Animal Control Officer II

City Of Seattle, WA Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 3 months ago

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The City of Seattle seeks a compassionate and experienced professional for the position of Animal Control Officer II. The Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS) was founded in 1972 and has grown and expanded its programs and services to make it what it is today a nationally recognized animal welfare organization. The shelter promotes public safety and animal welfare, protects animals from cruelty and neglect, runs animal sheltering and adoption programs to reunite lost animals with their owners, places animals in forever homes, and runs a spay and neuter clinic providing low-cost services serving more than 4,000 animals per year. In addition, SAS manages pet licenses and enforces Seattle's laws regarding animals.

A team of Animal Control Officer IIs enforce animal control ordinances and related laws and regulations, patrol areas of the City responding to and investigating complaints, write reports documenting investigations, issue citations for violations, and capture, handle, transport, and detain animals.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Patrols assigned areas of the city driving an Animal Control vehicle to enforce animal control ordinances, related laws and regulations.

  • Investigates complaints of non-compliance with city animal ordinances including, but not limited to, menacing animals and bites, animal cruelty and welfare, violations of leash and scoop laws and noise ordinances; records detailed statements from complainants, victims, witnesses and suspects; and photographs injuries, incident scene and animals involved.

  • Writes reports documenting steps of investigations, observations, statements and timelines for every animal bite, dangerous animal incident, and animal welfare/cruelty investigation.

  • Issues citations for menacing animals, animal bites and violations including but not limited to leash, scoop and noise ordinances, property damage, unlawful tethering, and failure to obtain pet license and rabies vaccinations.

  • Patrol city parks for violations of the leash, scoop and licensing laws.

  • Participates in court case preparation and testifies in court and administrative hearings on infractions and criminal trials.

  • Answers questions and explains the rules, policies and regulations pertaining to the animal control ordinances.

  • Provides excellent and professional customer service in emotional and stressful situations.

  • Diffuse tense encounters with hostile and/or abusive members of the public.

  • Captures and detains stray and/or vicious animals; and picks up and transports owner-surrendered, injured or dead animals.

  • Captures and transports sick and injured wildlife.

  • Operates a two-way radio, responds and dispatches officers to assist field officers.

  • Maintains assigned equipment and sells pet licenses.

  • Safely operates large F350 truck and other assigned fleet vehicles following defensive driving practices on a daily basis and in stressful situations.

  • Educate the general public, schools and other agencies on animal care, safety and welfare.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of full-time professional animal care and treatment experience, at least one year of which is in assisting a licensed veterinarian; or

  • One year of animal care and treatment experience and one year of law enforcement background; or

  • One year of field experience equivalent to an Animal Control Officer II (or a combination of training and experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Frequently has contact with hostile or abusive members of the public.

  • Required to work nights, weekends and/or holidays.

  • Required to work outdoors in all types of weather.

  • Exposed to possibility of animal attack in the handling and treatment of injured or stray animals; occasional physical exertion is necessary to capture and detain animals.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of full-time professional animal care and treatment experience

  • Knowledge of safe handling and transporting of dangerous, sick or injured animals.

  • Able to lift 50 pounds independently (on occasion, able to lift over 50 lbs with the use of provided equipment as needed or assistance from another officer).

  • A safe driving record and be able to safely drive a large Animal Control one ton vehicle daily.

  • Ability to type and utilize Microsoft Office and other software programs.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work independently, think critically, and exercise good judgment.

  • Working knowledge of PetPoint.

  • Experience conducting investigations and writing reports.

  • Washington State Certified Euthanasia Technician.

License, Certification, and Other

  • Current, valid Driver's License

  • Special Police Commission

Additional Information: This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and interviews may be scheduled at any time.

Application Process:

  • NEOGOV online (or paper) application

  • Supplemental questionnaire

  • A cover letter AND resum

Your application may be rejected if these items or missing or incomplete. Simply providing a cover letter and/or resume is not a substitute for completing the application itself.

Employment is contingent on successfully passing an extensive background check for Special Police Commission. For more information on the requirement for the Special Police Commission go to:

A pre-placement driving record check, background check and a pre-placement physical are required.

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Animal Control Officer II

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