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Chief Animal Control Officer
Monday, December 16, 2019 at 9:39am
SUMMARY

Employee supervises employees in the Animal Control Division of the Victoria County Public Health Department (VCPHD).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Acts as supervisor over all Animal Control activities.

• Acts as chief enforcement officer of all City of Victoria Ordinances, County of Victoria Orders, and State of Texas Statutes related to all animals residing within the whole of Victoria County.

• Evaluates operations and activities assigned to other Animal Control staff, and prepares various reports on these operations and activities.

• Dispatches calls to Animal Control Officers from base station radio.

• Supervises Animal Control staff in the practice of euthanasia to ensure safe and humane treatment, and dispose of unwanted, unclaimed, sick, injured and aged animals, handle dead and decomposing animal carcasses.

• Supervises Animal Control staff in the enforcement of quarantine and dangerous animal procedures to protect public health.

• Works cooperatively with other law enforcement groups and animal-related organizations.

• Receives animals at the Animal Shelter facility, treats and/or secures professional help for seriously injured animals.

• Performs exceptional customer service and effective dispute resolution in interactions with the public and Animal Control staff.

• Assists customers in choosing and adopting animals.

• Supervises Animal Control staff in the operation of the incinerator.

• Patrols assigned areas to pick up stray and wild animals and/or unlicensed animals.

• Prepares reports and citations.

• Investigates complaints about animals.

• Performs basic computer functions to facilitate performance of above duties.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

• Directly supervises all employees in the Animal Control Division.

• Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the County's policies and all applicable laws.

• Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

• Education equivalent to graduation from an accredited high school and:

• Two years of experience in a full-time paid supervisory position in animal services or a related field.

• Five years of experience in a full-time paid position in animal services or a related field.

• Completion of a course in animal science or a related field and one (1) year of experience in the field of animal services or related field;

o or may substitute three (3) years of experience in the field of animal services for the course in animal science or a related field;

o or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

• Bilingual (Spanish) verbal communication skills are preferred.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

• Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

• Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

• Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume.

• Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

REASONING ABILITY

• Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

• Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

• Valid Texas Driver’s License.

• Maintenance of Animal Control Officer certification.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Sit at a desk, talk, and/or hear from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time.

• Stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time.

• Up to 100 pounds lifting under 1/3 of the time.

• Over 100 pounds lifting none of the time.

• Close vision, at 20 inches or less, and distance vision, at 20 feet or more, is required, with or without correction.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Exposure to wet or humid conditions, work near moving mechanical parts, work in high or precarious areas, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outdoor weather conditions, and extreme heat (non-weather) occurs under 1/3 of the time.

• Extreme cold (non-weather), risk of electric shock, work with explosives, risk of radiation, and/or vibration occurs none of the time.

• Exposure to moderate noise levels.

Salary: $24.57/hr - $29.33/hr
Contact Info:
Victoria County Public Health Department
2805 North Navarro
Victoria, TX 77901
(361) 578-6281
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