documents
scenes, completes a written report and documents evidence seized in
- Must be able to be on call and work evenings and weekends.
- Issues citations for violations of animal control ordinances
- Must perform euthanasia after completing certification
- May assist Kennel Staff as needed.
- Embraces a "one team" approach to accomplish daily tasks, goals
and projects by interacting, cooperating, assisting, training and
learning from volunteers.
- Performs duties as assigned/necessary which are related, or
logical in assignment to the position. Minimum Qualifications
Education: High school diploma or GED.
Experience: A minimum of one (1) year previous work experience in
an animal control/services organization or animal veterinary clinic
in a capacity requiring regular hands-on experience with animals
including dogs, cats, and/or livestock, or one (1) year Law
Enforcement, Corrections Officer, or Code Enforcement Officer
experience, or a combination of animal handling and law enforcement
experience equal to one (1) year.
Requirement: Due to the nature of the work, must reside in Osceola
County. Must be inoculated against rabies upon hire. Must
successfully complete Euthanasia and Animal Control Officer
Certification within one (1) year of hire.
Preferred: Animal Control certification; Law enforcement
experience; Euthanasia certification.
Miscellaneous: Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of applicable state, federal and local laws, rules,
ordinances and regulatory standards applicable to the work;
knowledge of the Osceola County Animal Control Ordinance and State
Statutes; ability to interpret regulations to the general public in
a professional and courteous manner.
- Knowledge of proper care, feeding and handling of various types
of domestic and exotic animals, livestock and wildlife.
- Skill in the safe use and proper utilization of animal capture
and restraint tools, equipment, traps, and devices; ability to
apprehend animals in the field, including very large, dangerous, or
rabid animals and livestock.
- Knowledge of a wide variety of species of domestic and exotic
animals, livestock and wildlife, and their habits and typically
presented diseases and the symptoms.
- Knowledge of the geographic areas of the County.
- Ability to operate animal control vehicles; ability to pull
various types of trailers.
- Ability to communicate by radio with 10 codes and signals.
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of customer service
skills; ability to deal diplomatically with sensitive
- Ability to render quick, responsible decision making, under
stressful and emotional circumstances.
- Ability to operate emergency multi-line communications
- Ability to operate basic office equipment, e.g., computer
terminals, printers, copy machines, telephone systems, facsimile
- Ability to read, update and maintain various records and files;
ability to access, operate and maintain various software
- Skill in clearly communicating information both verbally and in
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships and communications with County personnel, government
agencies, law enforcement, volunteers, civic groups, and the
Physical Demand Class:Heavy
- 100 pounds maximum lifting.
- Frequent (up to 2/3 of the work time) lifting, carrying up to
- Expressing or exchanging ideas by spoken word or perceiving
sound by ear.
- Good eye sight for protection or safety of self and
- Physical demand requirements are in excess of medium work.
- Requires physical agility in kneeling, bending, stooping, and
Osceola is a dynamic county that offers an exciting, stable career
with incredible employee benefits such as 11 annual holidays,
accrued annual/vacation and sick leave, FRS retirement, training
and development, and participation eligibility in a deferred
compensation (457) plan. In addition, Osceola County offers
Medical/Health insurance, Pharmacy coverage, Dental insurance,
Vision insurance and a state of the art Employee Health and
Wellness Center. For additional information about Osceola County
benefits, visit us at:
01Do you possess a High School Diploma or GED?
02Briefly explain and list your years of experience in an animal
control/services organization or an animal veterinary clinic in a
capacity requiring regular hands-on experience with animals.
(Experience must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section
of the application.) If none, list N/A.
03Do you have any Law Enforcement, Corrections Officer, or Code
Enforcement Officer experience? if yes, briefly explain.
(Experience, must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section
of the application.) If none, list N/A
04Do you currently reside in Osceola County, Florida?
05If you currently reside outside of Osceola County, are you
willing to relocate to Osceola County?
06Do you have the ability to be inoculated against rabies upon
07Do you currently possess an Animal Control Officer Certification?
(If yes, please ensure to include the certification information in
the Certificates and License section of the application.)
08Do you currently possess an Euthanasia Certification? (If yes,
please ensure to include the certification information in the
Certificates and License section of the application.)
09If you do not currently possess an Animal Control Officer or
Euthanasia Certification, do you have the ability to within one (1)
year of hire?
10Do you possess a valid Driver's License? If so, from what
* Required Question
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