Adams County Government
Animal Management Officer I
What Success Looks Like In This Job
An Animal Management Officer I is an entry-level position, responsible for performing a variety of duties involved in the enforcement and communication of Animal Management policies and procedures throughout the County. This position reports directly to the Animal Management Supervisor in the Community Safety and Wellbeing Division.Examples of Duties for Success
- Patrols county streets, roads, and highways; captures and impounds unlicensed, stray, and unsheltered animals; removes dead animals from roadways.
- Snares animals in a net, with rope, or other devices; cages and secures animals in Animal Management vehicles; supplies food, water, and care to detained animals; notify owners of impounded animals.
- Identifies and records breed and gender of animals; administers inoculations to animals.
- Investigates complaints concerning animals creating nuisances and takes appropriate action; writes reports.
- Responds to calls regarding animal bites; quarantines animals for rabies observation. Investigates reports of animal abuse; issues warnings and citations for violations of ordinances; testifies in court.
- Examines dog licenses for validity; issues warnings or summonses to delinquent owners.
- Inspects and maintains cleanliness of Animal Management vehicle; washes and cleans cage area to prevent the spread of odor and disease.
- Performs animal euthanasia as directed; disposes of remains.
- Examines detained animals for illness or injury; delivers animals to the veterinarian for medical treatment.
- Available to be on call to work stand, holidays and after hours.
- Assists in Educational Programs, including school visits.
- Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
- Ability to multitask in an ever-changing work environment.
- Coordinates with other agencies regarding a variety of matters, including joint inspections.
- Ability to remain motivated and dynamic and engage in problem-solving throughout the day.
- Demonstrate thorough knowledge of basic codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations pertaining to animal management.
- Handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy.
- Apply principles, practices, methods, and techniques of animal ordinance violations, investigation, and enforcement.
- Engage in safe and efficient work practices as they relate to Animal Management.
- Apply basic principles and procedures of record keeping
- Apply safe driving principles and practices when operating a motor vehicle.
- Ability to operate photography equipment.
- Operate modern office equipment, including computer equipment.
- Computer Skills: Learn the operation of computer and County-supported software, to include MS Office Suite, JD Edwards, E-Docs, and other software used in the Community & Economic Development Department, including the use of Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs)
- Learn, interpret, and apply State and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
- Learn court procedure, including, but not limited to, citation issuance and obtaining various types of inspection warrants and court documents.
- Respond to inquiries, complaints, and requests for service in a fair, tactful, and timely manner.
- Work independently with minimum supervision.
- Enforce necessary regulations with firmness and tact, always maintaining excellent customer service whenever possible.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; make presentations.
- Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Take proper safety precautions, anticipate unsafe circumstances, and act accordingly to prevent accidents. Use all required safety equipment.
- Understand and use general principles of animal care.
- Be able to capture animals by using ropes, nets, traps, and other approved devices.
- Learn to inoculate and euthanize animals by using the approved tools, to include syringes.
- Be able to communicate with the dispatch center and other officers by the use of a two-way radio and mobile data terminal.
- Learn to identify breed and gender of animals.
- Learn principles of licensing, control, and disposing of animals.
- Learn methods and procedures of animal collection and impoundment.
- Learn to use and care for animal shelter equipment.
- Learn, interpret, apply, and enforce pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations related to animal shelter.
- Minimum of 1 year of experience working with the public and in the interpretation of rules, laws, or procedures including investigating allegations, conducting research, and resolving complaints, concerns or conflicts.
- 6 months of hands-on knowledge working with animals preferred. This may include animal control, kennel, grooming, or pet care experience.
Education and Training:
- High School Diploma or GED equivalent required.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university preferred.
License and Certificates:
- Possession of a valid driver's license.
- Within 2 years of hire must obtain Agent Certification from the Bureau of Animal Protection from the State of Colorado.
- Background Check: Must pass an intensive background process through the Adams County Sheriff's Office to include fingerprinting, an Integrity Interview, and a Computerized Voice Stress Analysis Exam (CVSA) to maintain access to the CAD system. Background check will also include a Motor Vehicle check.
Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:
- Work in both an office setting and field environment.
- Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, stoop, reach, crawl, twist, climb, and lift up to 50 pounds.
- Exposure to confining space, dust, noise, heat, cold, chemicals, vicious animals and diseases related to wild and domestic animals.