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Job Title:  Animal Control Officer                            

Department:  Police                                              

Reports To:  Community Services Sergeant

Open Date: August 9, 2012

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Hiring Salary: $14.20-$15.39 per hour, DOE



Job Summary:

    Performs enforcement duties related to the animal control ordinances of the

    City of Meridian, to include:  responding to citizen complaints regarding

    animals (domestic or wild); patrol for dogs or livestock at large; disposes

    of animal carcasses; controls and maintains the City animal shelter; maintains

    City dog licensing program; prepares reports, issues citations, and warnings

    for violations; and testifies in court as needed.  This class of employee does

    exercise discretion and works under general supervision.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Enforces City animal ordinances by patrolling City confines for dogs and/or livestock at large, if located, impounds and notifies owners if known;

  • Writes reports, issues citations or warnings for animals at large, being abused or mistreated;

  • Assists City Prosecutor with the prosecution of animal ordinance violations and testifies in court; 

  • Collects necessary fines and fees for impounded animals;

  • Disposes of animals not claimed thru our volunteer adoption program, assignment to rescue groups, or the euthanasia of the animals if no other option can be found or is acceptable;

  • Maintains the City animal shelter for impounded animals – Works directly with our volunteer organization to maintain and provide food and water, cleans and sanitizes, reports repairs needed, gives temporary immunizations to unlicensed dogs impounded, and maintains an inventory of animals housed and those disposed of or released to owners;

  • Responds to reports of animal in distress, injured or dead.  Assists as practical.   Disposes of animal carcasses;

  • Assists other agencies/organizations (Humane Society, Brand

     Inspectors, etc.) as needed.


Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • May respond to assist police officers if specifically requested;

  • Perform general maintenance as required by the Chief of Police or his designee;

  • Performs other duties as assigned or needed.   




Job Specifications:

  • High school education or the equivalent;

  • Possess a valid Idaho Drivers License;

  • Ability to communicate and deal with the public and co-workers in a professional and positive manner;

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public;

  • Ability to deal with a wide range of individuals, dealing with situations in which the individual may be upset with a violation, a City ordinance, or the enforcement action taken;

  • Ability to make sound judgments and to draw appropriate conclusions from facts and evidence available;

  • Ability to write in a concise, but detailed and objective manner, utilizing first person narration;

  • Ability to articulate detailed information, facts, and circumstances for narrative testimonial purposes;

  • Ability to follow established departmental procedures and/or practices;

  • Ability to work in a team environment as a team player;

  • Ability to follow orders, directives, and suggestions;

  • Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions;

  • Ability to establish priorities and organize workload;

  • Ability to communicate effectively with others;

  • Integrity;

  • Must have the ability to become certified for and assist with the rare occasion that we must euthanize an animal that is in our custody;

  • Must display an attitude of cooperation and the ability to work well with others;

  • Must successfully complete a year of probationary status with the department (from date of hire).


Other Position Qualifications:

  • Previous animal control experience;

  • Previous ordinance enforcement experience;

  • Education or training related to animal control;


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Work is primarily performed outside of an office environment, in varying weather;

  • Requires personal mobility and physical reflexes which allow the employee to:  operate a motor vehicle; physically restrain  and/or handle domestic or wild animals, use tools (baton, catch pole, radios, etc.); and other physical duties as maybe needed given varied circumstances;

  • Requires the lifting of heavy loads of approximately fifty (50) to sixty (60) pounds, including: dog food bags; animals; the radar trailer tongue, when attaching of removing from the animal control pickup;  traffic barricades; etc.;

  • The duties can be very physically demanding depending on the circumstances an employee may find themselves in - these

              circumstances are not predictable and defined;                  

  • An employee in this position is subject to call up for work at any time and may work in excess of eight (8) hours in a shift;

  • There is a significant potential for exposure to hazardous chemicals, biohazards, and for injury while performing the duties of this position;

  •  The operation of a motor vehicle requires the wearing of seat belt while operating.  Gloves should be worn when handling animals

     capable of biting or scratching  


Travel Requirements:

  • Local travel is required;

  • Some in state and out of state travel for training.




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