City of Garland, TX

Animal Services Officer I

Location US-TX-Garland
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/24/2020 10:05 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings Remaining
Job Family
Animal Services
USD $15.54/Hr.
USD $19.25/Hr.
Regular Full-Time

Position Summary

Responsible for the protection of the public from zoonotic diseases and animal bites, as well as investigate nuisances caused by animals.  Responsible for enforcing animal related city ordinances and state laws throughout the community and providing care for animals and assistance to customers at the animal shelter.  The incumbent will be required to work nights and weekends on a rotating basis.


Essential Job Functions

  1. Inspect and issue permits to animal care facilities and stores, enforce animal related city ordinances and state laws regarding rabies control and animal cruelty.
  2. Respond to citizen requests concerning stray animals, nuisances or other animal issues.
  3. Apprehend stray animals and impounding lost and injured animal.
  4. Investigation and inspection of animal nuisances including bites and animal cruelty and issue citations and notices to owners for the mistreatment of animals.
  5. Enforce animal related city ordinances and state laws regarding rabies control, animal registration, animal cruelty and animal care inclusive of inspection of various facilities.
  6. Assist in the daily care of impounded animals, including feeding, cleaning, and providing hygienic conditions.
  7. Assist Veterinarian with animal evaluations, treatment and preparation.
  8. Perform procedures such as drawing blood and administering animal injections, which includes humane euthanasia and performing basic health tests.
  9. Assist citizens in recovery or adoption of animals in shelter.
  10. Preparation of reports and other pertinent documentation.
  11. Must be able to work nights and weekends on a rotating basis.

Minimum Education & Work Experience

 Must be able to work nights and weekends on a rotating basis
 High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
 Up to and including 1 year of work experience
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Knowledge - Abilities & Skills

Education/ Experience:     

  • 1 year in service related work
  • 60 college credits or;
  • 3 years of Active Duty military
  • Bilingual preferred (English and Spanish


 Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:           

  • Basic computer skills in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word)
  • Ability to prioritize and manage work load
  • Ability to work under moderate stress
  • Basic understanding of animal welfare
  • Basic writing ability/skills
  • Ability to work independently or in a team




Licenses & Certifications

Valid Class C Texas driver's license
Department of State Health Services Basic Euthanasia Certification or ability to obtain within 4 months of hire
Basic Animal Services Officer or ability to obtain within 1 year of hire

Physical Tasks & Working Conditions

The incumbent works in an outdoor environment responding to calls for service in the field, this will include nights and weekends. Frequent exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards. Minimal shelter work required. Ability to lift up to 70 lbs. Frequent interaction with dangerous animals.


Models Organizational Values
Customer Service
Interpersonal Skills
Problem Solving
Technical Skills
Work Environment Safety
Managing Conflict
Negotiation Skills


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