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Animal Welfare Officer

Walla Walla, WA
Posted Jul 8, 2019


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DEADLINE: Monday, January 25th



TITLE: Animal Welfare Officer  EFFECTIVE DATE: December 20, 2020
DEPARTMENT:  Animal Care    STATUS:  Non-exempt, 32 hours/ week

SALARY: $14.00 - $16.00 per hour

JOB SUMMARY:  The Animal Welfare Officer’s job is to educate and provide supportive services to the citizens of the Walla Walla County. The Animal Welfare Officer is responsible for enforcement of animal regulatory ordinances in Walla Walla County including zoning and noise control. As such, this position responds to nuisance, stray, and dangerous domestic animal requests for assistance and intermittently patrols the enforcement area. The Animal Welfare Officer will work as an integral part of a team of staff and volunteers.

This position is supervised by: Animal Care Director


Treat all animals both on and off the job humanely. You are a representative of the BMHS even when you are not at work.

• The Animal Welfare Officer is responsible for support and enforcement of animal regulatory ordinances including zoning and noise control.

• Engage pet owners on and offer subsidized spay/neuter services for their pets and help to identify and address medical, health, behavior, and wellness concerns.

• Apprehends and impounds stray dogs which represent an immediate danger to traffic, livestock, or citizens.

• Picks up and transports injured domestic animals excluding livestock.

• Apprehends and impounds stray dogs which are a chronic public nuisance, either by Sherriff’s Office request, or during intermittent patrols of areas within the control zones where dogs at large are the source of chronic complaints, including noise control.

• Issues Citations based on probable cause to offenders of animal control as defined by Chapter 16.52 RCW for misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor violations and testifies in court when so required.

• May make an oral complaint to a prosecuting attorney or a law enforcement officer to initiate arrest of any person the Animal Welfare Officer has probable cause to believe has committed or is committing a violation of animal control laws.

• Carries non-firearm protective devices for personal protection. 

• Prepares affidavits in support of such warrants and execute search warrants when accompanied by law enforcement officers to investigate violations of animal control laws.

• Provides dog licenses to county residents who apply and require dog licenses for impounded strays as a condition of reclaim.

• Prepares reports including but not limited to a monthly report on Animal Control activities (mileage driven, location and numbers of calls for service and detail of types of calls responded to) to be sent to County Commissioners, Sheriff and Health Department.

• Complete trainings as assigned by the Animal Care Director.

• Conduct intake exams and enter notes into PetPoint.

• Available as needed to assist with promoting and organizing special events and unusual needs of the shelter.

• Responds to requests for information over the phone and from walk in customers.


• Serves as a role model and leader for the volunteers at BMHS.

• Responsive to spontaneous education/BMHS mission explanation opportunities.

• Available to take Lost/Found reports.

• Assist with cleaning duties as needed.

• Advisory authority for program development and implementation.

• Responsible for training the staff with proper animal handling techniques.

• Available to assist with Animal Intake as needed.

• Responsible for maintenance of positive inter-agency relationships.

• Responds to requests for speaking engagements.

• Be committed to a proactive stance on public awareness and education about Animal Welfare and the BMHS mission.

• Maintain appearance and demeanor that is consistent with the image of the BMHS as a professional animal care facility.



· Undergo a detailed background check and be eligible to secure a limited commissioned to function as a sworn officer representing Walla Walla County. 

· Current driver’s license and clean driving record. Ability to be added at no additional expense to company insurance policy to drive agency vehicles. 

· Demonstrated interest in, commitment to and understanding of mission-driven work and animal welfare.

· Excellent interpersonal skills.

· Must be detail oriented, accurate, and dependable.

· Able to juggle demands, prioritize, and follow through to timely completion.

· Must maintain a high level of confidentiality and have a tactful, mature, and sincere attitude.


· Active listening and crisis intervention experience is preferred.

· Demonstrated ability to engage in conversational Spanish speaking strongly preferred. 

· Criminal justice training or experience strongly preferred. 

Education / Training 

· Must be a High School graduate and be able to read, write, and speak clearly in English so that written and verbal instructions can be followed. 


• Outdoors or traveling in Animal Control vehicle in various types of weather conditions. 

• Indoors in air conditioned/heated office, outdoors at shelter or on-location for various activities.

• Includes the use of PC, various printers, copy machine, fax machine, multiple line telephone, digital camera, and credit card machine.

• Mostly week-day hours with some weekend work required for scheduled events. 

• Regular exposure to a variety of companion animals, pocket pets, and some exotic animals.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Knowledge in animal health and well-being to include nutrition needs, resources for information, knowledge of common animal diseases, skilled in animal first aid and CPR.

•Experience in the humane euthanasia of animals as the job requires.

• Requires the ability to perform clerical tasks to input animal information.

• Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional or angry people.

• Requires speaking and writing effectively and clearly in a professional manner.

• Requires clear verbal communication over the telephone and intercom to internal individuals.

• Requires treating people and animals in a pleasant, courteous, and professional manner.

• Requires ability to work in a team environment and to provide team leadership.

• Requires ability to lift a minimum of 60# and transport to the storage area. 

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees shall be required to follow any other job related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.