CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Animal Control Workers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Animal Control Workers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals. Investigate reports of animal attacks or animal cruelty, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and writing reports.
 
Capture and remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using nets, nooses, or tranquilizer darts as necessary.
 
Examine animals for injuries or malnutrition, and arrange for any necessary medical treatment.
 
Remove captured animals from animal-control service vehicles and place animals in shelter cages or other enclosures.
 
Euthanize rabid, unclaimed, or severely injured animals.
 
Supply animals with food, water, and personal care.
 
Clean facilities and equipment such as dog pens and animal control trucks.
 
Prepare for prosecutions related to animal treatment, and give evidence in court.
 
Educate the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and regulations.
 
Contact animal owners to inform them that their pets are at animal holding facilities.
 
Write reports of activities, and maintain files of impoundments and dispositions of animals.
 
Issue warnings or citations in connection with animal-related offenses, or contact police to report violations and request arrests.
 
Answer inquiries from the public concerning animal control operations.
 
Examine animal licenses, and inspect establishments housing animals for compliance with laws.
 
Organize the adoption of unclaimed animals.
 
Train police officers in dog handling and training techniques for tracking, crowd control, and narcotics and bomb detection.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Animal Control Workers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Animal Control Workers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Animal Control Workers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Animal Control Workers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Required Level of Education Some College Courses
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Animal Control Workers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Animal Attendant
Animal Control Officer
Animal Cop
Animal Cruelty Investigation Supervisor
Animal Cruelty Investigator
Animal Park Code Enforcement Officer
Animal Rescuer
Animal Treatment Investigator
Animal Warden
Canine Service Instructor-Trainer
Community Service Officer
Dog Catcher
Dog Control Officer
Dog Pound Attendant
Dog Warden
Humane Agent
Humane Officer
Police Officer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Animal Control Workers
 
 
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