Animal Control Officer

Town of Prescott Valley AZ Prescott Valley, AZ

Located approximately 87 miles northwest of Phoenix in beautiful northern Arizona, Prescott Valley is now recognized as the largest community in Yavapai County. Neighboring communities increase our regional population to approximately 100,000 to provide a small hometown appeal with easy access to a wide variety of amenities and recreation. We believe our greatest resource is our employees who use their commitment and skills to provide our community with quality public services. If you take pride in your work and believe words like dedication, service, commitment, integrity and professionalism still have meaning then we encourage you to apply.

Under general supervision, enforces the provisions of Article 6-01, Rules & Regulations of the Prescott Valley Town Code; issues citations for the violations of its provisions; enforces rabies control in compliance with state law. An employee in this class works independently and is expected to organize work assignments to respond to a maximum number of calls. This class is supervised by the Animal Control Supervisor through the review of calls, reports prepared, warnings and citations issued, problems encountered, and overall results achieved.

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties, knowledge, skills and abilities. This list of duties is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by positions in this class.

Examples of Duties

An Animal Control Officer must wear a uniform when enforcing Town codes. Duties are related to the care, control, and licensing of animals within town of Prescott Valley's boundaries. Answers calls and complaints, conducts investigations, gathers information, and issues citations or warnings for violations of animal regulations. A major responsibility is the enforcement of Town codes such as: leash laws, livestock restrictions, licensing requirements, barking/nuisance and vicious dog ordinances, and Arizona Revised Statutes related to animals.

Conducts animal rescues and abuse/cruelty/neglect investigations. Authority to issue citations is limited to violations of the Town's animal control ordinances.

Writes reports on violations, prepares reports of activities, maintains records of animal bites and quarantines, and notifies involved persons of the outcome. Court testimony may be required against persons cited for violations.

Works within town of Prescott Valley's boundaries using a cell phone, radio, laptop computer, and specialized truck to locate stray animals, occasionally bag dead animals for pick up, and impound live animals.

This class is responsible for performing other related duties as assigned. Meets scheduling and attendance requirements. Prioritizes own work such as picking up sick/injured animals, and responding to animal bite reports and vicious dog calls. Learns job-related material in a classroom setting regarding public contact skills and safety. Learns job-related material through on-the-job training regarding dispatch procedures, the careful handling of animals, and the use of animal capturing equipment.

Exercises independent judgment in dealing with not only a wide variety of pets and wild animals, but also in dealing with pet owners who may be angry, confused, and/or abusive.

Typical Qualification

HS/GED and two years full-time employment involving extensive public contact required. At least six months experience with enforcement of policies, procedures, rules, and/or regulations and work with handling animals. Any combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions.

The successful candidate must have the ability to pass a pre-employment drug screening and extensive background investigation.