CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 169
Established: 12/84
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 4

DOG CONTROL OFFICER 1

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, to investigate license compliances and damage inflicted by dogs to livestock; to impound and quarantine dogs; to care for and dispose of dogs in accordance with State and County laws and regulations; to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Department of Dog Control enforces all State and County laws governing the care, control, impounding, licensing and disposal of animals.

The Dog Control Officer 1 works independently under the general direction of leadworker and administrative staff. Employees in this classification must enforce ordinances while demonstrating tact and maintaining cooperative relationships with the public. The incumbent investigates complaints, checks dogs for licensure, and transports dogs to the shelter. Dog Control Officer 1 is differentiated from Dog Control Officer 2 which is the leadworker position in the series.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Patrols assigned area for the purpose of locating stray dogs; checks for license compliance and takes unlicensed dogs to the shelter.
  2. Investigates claims filed against dog license fund; explains State and County laws relating to dog control and licensing to the public; issues violation notices; issues dog licenses.
  3. Investigates complaints of damage inflicted by dogs and of dogs suspected of rabies; investigates animal bites, quarantines dogs; transports sick, injured or dead dogs to the kennel. Assists in the location and disposition of livestock killing dogs.
  4. Assists the public in claiming or adoption of dogs; assists in the arranging for setting up of immunization clinics.
  5. Prepares and maintains activity reports and record of all dogs impounded.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Working knowledge of: Canine care and treatment; safe canine handling techniques; State laws and ordinances related to canines; canine diseases and injuries; and techniques of impounding stray or unlicensed dogs.

Skill to: Read and follow written and oral instructions; keep correct and concise reports; exercise tact and good judgment; comprehend and explain the laws and regulations governing the licensing, quarantine and impounding of dogs; operate a motor vehicle; safely apprehend and transport injured, frightened or sick dogs; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties are usually performed in various settings requiring exposure to adverse weather conditions and exposure to frightened, injured or sick dogs; typical work involves lifting moderately heavy (50 pounds) objects of awkward size and shape.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.