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115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:B5397

SENIOR ANIMAL CARE SPECIALIST

SUMMARY:  Under general to limited supervision performs a variety of animal control work in the field, kennels, and specialized program areas. 

NATURE OF WORK
This is lead worker responsibilities in the field of animal care and regulation and in the operation of kennel facilities and field operations.

Work may involve overseeing subordinate Animal Care Specialists in enforcement of state and county laws regulating the care, custody, control, and licensing of animals.
Work may include coordinating the field activities of subordinates, each of which patrols an assigned area, picking up and transporting stray animals; writing citations, enforcing local animal care laws, investigating dog bite cases, and informing the public of county ordinances regulating animal control, and presenting cases in court relating to violations of county ordinances.

Work may involve 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 may also include performing the duties related to kennel and field operations, including the care and feeding of animals, handling field duties and other duties as may be assigned.

ILLUSTRATIVE  TASKS

Responds to complaint calls in order to assist law enforcement officers, set traps, capture loose, stray, sick, injured, bite, or abandoned animals, resolve issues regarding animal abuse, neglect, and/or nuisance, recheck animals placed on quarantine at the owner’s or designated property and/or explain Broward County animal care codes/procedures.

Patrols an assigned zone in order to identify/capture stray animals, respond to calls/complaints, and enforce animal care ordinances.

Captures a variety of domestic and wild animals in order to protect the community from animals and to protect animals from injury/death.

Interacts with the public in order to educate people regarding animal behavior, animal care ordinances, and/or basic animal care procedures, explain Broward County animal care policies, procedures, and fees, assist with adoptions, and/or resolve animal care ordinance related issues.

Prepares a variety of records/reports in order to document work activities, track citations, and/or document/track public interaction and prepare cases for court hearings.

Present findings and testify in court relating to possible violations of county codes.

Euthanizes animals in order to control population, minimize suffering, and/or free up space for other animals.

Cleans kennels, feeds animals, assists with return to owner and adoptions, and other duties assigned in kennel operations.

Investigates specific animal related issues such as bites, cruelty, etc., prepares documentation, writes reports, and maintains files relating to these issues while maintaining related files of such.

Serves as lead worker in the field and kennel operations.

Performs related work as required.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS – REQUIRED AT TIME OF HIRE (Applicants are expected to possess the required Knowledges, Abilities, and/or Skills listed below prior to being hired for positions in this job title.)

Knowledge of procedures for capturing a variety of domestic and wild animals.

Ability to lift and carry up to 80 lbs.

Ability to understand and follow a variety of oral and written instructions/procedures.

Ability to work in a variety of weather and temperature conditions.

Ability to multi-task.

Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

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.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS – NOT REQUIRED AT TIME OF HIRE BUT EXPECTED TO BE DEVELOPED ON THE JOB (The following Knowledges, Abilities, and/or Skills listed below, although considered to be necessary in order to perform the work of this job title, are not required at time of hire.)

Knowledge of streets, roads, and locations within Broward County.

Knowledge of Broward County animal care and regulation ordinances. 

Knowledge of procedures for issuing animal care citations.

Knowledge of established customer service policies, procedures, and techniques.

Ability to read and follow maps.

Ability to evaluate information/situations and make decisions based on established policies and procedures.

Ability to explain policies, procedures, fees, and ordinances to others.

Ability to complete a variety of forms/reports.

Ability to obtain certifications for Animal Care Officer, euthanasia, crematory operation, and others as may be required related to area of responsibility.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING  

Successful completion of job related tests. Three (3) years of experience in the care and handling of animals desired.  

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS  

Must possess a valid Florida Driver's License.
 
Must obtain the Animal Care Officer certification within six (6) months of hire.
 
Must obtain the Euthanasia certification within six (6) months of hire.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bargaining Unit:  Blue Collar                            
FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt
Financial Disclosure Required:  No
Class Spec Estab./Revised:  E  06/2009   R  12/2012


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