JOB TITLE: Inspector
ACCOUNTABILITY: General Manager
FUNCTION: Conducts investigations and inspections of all complaints and/or incidences of animal cruelty, issues warnings and reports daily activities. Educates the public about relevant animal regulations and humane animal care.
- Responds to dispatched calls in order of priority and determines appropriate action.
- Apprehends and confines stray, injured and nuisance domestic animals in the best possible manner.
- Transports injured/sick animals to veterinary clinic and disposes of dead animals.
- Educates the public while in the field regarding responsible pet ownership and animal laws and ordinances.
- Assists callers with information regarding situations such as nuisance or trapped animals and answers questions about animal control policies and laws.
- Conducts general investigations of animal related problems and possible cruelty situations.
- Prepares written investigative reports that may be introduced as legal court evidence.
- Arbitrates disputes if possible.
- Issues warnings when necessary.
- Appears for scheduled court dates and testifies regarding civil infractions, custody hearings and cruelty charges.
- Co-ordinates efforts with other community professionals such as police officers, court officials and veterinarians.
- Responsible for written documentation in hard copy of investigation report and maintain daily activity log.
- Responsible for the collection of donated goods as required.
- Daily inspects AWS vehicle used in transporting animals and reports any problems.
- Runs errands as necessary.
- Timeously provides General Manager with monthly reports on all cases responded to including investigated cases and after hours emergencies, vehicle stats (mileage, fuel used, kms/l, servicing, maintenance and repair planning).
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and task satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
- Valid unendorsed driver’s license.
- No criminal record.
- Must reside in close proximity to AWS PE.
- Proof of employment eligibility.
- Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
- Demonstrated good social skills.
- Prepared to work weekends and after hours.
- Demonstrated animal health and well-being knowledge, skills and abilities to include: care of domestic animals, knowledge of animal diseases, ability to determine breeds and species, sex and ages.
- Ability to recognize signs of animal negligence, abuse and cruelty.
- Skill in capture and restraint methods and the ability to interpret animal body language.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other community professionals.
- Must be in good health and have the ability to perform prolonged, strenuous activity, including lifting and carrying animals weighing up to 60 kg.
- Allergic condition, which would be aggravated through exposure or contact with animals is a disqualification.
- 45 hour work week, including weekends and evenings as scheduled with intermittent overtime.
- Be able to deal with emotionally-charged public and carry a fast paced and changing workload requiring reprioritization.
- By nature of the job there is occasional exposure to dead, sick, injured, unruly, vicious and/or dangerous animals in addition to exposure to parasites and infectious diseases.
- The environment in which animal care attendants work is physically and emotionally demanding, occasionally dangerous and often soiled and noisy. Such conditions may be difficult to handle except for those persons with a deep concern for animals.
- Includes opportunities to rescue animals and prosecute individuals who abuse them, provide impounded animals with humane care at the shelter until they may be reunited with their owner or adopted, educate the public about the realities of pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership or grant a humane and dignified death to surplus, unwanted or diseased animals.