Class Code:BA018

ANIMAL CARE SPECIALIST, FIELD

General Description

Performs a variety of animal control/care work in the field.

Works under general supervision, independently developing work methods and sequences.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responds to complaint calls in order of priority to, set traps, capture loose, stray, sick, injured, or abandoned animals; investigate animal abuse, neglect, and/or nuisance.

Conducts general investigations of animal related problems including, but not limited to animal cruelty and neglect, aggressive and dangerous dogs, animals running–at-large, barking, permitting, licensing and impounding of animals all which may involve hostile, irate or distressed members of the public, in a tactful, professional and effective manner.

Patrols an assigned zone in order to identify/capture stray animals, responds to calls/complaints, and enforces animal care ordinances; captures a variety of domestic animals in order to protect the community and to protect animals from injury/death.

Apprehends and confines stray, injured, aggressive/dangerous and nuisance animals in the most safe, humane and approved manner possible. Administers emergency first aid if needed. Euthanizes animals if necessary and permitted. Transports animals to sheltering facility and/or veterinary clinic.

Mediates animal issues between neighbors; educates members of the public about laws and regulations on animal care; takes immediate action if necessary; gathers evidence and information for further investigation as indicated; documents information; consults with supervisors and/or management staff regarding cases of a complex or unusual nature; works with local law enforcement agencies, issues civil citations to responsible parties for animal-related issues;  provides testimony on investigations and findings; performs related duties as assigned.

Maintains and uses controlled drugs in accordance with law and policy for humane euthanasia, sedation or chemical capture of animals.

Works with other community professionals such as police officers, court officials and veterinarians.

Prepares written investigative reports that may be introduced as legal court evidence.

Answers telephone calls from citizens and dispatches calls for service to other field staff on a rotational basis as assigned.

Interacts with the public in order to educate people regarding animal behavior, animal care ordinances, and basic animal care procedures; explains Broward County animal care policies, procedures, and fees; assists with adoptions, and resolves animal care ordinance related issues.

Assists public with issues of pet identification and reuniting pets with their owners.

Responds to night emergency calls on a rotating basis; assists fellow specialists as requested and/or necessary; works overtime as necessary to complete duties.

Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.

Operates a laptop/computer and other common office equipment necessary to complete the duties assigned.

Operates issued animal capture, restraint and transport equipment necessary to complete the duties assigned.

Transports shelter animals to appropriate veterinarian hospital, participates in public events as directed, and communicates well with other employees, public and administrative staff.

Performs general clerical tasks, provides backup coverage to other officers and dispatch as needed, participates in meetings and special assignments as directed.

Assists in shelter cleaning and maintenance, euthanasia and care of impounded animals when needed.

Performs other related duties, tasks, assignments and/or responsibilities as assigned.

Physical Demands

Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Performs physical work that involves walking, running, standing, stooping, stretching, or lifting. Work also involves lifting over 50 pounds on a regular and recurring basis. Dexterity involving exceptional skill, adeptness, and speed in the use of fingers, hands, or limbs in tasks involving very close tolerances or limits of accuracy.

Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)

Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.

Involves routine and frequent exposure to extreme noise levels.

Involves routine and frequent exposure to disease/pathogens.

Involves routine exposure to aggressive or dangerous animals.

Involves routine and frequent exposure to extreme heat and/or cold; wet or humid conditions.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Requires one (1) year of experience in the professional care and handling of animals.

Special Requirements

Required to work nights, weekends, holidays and on-call as scheduled.

Ability to perform euthanasia as required.

Special Certifications and Licenses

Must possess a valid Florida Class E Driver's License at time of appointment, and must obtain and maintain the authority to drive on County business.

Must obtain the Animal Care Officer certification within six (6) months of hire.

Must obtain the Euthanasia certification within six (6) months of hire.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

Broward County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The ADA requires Broward County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

Emergency Management Responsibilities

During emergency conditions, all County employees are automatically considered emergency service workers. County employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.

County-wide Employee Responsibilities

All Broward County employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County’s Employee Code of Ethics, gift, and conflict of interest policies.

All Broward County employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.