Los Angeles County Los Angeles , CA 90001
DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL EXAM NUMBER: O2980H TYPE OF RECRUITMENT:
OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITY FILING TYPE: OPEN CONTINUOUS Filing Start Date: 10/19/2015 - Until the needs of services are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.
DEFINITION: Patrols an assigned geographic area, captures unconfined and wild animals; inspects business premises; and issues citations, licenses, and/or legal notices as appropriate to enforce State, County and City codes and ordinances governing animal control.
Positions allocable to this class work under the general supervision of higher-level personnel, operating light vehicles and providing animal control services in an unincorporated area or contract city of the County and in accordance with established service agreements, inspecting pet shops, licensed kennels, grooming parlors, animal menageries, animal exhibitions and wholesale wild animal dealers; and explaining relevant laws and issuing warnings or citations for violations of animal control laws.
Incumbents utilize a knowledge of applicable codes and ordinances governing animal care and control and departmental policies and procedures; animal identification, illnesses, habits and behaviors; and the techniques and equipment used in capturing and restraining, receiving, feeding, caring for, grooming and releasing animals.
Essential Job Functions Patrols an assigned geographical area in a light truck observing for violations or responding to incidents.
Inspects animal facilities to ensure conformance to laws; explains violations and need for correction of such things as poor sanitary conditions, inadequate food, sick or injured animals and over-crowded conditions; issues citations as appropriate.
Captures both domestic and wild animals using equipment and methods appropriate for animal abatement and control; may require chasing, climbing fences and crawling under houses.
Issues citations, licenses, warnings and/or legal notices.
Reports to a field command post established to provide extended hours of animal containment, capture and relocation, in emergencies such as brush fires, floods or animals loose on public thoroughfares.
Serves as office information officer and radio dispatcher; receives and responds to in-person and telephone requests for information and animal control services from citizens and other public agencies; dispatches officers to routine incidents.
Enforces sections of the Penal Code pertaining to cruelty to animals.
Assists the Department of Regional Planning by inspecting property and premises to determine compliance with zoning ordinances involving the housing of animals when special permits are required; recommends approval or rejection based upon adequacy of facilities.
Presents departmentally prepared and approved educational programs, including lectures, slides and demonstrations at schools and civic meetings.
Operates tranquilizer gun equipment for use in the capture and seizure of animals in circumstances in which there is eminent danger to human life, public safety or property.
Picks up small dead animals manually and load into truck; loads larger animals, such as horses or cows, using a truck-driven winch and harness.
Testifies in court as to facts related to violations of animal control laws.
Acts as officer-in-charge as required.
Requirements MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Six months of paid experience at the level of Animal Control Officer I* for an animal control regulatory agency.
Possession of certification indicating successful completion of training program per California Penal Code Section 832. LICENSE:
A valid California Class C Driver License is required.A valid California Class B Driver License may be required for some positions.
Successful candidates will be required to show proof of a driver license before appointment and will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed.
A copy of the driving record must be presented at the time of appointment.
License must not be suspended, restricted or revoked.
AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
PHYSICAL CLASS: 4 - Arduous:
Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.
Additional Information CERTIFICATE(S) REQUIRED: Possession of certification indicating successful completion of training program per California Penal Code Section 832.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS INFORMATION: *Experience at the level of Animal Control Officer I refers to experience enforcing State, County and City codes and ordinances governing animal control including the care and treatment, impounding, quarantine, licensing vaccination, and regulation of a variety of animals.
EXAMINATION CONTENT: This examination will consist of two (2) parts:
PART I : A written test weighted 60% that consists of both computerized and paper-and-pencil components.
The written test will measure written expression, reading comprehension, data analysis and decision making, office practices and procedures, customer service, achievement, collaboration, compliance, confidence, reliability, safety judgment, and safety orientation.
PART II : A structured interview weighted 40%. The structured interview will measure ability to orally communicate effectively; ability to make independent and logical decisions; ability to take initiative; ability to adapt; ability to effectively handle domestic, wild, and exotic animals; working knowledge of various domestic, wild, exotic animals, and livestock as found within LA County; working knowledge of techniques, tools, and equipment used in animal control services; working knowledge of state and local animal control laws and regulations.
Candidates must receive a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.
THE WRITTEN TEST IS NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.
Applicants who have taken the identical written tests for other exams within the last twelve (12) months will have their written test scores for the identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this examination.
This examination contains test parts that may be used in the future for new examinations.
Upon acceptance of your application, your scores will be transferred to the new examination, and may not be allowed to re-take any identical test part(s) for at least twelve (12) months.
Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests.
An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website: . Please click on Job Search, then click on Employment Test Preparation.
You can also access test preparation for the computerized portion of the test by going to While the guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review all related materials that you deem necessary.
AVAILABLE SHIFT: Any SPECIAL INFORMATION:
Appointees may be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights and weekends.
This position requires lifting of extremely heavy objects.
Physical fitness for this position will be determined in the medical examination.
Successful candidates are subject to a criminal history fingerprint search prior to final appointment.
DISQUALIFYING FACTORS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: Felony convictions Certain job-related misdemeanor convictions Certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations; suspended license; failure to appear; driving under the influence Illegal use of a controlled substance ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade on their examination will be added to the Eligible Register and will appear in the order of their score group for a period oftwelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.
No person may compete in this examination more than once everytwelve (12) months.
Applications will be processed on an as received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.
The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Animal Care and ControlCareCentersthroughout Los Angeles County.
Please check the area(s) in which you would accept employment on your application.
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
Applications must be filed online only.
Applications submitted by U.S.
Mail, Fax, or in person will not be accepted.
We must received your application by 05:00 p.m.
PST on the last day of filing.
Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" tab for this posting.
You can also track the status of your application using this web site.
A copy of a P.C.
832 Certificate - (Penal Code Section 830.9 required training in order to issue citations and service warrants for Animal Control Officers) must be attached to the application at the time of filing . If you are unable to attach the required documents, you must either email them to or fax them to within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing.
Please include exam number and exam title.
All information is subject to verification.
We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made.
Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.
Fill out your application completely.
The acceptance of your application depends on whether you haveclearlyshown that you meet the Minimum Requirements . Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job.
For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, description of work performed, and salary earned.
If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.
We may close this examination without prior notice.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:All applications must enter a valid social security number at the time of filing.
Entering anything other than a valid social security number (i.e.
000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD:All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password.
Using a family member'sor friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.
Department Contact Name: Sandra Perez Department Contact Phone: Department Contact Email:
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