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Animal Care and Control
Open Continuous
Represented Employees
• Cafeteria Benefit Plan • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan • Deferred Compensation & Thrift Plan • 11 Paid Holidays • Generous Vacation and Sick Leave Benefits • Flexible Work Schedules
Serves as lead Animal Control Officer by assisting in the operation of an Animal Care Center/Shelter and in enforcing State, County and City codes and ordinances governing animal control functions such as animal care, field enforcement, shelter maintenance, licensing, and related assignments.

Positions allocable to this class serve as a lead Animal Control Officer, under the technical direction and administrative supervision of higher-level personnel, and handle the more difficult and complex assignments of animal control. Incumbents may rotate between the first and second shifts and assume charge of the Animal Care Center/Shelter in the absence of higher-level personnel. Positions in this class must utilize a thorough knowledge of State laws, County ordinances and means of their enforcement; and departmental procedures regarding the impoundment, treatment and sheltering of domestic and wild animals; the placement of stray or abandoned animals; and courtroom and hearing procedures.
Serves as lead Animal Control Officer performing investigations in the more complex cases involving enforcement of animal control regulations which are likely to require knowledge of court decisions or intent of the law.
Reviews field reports and citations prepared by Animal Control Officers for completeness and accuracy, makes necessary corrections and refers reports to higher-level personnel for review, as required.
Maintains effective relations with other County departments, outside agencies, contract cities and the public.
Handles the more dangerous animals; assists and advises Animal Control Officers with enforcement and investigative problems; captures animals which require the use of tranquilizer equipment.
Serves as office information officer and radio dispatcher; receives in-person and telephonic requests for information and animal control services from citizens and public agencies; answers questions and dispatches officers to incidents, as required.
Issues citations, licenses, warnings and/or legal notices.
Reviews and assesses the performance of staff and prepares performance evaluations.
Performs other duties to provide training or to meet technological changes or emergencies, as necessary.
Minimum Requirements:  Three years of paid experience at the level of Animal Control Officer I* for an animal control/regulatory agency.

Possession of certification indicating successful completion of training program per California Penal Code Section 832**.
Physical Class IV – Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.
A valid California Class C Driver License; a valid California Class B Driver License may be required for some positions.
Possession of certification indicating successful completion of training program per California Penal Code Section 832.

*Experience at the level of Animal Control Officer I refers to experience enforcing State, County and City codes and ordinances governing animal control including the care and treatment, impounding, quarantine, licensing vaccination, and regulation of a variety of animals. Performing a wide variety of routine field work involving responsibility for responding to incidents and providing animal control services in an unincorporated area or contract city of the County and in accordance with established service agreements. Operating light vehicles while working in the field with a great deal of independence and utilizing a basic knowledge of the policies and procedures of the Department of Animal Care and Control and applicable codes and ordinances governing animal care and control, animal identification, recognition of illness, habits and behavior of various animals and the techniques and equipment used in capturing, restraining, receiving, feeding, caring for, grooming and releasing animals.

**A copy of a P.C. 832 Certificate - (Penal Code Section 830.9 required training in order to issue citations and service warrants for Animal Control Officers) must be attached to the application at the time of filing.

Successful candidates will be required to show proof of a driver license before appointment and will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of the driving record must be presented prior to appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.

This examination will consist of a written test covering job knowledge, customer service, written expression, data analysis and interpretation (including mathematical ability) and reading comprehension weighted at 35% and an interview covering interpersonal/oral communication/customer service skills, analytical and decision-making ability, work skills, adaptability and dependability, and lead capacity weighted at 65%.

Candidates must receive a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.

Appointees may be required to work any shift including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

This position requires lifting of extremely heavy objects. Physical fitness for this position will be determined in the medical examination.

Successful candidates are subject to a criminal history fingerprint search prior to final appointment.


Felony Convictions.
Certain job-related misdemeanor convictions.
Certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations; suspended license; failure to appear; driving under the influence.
Illegal use of a controlled substance.
The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Animal Care and Control Shelters throughout Los Angeles County. Please check the area(s) in which you would accept employment on your application.
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be added to the Eligible Register and will appear in the order of their score group for a period of six (6) months following the date of eligibility. 

No Person may compete in this examination more than once every six (6) months.
Fill out your application completely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job.
All information is subject to verification.
We may not accept your application at any time during selection process.
We may close this examination without prior notice.
File using ONE of the methods below:
We encourage you to apply online so you can track the status of your application and get notified of your progress by email.    
We must receive your application 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on the last day of filing. 
Note: If you are unable to attach required documents, you may fax them to (562) 422-3187 within five (5) days of filing. Please include exam number and exam title.

Please note the office is closed on Fridays.  Applications will be accepted Monday thru Thursday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  We must receive your completed application at the address below by 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, on the last day of filing.     
Department of Animal Care and Control
Human Resources Office
5898 Cherry Avenue
Long Beach, CA  90805
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time

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