• Animal Control Warden

    Posted Date 1 week ago(5/14/2018 10:44 AM)
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Evanston Police Department
    Job Closing Date
  • Nature of Work/Essential Functions

    Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for the range.


    This is technical animal control work enforcing laws pertaining to stray or injured animals. Work involves responding to animal complaints, issuing tickets for violations, appearing and testifying in court, and maintaining records related to bites, adoption, rabies certification and evictions. Employees may be assigned tasks of a similar or higher level classification to gain experience and training in preparation for advancement. Safety equipment such as safety glasses, reflective vest, gloves, steel-toed shoes, earplugs and other protective equipment may be worn.


    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF WORK – (Specific Assignments will include some or all of the following)


    • Patrols areas in an assigned vehicle; picks up stray, injured animals and removes them from residential areas; removes dead animals from public property; releases detained animals to owners and collects appropriate fees.
    • Traps and relocates wildlife; loans traps; shoots skunks.
    • Issues warnings and tickets for violations; testifies in court; assists with animals on evictions; investigates cruelty complaints.
    • Completes required reports; performs follow-up on bite cases.
    • Maintains accurate files on collected money, adoptions, rabies certificates, bite cases and other related items.
    • Maintains a good working relationship with animal organizations and the general public; assists senior citizens and the handicapped with their animals if they require assistance; removes animals from residences of citizens that have become deceased; consults with citizens on animal proofing their home.
    • Escorts state inspectors with building inspections when requested; assists veterinarian in euthanizing injured or unadoptable animals.
    • Performs other duties as required.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Must possess a high school diploma, GED, or higher and must possess two (2) or more years of experience with animal handling and care.
    • Must possess a current and valid Illinois Firearm Owner Identification Card.
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
    • Knowledge, skills, and activities in the following areas:
    • Knowledge of proper animal handling.
    • Knowledge of animal diseases, distemper, and treatment of injuries.
    • Ability to learn the proper handling and use of tranquilizer guns and related guns.
    • Ability to learn proper use of traps, nets and other devices used to capture animals.
    • Ability to handle mean, hostile animals to reduce the possibility of injury.
    • Ability to read and follow written and oral instructions.
    • Ability to compile reports in a clear, concise manner.
    • Ability to work cooperatively with other employees and the general public to resolve complaints related to animals.
    • Ability to assess and prioritize complaints and deal with sometimes hostile individuals.
    • Ability to multi-task.


    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of people including the general public, City employees and the volunteer organizations.
    • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills in dealing with individuals and groups at all levels.
    • Ability to work on multiple projects at one time, some of which may have conflicting deadlines.




    Ability to lift heavy cages and animals.


    Ability to operate city truck, catch-all-pole, net, tranquilizer gun, traps, long barrel automatic, typewriter, and leashes while performing essential functions.


    Frequently exposed to dangerous work situations and orders.


    The ability to work in a primarily sedentary position, with the ability to occasionally use force to exert up to 50 pounds. The ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects such as animals and cages, packages, materials, etc. using up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. The ability to maintain balance when climbing short ladders or stairs while carrying/moving.


    The employee is primarily subject to indoor environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from indoor temperature changes. There are no environmental hazards associated with this classification.

    Additional Information



    Work is performed under the general direction of the Police Chief or designee. The employee must make decisions regarding the safe handling of animals and deal with volatile situations. Work is assigned based on regular operations and calls for service. The employee is responsible for completing work according to City work rules and safety regulations. Work is reviewed through ongoing observation, written and verbal communications, meetings and feedback from the supervisor and from other department employees. Guidance is provided through rules and regulations, policies and procedures, Unified Work Rules, Union Contract, Personnel Rules and OSHA. Additional guidance is provided through state statutes on animals, City ordinances on animals, standard operating procedures on animal control and Police Department manual. Work is evaluated at least annually for the safe and skilled operation of equipment, quality of tasks, adherence to work rules, and performance in accordance with classification standard.




    The employee has regular contact with other City employees, the Police Department for back-up and referrals, other City and county agencies, citizens and volunteers regarding bite cases, evictions, injured wildlife, complaints or problems.


     SELECTION METHOD         

    Structured Oral Interview -- Pass/Fail

    Background Investigation – Qualifying

    Polygraph: Pass/Fail

    Psychological: Pass/ Fail

    Pre-employment Medical Examination and Drug/Alcohol Screening -- Pass/Fail


    Eligibility List 

    2-Year Life ranked by Catergory


    Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position.  Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.

    The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.  The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY). 


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