• Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Animal Control or Services
  • Salary: $65,751.36 - $88,605.84 Annually USD

Job Description

Position/Program Information





Filing begins on March 2, 2023 at 8:00 am PT and will remain open until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

Assists management by providing supervision and training of all assigned personnel.
Positions allocable to this class serve as assistant to the Animal Control Manager and assume charge of the shelter in the absence of the manager. Incumbents must utilize a knowledge of the principles of supervision; a thorough knowledge of animal diseases, sanitation, care and treatment; State laws, County ordinances, city codes and ordinances, and their enforcement; departmental procedures regarding the impoundment, treatment and sheltering of domestic and wild animals; the placement of stray or abandoned animals; and courtroom and hearing procedures.
Essential Job Functions
  • Reviews the workload in progress at the Animal Care Center/Shelter and in the field; revises priorities and deployment of personnel as necessary to ensure compliance with departmental practices and procedures.
  • Reviews field reports and citations prepared by Animal Control Officers for completeness and accuracy, makes necessary corrections, and refers reports to higher-level personnel, as required.
  • Makes shift inspections of Animal Care Center/Shelter facilities and equipment for conformance with regulations and procedures pertinent to sanitation, feeding, care and quarantine of animals; initiates correction by the Animal Care Center/Shelter staff or refers the problem to higher-level personnel, as necessary.
  • Reviews the more-complex cases involving enforcement of animal control regulations which are likely to require knowledge of court decisions or intent of the law.
  • Conduct staff training using departmentally approved material for Animal Care Center/Shelter personnel on such subjects as animal care, ordinance intent, loading livestock and capture of animals as needed.
  • Reviews and assesses the performance of staff; prepares performance evaluations.
  • Assists and advises Animal Control Officers with enforcement and investigative problems; supervises or performs captures requiring the use of a tranquilizer gun.


Four years of experience enforcing animal care and control laws, including the investigation of violations and court prosecution for an animal control/regulatory agency. One year of the experience must have been at the level of Animal Control Officer III* for an animal control/regulatory agency - AND - Possession of certification indicating successful completion of training program per California Penal Code Section 832**.

* Experience at the level of Animal Control Officer III refers to experience serving as lead Animal Control Officer by assisting in the operation of an Animal Care Center/Shelter and in enforcing State, County, and City codes and ordinances governing animal control functions such as animal care, field enforcement, shelter maintenance, licensing, and related assignments.
** A copy of a P.C. 832 Certificate indicating successful completion of training program per California Penal Code Section 832 must be attach with the application at the time of filing.

If you are unable to attach the required documents, you must either email them to or fax them to (562) 422-3187 within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing. Please include exam number and exam title.

A valid California Class C Driver License is required.

Successful applicants for positions that require driving must obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before final appointment. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether an applicant's driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. License must not be currently suspended, restricted or revoked.

4 - Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.

Out-of-class work experience in the service of the County of Los Angeles will not be accepted for this examination.
Additional Information


PART I: This exam will consist of a multiple choice and/or simulation assessment, weighted 60% measuring:

  • Analyzing Information
  • Demonstrating Empathy
  • Sharing Knowledge and Guidance
  • Controlling Emotions
  • Management Judgement
  • Management Potential
  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Willingness to Learn
  • Maintaining Good Working Relationships
  • Learning Quickly
  • Generating New Ideas
  • Using Time Efficiently
  • Working to High Quality Standards
  • Adapting to Change
  • Verbal Ability
  • Deductive Reasoning


PART II: A Training and Experience Evaluation, weighted 40% that will assess professional technical knowledge and safety awareness.

Applicants must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on Part I - Multiple Choice and/or Simulation Assessments test in order to proceed to Part II - evaluation of Training & Experience

Candidates must meet the Minimum Requirements and achieve a combined passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be placed on the eligible list.

NOTE: All notifications including invitation letters will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that you provide a valid email address. Please add, , , and to your email address and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter mail.

Transfer of Test Components:
  • Applicants who have taken identical components recently for other exams may have their scores automatically transferred to this examination.
  • This examination contains test components that may be used in the future for new examinations and your test scores may be transferred.

Test Preparation
Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. While the guides will help you preparing for the test, we advise you to review all related materials that you deem necessary.
  • An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at . Please click on "Find A Job" and then "Job Search Toolkit." Test preparation information is located under the "Employment Test Assistance" section.
  • Additional online practice tests are available at . You can also access test preparation for the computerized portion of the test by going to .

Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

Test scores cannot be given over the telephone.

Appointees may be required to work any shift including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.
This position requires lifting of extremely heavy objects. Physical fitness for this position will be determined in a medical examination.

The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Animal Care and Control Care Centers throughout Los Angeles County.

The names of successful candidates will be placed on the Eligible Register for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.
No Person may compete in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.


Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" tab for this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.

Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and minimum requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT BE sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be disqualified.

Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week and description of work performed. Resumes may be added to your application but cannot be substituted for the Experience portions of the County application nor for the completion and submission of the supplemental questions. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.
Plan to submit your online application well in advance of the deadline as you may be required to verify your email address. This only needs to be done once per email address, and if you already have a job seeker account on, you can verify at any time by logging in and following the prompts. This is to enhance the security of your online application and to ensure you do not enter an incorrect email address.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD: All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

COVID-19 Vaccination All County workforce members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Successful candidates for this position will be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process. Candidates should not present proof of vaccination until instructed to do so by the hiring department.
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