Responsible for functions in the field, kennel and office based on task assignment. Responsible for enforcement of ordinances governing the care and keeping of domestic animals and livestock in an effort to maintain public safety and welfare. Responsible for responding to service calls and providing professional customer service, capturing and transporting stray, vicious and/or diseased domestic animals to the animal shelter, issuing citations, criminal investigations, case preparation and testifying in court as necessary. Responsible for maintaining daily shelter operations, caring for impounded animals, and performs technical and clerical duties in support of the kennel and field operations. Responds within 60 minutes of dispatch to call-outs for emergency animal assistance and disaster relief.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Receives complaints of dogs, cats, or other animals creating nuisances and notifies proper Animal Services (AS) staff for investigation or refers complainant to proper entity. Assists the public in resolving problems and answers questions relating to animal control, Sumter County Ordinances and state law; enforces ordinances, rules, regulations and laws.
Works closely with law enforcement, Health Department, Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, , Fish and Wildlife Commission, other governmental agencies, City and County agencies and veterinarians.Assists law enforcement personnel in situations involving animals as requested.
Captures and transports stray, sick, injured or potentially rabid domestic animals to the kennel for appropriate processing, care and treatment, and quarantine if necessary. Issues notice or citation for violations of ordinances governing the care and keeping of animals.
Conducts investigations and performs follow-up as needed; determines appropriate court action if any; assists in the preparation for court cases and court activities as needed.Investigates reports of animal neglect and abuse and files charges as appropriate. Prepares records, reports, files and notes to document potential violations for case presentation.Appears in court hearings to submit documents, evidence, affidavits, and case summaries for the enforcement and prosecution of civil/criminal infractions of animal laws.
Maintains and sanitizes equipment used including vehicle assigned. Maintains accurate records of daily work activities on Animal Services software.
Patrols areas of the County on foot or in assigned vehicles to detect violations of laws and ordinances pertaining to animal control.
Receives and processes domestic animals brought to the kennel for impoundment or possession release; redeems animals to proper owners; processes unclaimed animals for adoption partner; assists members of the public searching for lost animals or seeking to adopt animals
Performs routine inspections of animals and their cages to monitor food consumption, behavior, symptoms of disease, and condition of confined animals for health and safety purposes; provides basic animal care including bathing, feeding, and observing animal behavior; transports animals to veterinarians' offices for medical testing and treatment as directed.
Assists with administration of animal medications as directed by a licensed veterinarian, administers tests that are allowable without a veterinary license; scans for microchips; properly handles controlled substances used for euthanasia.
Euthanizes sick and/or dangerous animals in the field in accordance with procedures and assists other with euthanasia of animals as needed.
Clean, sanitize and disinfect kennels and cages, including cleaning food bowls and litter pans, sweeping and using high-pressure water hose to clean floors and walls using bleach or other chemical disinfectants.Performs repair and routine maintenance of kennels, cages, exercise pens, and other facilities.
Administers chemical immobilization procedures in the capture of animals as directed.
Performs specialized and technical clerical and record keeping work using departmental software systems.
In case of emergency or crisis situation (hurricane, flood, etc.) position is required to respond/perform emergency and recovery duties as assigned.Performs related duties as required to control emergencies related to animal control ordinances and statutes; schedules regular 24-hour/day, 7-day/week, 365-day/year on-call rotation, and ensures a response time within 60 minutes of dispatch.
Employees hired on or after February 1, 2016, must be a tobacco-free person, both on and off the job, for at least 1 year immediately preceding application and maintain same tobacco-free status throughout the term of employment.
Maintains regular attendance.
[These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related marginal duties as required.]
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS OR REGISTRATIONS:
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS:
Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.
FLSA Non-Exempt Status
This position is currently accepting applications.