• Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Animal Control or Services
  • Salary: $47,961.84 - $64,628.88 Annually USD

Job Description

Position/Program Information


Filing begins on March 18, 2022 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.


Under general supervision, enforces State, County and City codes and ordinances governing animal control including the care and treatment, impounding, quarantine, licensing vaccination, and regulation of a variety of animals.

Positions allocable to this class perform a wide variety of routine field work under the supervision of higher-level personnel involving responsibility for responding to incidents and providing animal control services in an unincorporated area or contract city of the County and in accordance with established service agreements. Incumbents typically operate light vehicles while working in the field with a great deal of independence and are expected to utilize a basic knowledge of the policies and procedures of the Department of Animal Care and Control and applicable codes and ordinances governing animal care and control, animal identification, recognition of illness, habits and behavior of various animals and the techniques and equipment used in capturing, restraining, receiving, feeding, caring for, grooming and releasing animals. Incumbents also are expected to enforce State, County and City codes, ordinances, and laws pertaining to animals.

Essential Job Functions
  • Patrols an assigned geographical area in a light truck observing for violations or responding to incidents.
  • Captures both domestic and wild animals, using equipment and methods appropriate for animal abatement and control; may require chasing, climbing fences and crawling under houses.
  • Inspects animal facilities to ensure conformance to laws; explains violations and need for correction of such things as poor sanitary conditions, inadequate food and over-crowded conditions.
  • Issues citations, licenses, warnings and/or legal notices; enforces licensing laws.
  • Assists a Registered Veterinary Technician by prepping and restraining animals for vaccination or euthanasia.
  • Assists a veterinarian in a spay and neuter clinic or during euthanasia as needed.
  • Serves as office information officer and radio dispatcher; receives in-person and telephone requests for information and animal control services from citizens and public agencies and dispatches officers to routine incidents.
  • Reports to a field command post established to provide extended hours of animal containment, capture and relocation in emergencies such as brush fires, floods or animals loose on public thoroughfares.
  • Testifies in court as to facts related to violations of animal control laws.
  • Presents departmentally prepared and approved educational programs including tours, lectures, slides and demonstrations at schools and civic meetings.
  • Picks up small dead animals manually and large animals such as horses or cows, using a truck-driven winch and harness.
  • Provides assistance in office operations or in kennels, as needed.



Six months of full-time experience at the level of Animal Shelter Aid* or Animal Care Attendant I* in an animal regulatory agency AND successful completion of a department-sponsored training program per California Penal Code Section 832** is required within six (6) months of appointment as a condition of completing probationary status.


*Experience at the level of Animal Shelter Aid or Animal Care Attendant refers to training and practical experience in the care of impounded animals; the maintenance and operation of an animal shelter; and enforcement of State, County and City codes and ordinances governing animal control. Performing assigned duties in support for maintaining the various facilities of an animal shelter in a clean, groomed and sanitary condition. They also learn the habits and behavior of various animals, and the methods, procedures, equipment and materials used in receiving, restraining, feeding, caring for, releasing, grooming or dispatching animals.

**If candidates possess a copy of a P.C. 832 Certificate - (Penal Code Section 830.9 required training in order to issue citations and service warrants for Animal Control Officers) prior submitting the application, a P.C. 832 Certificate must be attached to the application at the time of filing.

A valid California Class C Driver License; and a valid California Class B Driver License may be 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: Multiple Choice and/or Simulation Assessments weighted at 80% covering:
  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Safety Orientation
  • Teamwork
  • Verbal Ability
  • Deductive Reasoning


PART II: An evaluation of Training & Experience weighted 20% covering Duties, Trainings and Certifications based upon application information and supplemental questionnaire.

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 who achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part will be placed on the eligible list.


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


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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 six (6) months following the date of eligibility.
No Person may compete in this examination more than once every six (6) months.

**If candidates possess a copy of a P.C. 832 Certificate - (Penal Code Section 830.9 required training in order to issue citations and service warrants for Animal Control Officers) prior submitting the application, a P.C. 832 Certificate must be attached to the application at the time of filing.

In order to receive credit for Animal Education or Animal Training Classes attended, copies of certificates MUST be submitted at the time of application filing.

Note: If you are unable to attach the required documents, you may fax them to (562) 422-3187 within 15 calendar days of filing. Please include exam number and exam title.


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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.

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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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