The Eugene Police Department is looking for an individual passionate about animal welfare and an interest in law enforcement, to fill an Animal Welfare Officer position. The Animal Welfare Officer responds to calls for service involving animal cruelty, neglect, abandonment, animal’s at large, dangerous dogs, and lost, stray, sick or injured animals. In addition to enforcing the city’s animal ordinances and other related laws; the Animal Welfare Officer will capture and transport animals to the shelter; assist police on applicable calls; and provide education and outreach to the public.
This position currently works a 4/10 shift (4 ten-hour shifts weekly). Schedule may include
weekends and holidays. Schedule is subject to change, and could be modified to a 5/8 shift (5
eight-hour shifts weekly) or other schedule complimentary to Patrol. Must reside in the state of Oregon and be able to report onsite for work as needed in Eugene, OR to meet business needs
Animal Welfare Officer: $45,260.80 – $57,761.60 Annually $21.76 – $27.77 hourly
The Animal Welfare Officer is an entry/journey level position. Incumbents initially perform the
more routine duties assigned to positions in this series and work under close supervision.
However, as experience is gained, incumbents are expected to perform the full range of animal services and field enforcement duties as assigned, with increasing independence.
Supervision Received and Exercised:
Receives supervision from The Animal Services Supervisor. Animal Welfare officers may at times may receive direction from the Senior Animal Welfare classification as well as sworn personnel.
This posting may also be used to establish an eligibility list of applicants for future vacancies. Candidates that are placed on the eligibility list will be notified via email which will include the duration of the list and how notification of call up will occur.
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST
ONLINE APPLICATIONS ONLY
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Eugene is located at the southern end of the agriculturally rich Willamette Valley. From here, it is a short jaunt east to the Cascade Mountains, west to the stunning Pacific Ocean coastline, or north to Portland. We’re a small city with unlimited things to do: Downtown Eugene is revitalizing; the Oregon Bach Festival and Eugene Symphony call the Hult Center for the Performing Arts home; you can float the Willamette River and hook a salmon after work in the shadow of downtown; a booming food and beverage economy, including topnotch local craft breweries and wineries in the surrounding countryside, is the foundation of a local restaurant scene; the University of Oregon brings arts, culture, and educational opportunities, as well as championship athletics (Go Ducks!); a nationally-recognized transit system helps you move around the city; and our Gold rating as a Walk- and Bicycle-Friendly Community ensures that safe travel options abound! Known as Track Town USA, the community annually plays host to numerous track and field events at historic Hayward Field, including the IAAF World Championships in 2022! The impact of track and field can be seen beyond the track, with abundant trails coursing through the south hills, along the Willamette River, and through hundreds of acres of city parks. To learn more about Eugene, visit Eugene Cascades and Coast.
The City of Eugene has a Council-Manager form of government. In this form of government, the city council develops legislation and policies to direct the City. The city manager, hired by the city council, provides administrative direction to the organization, oversees City of Eugene personnel and operations, and carries out the city council’s direction. The City of Eugene has over 1,500 employees and a $840 million total budget. The City of Eugene is a service-oriented and welcoming organization that provides services through six departments: Central Services, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Police, Public Works, Planning and Development, and Library, Recreation and Cultural Services. The State of the City?video shows how the city is meeting new challenges, learning from one another, building connections, and celebrating our city. The City of Eugene encourages our employees to bring their true selves to work with the knowledge that they are valued and protected. We embrace all of the identities and cultural legacies that our employees represent and strive to be an inclusionary and safe place to work. At the City, we learn and grow best as a team of individuals unafraid to use their unique voices to propel us to meet our goals as we serve our community today and into the future.
Examples of Duties Performed – Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Patrols the city for compliance with animal ordinances, responds to calls for service from the public involving animal cruelty, neglect, dangerous dogs, animals at large, lost, stray sick and injured animals, and barking dogs.
- Captures stray, vicious, injured or sick animals; returns animals to owners if possible or transports animals for impound to the shelter.
- Works closely with partner agencies contracted to operate the shelter and provide medical care to the animals under the city’s care.
- Gains the public’s compliance with the city dog licensing requirements through education and enforcement.
- Answers inquires and educates the public on city ordinances and provides general pet care and responsible pet ownership information.
- Works daily with animals of varying sizes and temperament, handling them in a humane and a respectful manner.
- Investigates and cites for violations and criminal offenses of the animal ordinances and other related animal law. Includes interviewing witnesses and involved parties, taking statements and photographs, and seizing animals. Prepares court cases and prosecutes violations related to the city’s animal ordinances. Participates in court preparation and testifies in municipal and circuit court for criminal cases.
- Writes reports and maintains investigative records and evidence in accordance with department policy.
- Collaborates with sworn personnel on investigations into animal crimes. Assists sworn personnel on police calls; impounding pets in cases where an owner is deceased, arrested or experiencing a medical emergency.
- Prepares and presents animal welfare presentations to schools, clubs, agencies, media and the general public.
- Assists and coordinates with other City departments, law enforcement agencies and private organizations in special assignments regarding animal-related issues and to provide comprehensive enforcement of the law. actively supports and respects diversity n the workplace and helps create a supportive workplace for all employees.
- Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as required by management to meet the needs of the department.
To view a more detailed description of duties, knowledge, and abilities required, please review the following job classifications:
Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes with relevant transferrable skills from a variety of sources and experiences. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.
Requires one year of full-time experience related to animal welfare and/or law enforcement. A
typical way to meet this minimum qualification could include experience in animal field
enforcement, animal shelter services, veterinary services, or other similar animal experience of
an equivalent level that could provide the knowledge and skills to perform the essential duties of the job. One year of full-time (or a number of years of part-time experience equivalent to one year full-time) volunteer animal welfare experience can be used to meet the one year animal welfare requirement in conjunction with at least one additional year of other paid work experience that includes public contact/customer service as a primary job function.
High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
Valid Oregon driver’s license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records
check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City’s standard. Oregon law
requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with
appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).
Possession of, or ability to obtain, and maintain the following training and certification within
two years of appointment:
Level 1 and Level 2 training and certification by National Animal Control Association as an
Animal Control Officer.
MUST PASS A POLICE BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
Oregon Driver’s License (ODL)
Valid Oregon driver’s license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City’s standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).
Work in this class is done generally in an outdoor environment. Required physical labor,
including frequent walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, climbing, running and ability
to push, restrain and carry heavy and bulky animals up to 60 pounds. Ability to lift heavy
animals up to 100 pounds occasionally. Some duties may involve exposure to adverse weather
condition, noise, dust and hazardous chemicals and locations. Employee may be exposed to
dangerous and diseased animals. Position may require wearing protective equipment and
clothing. Requires operation of a motor vehicle on public roads in all types of weather
Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Applicants selected to continue in the process will be notified within two-three weeks after the posting deadline.
Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment. Marijuana use is evaluated consistent with current state law regulations.
Current information about the status of a job posting is available by going to www.eugene-or.gov/jobs and selecting “Job Posting Status.”
The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.
The City of Eugene is committed to a Respectful Work Environment, we value the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally responsive services to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion we desire to welcome, respect, and create a sense of belonging for a wide range of identities and experiences in our workforce. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.