Animal Control Officer

King County   Kent, WA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on June 8, 2022
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Position Summary:  
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is seeking dynamic and experienced Animal Control Officers!

Are you someone who takes great interest in the health and wellbeing of animals and can also work considerately and effectively with their human owners? Are you interested in being a leader in service excellence, committed to building an enduring legacy of continuous improvement and employee engagement? Are you a team player?
RASKC provides animal services to 24 cities and unincorporated King County, this includes: rescuing stray, injured, neglected or abused pets; reuniting orphaned pets with families and/or helping them find forever homes through RASKC's pet adoption centers in Kent and Kirkland, including several other partner locations; providing pet licensing services; a wide array of volunteering opportunities and much more. King County is a national leader in improving animal outcomes as a municipal shelter, using data and model practices to achieve above a 90% live release rate.
Records and Licensing Services' guiding principles and core values govern our roles and responsibilities as employees. We are actively seeking employees whose behavior is in alignment with our division's core values of; Collaboration, Service-Oriented, Results-Focused, Accountability, Innovation, Fair, Just, and Professional.

Why Regional Animal Services is a Great Place to Work!
Career Service and Term-Limited Temporary employees are eligible for...
  • Competitive medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members.
  • Paid vacation time (in addition to paid holidays)
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Employer contributions to state pension plan for Career Service employees
  • Ten paid holidays and Two additional personal holidays!
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • Wellness and Employee assistance programs
  • Employee giving program
  • And more! 
***First review of applicants will be 02/22/2022***

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change.

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Job Duties

To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum demonstrate skill and ability to:

  • Respond to complaints of animal nuisance and vicious or abused animals and determine course of action, write reports and issue written warnings or citations.
  • Rescue domestic owned or stray animals livestock and wildlife, including injured and deceased animals.
  • Safely handle aggressive, sick, injured or diseased animals; effectively communicate and use deescalating techniques when dealing with confrontational individuals; safely drive a County vehicle obeying all laws; and operate other required equipment in a safe and lawful manner.
  • Transport animals to other shelter and/or veterinary facilities, adoption events.
  • Enforce animal control ordinances.
  • Prepare court cases and testify in court.
  • Educate and counsel the public on pet care and laws and regulations covering pet ownership.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have the ability to handle animals in a humane manner under a variety of conditions and are willing to vaccinate and euthanize animals as directed.
  • Are experienced in animal handling and behavior assessment techniques, proper methods for the care and feeding of animals, cleaning of cages, kennels, and other areas.
  • Interested in working directly with our diverse community, providing quality customer service by responding to complaints, inquiries, and problems using effective listening and clear communication. 
  • Are able to maintain composure under difficult and stressful situations. 
  • Can handle cash, accurately account for monies, licenses, and items subject to inventory and accurately make mathematical calculations and enter data.
  • Are skilled in engaging and building relationships with colleagues, staff and community members.
  • Be customer-focused, culturally aware, and comfortable talking about equity and social justice.
  • Are passionate about teamwork!

Supplemental Information

  • The successful candidate must pass a pre-employment physical including the ability to perform moderate to difficult strenuous manual tasks including lifting animals weighing up to sixty (60) pounds on a frequent basis.
  • Successful candidate will need to complete the Animal Control Academy.  To complete the Animal Control Academy candidates must be able to pass a background check.
  • Have or be able to obtain a Euthanasia Drug Certification.
  • Have or are able to obtain a valid Washington State Driver’s License at the time of hire, with no moving violations within the past year.
  • Our successful candidate must be able to work mandatory overtime, after hours, weekends, and holidays including on-call availability.
  • This position is represented by the Animal Control Officers Guild.
  • This recruitment will be used to create a referral list for future ACO openings up to 1-year.
Are you ready to apply? 
The recruitment for the Special Duty Assignment position is open to internal King County applicants only.  The Career Service or Term-Limited Temporary position is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter addressing why you want to work for RASKC and what it means to you to serve King County residents.
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa McFarlane, Recruiter, by e-mail at or by phone at 206-263-2915.

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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