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Animal Control Officer
City of Alameda, East Bay

Animal Control

For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4921
Close Date: Jan 17, 2017
Salary: $22.87 - $30.64 Hourly

City of Alameda • California

Animal Control Officer
Alameda Police Department
OPEN EXAMINATION: All qualified individuals may apply.

$22.87 to $30.64 Hourly

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM

DATE OF EXAMINATION: Candidates will be notified by email.

This position is part of the Alameda Police Department Bureau of Operations and works under the supervision of the Patrol Watch Commander. Some examples of duties are as follows: picks up unleashed or deceased animals; investigates complaints, incidents of animal bites, and reports of abuse; issues warnings and citations; works with the public to resolve animal nuisance complaints; receives stray animals; assesses animal health and behavior; and responds to customer service requests. This position also operates an animal control vehicle as well as related equipment.  Performs other related work as required. 

Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive process where a candidate’s performance and suitability for the position will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates. To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to prove the required knowledge and abilities for the position. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Any combination equivalent to education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education:  Graduation from high school.

Experience:  One year animal care and/or control experience and responsible service-oriented experience dealing with the public

Other Requirements: Incumbent is required to successfully complete California Penal Code Section 832 certification, (arrest, search and seizure) within one year of employment.

KNOWLEDGE OF laws and regulations governing licensing, impounding, and care of animals; the symptoms of common animal diseases and the various breeds of dogs and other animals; modern office practices and procedures.

ABILITY TO effectively care for a variety of animals; perform clerical work and basic mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy; operate a computer terminal, a variety of office equipment and specialized animal care equipment; read, interpret, apply and explain various codes, regulations, manuals, maps, etc.; establish and maintain accurate records; prepare reports concerning areas of assignment; communicate effectively; act with resourcefulness, courtesy and initiative; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public.

The examination process may include an application and supplemental questionnaire evaluation, a written exam, a performance exam, and/or an oral interview. The examination process may test for, but is not limited to, the essential knowledge and abilities listed in the job specification and announcement and will be designed to provide a comprehensive review of each candidate’s technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position.  Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time, and location of examinations approximately two weeks in advance.  If applicants have not received written notice at least one week prior to the tentative test date listed in the flyer, they should contact the City of Alameda Human Resources Department at (510) 747-4900.

Candidates passing all components of the examination process will be placed on an Eligible List.  A list of names is certified to the department(s) having vacancies based on the type of examination conducted pursuant to the provision of the City’s Civil Service Rules.  Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head subject to approval by the City Manager. The Department Head may utilize additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision.  Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment.  Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate with the highest rating on the most heavily weighted portion of the exam or if weighted 100% on any given portion, based on the earliest application date.  Prior to appointment, a thorough background check will be conducted, including a polygraph.  This position also requires the successful completion of a pre-employment medical examination, which is administered after a conditional job offer is made. The selection process may be evaluated and revised based on the number of qualified applicants. Federal law requires that prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, as required the U.S. Department of Justice.

1. Apply ONLINE at or
2. Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501
Applications along with Supplemental Questionnaire must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application. 

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT:  A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.

The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.

The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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