City of Brenham, TX
  • Animal Services
  • 53622-60632 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • PG26 $53,622 - $60,632 DOQ

Full Benefits


Summary

Responsible for animal services operations and animal control activities, including supervision, program coordination and development, fiscal accountability, policy development, special projects, data analysis and reporting. Including maintaining a safe and sanitary facility for animals and people, ensure humane handling and care for all shelter animals; enforcement of local and state laws and ordinances concerning the care, use, treatment, sales of, and licensing of animals. Educating the public about animal regulations, responsible pet ownership, and humane animal care.

This is an exempt salaried position. Starting pay range is $53,622.40 - $60,632 depending on education, work experience and certifications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Oversees the operations of the Brenham Pet Adoption Center/Animal Control Department, including inspecting the animal shelter to ensure compliance with permit requirements;
  • Supervises animal control personnel, animal shelter staff, and volunteers, including assigning and reviewing work, training, conducting performance reviews, and recommending personnel action such as hiring, transferring, promoting, disciplining, and dismissing employees;
  • Develops and maintains new hire and continuing education staff training processes so that personnel may effectively deliver services;
  • Oversees animal licensing program, such as entering information into appropriate computer system and invoicing for animal licenses;
  • Oversees animal trapping program;
  • Maintains all animal records, including inventory of animals in shelter and city animal licenses, adoptions, warnings and citations, microchips, and calls for service, including statistics that include animal population, adoption, euthanasia, and spays and neuter;
  • Makes daily inspections of Brenham Pet Adoption Center and Animal Control facility to ensure work is accomplished, animals are cared for, and facility is safe and sanitary. Conducts animal inventory daily to ensure that each animal is in its correct location and readily identifiable;
  • Educates the public regarding animal services ordinances and proper pet ownership standards, and represents the BPAC during public relations functions and events;
  • Establishes, maintains, and strengthens cooperative relationships with animal welfare organizations, rescues, and other community agencies and organizations;
  • Develops and maintains good communication and relationships with local veterinarians to provide medical care for animals in the shelter;
  • Provides exceptional customer service to employees and the public, both in person and by phone; including identifying and responding to customer and community concerns/complaints, and providing resolution to issues in a professional and timely manner;
  • Acts as Local Rabies Control authority for the city and county in accordance with Texas Department of State Health Services regulations, including overseeing investigation of bite cases, working with city and county officials in rabies control cases;
  • Investigates all allegations of animal cruelty within the city, and assists the Sheriff's Office with investigating county cruelty cases;
  • Develops and manages annual department budget, manages compliance for program grants and donations, including establishing and promoting short- and long-term goals for the department and continually striving to achieve those goals;
  • Oversee cash handling procedures for relevant staff, ensuring compliance and providing training/accountability where needed;
  • Maintains correspondence with vendors and completes purchasing documentation in compliance with City procedures;
  • Oversees all inventories and ordering of supplies for the Brenham Pet Adoption Center/animal control facility to ensure the appropriate supplies and safety equipment are available;
  • May perform job duties of an Animal Services/Control Officer as needed or in emergency situations; which may require evening, holiday, and weekend work hours;
  • Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises department personnel, volunteers, and other workers including assigning and reviewing work, training, conducting performance reviews, and recommending personnel action such as hiring, transferring, promoting, disciplining, and dismissing employees.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree in animal science, or a related field preferred, plus five years of animal services experience, at least three of which involved supervision, or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Knowledge Of

General management principles; budgeting principles and procedures; local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and ordinances as they pertain to animal control; animal behavior; criminal law; and standard office practices and procedures.

Skill/Ability To

Operate computers, including word processing and spreadsheet software; establish and maintain effective working relationships; develop, organize, motivate, and effectively utilize staff; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and read and interpret manuals, policies, and other documents. Ability to exercise professional and sound judgements when making decisions in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Basic Certification as a Texas Animal Control Officer through the Texas Department of State Health Services preferred or must be obtained within one year of hire; obtain Euthanasia Certification within 180 days of hire; Bite Stick (Baton) training within 180 days of hire; must currently hold a valid Texas driver's license with a clean driving record per City of Brenham policy.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit, use hands to operate office equipment, including telephone and computer keyboard, reach with hands and arms, and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk; and the employee may be required to engage in moderate to strenuous physical activity, work with tools and equipment, drive vehicles, perform repetitive motions, and perform work involving the entire body. The employee may be required to bend from the waist, crouch or squat, kneel, sit, crawl, climb, and twist; and may be required to lift and/or move objects or animals weighing up to, and occasionally more than, 100 pounds. The employee must be able to see clearly, with or without vision correction, in close situations, at a distance, and peripherally, and be able to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee frequently faces difficult and stressful situations. The employee has frequent contact with other employees both within and outside of the assigned department, including the public and other organizations; interactions often involve sensitive or difficult issues that require persuasion and negotiation. The employee constantly is required to change tasks frequently and to perform tedious, exacting work. The employee frequently is required to work under time pressures to meet deadlines, to perform multiple tasks simultaneously, and to work closely with others as part of and/or leader of a team. The work environment requires that the employee exercise caution at all times and adhere to safety standards to avoid the risk of personal injury. The employee is exposed to outdoor elements, loud noises, vibrations, and angry and/or unhealthy animals. The noise level in the work environment is noisy and distracting.

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