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Animal Welfare Officer II

Employer
Oklahoma City
Location
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 14, 2022

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Other
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Department Information, Job Summary and Essential Job Functions

NOTE:The normal starting salary for this position is $18.24/hourly. A higher salary may be considered, dependent on the qualifications and experience of the selected applicant and/or the City's step placement policy.

Full-time City employees will receive preference in the following order: major division first, then department, then all other full-time City employees. Part-time/year-round City employees will receive preference next. If there are no qualified full-time City employees or part-time/year-round City employees, external applicants will then be considered.

This job classification has been designated as a safety sensitive job classification in accordance with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, 63 O.S., 427.1 et seq.,(OSCN 2019), effective August 29, 2019. This means employees in this job classification can be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination if they test positive for marijuana components or metabolites, even if they possess a medical marijuana license.

This job is located in the Animal Welfare Divisionof theDevelopment Services Departmentwithin the City of Oklahoma Cityand is under the direction of an immediate supervisor. However, an eligibility list will be established or supplemented for filling future vacancies in the department, per provisions of the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement.The Animal Welfare Officer II is primarily responsible for rescuing animals in need; enforcing ordinances and laws pertaining to animals; patrolling an assigned geographical area; responding to public inquiries and complaints; educating, counseling and exchanging information with the public concerning animal care and welfare, and providing assistance in support of the overall operations of the work unit. Essential job functions include: enforcing ordinances and laws pertaining to animals and issuing citations when necessary; responding to calls involving injured, sick, dangerous and stray animals, barking dogs, leash, sanitation and other violations; investigating reports of animal abuse and cruelty, and taking appropriate action; humanely and safely rescuing and caring for stray, dangerous, nuisance, sick/injured and other animals; using controlled substances to tranquilize or medicate animals; quarantining animals involved in biting incidents; and examining animals' physical condition and notifying proper individuals if medical attention is required. Other duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: completing standard reports and forms (e.g., animal bite report, daily reports, citations, etc.); and appearing in Court to provide testimony on citations and complaints. The Animal Welfare Officer II has frequent contact with City staff, the general public and outside agencies to exchange information. The employee must use tact and diplomacy when answering inquiries or responding to complaints from citizens via telephone, written correspondence and face-to-face. The work is frequently performed independently with unusual problems or situations referred to an immediate supervisor. The work performance is evaluated through visual inspection of records and complaints registered by citizens and/or City personnel.

VETERANS PREFERENCE

Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Active Duty Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve Forces who are not currently employed full-time by the City of Oklahoma City shall receive five (5) points added to the passing score on an initial selection process. Qualified applicants must upload or submit a copy of their DD Form 214 or NGB Form 22 indicating discharge type/character of service at the time of application.

Job Requirements

* Knowledge of various breeds of dogs, cats and other domestic and wild animals.
* Knowledge of basic methods of animal welfare and care.
* Knowledge of small animal/livestock behavior and their care.
* Skill in communicating with tact and diplomacy.
* Skill in handling animals safely and humanely.
* Ability to conduct routine investigations relating to animal welfare and/or code and ordinance violations.
* Ability to maintain records and prepare reports
* Ability to deal with the public.
* Ability and willingness to perform the prescribed animal welfare and control activities.
* Ability to work with animals of various sizes and temperaments.
* Willingness to work with sick, injured and/or vicious animals.
* Willingness to euthanize animals.
* Willingness to perform duties and responsibilities of an Animal Welfare Officer I.
* Willingness to follow all applicable safety rules and regulations.
* Possession of a valid driver license (Operator).

NOTE: The incumbent will be required to successfully complete a prescribed course of training administered by the Animal Welfare Division. The training will consist of information regarding the safe and proper handling of animals, applicable laws or regulations, and departmental policies and procedures.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

WORKING CONDITIONS

* Outside frequently exposed to heat, cold, humidity, rain, etc.

* Possibility of animal bites.

* Subject to working near moving objects such as traffic and machinery.

* Exposed to steady and loud noises.

* Exposed to large amounts of dust.

* Exposed to allergy-causing agents such as dust; bee or wasp stings; poison oak, ivy and sumac; etc.

* Occasionally exposed to chemical irritants such as disinfectant, bleach and flea dip.

* Occasionally exposed to large concentrations of noxious odors.

* Possibility of infections or illnesses caused by disease carrying animals.

* Required to use and maintain immobilization (tranquilizer) equipment.

* Local travel on a daily basis.

* Will work on slick floors and uneven surfaces

* Will care for and handle large animals, including livestock of all types

* Will care for and handle wildlife

* Occasional exposure to toxins such as chemicals used in the euthanization process.

* Required to work weekends, holidays, irregular hours and occasional overtime.

NOTE: Typical City employee working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, working hours vary (may require work to begin before 8:00 a.m. and/or end beyond 5:00 p.m., and/or may require work on weekends and holidays), and are subject to change, based on the duties and location of the position and the business needs of the assigned work unit/department.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

* Strength enough to lift, push, and pull objects such as animals weighing up to 75 lbs.

* Stamina to exert oneself physically throughout the workday.

* Flexibility enough to bend, twist, and reach to perform duties such as loading and unloading animals on and off a truck and in and out of carriers, cages and kennels.

* Mobility enough to continually move oneself from place to place.

* Gross body coordination and balance enough to remain upright while capturing large animals such as cattle, horses, etc.

* Manual dexterity enough to perform duties such as placing identification collars on animals, typing and completing forms.

* Near vision enough to read items such as forms, tags or animal identification numbers, etc.

* Far vision enough to be able to perform duties such as identifying species of animal from a distance (e.g. skunk vs. cat).

* Visual color discrimination enough to perform duties such as distinguishing the color of animals for identification purposes.

* Hearing enough to distinguish sounds in a noisy environment.

* Speech and hearing enough to communicate clearly and distinctly in person and by two-way radio.

Other Notes

NOTE: An eligibility list will be established from this posting consisting of applicants who receive a score of 70 percent or better. Multiple selection procedures may be utilized; a minimum of 70 percent or better will be required on each; and the results of multiple selection procedures will be equally weighted. The eligibility list will be in effect for 180 days from the date of the final selection procedure and will be used to fill future vacancies.

NOTE: City employees are required to receive pay electronically, either via direct deposit or pay card.

NOTE TO FORMER EMPLOYEES: To participate in any selection process, former employees must be eligible for rehire. If you are unsure of your rehire status, please contact the Human Resources Department at (405) 297-2530. If your rehire status has been coded "Not Eligible," "Eligible 3," or "Conditional," you will need to request a review of your rehire status through the Human Resources Department's Employee and Labor Relations Division.

NOTE: Upon a conditional offer and acceptance of employment, the City of Oklahoma City will conduct a background investigation/verification. Applicants will be provided contact information for any third-party reporting agencies used to collect background information in connection with conditional offers of employment.

NOTE: Applicants will be provided a copy of the City of Oklahoma City's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy upon conditional offer and acceptance of the position and prior to being directed for a health screen/physical examination and drug test.

NOTE: Completion of the supplemental questions is required. Applicant responses to supplemental questions must specifically answer the questions asked. Responses to supplemental questions must be supported by work history/information listed on the application/resume. Applications may not be reviewed if specific responses to supplemental questions have not been provided.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

If you require reasonable accommodation at any time during the hiring process, please notify one of the Human Resources Department Representatives by calling 405-297-2530.

The City of Oklahoma City is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity and inclusion.

The City of Oklahoma City will not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex (to include sexual orientation and gender identity and/or expression), age, genetic information, disability or political affiliation.
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