• Full Time
  • Salinas, CA
  • September 12, 2022

Website Monterey County Health Department

Monterey County Health Department

Salinas, CA 93906

Animal Control Officer

$4,004 – $5,110 monthly

Final Filing Date: Monday, September 12, 2022

Exam #22/34C01/08MG

Monterey County Health Department’s Animal Services Division is seeking an enthusiastic Animal Control Officer to join our team of dedicated professionals to provide compassionate and effective services for the animals of Monterey County.

Animal Control Officers (ACO) provide field services that include (but are not limited to) local and state ordinance enforcement and issuance of citations, stray, injured and aggressive animal pick up, animal bite investigation, noise and nuisance complaints, documentation, and public education on responsible pet ownership.

Monterey County Animal Services provides field, sheltering and/or licensing services to over 70,000 residents each year. The department, located within the Administrative Bureau of the County Health Department, operates an Animal Services facility that takes in about 3,000 animals each year.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment process may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis [County-wide].

Examples of Duties:

• Patrols an assigned geographical area of the County and transports animals in a specially equipped County vehicle

• Respond to and investigates complaints concerning possible violations of animal control laws

• Captures and impounds stray, injured, unlicensed, vicious or quarantined animals

• Issues citations for violations of animal control and licensing laws

• Properly destroys and/or disposes of animals

• Explains pet owner responsibilities to the public; participates in rabies control programs

• Properly cares for impounded or quarantined animals; releases animas under appropriate circumstances

• Serves as dispatcher when so assigned

• Maintains accurate records, completes forms and writes reports.

To view the complete job description, please visit the Monterey County website: http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/human-resources/human-resources/class-specifications


Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Thorough Knowledge of:

• State and local laws pertaining to the control and licensing of animals

Skills and Ability to:

• Quickly assess a situation and take appropriate action

• Prepare clear, complete reports

• Exercise tact and good judgment in dealing with the public

• Read and interpret regulatory provisions

Desirable Qualifications

Possession of or ability to obtain within six months of employment:

• Certificate of completion of Powers of Arrest (832 P.C.).

• Certificate of Euthanasia Training

Examples of Experience/Education/Training

Any combination of training, education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities and required conditions of employment listed above is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:

Experience: Approximately one year of experience handling animals and dealing with the public.

Additional Information

Conditions of Employment: 

As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to:

• Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record or ability to provide suitable transportation approved by the appointing authority.

• The Health Department will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which includes a Department of Justice fingerprint check.

• Be available to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, holidays, and during times of disaster or emergency.


Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the J Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showpublisheddocument/99630/637490872747330000.This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.


On July 30, 2021, the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link. Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated. However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date.  Medical /Religion.


As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.


Apply On-Line at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/montereycounty/jobs/3663538/animal-control-officer?page=1&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs, by 11:59 PM(PST) on September 12, 2022


Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM by contacting

Monterey County Health Department

Human Resources Division

1270 Natividad Road

Salinas, CA  93906


The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants’ possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:

• A completed County of Monterey Employment Application

• Responses to the Supplemental Questions

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

An Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace

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