Job Post

Animal Control Officer

Company Name: City Of Steamboat Springs Police Department
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Location: Steamboat Springs, CO
Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Field

City of Steamboat Springs Animal Control Officer

SALARY   $24.89 – $33.60 Hourly          LOCATION    Steamboat Springs, CO

JOB TYPE   Full-time                               JOB NUMBER   2016-00569

DEPARTMENT   Police Department     DIVISION   Animal Control

OPENING DATE   09/18/2023           CLOSING DATE   11/20/2023 11:59 PM Mountain


When joining the City of Steamboat Springs, you can expect to work for an organization with:

·         A team that strives to make this the best place you’ve ever worked!

·         A focus on supporting our employees’ mental, physical, and financial well-being.

·         A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that creates a welcoming city

·         A highly engaged workforce proudly serving our community with excellence and distinction.

·         A passion for strategically providing outstanding municipal services.

·         A promise to each other to support the work we all do for the city, community & Yampa Valley

Uniqueness Fuels Our Innovative Spirit:  Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experiences drives us forward every day. It’s the collective sum of our experiences that makes Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley a powerful, insightful, and welcoming community.

We offer excellent benefits and competitive pay, but being a part of our amazing team of people is even better.

This position performs routine and complex public safety work in the enforcement of the City of Steamboat Springs’ Municipal Code and assists Police in the investigation and enforcement of Colorado Revised Statutes as it relates to Animal Welfare.

Works under the direct supervision of the Community Service Supervisor.

Generally, none. May exercise supervision over temporary or other staff, volunteers or useful public servants, as assigned.

The qualified individual;

Patrols streets, trails, and neighborhoods either in vehicle, on bicycle, or on foot to locate stray animals and promptly captures animals and transports them to the animal shelter.

Responds to complaints concerning animal problems or violations of the City’s animal ordinances, including but not limited to animals running at large, Vicious/Dangerous animals, animal bites, animal cruelty and improper care, barking dogs, property damage, or animal related injuries.

Ensures compliance with animal licensing and rabies vaccination requirements.

Responds and assists Police to investigate cases involving state law pertaining to animal welfare.

Removes dead, injured, or dangerous domestic or wild animals from streets and residential premises. Assisting with wildlife will occur in conjunction with local Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Investigates and prepares written reports on animal bites; transports animals to shelter for quarantine observation and completes follow up reports. Collaborates with the Health Department regarding Animal Bites and investigations of zoonotic disease transmission and investigations.

Investigates violations of the City’s animal ordinances and issues warnings or citations as required; appears in court to testify regarding animal control cases. Serves various criminal or civil notices or papers related to enforcement of animal ordinances.

Performs community-oriented policing services programs (public relations and education programs) in order to foster public awareness of ordinances regarding animal control, public safety, bite prevention, and humane treatment of animals; works closely with the media, public interest groups and businesses to promote improved care and control of animals.

Serves as liaison with the Shelter Operations, Health Department, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Agriculture, and local veterinarians and affiliated rescues. Officers will assist these departments on calls as needed.

Works an assigned shift using own judgment in deciding course of action being expected to handle difficult and emergency situations without assistance.

Maintains normal availability by radio or telephone for consultation on major emergencies related to animal control issues.

Carries out duties in conformance with Federal, State, County, and City laws and ordinances.

Maintains contact with police supervisory personnel to coordinate investigation activities, provides mutual assistance during emergency situations and provides general information about Department activities. Contacts Police Officers in situations requiring arrest authority.

Performs routine to complex mathematical calculations, which may include petty cash, purchase orders, check requests, and animal control related stats.

Provides directions and information and interacts with citizens and visitors to create a positive public experience with the City and the Police Department.

Maintains departmental equipment and supplies.

Serves as a member of various employee committees.

Conducts traffic control at accident scenes and assists Community Service Officers in Special Event capacities. Promotes bicycle safety education and clinics for community youth. May respond and complete reports of minor motor vehicle accidents and responds and investigates municipal code violations and complaints

Provides Training for police personnel on animal control procedures, investigative requirements, proper use of animal control equipment, the handling of aggressive animals, and other related topics.

If assigned, assists other members of the department with duties appropriate to training and experience.

We are seeking the following qualifications.


1.  Must be 18 years or older at the time of employment.

2.  Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation in any State.

3.   No felony convictions or disqualifying criminal histories within the past seven years.

4.   Must be able to read and write the English language (Substitute any local or state requirements for those listed here).

Education and Experience:

1.       High School diploma or GED equivalent; and

2.       Two years of customer service experience (high public contact), communications, or general office experience.

3.       Two (2) years of animal related experience preferred; or

4.       An equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible experience.

Certification and/or Licensures:         **Certification encouraged within first year(s) of Employment.

·         Basic Colorado Animal Control Certification (preferred completion within 1 year of hire)

·         National Animal Care and Control Certifications*

·         Colorado Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Protection (BAP) Certification*

·         FEMA Emergency Management Certification 100, 700*

·         Affiliation with Colorado Association of Code Enforcement Officials.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1.       Knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment.

2.       Working knowledge of basic animal behavior and capture/restraint techniques; Knowledge of basic animal care and handling techniques.

3.       Ability to learn the applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations; Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions; Ability to follow verbal and written instructions; Ability to learn the City’s geography.

4.       Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers, supervisors, other agencies, and the general public.

5.       Must speak in a clear understandable manner and be able to listen carefully to comprehend various types of information. Must be able to use police communications radio.

6.       Must be able to write clearly and concisely, using acceptable grammar, pronunciation, and spelling.

7.       Must be sensitive to the feelings and perceptions of others and resolve problems through conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques.

8.       Must apply knowledge and reasoning to make prompt and effective decisions; makes sound decisions in a timely manner; sizes up a situation quickly and takes appropriate action.

9.       Must assert oneself; Ability to multi-task and handle stressful situations with the public and with animals.

10.   Ability to use and satisfy the minimum standards established by the department for the use of the tools and equipment listed below.

11.   Ability to maintain State or National certifications by attending trainings and continued education in field related topics.

Must be a quick learner to be able to:

·         Develop a working knowledge of Steamboat Municipal Code and Colorado Statute as it relates to Animal Welfare.

·        Develop a working knowledge of animal behavior and handling and learn to properly operate equipment used for restraint.

·         Learn basic self-defense skills and operate basic self-defense tools.

·         Learn basic crime scene documentation and basic evidence collection.

·         Learn conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques.

·         Learn animal disease management and prevention.

·         Learn how to use personal protective equipment (PPE).

·         Learn municipal ordinances including, but not limited to, parking, municipal code violations, citizens fingerprints, lost and found property reports, over the counter vehicle accident reports, bicycle registrations and vehicle identification checks.


EOE. Compensation range is $24.89 – $33.60/hour and placement within the range is dependent upon relevant experience and qualifications.

Agency: City of Steamboat Springs

Address: 137 10th St. Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 80487