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Animal Law Enforcement Officer I – Douglas County/Centennial

Company Name: Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
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Location: Douglas County/Centennial
Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Field

Looking to make a difference in the lives of pets and people? With an almost year-round beautiful blue sky and a scenic mountain backdrop, HSPPR is a nonprofit animal shelter serving El Paso, Pueblo, and Douglas Counties as well as the City of Centennial. We employ a total of 200+ employees. We are an organization that celebrates and prioritizes diversity and inclusion.

Job Summary
Animal Law Enforcement Officers respond to calls for service regarding public safety, health and welfare of animals while complying with all Animal Law Enforcement Policies & Procedures and Training Guidelines. Investigates and enforces local animal control ordinances within the assigned jurisdiction.


Key Duties and Responsibilities
General Responsibilities

Sincere interest in the mission, vision, values, and goals of The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) and Animal Law Enforcement Department.
Complies with all Animal Law Enforcement policies and procedures and training guidelines.
Communicates clearly and professionally in person, over telephone and over radio.
Responds to calls for service regarding public safety, health, and welfare of animals.
Performs direct animal handling in a humane manner such as capture, loading, unloading, vaccination, kenneling, etc.
Investigates reports of animal ordinance violations and takes appropriate action to resolve violations and/or human/animal conflict.
Investigates reports of animal neglect and cruelty and takes appropriate action to resolve violations through education and/or enforcement.
Assists citizens with interpretation and understanding of animal ordinances, department procedures, and responsible animal ownership.
Issues warnings, penalty assessments, and summonses for violations of animal ordinances.
Testifies in court cases relating to animal control ordinance violations.
Maintains accurate logs and data entry of reports and associated documentation of daily activity.
Responds to requests for assistance from other jurisdictions and departments as assigned.
Patrols jurisdictions, initiates contact with citizens and animals to ensure compliance with animal care and control ordinances and the humane treatment of animals.
Operates Animal Law Enforcement vehicles in a safe and prudent manner to respond to calls for service and random patrols for in violation of animal control ordinances.
Performs administrative duties (dispatcher, call taker, data entry, and licensing technician) as assigned.
Represents Animal Law Enforcement and the contracted jurisdictions in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
Stays abreast of current industry trends, changes in ordinances, and policy and procedures.
Keeps Animal Law Enforcement Leadership informed of progress and potential conflicts within the community.
Acts as a role model for other HSPPR employees, citizens, and customers.
Promptly reports violations of policy and procedure and/or conduct unbecoming to Animal Law Enforcement Leadership.
Appropriately documents observed animal behaviors utilizing objective language as required in relevant procedures and/or policies.
Maintains a positive and professional attitude at all times.
Resolves conflict while promoting HSPPR mission and vision.
Promotes HSPPR programs, services, and development.
Other duties and tasks as assigned by the Department and/or Divisional Leadership.

Commitment to the mission, values, goals and success of HSPPR
Perform all other duties as assigned.

Eligible to apply/test for Colorado Animal Control Officer Certification upon meeting qualifications set forth by Animal Welfare Association of Colorado and supervisor recommendations.

Eligible to apply for Bureau of Animal Protection (BAP) Agent Commission upon meeting qualifications set forth by Department of Agriculture and supervisor recommendations.

Supervisory Duties

Physical Demands
Regularly sits at computer station, often in a shared office environment.
The employee must regularly lift and/or move 25 or more pounds of moving weight and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 or more pounds of moving weight.
Occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and smell.
Regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, hear, and is frequently required to stand, walk and run. Must be able to be on feet for extended periods of time.
Must be able to use both hands and arms to grip, pull and push utilizing safety equipment such as, but not limited to catchpoles, snappy snares, leashes, ropes, muzzles.
Consistently exposed to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.
Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.
Must handle various animals of various sizes to include aggressive animals and potential exposure to zoonotic diseases.
Regularly exposed to noise and hazardous weather conditions.
Regularly drives a HSPPR Vehicle to perform duties, including extended periods of time and in varying weather conditions.

Schedule Requirements
Will be required to work weekends, nights and holidays.
Will be required to work on-call, assisting staff or customers in person and/or verbally over telephone.

Education/Experience/Qualifications Necessary
Must be a U.S. Citizen.
At least 21 years of age.
High school diploma or GED.
Valid Colorado Driver’s License and insurable driving record.
Have no convictions for felonies or crimes of moral turpitude.
Pass a drug test, basic physical fitness test, hearing and eye exam (specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception).
Pass various qualifying exams and background investigations.
Successful completion of ALE Training academy (academic and field training).
Eligibility for commission as an Agent for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Protection.
The core values of the staff unite us and guide us to provide the best service to the animals in our care, our organization, and our community.


Core Values Statements-

Compassion: We believe that animals matter. We are committed to treating animals and people with kindness, respect, and compassion.
Stewardship: We are accountable and transparent in our actions and in the use of our resources to build trust in those we serve.
Integrity: We believe we can make the greatest impact by staying true to our mission, always doing what is best for the animals and people of our community, and by standing united in our decisions.
Excellence: We are passionate about our mission, and strive for excellence through continual learning, innovation, and the development of our board, staff and volunteers.
Collaboration: We seek strategic partnerships and alliances to advance the welfare and protection of animals and people.
Service: We exist to serve our communities and operate with this commitment to serve as front and center in all we do.