NATURE OF WORK
This is supervisory work in the field of animal care and regulation and in the operation of kennel facilities.
Work involves supervising subordinate Animal Care Specialists in enforcement of state and county laws regulating the effective housing, custody, control, and registration of companion animals, and the development and implementation of programs relating to animal welfare.
Work includes coordinating the field activities of subordinates, each of which patrols an assigned area, picking up and transporting stray animals, issuing citations, enforcing applicable animal care laws, investigating dog and/or cat bite cases, and informing the public of county ordinances regulating animal control.
Work includes the management and operation of a kennel facility and crematory, and the supervision of staff engaged in the operation and maintenance of these facilities.
Work also includes the research of best practices and the development and implementation of specialized programs relating to the care and welfare of companion animals.
Work is reviewed through reports, conferences, and observation of results obtained.
Supervises and coordinates field activities of the animal care operations of an assigned large county area.
Supervises and manages the operation of a kennel facility and assists in increasing the amount of effective placement and adoption of unwanted pets.
Supervises subordinates involved in the euthanization of animals; may be required to perform euthanasia as needed, and supervise the operation of a crematory.
Provides required information answering calls regarding complaints of vicious, diseased, or stray dogs and/or cats and other animal problems.
Represents the section in court on appeals of citations and maintains records necessary for court appearances; initiates action on notices of court appeal dates.
Represents the section at community events relating to animal issues and conducts meetings and workshops with animal welfare groups and interested citizens.
Provides supervision oversight to subordinates to ensure section assigned county vehicle fleet is maintained and operated according to established standards; ensures subordinates are properly displaying the accepted uniform, in a clean and presentable fashion; performs individual inspections as required.
Develops, recommends, and writes standard operating and internal procedures.
Develops, recommends, and implements animal programs according to established best practices.
Participates in all phases of animal care and regulation activities as required.
Participates in identified activities to implement and monitor required agency emergency support functions; reports to assigned facility and/or staging areas for pre and post emergency operations coverage.
Provides information and counseling to animal owners regarding provisions of the law and local ordinances; develops and distributes informational brochures.
Prepares reports on activities of subordinates; initiates and issues disciplinary action as required.
Prepares correspondence to citizens as required.
Serves as division liaison with Broward County agencies, various support agencies and local law enforcement.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Considerable knowledge of state and local laws pertaining to animal welfare.
Considerable knowledge of the geography of the County.
Considerable knowledge of the safe and proper techniques for handling companion animals.
Considerable knowledge of animal welfare programs.
Ability to prepare and maintain routine work records and reports.
Ability to supervise the work of assigned subordinates.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to 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, gender, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from high school; four (4) years experience in the care and control of animals in a kennel or shelter facility including two (2) years experience in the supervisory aspects of the work, and one (1) year experience in development and/or implementation of animal welfare programs; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Possession of a valid Florida Driver's license.
Certification in euthanasia and chemical capture. Certification as an Animal Control Officer (NACA/FACA).
Bargaining Unit: Government Supervisors Association (GSA)
FLSA status: Non-exempt
Financial Disclosure Required: No
Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E 9/1997 R 09/2012