Spokane County, WA
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Animal Protection Officer
at Spokane County, WA
- Job Summary
Investigates cases of animal cruelty, neglect, nuisance complaints and violations of the Revised Code of the State of Washington and Spokane County Code, and performs related duties in the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) Department.
Note: Recruitment will remain open until filled. However, a first review of applications will occur on 6/24/19.
TOTAL COMPENSATION: $41,760.76 - $56,350.61 annually. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, median retirement fund contributions, and current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates (including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, and leave). The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.
- Examples of Duties
(duties may include, but are not limited to the following)
Captures, lifts, carries and detains stray and/or vicious animals.
Writes and executes search warrants.
Uses a computer aided dispatch system.
Writes clear and objective reports, participates in court case preparation and testifies in court and administrative hearings.
Answers questions, enforces ordinances and regulations and negotiates with the public in hostile situations.
Issues citations to offenders.
Picks up and transports dead and injured animals.
Operates a 2-way radio and communicates with dispatcher while handling assigned calls.
Patrols areas for ordinance violations.
Assists other animal protection officers, law enforcement agencies and others as necessary with emergency situations.
Investigates and resolves animal cruelty/neglect complaints, dangerous dog violations and other violations of a serious nature.
Investigates and resolves neighborhood animal nuisance complaints.
Communicates with complainants, victims and/or suspects.
Maintains assigned equipment. Operates a department vehicle.
Uses a computer regularly for report writing, CAD, documenting call notes, entering data when impounding animals, looking up licenses, researching prior violations, etc.
Euthanizes animals as required by departmental policy and loads animal crematorium.
Sells pet licenses.
Works a schedule which may include weekend work; participates in a mandatory emergency on-call rotation, which may include call-outs on evenings, weekends and holidays.
Performs other related duties as required.
- Minimum Requirements
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or GED and one (1) year of experience in the care and control of animals OR one year of experience which involved enforcing and/or explaining laws and regulations to the public (preferably law enforcement).
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Due to the on-call requirement of this classification and the frequency of subsequent responses to emergency situations, employees are required to reside within 30 minutes* of normal driving time from the regional shelter. This requirement decreases operational costs and increases operational efficiency and effectiveness. Additionally, because Animal Protection Officers utilize a County vehicle when on-call, employees are required to live within the boundaries of Spokane County (Spokane County Vehicle Use Policy 630).
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected for Animal Protection Officer positions will be required to successfully complete the Washington State Board of Pharmacy legend drug certification within six (6) months. Candidates must be commissioned by the Spokane County Sheriff within six (6) months of appointment. Commission must be maintained throughout term of employment. Candidates must successfully pass an integrity interview and a thorough background investigation.
LICENSE: Valid, lawful driver's license maintained throughout term of employment.
* as calculated by http://www.mapquest.com/
- Selection Factors
• law enforcement procedures as needed to perform the duties of the job.
• applicable laws, ordinances and codes.
• animal behavior and characteristics of various breeds.
• care for and treat animals in a humane manner under a variety of situations.
• handle frequent contact with hostile and abusive members of the public.
• use GPS, read maps, prioritize field calls.
• deal courteously but firmly with citizens when enforcing county ordinances and state code; be impartial to both sides of an issue and make fair and sound decisions.
• understand and effectively carry out oral and written instructions.
• act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
• perform strenuous manual tasks in the handling of animals.
• work in conditions of extreme stress.
• be exposed to the possibility of animal attack while handling stray, injured, vicious and/or dangerous animals.
• compose relevant reports sufficient in clarity to be admitted as evidence in a court of law.
• communicate effectively both orally and in writing with people of various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, often where relations may be confrontational or strained.
• establish and maintain effective working relationships with volunteers, supervisors, staff, representatives of other agencies, special interest groups and the general public.
• participate in a required emergency and on-call rotation schedule.
Skilled in the use of personal computer and software related to performing the duties of the job, including demonstrating a proficient typing speed (minimum of 30 WPM).
Physical requirements include:
• frequently lifting over 50 pounds
• walking, running and working outdoors in inclement weather.
• performing those physical maneuvers necessary in controlling animals.