Animal Services Officer I

Police Department:


$18.60 Per Hour


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Job Description

Position Summary

Under direction of the Animal Control Supervisor, enforces City of St. George ordinances regarding control of animals by apprehending stray, diseased, unlicensed, or annoying dogs, cats, or other animals. Routine ordinance enforcement work involving extensive public contact.

Essential Functions (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

1. Operates department vehicles; patrols general and assigned areas; and picks up and/or impounds vicious, injured, dead, problem, and stray animals from public and private property.

2. Contacts owners of animals and inform them of their responsibilities. Collects fees and issues licenses if necessary.

3. Handles collection of dead animals in the City.

4. Responds to complaints; determines presence of violations; gives warnings, issues citations, and informs violators, etc. of codes; may testify in court; types and submits reports; maintains records; issues licenses; and receives and receipts monies.

5. Insure all complaints are given thorough attention and detects and monitors problem areas.

6. Issues citations to animal owners in accordance with City ordinances and regulations.

7. Maintains City shelter in clean condition, furnishes water and food for animals, and maintains grounds and surrounding area.

8. Provides for disposition of animals by return to owner, sale, or release to animal services organizations.

9. Properly administers tranquilizers to animals for live capture.

10. Investigates animal bite complaints of suspected rabies.

11. Responsible for the packaging and shipment of animal parts to the medical lab for testing of rabies and other diseases as required.

12. Responsible for proper care and maintenance of vehicles.

13. Assists in public education for animal control problems and laws.

14. Performs other related duties as required.

15. Assist the police department with special events when required.

Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions

Primarily works outdoors in all kinds of weather and conditions. Must be able to tolerate extreme heat. Moderately heavy physical activity. Required to push, pull, or lift medium weights (50 - 100 pounds). Moderate exposure to disagreeable elements such as strong odors, animal carcasses, animal feces, cold, heat, dampness, fumes, noise, dust, and grease. Exposure to health and occupational hazards. .

Considerable exposure to stress as a result of human behavior, including dealing with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements. Exposure to graphic and potentially disturbing video, audio, and photographic materials associated with crimes of animal cruelty, animal bites, and other animal related crimes.

Note: All applicants are subject to a police records check.

Minimum Qualifications


Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Experience: Will train, no animal control experience is necessary. Must have a work history that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position.

Licenses and/or Certifications: Must possess a valid driver license. A valid Utah Driver License must be obtained within 60 days of hire and be maintained throughout employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

• Animal behavior and skill in animal handling desired but not required.

• Computers and report writing.

Skills in:

• Comfortably working with all kinds of animals, including sick, diseased, and rabid animals.

Ability to:

• Communicate in English, both orally and in writing.

• Effectively communicate with citizens, including the ability to elicit information from upset and irate citizens.

• Exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.

• Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

• Remain flexible, perform duties, exercise good judgment and make sound decisions efficiently and accurately at all times especially during pressured and stressful situations.

• Work in a paramilitary organization which relies on policies and procedures to govern dress code and behavior of officers and civilians, including adhering to all specific Chain of Command for accountability.

• Must be willing to work "on-call" on a 24 hour basis.

To Apply

Submit a completed City of St. George Employment Application online at Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. This Position is open until filled. Refer questions to Human Resources at 435-627-4670. Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screen are required. The City of St. George is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. We make reasonable efforts to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled candidates.