employment opportunities-H.A.S.- Humane Animal Services

employment opportunities

Humane Animal Services in Vacaville California is currently recruiting for P/T and/or F/T animal service officers to enforce applicable state laws and county ordinances governing the control of domestic animals.

Officers will respond to citizens' requests and complaints regarding domestic animal control problems; work under close supervision while being trained and will gradually work more independently as knowledge and skills are developed.

Animal Services Officers are required to work a varied schedule which may include shifts that require working evenings, weekends and holidays as directed; response to after hours emergency calls will be required.

Within six months from date of employment incumbent must obtain a valid POST 832 PC with firearms.


Enforces state and local laws pertaining to the control of canines and other domestic animals.
Receive and investigate complaints and reports from the public and other agencies regarding stray, dangerous, unwanted or improperly controlled animals; tactfully handle complaints, mitigating concerns; investigate and prepare animal cruelty cases.
Pick up, transport, and impound stray, confined, sick, injured or dead animals as needed

Apprehends and properly disposes of a variety of domestic pets, wildlife and livestock;
Investigate all potentially dangerous and potentially vicious domestic animals.
Receives and investigates complaints regarding the care, maintenance, control and disposal of all types of animals;
Provides satisfactory explanations to the general public on State and local laws relating to animals;
Exercises tact, compassion, courtesy and poise while discharging assigned duties;
Investigates animal bites and completes related paperwork;
Investigates and prepares animal cruelty cases; issue violation notices and court citations; collect evidence, prepare, submit and conduct search warrants; appear in court as a witness; prepare responses and represent Humane Animal Services in Superior Court regarding dangerous and vicious dogs; be able to prepare responses to pre- and post- seizure hearings;
Issues Notices to Appear in Court and may be required to testify in court relating to criminal matters;
Prepares legible, clearly written reports; keeps records and completes forms concerning animal control violations and transactions;
Patrols all or assigned areas; issues citations for violations of domestic animal control laws.
Operates pick-up trucks, vans and stock trailers used in transportation of animals and equipment;
Operate vehicle to patrol jurisdictions overseen by Humane Animal Services; enforce animal regulations, laws and ordinances; answer questions from the public concerning age, breed, characteristics, care and treatment of animals; advise the public of legal rights, explaining and interpreting animal control laws, regulations, procedures and policies.

Examines animals to determine age, sex, and overall condition;
Work cooperatively with other law enforcement groups when joint action is required; issue violation notices and court citations, collect evidence and appear in court as a witness, as necessary

Work cooperatively with local law enforcement in responding to potentially dangerous/potentially violent or rabid animals that require assistance in the dispatching of an animal through use of firearms;
Through the use of department approved software, maintain records of all activities involving public contact in the pursuit of official duties; proficiently operates computer software for tracking animals;
May be assigned to any shift and required to be available on standby or on-call basis.


Knowledge of:
State and county laws, regulations and ordinances relating to animal control work; learn and apply proper care and feeding of domestic animals; learn diseases and symptoms common to domestic animals.

Ability to:
Recognize normal and abnormal animal behavior; care for and safely handle domestic animals so as to avoid injury to persons or animals; deal with the general public in a courteous but firm manner; prepare simple reports and other written material in a logical, concise and accurate manner; learn departmental procedures, county ordinances and state laws covering the control and protection of animals; express oneself, both verbally and in writing, in a clear and logical manner; work effectively with or without close supervision depending upon classification of job assigned; issue citations, prepare cases for and testify in court as required.

Education and Experience:

High School graduate or equivalent.

Experience in an animal shelter environment                                

Possession of an appropriate California driver's license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles and must maintaining a clean driving record is mandatory.

* Cover Letter

* Resume
* Copies of relevant certificates

* Clean DMV printout

Pre-employment physical and drug screen required.