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Animal Control Officer - City of Kirkland ( Job # 17-0055)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $4,586.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $5,725.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Police
Closes: April 30, 2017 at 11:30 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Performs the full range of animal control services, including enforcement of city codes and ordinances related to the care, control, and licensing of animals.  Enforces applicable state and city laws and ordinances to protect the safety of the public and the welfare of animals.   Responds to calls and complaints, gathers information, issues warnings/citations for violations of animal regulations.  Locates, restrains, and controls stray or lost animals in a safe manner; transports animals as necessary to animal shelter facility.   Re-unites lost animals to their owners when possible.  Assists in efforts to ensure citizen compliance with City pet licensing requirements.  Serves as key liaison to contracted animal shelter service and external pet licensing company.  Assists in creating a visible community-oriented animal services program which encourages citizen participation and involvement.  Educates and informs the public on animal care and licensing requirements. 

  • Organizes and prioritizes routine and emergency calls, takes appropriate action or relays the information to the proper authority
  • Attends and represents Kirkland Police Department at various City and public meetings.  Presents testimony in Court as needed
  • Maintains accurate records, files, databases and statistics related to animal control services.  Prepares reports for police management
  • Answers general animal related inquiries and provides information in regards to available resources such as spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations, pet adoption, feral animals, etc.
  • Participates in the City's emergency preparedness planning and disaster response efforts in regards to responding to animal related issues and needs in emergency situations
  • Operates, maintains, and sanitizes the animal services department vehicle and other equipment

  • Minimum Qualifications

    High School graduate or equivalency.   Three (3) years of work experience as an animal control officer, or experience in an animal shelter, kennel, veterinarian's office or similar work environment.  An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be substituted which would allow the incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Must possess excellent written an oral communications skills, and customer service skills, to include the ability to interact effectively with people in a calm and rational manner.   Demonstrated computer skills using MS Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel) and ability to use police department software programs required.  Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License.  Must be able to apply physical strength in the apprehension and containment of animals, lift and move 5 - 50 pound animals on a routine basis, and lift live and dead weight up to 75 pounds without assistance.   

    Must be able to become certified as an Animal Control Officer by a nationally recognized organization such as National Animal Control Association (NACA) within two years of hire date.

    The selection process includes a full background investigation and CVSA/polygraph, psychological exam, and medical exam prior to hire.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Previous experience in animal control services desirable.  One year experience with enforcement of policies, procedures, ordinances, rules and regulations at local, state, or federal level preferred.

    Hours of Work

    Initial work schedule will be 8:00 - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.    Must be available to respond to off-hour emergency call-outs.  Work schedule may include occasional holidays and/or weekend shift.

    Working Conditions & Physical Activities

    Work is primarily performed in the field.  Involves driving a department vehicle, and working at times in inclement weather.  Work includes exposure to unpleasant situations involving cruelty to animals, animal remains, injured or dangerous animals, and unsanitary conditions.  Exposure to disagreement and situations involving conflict, anger, verbal abuse.  May be required to walk/run on rough ground or hazardous areas, including in and around moving traffic, and small, cramped areas.  Wears police department approved uniform and related equipment.

    Union Affiliation

    As a condition of employment, must become a member of Kirkland Police Guild - Support Staff within 30 days of employment or meet alternate regulations as set forth in the Agreement between the City and the Guild.

    Selection Process

    Applicants who submit a timely application and are invited to participate in further stages of the selection process will be notified by phone or email.





    Kirkland Justice Center
    11750 NE 118th Street
    Kirkland, WA