City of Ames Animal Control Officer in 50010, Iowa

Animal Control Officer



Animal Control Officer


$17.16 - $23.64 Hourly


50010, IA

Job Type

Less than 20 hours/week



Job Number



4/30/2018 5:00 PM Central

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General Information

The City of Ames Animal Control Division is seeking a part-time Animal Control Officer. This part-time position will work every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6-8pm, every other Friday from 6-8pm and every other Saturday and Sunday from 8am-5pm. This schedule is subject to change as coverage is needed from time to time.

Under general supervision, performs duties related to the enforcement of city and state animal control ordinances and regulations; performs related work as required.

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Examples of Essential Job Functions: Provides quality animal control services to the community, demonstrates excellent customer service, communication and problem solving skills; responds to citizens' calls for assistance with domestic, exotic and wild animals that are lost, found, creating a nuisance or being treated cruelly; mediates between complainants and owners; provides assistance to animals reported as sick or injured; removes animals from places which are difficult to access such as in trees, under houses, on roofs, etc.; provides education to citizens and owners on the humane and responsible care and treatment of animals; files charges and testifies in court in cases of violation of state or local ordinances; maintains records, enters data into a database, searches records for information, generates reports, completes workday activity reports and disposition of animals picked up; performs follow-up investigations as needed. Sanitizes all animal housing areas; vaccinates, deworms and medicates animals as instructed; euthanizes animals; assists in "Lost and Found" activities; provides assistance to, and maintains a good working relationship with volunteers; maintains supply inventory; maintains a clean and organized work environment.

Other Job Functions: Patrols streets to promote safety by reduction of stray animals and noise complaints; locates animals reported to have bitten humans or other animals; tranquilizes animals; retrieves deceased animals; administers medication to animals; opens and closes Animal Shelter as needed; maintains records on other shelter activities; assist in adoptions and performs customer service duties with the public at the shelter.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: High School diploma or GED. Six months of experience caring for animals in an animal care facility. While volunteer experience may be considered paid work experience is preferred.

Licenses and Certificates: Possession of a valid Iowa driver's license and satisfactory driving history.

Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of the various species of common animals; some knowledge of the characteristics of animal behavior; knowledge of humane animal handling, treatment and care of animals; some knowledge of the principles and methods of medicating and humanely euthanizing animals.

Skill in the safe operation of a City vehicle; skill in the safe transportation of animals.

Ability to effectively communicate and work with a wide variety of people, personalities and emotions; ability to maintain a strong commitment to integrity and fairness; working ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; ability to use good judgment, problem-solving and making sound decisions; ability to learn applicable city and state ordinances and regulations; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public; ability to perform the essential job functions in an organized, compassionate and self directed manner.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, a phone interview, on-site panel interview, and a completion of a criminal background check which includes a sex offender registry check.

Depending on the number of qualified candidates, the city may forego phone interviews.

Required Physical Activities: Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, repetitive motions.

Physical Characteristics of Work: Medium work requiring the exertion of up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Vision Requirement: Vision at least 20/100, correctable 20/20; vision cannot be inhibited by color blindness or night blindness.

Environmental Conditions: The worker is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions, as well as cold, heat, noise, animal excrement and odors, fumes from disinfectant chemicals, high places, syringes and needles, and medications used with animals. Worker is also in contact with animals of unknown origin that have the potential to bite.

Equipment Used in Performing Essential Job Functions: Police radios, animal control vehicles, mobile telephone, flashlight, first aid kit, traps, feral cat boxes, stretcher, water hoses, various animal handling equipment, pest control products, syringe and pole syringe, needles, snares, net and net pole, muzzles, bite gloves, snake tongs, boots, ladders, pet cages and carriers, litter and litter pans, lead ropes and leashes, disinfectant chemicals, animal food and medication, rubber gloves, broom, mop, squeegee, washer/dryer, food and water bowls, shovel, etc.

Other Equipment: Computer terminal, keyboard, calculator, telephone, digital camera, copy & fax machine, printers, paper forms, keys, a variety of common office equipment such as pens/pencils, file folders and labels, etc. A variety of written materials including, reference materials, policy/procedure manuals, books, maps and various software.

E-Verify Process

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.