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Animal Control & License Officer I

Company: County of Riverside
Location: Coachella
Posted on: November 19, 2022

Job Description:

ABOUT THE POSITION The Department of Animal Services has an opportunity located at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus located in Thousand Palms.The County of Riverside seeks candidates to fill positions throughout Riverside County. A list of eligible candidates will be established to fill current and future vacancies. The Department of Animal Services has an opportunity for a Animal Control & License Officer I located at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus located in Thousand Palms.The incumbent will be responsible for receiving and investigating complaints and reports from the general public, homeowners, business community or other County agencies regarding stray, injured/dangerous or improperly controlled animals. Additional responsibilities include maintaining detailed patrol records of animal control issues and issuing citations or notices of violations.An Animal Control & License Officer's, most important responsibility, is serving as a public relations representative for the County. The selected candidate must be able to consistently provide the highest level of integrity, while upholding the law: enforcement of Riverside County ordinances and State of California laws pertaining to the licensing, vaccination/disease recognition and treatment of animals. It is the duty of the Animal Control & License Officer to continually extend customer service, even in emotionally charged circumstances, recognizing their responsibility as a public servant is to be empathetic while providing leadership and safety for themselves, the public, the business community and the animals.The Animal Control & License Officer I is the trainee-level classification in the Animal Control & License Officer series and reports to the Lieutenant of Field Services. Incumbents work under supervision performing routine assignments, receiving training in areas such as animal recognition, euthanasia, disease recognition, administrative hearings, disaster training, state and federal laws, penal codes, and airborne and blood borne pathogen exposure.The Animal Control & License Officer I is distinguished from the Animal Control & License Officer II in that the latter is the fully qualified journey level in the series. Incumbents are expected to promote to the Animal Control & License Officer II after obtaining six months of experience as an Animal Control & License Officer I, receiving a satisfactory performance evaluation, and meeting the educational and/or experience requirements. Failure to meet the requirements to promote to the next level prior to the end of the probationary period will result in incumbents being returned to their former county classification or new hires being probationary released.Meet the Team!The Riverside County Department of Animal Services has a vision for promoting an environment of responsible pet ownership through progressive animal welfare initiatives, community outreach, and humane education in a culture of compassion, creativity, and integrity. The Department of Animal Services believes the character of their organization is best reflected in the strong dedication of each one of their employees who strive to meet the highest standards of performance and compassion on behalf of the animals and people that they serve. The Department of Animal Services operates four shelters located in Blythe, Jurupa Valley, San Jacinto and Thousand Palms.EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES Drive a vehicle to patrol jurisdictions overseen by Riverside County; enforce animal regulations, laws and ordinances; answer questions from the public concerning age, breed, characteristics, care, and treatment of animals; advise the public of legal rights, explaining and interpreting animal control laws, regulations, procedures, and policies; contact dog owners by house-to-house canvassing to locate unlicensed or unvaccinated dogs; check for valid rabies certificates, microchips, and verify signalment; collect and turn in license fees. Learn to prepare reports, citations, or notices of violation; maintain records and complete forms concerning animal control and license violations and transactions, proficiently utilizing software and databases relating to Department of Animal Services (DAS). Work cooperatively with other law enforcement groups when joint action is required; issue violation notices and court citations; collect evidence and appear in court as a witness, as necessary. Ensure County vehicles are kept adequately fueled and maintained; inspect vehicles daily prior to use to identify any physical damage; alert supervisor when vehicles are due for maintenance and repair. ANIMAL CONTROL Receive and investigate complaints and reports from the public and other agencies regarding stray, dangerous, unwanted, or improperly controlled animals; tactfully handle complaints, trying to remedy problems; under guidance from an Animal Control and License Officer II, investigate and prepare minor animal cruelty cases. Learn to use tranquilizer guns or other means to control dangerous and/or injured animals as a last resort; answer emergency calls concerning persons bitten by animals. Learn to quarantine potentially rabid animals; check potentially rabid animals at intervals as directed and release animals from quarantine at the end of a safe time period, as directed; issue citations for violation of the quarantine. Pick up and transport stray, confined, sick, injured, or dead animals; impound animals and release impounded animals to owners; segregate, isolate, perform euthanasia, and dispose of ill, injured, unwanted, or aged animals. May be assigned to any shift and required to be available on standby or on-call basis. ANIMAL LICENSING Learn to photograph and gather all pertinent facts of any issues pertaining to violations and citations; create activities in Chameleon database for follow-up with ongoing compliance of issues with the animal's welfare or physical environment. Post, file, and maintain citations on a daily basis; research County G.I.S. system for property owner information Refer public to veterinary clinics and/or low-cost or subsidized veterinary services. Maintain daily records of canvassing inspections and enforcement efforts; learn to prepare required documentation for legal actions; testify in court proceedings as needed for violations; access centralized information systems or databases to retrieve and enter data. Perform property rechecks under certain circumstances to verify compliance. May assist during vaccination clinics and/or offsite events as necessary. May, on rare occasions, pick-up stray or dead animals with capture equipment (e.g., catch poles, snake tongs, skunk poles, muzzles, nets, and/or cages); scan for microchip and research owner information; if applicable, transport to owner; issue citation for leash law violations and any other animal related violations; may arrange for impound if owner/ animal information is not available or owner is not available at the time.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS EducationGraduation from high school or attainment of a satisfactory score on a G.E.D test.ExperienceSix months in an animal shelter, veterinary office, animal grooming, animal board and kennel facility or similar setting which included the care and handling of animals.Other RequirementsPossession of a valid California Driver's License; complete a series of three Rabies vaccines within 30 days of employment; successfully complete Penal Code 832 training within six months of hire; independent body mobility to sit and/or stand and move including lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling up to 50 pounds in weight with or without reasonable accommodation, successfully function in an environment with e xposure to animal smells, dander, excrement, fluids and wounds. This position is located at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus located in Thousand Palms. Knowledge OfTechniques and procedures for the safe, humane and efficient handling of animals; laws and ordinances governing the licensing, treatment, and impounding of animals; the symptoms of common animal diseases; common breeds of domestic animals and appropriate practices for their care and feeding; techniques of investigation, including interviewing and fact-finding.Ability ToEstablish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with the public and other employees; clearly explain animal control procedures and regulations to the public; exercise tact and good judgment in dealings with the public; handle animals humanely and safely; discharge firearms safely and accurately; read and comprehend laws and regulations pertaining to animal control and licensing; present evidence and testify in court cases; recognize symptoms of rabies and other animal diseases; maintain statistical records; access centralized information systems to retrieve and enter data; effectively communicate both orally and in writing.SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION Application DeadlineApplications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Based on the number of applications received, this posting may close without notice.Applications received prior to the closing date will be considered based on the information submitted. Changes or alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be permitted.Veterans' PreferenceThe County of Riverside has a Veteran's Preference Policy . Upload a copy of your (or your spouse's) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating dates of service, and a copy of your spouse's letter of disability (if applicable) with your application. For privacy reasons, it is recommended that you remove your social security information from the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the materials and determine if you qualify for veterans' preference.Reasonable AccommodationsThe County of Riverside is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter for the position noted above. For additional information and/or to obtain the appropriate form for requesting a reasonable accommodation, please visit the Disability Access Office web page located at: .Degree Verification:Prior to the closing date, upload a copy of any license(s), official/unofficial transcript(s), degrees, and/or related employment documents to your NeoGov account. If your education was completed outside of the United States, you will need to provide a copy of your Foreign Education Equivalency evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( NACES )or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. ( AICE ).What's Next:This recruitment is open to all applicants.Applicants who are current County or Animal Services employees may be considered before other applicants depending on the volume of applications received.Applicants who fail to provide information demonstrating they possess the position requirements may not be considered further in the application process. A description of job duties directly copied from the job classification or job posting will not be considered. Based on the number of applications received, this posting may close or be extended without notice. Qualified applicants may be considered for future vacancies throughout the County.GENERAL INFORMATIONIf you have any questions regarding this posting, please contact Richard Griego at If you are experiencing technical problems, you may contact the applicant support desk Monday through Friday, 6 am to 5 pm Pacific Time at or toll-free 1-855-524-5627.MEDICAL/DENTAL/VISION INSURANCE: A choice of different medical, dental and visions plan are available to elect. The County provides a Flexible Benefit Credit contribution as governed by the applicable LIUNA Memorandum of Understanding to contribute towards the cost of these plans.Note: Employees on assignment through the Temporary Assignment Program (TAP) receive different benefits. See the list here .MISCELLANEOUS RETIREMENT: County of Riverside has three retirement Tiers through the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).

  • Tier I (Classic Member - Formula 3% @ 60): Applicable to current and former County of Riverside local miscellaneous employees hired prior to 08/24/2012 and did not withdraw CalPERS contributions. The employee contribution is eight (8%) percent.
  • Tier II (Classic Member - Formula 2% @ 60): Applicable to local miscellaneous employees 1) hired after 08/23/2012 through 12/31/2012; 2) Previously employed with another CalPERS contracting public agency or a reciprocal retirement system, with a break in service of less than six months between the separation date with the previous employer and the appointment date with the County of Riverside. The employee contribution is seven (7%) percent.
  • Tier III (PEPRA New Member - Formula 2% @ 62): Applicable to CalPERS local miscellaneous new members hired on or after the implementation of the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) which took effect January 1, 2013. As of July 1, 2020, the employee contribution is 7.25% and subject to change annually. A new member is defined as any of the following:
  • A new hire who enters CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who has no prior membership in any California Public Retirement System.
  • A new hire who enters CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who was a member with another California Public Retirement System prior to that date, but who is not subject to reciprocity upon joining CalPERS.
  • A member who first established CalPERS membership prior to January 1, 2013, and who is rehired by a different CalPERS agency after a break in service of greater than six (6) months. CalPERS refers to all members that do not fit within the definition of a new member as "classic members".Contribution rates are subject to change based on the County of Riverside annual actuarial valuation.Note:This summary is for general information purposes only. Additional questions regarding retirement formulas can be sent to or by calling the Benefits Information Line at (951) 955-4981,Option 2.If you have prior service credit with another CalPERS agency or within agencies, please contact CalPERS at (888) 225-7377 to determine which retirement tier would be applicable to you. CalPERS is governed by the Public Employees' Retirement Law. The Retirement Law is complex and subject to change. If there's any conflict between this summary and the law, the law will prevail over this summary.DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Voluntary employee contribution with a choice between two 457 deferred compensation plan options.VACATION ACCRUAL (Bi-Weekly Accrual):0410 or more years = 160 Hours (20 Days)Maximum Vacation leave accumulation is 480 hours.SICK LEAVE: Four (4) hours Sick Leave accrual per pay period with unlimited accrual.HOLIDAYS: Normally 12 paid holidays per yearBEREAVEMENT LEAVE: Allowed 5 days (3 days are County paid; 2 additional days can be taken from accrued Sick Leave balance)BASIC LIFE INSURANCE: Equal to one times annual base salary not to exceed $50,000 of term life coverage. Premiums are paid by the County. Additional Supplemental Life plan is available for employee purchase.DISABILITY: Short-term Disability benefit pays up to a maximum of $461.54 weekly, payable up to a maximum of 52 weeks.POST RETIREMENT MEDICAL CONTRIBUTION: A monthly contribution is made by the County towards retiree health insurance offered through the County as governed by the applicable Memorandum of Understanding.OTHER: There may be other benefit provisions as specified in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding. Please contact the recruiter listed on the job posting directly for more information.

Keywords: County of Riverside, Coachella , Animal Control & License Officer I, Other , Coachella, California

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