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Animal Control Officer Trainee

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County Of San Bernardino San Bernardino , CA 92401

Posted 3 months ago

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The Department of Public Health, Animal Care & Control Division is recruiting for Animal Control Officer Trainees who work in shelters and in the field to ensure compliance with State and County animal regulations. Animal Control Officer Trainees serve under close supervision while acquiring skills and experience to prepare for the journey-level Animal Control Officer classification.

Positions may be assigned to various locations throughout the County. Duties include patrolling an assigned geographic area and enforcing State and County regulations concerning the care, treatment, impounding, and quarantine of animals; picking up and impounding stray, sick, injured, unwanted, abandoned, and diseased animals; picking up and disposing of dead animals; issuing notices and citations as required; performing euthanasia of sick, injured or unadopted impounded animals; conducting preliminary investigation of reported animal abuse; and testifying in court, as necessary. The current vacancies exist in Big Bear and San Bernardino.

For more detailed information, refer to the Animal Control Officer Trainee job description.

Note: Human Resources is also accepting applications for Animal Control Officer.

A separate application is required. It is to your advantage to review both levels and apply as appropriate.

Excellent benefits package includes:


  • Travel/License: Travel throughout the County is required. A valid California Class C driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance are required and must be maintained throughout employment.

  • Availability: Must be available to work on weekends and on-call/call-back duty. Applicants must indicate availability on the Application or will be disqualified.

  • PC 832 Training: Employees must complete a training course in arrest and firearms, which also includes a physical agility test component within 12 months of hire or be terminated. Note: Some criminal convictions may preclude applicants from completing the Penal Code 832 course.

  • Uniforms: Employees must purchase their own uniforms; those in regular positions will receive an annual uniform allowance.

  • Background Investigation: Prior to appointment, applicants must pass a background investigation.

  • Physical: Must be able to lift and restrain small to very large animals, both domestic and wild, which may weigh up to 100 pounds.

  • Weather: Applicants must be able to perform duties in inclement weather.

  • Trainee: Trainees must qualify for promotion to Animal Control Officer ($2,799 to $3,839 approx. monthly) within 12 months or employment will be terminated.

Minimum Requirements:
Applicants must meet one (1) of the following options:

Option A: Six (6) months of full-time experience interpreting, explaining, and enforcing rules and regulations for a public agency.

Option B: Six (6) months of full-time experience working in a veterinary clinic or kennel operation.

Option C: Possession of a Registered Veterinary Technician Certificate issued by the State of California. If applying under this option, indicate certificate number on the Supplemental Questionnaire, or include a list of completed coursework required to be eligible for the certificate.

Desired Qualifications:
Candidates that live in the Big Bear Community and/or are willing to commute to Big Bear are encouraged to apply!

Selection Process:

The online examination will consist of an evaluation of knowledge and skills on the following topics:

  • Animal Control Techniques & Regulations

  • Written Communication Skills

  • Public Relations

Details of the online assessment process will be emailed to all qualified applicants once the recruitment has closed. All communications regarding the selection process will be via email.

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