Performs protective service work in the enforcement of state statutes and ordinances regulating the keeping of animals within the Town, and related work as required. Work is performed under the moderate supervision of the Police Lieutenant.
Essential Duties of the Position
The following duties are those considered most essential to the position. This does not preclude the delegation of other duties considered as necessary by management to successfully complete an assignment or project.
- Patrols the Town and enforces state and Town animal ordinances; investigates complaints and picks up stray animals; disposes of dead animals; takes apprehended animals to Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control; returns animals to owners.
- Rescues trapped, lost or injured animals; gives immediate medical assistance to injured animals; transports injured animals to veterinarians; may euthanizes animals if necessary.
- Traps stray or homeless animals; issues citations for violations of animal control ordinances including leash laws, noise ordinances, cruelty, failure to register, invalid rabies vaccination, etc.
- Investigates reports of animal bites, and enforces laws requiring confinement of animals for observation.
- Investigates cases of cruelty to animals and recommends appropriate action; takes wounded animals to veterinarians.
- Issues appropriate warnings and citations; testifies in court when necessary.
- Operates transport vehicle and animal handling equipment; sets traps and cages to collect wild and vicious animals.
- Provides information to the public regarding ordinances and regulations, registers animals.
- Prepares reports and keeps appropriate records.
- Performs other duties as apparent or assigned.
Minimum Required Education and Experience
General knowledge of the laws, ordinances, and regulations governing the control, handling and protection of dogs and other animals and fowl; general knowledge of the geography of the Town; ability to solve problems within scope of responsibility; ability to recognize rabies symptoms and some knowledge of the methods and procedures to be followed; ability to deal tactfully with the general public; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.
High school diploma or GED; 1 to 2 years of experience working with animals is preferred. Certification by a veterinarian in the use of animal immobilization and euthanasia drugs is preferred. Possession of an appropriate driver's license valid in the State of North Carolina.
This work requires the occasional exertion of over 100 pounds of force; worker is frequently speaking or hearing and using hands to finger, handle or feel and occasionally requires standing, walking, sitting, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling and lifting; work requires close vision, distance vision, depth perception, color perception, night vision and peripheral vision; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work frequently requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions and occasionally requires wet, humid conditions (non-weather), working in high, precarious places, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, exposure to extreme cold (non-weather), exposure to extreme heat (non-weather), exposure to vibration and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office with computer printers, light traffic).
TOWN OF HUNTERSVILLE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
The Town of Huntersville offers its full-time employees the following benefits. Except where indicated, the Town pays the full cost of each benefit.
- Medical insurance for the employee / dependent coverage is offered
- Dental insurance for the employee / dependent coverage is offered
- Life insurance policy – two times annual salary with a cap of $250,000
- Long-term disability coverage (60% of salary – up to $5,000 per month)
- 401K plan with a 5% salary contribution by the Town and optional contribution by employee
- Membership in the NC Local Governmental Employees Retirement System with a contribution by the Town and required employee contribution of 6%
- Corporate fitness membership at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center – employee pays $4.62 per biweekly pay period or family option for $13.85 per biweekly pay period.
- Employee assistance program – 6 free visits per employee with McLaughlin Young
- Monthly vacation accrual of 6.67 hours, and 8 hours per month of sick leave for civilian employees. Monthly vacation accrual of 7 hours, and 8.4 hours of sick leave per month for sworn employees.
- Holidays: New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and three workdays at Christmas.
In addition, the Town makes available the following optional benefits:
- Short-term disability
- Additional voluntary vision coverage
- Additional voluntary term life coverage
- Medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts
Do you have experience working with aggressive, unfriendly, or injured animals?
The Town of Huntersville does not operate an animal shelter. All pets whose owners cannot be located will be turned over to Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control. Do you have experience working with Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control or a similar organization?
Are you able to work weekends, holidays, on call, or other irregular hours?
Are you certified by a veterinarian in the use of animal immobilization and euthanasian drugs?
Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of working with in the Huntersville Police Department, I understand that this application is one step in the hiring process. Additional information will be requested and required from me including an extensive background review, a polygraph test, fingerprinting, drug screening and a psychological screening. I acknowledge that I have read, understood, and agree to the above statement.