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Human Resources Division
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:B5402

ANIMAL CARE SPECIALIST

NATURE OF WORK
 
Under general to limited supervision, performs a variety of animal control/care work in the field and/or kennels.
 
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, 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.
 
Assists public with issues of pet identification and reuniting pets with their owners.
 
Prepares a variety of records/reports in order to document work activities, track citations, and/or document/track public interaction.
 
Cleans assigned kennel area(s) in order to provide a safe sanitary environment for the animals.
 
Feeds/waters animals in order to maintain animal’s health and general welfare.
 
Euthanizes animals in order to control population, minimize suffering, and/or free up space for other animals.
 
Performs related work as required.
 
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS – REQUIRED AT TIME OF HIRE (Applicants are expected to possess the required Knowledge, 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.
 
Knowledge of general animal care/health principles and practices.
 
Ability to lift and carry up to 80 lbs.
 
Ability to stand for extended periods, and to bend, stoop, and reach to perform assigned work activities.
 
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 communicate effectively orally and in writing.
 
Ability to perform a variety of animal care related work activities.
 
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 Knowledge, 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 perform various tasks on a desktop/laptop computer and general knowledge of computer programs.
 
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
 
Successful completion of job related tests.  One (1) year 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 10/1976    R 12/2012

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