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Monterey County Health Department

Salinas, CA 93906

Animal Control Officer

$22.537 – $28.760 per hour

Final Filing Date: December 10, 2021 

Exam #21/34C01/11LPC


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.

A list of eligible candidates resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future full-time or temporary vacancies as they arise.


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

•  Ability to euthanize animals pursuant to prescribed procedures.

•  Methods and techniques used in the capture, control, care, handling and disposal of various types of animals.

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

•  Ability to quickly assess a situation and take appropriate action.

•  Establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

•  Ability to recognize symptoms of rabies and other animal diseases.

Characteristics of Ideal Candidate: 

•  Compassionate

•  Takes Ethical and Professional Responsibility

•  Embraces Change

•  Customer Services Oriented

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


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.

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.

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TO APPLY: Submit the following to the Monterey County Health Department, Human Resources Division, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906 by the final filing date: December 10, 2021.

Monterey County Employment Application form

Responses to the Supplemental Questions

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

 Or apply on-line at:  by 11:59 PM (PST)

All application materials must be received by December 10, 2021 for a guaranteed review. Please be aware if the application form, responses to supplemental questions, and resume is not submitted, the application will be removed from further consideration and not be considered further. The selection process is tentative and applicants will be notified if changes are made.

Resumes may be submitted, but will not be accepted in lieu of required application materials.

Application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants who are determined to be most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the process. To further assess applicant’s possession of required qualifications, this examination may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercise, performance exercise, performance exam, and/or written examination.

For more information or to receive application materials, contact the Health Department Human Resources Division at 831-755-4519.


If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodations, please call the Health Department Human Resources Office at 831-755-4519. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the United States. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your salary will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed below.

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.


The County offers an excellent benefits package (J Bargaining Unit)

The County of Monterey offers a premium benefit package. A summary of benefits for this position can be viewed on the County website. This information is intended to provide you with a general summary of benefits available and is not legally binding. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution or “J” MOU prevails over this listing.

See for more information (J Bargaining Unit Benefit Summary Sheet.)

Equal Opportunity

Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment and cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you believe you possess a disability that would require accommodation, please call Lorena Paniagua-Castro, Senior Personnel Analyst at 831-755-4946 or

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