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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2313 - Senior Animal Control Officer

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Non-Exempt
GRADE:    111

Under direction; performs work of moderate difficulty in the safe and effective apprehension, rescue and control of abandoned animals both wild and/or domestic as found within the jurisdiction of the County; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class serves as a lead worker overseeing the enforcement division of Animal Control.  Work involves the ability to utilize independent judgment and consistency when enforcing animal control regulations. Direction is received from the Animal Care & Control Administrator/Veterinarian.  

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

•    Performs lead worker responsibilities including training new employees on job skills, operations and procedures
•    Ensures the completion of tasks by staff (e.g. investigation and enforcement of the laws pertaining to animal cruelty, apprehension, rescue, housing, caring, feeding and controlling of stray animals, etc.)
•    Promotes positive morale, creativity and teamwork among staff
•    Responds to complaints from residents.
•    Investigates animal law violations, alleged nuisances and humane complaints
•    Prepares animal traps
•    Applies first aid to injured animals
•    Records and maintains written logs (e.g. animal bites, reports, investigation follow-up, etc.)
•    Contacts victims and coordinates rabies observation efforts with appropriate authorities
•    Issues citations for violation of the Animal Control Act and Humane Care Acts and DuPage County ordinances
•    Serves as a liaison between Animal Control and law enforcement agencies in DuPage County
•    Testifies in court
•    Assists public in adopting or reclaiming lost animals
•    Performs euthanasia as directed
•    Participates in reviewing  past history/records and testing in determining the outcome of shelter animals
•    Administers vaccines, microchips and medications as directed
•    Restrains animals as needed.
•    Maintains regular and attendance punctuality

•    Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
•    Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure or certifications.
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
•    County policies and procedures
•    Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
•    Animal control laws, regulations, and ordinances
•    The methods used in safely handling animals
•    Traffic, safety, and accident prevention rules
•    Record-keeping practices and procedures

Skill in:
•    Planning, inspecting and supervising the work of subordinate personnel
•    Applying the laws, regulations and ordinances pertaining to animal control
•    The safe treatment of animals
•    Recordkeeping
•    Planning and scheduling the work of others
•    Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
•    Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations, and services of office to which assigned

Ability to:
•    Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
•    Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
•    Convey excellent oral and written communication
•    Work effectively under stress
•    Maintain confidentiality
•    Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
•    Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent and one (1) year of animal science or related course work and four years of experience working as an officer in an animal control or animal shelter.; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Heavy Work: While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to run, reach with hands and/or arms, operate physical restraint equipment and lift up to 50 lbs.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position involves office, administrative and field work.  The work environment for this position regularly includes being exposed to unfavorable odors and frequently includes working in outside weather conditions.  Will be subject to animal bites and/or scratches.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois Driver's License.