Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties


City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?
  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces

Neighborhood Services - Animal Services
Aurora Animal Services provides animal-related services for the city of Aurora. You can call them to pick up an injured or stray animal. Owners should search kennels in the shelter frequently for lost pets. The shelter also has many animals available for adoption. 

The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis; as soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.

The City of Aurora is seeking qualified Animal Protection Officers to enforce animal-related ordinances for the City to protect the public, manage the animal population and educate the public about responsible pet ownership.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Impounds, confiscates or quarantines stray, injured or aggressive domestic or wild animals capable of spreading zoonotic disease or posing a threat to public health and safety.
  • Investigates citizen complaints pertaining to animal related calls, such as barking, running at large, cruelty, mistreatment/neglect and prohibited animals.
  • Gathers evidence, issues warnings/summonses if violations of the ordinance have occurred, conducts inspections and investigations providing applicable follow-up, writes formal reports and testifies in court.
  • Relays facts of the case and recommendations to the City Attorney while attending disposition hearings.
  • Performs duties as the dispatcher for the Animal Protection Officers in the field as required.
  • Promotes responsible pet ownership in the City via presentations on City ordinances as well as in classrooms, at booths, fairs, neighborhood/ward meetings, etc. as needed.
  • Inputs, updates and maintains information about field cases, kennel updates and animal activities.
  • Adheres to vehicle maintenance schedule and performs daily vehicle and standard equipment safety checks.
  • Performs euthanasia as required.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  High School Diploma or GED.

Experience:  At least 1 year of experience as an Animal control, management, or protection officer handling sick, injured, and/or fractious domestic animals; and/or ordinance/code enforcement experience preferred.  At least 3 years professional experience handling domestic and/or wild animals. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered. 

Knowledge:  Knowledge and ability to work with a wide variety of animals including domestic animals, livestock and wildlife; knowledge of City animal-related ordinances; some knowledge of ordinance/code enforcement process and procedures and/or prior animal care/control experience; knowledge of portable and mobile radio operations and procedures; knowledge of basic computer operations, knowledge of Chameleon software program preferred.

Abilities: Ability to work with a wide variety of people; to remain calm and professional in tense situations, to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; to prepare reports in a clear, concise and organized manner; ability to make reasonable judgments and work under limited supervision; ability to perform euthanasia; ability to operate a City vehicle and work in inclement weather; ability to work call-back/standby duty on a rotating basis; ability to work evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.

Skills:  Exceptional interpersonal skills; excellent communication skills both verbal and written; Spanish language skill preferred; strong mediation skills; proven skill in handling animals.

Licenses, Certificates, and/or Equipment Required:  Driver's License with a good driving history.  Interviewed candidates will be required to submit a copy of their driving record. Euthanasia certification preferred. Euthanasia certification to be obtained within a year of employment. State certified officers through the Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers (CAACO) preferred. State certification is to be obtained within 18 months of employment. This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.

Working Conditions

Physical Demands:  Moderate to heavy physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 75 pounds with assistance; frequent lifting, carrying, walking, and standing; a full range of body movements including pushing, pulling, climbing and crawling; hand/eye coordination for data entry and frequent operation of motor vehicle, radios, cellular phones and computers; vision to read and interpret reports and other written documents; speech communication and hearing to maintain communications with animals, employees, and citizens.

Work Environment:  Works both inside and outside in all types of weather; works in a noisy environment with exposure to noise, dust, chemicals, animal danders, odors, fumes, aggressive/dangerous and sick animals.  Extensive time spent driving a City vehicle.

Equipment Used:  Operates a motor vehicle; uses a variety of hand tools and equipment common to animal control operations such as a catch pole, syringe for vaccinations/euthanasia, wire cutters and shovel; live-capture humane traps; two-way radio, telephone; digital camera, video recorder, computer, crematory, and "Hotsie machine"/pressure washer.


For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

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