Merced CountyMerced 95340
Full Time

Plans, coordinates, schedules and supervises the daily work activity of Animal Control Officers, Animal Care Specialists, Extra Help, and volunteer staff;.

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Animal Control Supervisor

Merced County
Full Time Merced County Sheriff's Office, 700 W 22nd St, Merced, CA 95340, United States


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans, coordinates, schedules and supervises the daily work activity of Animal Control Officers, Animal Care Specialists, Extra Help, and volunteer staff;
  • Administers medications, vaccines and euthanasia solutions to impounded animals as necessary;
  • Maintain logs, records, related forms, annual activity reports, and statistical data;
  • Administers first aid medical treatment to animals;
  • Examines impounded animals to determine age, sex, breed, and overall condition;
  • Maintains inventories of supplies for food, medications, drugs, and completes necessary order forms;
  • May investigate reports of animal cruelty or abuse, prepare reports of investigations, issue Notices to Appear in Court; conduct periodic inspections of pet shops and kennels to insure compliance with applicable laws, regulations and ordinances;
  • Provides information to the general public regarding proper animal care and treatment
  • Conducts educational seminars and presentations for the general public and interested groups.
  • Trains departmental personnel in animal handling and control techniques, tranquilizing, animal behavior, common animal diseases, humane behavior, handling stress, crisis intervention, and report writing.
  • Performs general clean up and maintenance at the Animal Shelter as required.
  • Coordinates daily activities of Alternate Work Program trustees and/or volunteers at the Animal Shelter.
  • Completes performance evaluations.
  • Interviews.
  • Conducts animal adoption sessions with potential adopters.
  • Assists subordinate staff in matters involving more complicated issues.
  • Maintains time reports and payroll records.
  • Reviews work productivity of subordinate personnel for accuracy and completeness.
  • Works closely and coordinates with Animal Control Officers conducting animal bite investigations and places such animals under quarantine.
  • Assist with inspection of restraint or kennel requirements subsequent to formal administrative hearing decisions.
  • Determines animal health and releases from quarantine or destroys and submits specimen to laboratory for analysis.
  • Provides information to the general public regarding policies and procedures used at the Kennel Facility.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications

Equivalent to Associate Degree. (Directly related experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Three (3) years of progressive experience in the handling, care, and treatment of dogs, cats, and other domestic animals.

Possess a valid California driver's license at time of appointment and maintain.

Possession of a current Euthanasia by Injection Certificate.

Obtain a valid Penal Code 832 Certificate (laws of arrest, search and seizure, firearms) within one (1) year of employment.

Essential Functions


  • Communicate effectively with others in person, in writing, and over the telephone.
  • Plan, coordinate, schedule and supervise work activity of subordinate staff, Alternative Work trustees, and/or volunteers.
  • Administer vaccines to dogs, cats, and other domestic species.
  • Administer humane euthanasia to animals.
  • Maintain neat and accurate logs, records, and related forms.
  • Maintain inventories of food and supplies, medications and drugs.
  • Examine impounded animals to determine age, sex, and overall condition.
  • Interact with the public displaying a high degree of courtesy, tact, compassion and poise.
  • Understand problems of the general public and furnish clear and satisfactory explanations regarding policies and practices used in the Animal Control Department.
  • Complete employee performance evaluations.
  • Provide a high level of expertise in conducting investigations into more involved problems such as animal abuse or cruelty cases.
  • Conduct treatment and euthanasia activity on uneven surfaces under various environmental conditions.
  • Proper euthanasia techniques.
  • Frequent use of computers and various office equipment.
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods pushing/pulling and bending/squatting.
  • Frequent driving and occasional walking for extended periods over uneven terrain.
  • Frequent lifting and carrying of 5 to 50 pounds and occasional lifting and carrying of up to 75 pounds unassisted.
  • Constant use of overall visual capabilities.
  • Frequent use of color and depth perception, peripheral vision, hand/eye coordination, reading and/or close up work.
  • Normal dexterity with constant holding, frequent grasping, reaching, repetitive motion, and climbing stairs or ladders.
  • Constant hearing normal speech, hearing/talking on the radio, telephone and in person. Occasional public presentations.
  • Constant concentration with frequent public contact, decision making and conflict resolution.
  • Occasional exposure to emergency situations, animal related trauma grief, or death.
  • Frequently work alone and travel with some assignments require working weekends, nights, overtime, and holidays, early morning or late evening.
  • Frequent exposure to outdoor/indoor conditions including noise, heat/cold, dust, chemical residues, allergens, odors, and bio-hazards.

  • Regular attendance is an essential function.
Knowledge of:
  • Basic supervisory methods and techniques;
  • Animal behavior, common diseases, sanitation practices, animal anatomy, first aid, animal capture and handling techniques;
  • Basic methods of record keeping;
  • State and local ordinances relating to animal care, control, welfare and rabies control; and
  • Various breeds of dogs and species of animals, including native wildlife and domestic animal behavior.
Ability to:
  • Care for animals humanely and sympathetically.
  • Deal effectively with the public.
  • Administer humane euthanasia (lethal injection) to animals.
  • Administer medications, vaccines, and treatment to dogs, cats, and other domestic species.
  • Operate with safety and accuracy medications and euthanasia drugs.
  • Maintain neat and accurate logs, records, and related forms.
  • Maintain inventories of food, supplies, medications, and drugs.
  • Examine impounded animals to determine age, sex, breed, and overall condition.
  • Maintain positive, cooperative, and compassionate relations with the general public and other contacts in the course of work.
  • Drive a truck and light trailer safely and in accordance with traffic laws.
  • Interpret and apply laws, regulations and policies.