Warden II (15256)

Lake County IL Libertyville, IL
Want to join a company that's in the top 6 percent of local health departments nationwide and where you could truly make a difference to those in greatest need? The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is the Largest human service provider in Lake County. We live our mission each day, by promoting the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in the communities around Lake County. If you are passionate about giving back and ready to be a part of an innovative team, we're looking for you!

About the Role:

With minimal supervision, acts to control rabies by handling animals, including tranquilizing, impounding and/or relocating wild animals, injured animals, vicious animals and stray animals as required. Conducts investigations into ordinance or statutory violations, and issues violation notices and tickets as appropriate. Interacts with the public and with other outside agencies and organizations representing the Lake County Health Department.

Hours: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday (9:00am – 5:00pm) *Evening and Holidays are required with rotating on-call*

About You:

Skills and Experience

* Functions as the Lake County Health Department's public contact with the community in the field regarding animal control issues. Informs the public about the laws regarding animals, bites and strays.

* Issues violation notices, warnings and tickets as required.

* Is responsible for night and weekend calls in rotation as required.

* Receives training in the tools used for animal control and thereafter is responsible for proper utilization and care of these tools, including tranquilizing guns and medications.

* Responsible for maintaining equipment, uniforms and vehicles in good working condition.

* Prepares activity reports and records of inspections, investigations, transactions and correspondence.

* Participates in making recommendations that formulate service area policies and procedures.

* Investigates complaints involving possible violations, offers advice on solutions, and makes follow-up inspections.

* Offers solutions and follow up on corrections of ordinance and code violations.

* Makes reasonable and accurate interpretations of statutes and ordinances applicable to responsibilities.

* Educates the public on environmental health issues and the public health rationale for recommendations.

* Formulates goals and objectives, establishes appropriate timelines/deadlines and balances his or her workload when involved in multiple projects.

* Acts in concert with Department of Agriculture in matters relating to livestock and other domestic animals.

* Prepares and submits specimens suspected of rabies or other zoonoses, including West Nile specimens to the appropriate laboratory.

* Patrols area of responsibility. Assists Lake County Sheriff and township officials when requested.

* Sets humane traps for animals when appropriate.

* Assists the public, community service officers, police departments, Lake County Sheriff, Lake County Forest Preserve Rangers and co-workers with impoundment and release of animals and maintains accurate records of these transactions.

* Processes telephone inquiries and complaints from the public, other agencies and Health Department staff regarding strays, and relinquished, biting, and wild animals.

* Assists in the transfer of impounded animals to other animal control/adoption facilities.

* As required, acts as radio dispatcher, dispatching wardens to appropriate locations based upon complaints or requests from municipalities, the Sheriff's Department, or private citizens.

* Assists, as required, with animal bite investigations, rabies registration and spay/neuter program.

* Assists at vaccination or micro-chip clinics.

* Performs humane euthanasia when needed.

Education, Qualifications, and Certification:

* Requires a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.

* Requires 1 year of experience as an animal warden or relevant experience.

* Requires a valid driver's license with appropriate classification and a satisfactory driving record.

* Requires ability to be licensed by the Department of Professional Regulation State of Illinois Certified Euthanasia Technician.

About the Perks:

Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package with performance-based incentive plans. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program. Visit the Health Department page to get additional information on why you should work for us.

To learn more about the department you will be working for, visit Animal Care and Control to learn more about our community impact and to see some of our employees please take a look at this short video.

Any offer of employment is conditioned on the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.

Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer