Animal Protection Services Officer I

City of Las Vegas
Full Time $25 Per hour NV 3300 Stewart Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101, United States Apply before 5/23/2024 3:40


LIMITED APPLICATIONSApplications will be limited to the first 400 received.

The city of Las Vegas is accepting applications for Animal Protection Services Officer I. This position performs a variety of duties involved in enforcing city and state laws governing the care and keeping of animals in the city; and to impound and care for animals as appropriate.
You must be at least 18 years of age and have an equivalent to graduation from high school, along with valid driver's license on the date of application. 


Written Examination

Test Dates: To Be Determined

A civil service examination will be conducted in accordance with the Civil Service Rules of the City of Las Vegas. The examination for this recruitment will be a written examination, weighted 100%, and will be used to place candidates on the eligible list. The eligible list will remain in effect for a period of 6 months from the date of certification and may be extended for a period of up to 2 years.

The written examination will be a multiple-choice exam which will test your knowledge and ability in areas below. The city of Las Vegas does not recommend or endorse any specific study guide for this examination.

  • Written Communication (English Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, and Sentence Structure) (15 questions)
  • Basic Arithmetic (11 questions)
  • Reading Comprehension (22 questions)
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving (16 questions)
  • Recognition of Common Breeds of Dogs & Cats  (11 questions)

Eligible List Placement

Those candidates who score 70% or better on the written exam will be placed on the eligible list.

Selection Process

Final candidate selection will include list placement and may include hiring interview (if applicable). Any individual offered employment will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test, complete background check, education and experience verification, and may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform the physical requirements of the job. Some positions may require preliminary background checks.

Additional Background Process

This position is  with the Department of Public Safety requires the following additional screening: (1) background investigation, and (2) polygraph. Sensitive and/or confidential aspects of your personal life will be explored during this this phase of the process. Some positions require a psychological suitability assessment.


Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the entry level class in the Animal Protection Services Officer series.  This class is distinguished from the Animal Protection Services Officer II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series.  This class may be used as a training class, wherein employees may need only limited or no directly related work experience or the class may contain positions wherein employees perform routine tasks on a permanent basis, and therefore remain at an entry level.

Supervision Received and Exercised

Receives immediate supervision from the Animal Protection Services Supervisor.

Essential Functions:

  1. Patrols city streets and roads; searches for stray domestic and wild animals; plans routine patrols as necessary.
  2. Enforces city and state animal control laws; issues citations for violations of the animal control ordinances.
  3. Conducts inspections of pet stores, kennels, pet salons and related businesses for compliance with local ordinances and state statutes; inspects residential properties for compliance with animal permits and suitable containment of animals.
  4. Impounds and quarantines animals as appropriate; contacts a veterinarian to treat injured animals as appropriate; maintains quarantine and health records; determines if a sick or injured animal presents a public health risk.
  5. Investigates reports or complaints of dangerous or nuisance animals and take appropriate action; investigates reports of animal abuse.
  6. Researches and updates computerized records; prepares a variety of reports.
  7. Picks up and disposes of deceased animals.
  8. Coordinates assigned cases with the City Attorney’s Office and courts as needed; writes requests for prosecution, search warrants and summonses; appears in court on applicable cases.
  9. Assists law enforcement agencies at crime scenes, evictions, accidents and other situations where animals are present.
  10. Responds courteously and diplomatically to the general public, including hostile or irate people, to provide appropriate level of customer service.

Marginal Functions:

  1. Maintains vehicle and equipment in proper working condition; cleans vehicle and equipment as necessary.
  2. Performs general office duties; answers telephone calls, provides information and explains procedures; sends notices; files rabies certificates and other documents.
  3. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
  4. May assist with coordinating animal control information with outside agencies and jurisdictions.
  5. May participate in public education and school information programs; may interact with citizen groups.
  6. May be required to respond to calls outside of normal work schedule.


Animal Control Officer I


Previous work experience in animal control/protective services, the professional handling of animals or law enforcement is desirable.


Equivalent to graduation from high school.

License, Certificate, Special Requirements

Must be eighteen years of age on the date of application.

Possession of a valid, appropriate driver's license on the date of application, and maintenance thereafter.

Employee must attend training in animal control/protective services as requested by department management.


Animal Protection Services Officer I

Knowledge of:

Techniques of communicating with the public.

Basic techniques for dealing with the public in a tactful but firm manner.

Local geography and street locations.

Report writing techniques.

Skills in:

Learning typical behavior of domestic and wild animals.

Learning basic methods of using immobilization and restraint devices.

Learning techniques for handling animals that have been chemically immobilized or physically restrained.

Learning to interpret, apply and enforce laws and regulations pertaining to animal control.

Learning to perform a variety of animal control activities.

Learning techniques and methods of animal handling, collection and impoundment.

Working effectively in highly emotional situations.

Learning emergency practices and procedures.

Learning safety standards and practices and occupational hazards.

Annually demonstrating proficiency with tranquilizer guns and immobilization devices.

Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

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

Applying appropriate practices and procedures in emergency situations.

Thinking and acting quickly and appropriately in emergency situations.


Core Workforce Competencies

Professionalism – Demonstrates core values by being honest, respectful and positive.

Effective Communication – Expresses verbal and written thought in a clear and understandable manner.

Customer Focus – Demonstrates genuine concern and satisfies external and/or internal customers based on the CLV core purpose and values.

Adaptability – Able to effectively modify behavior to suit changing workforce demands.

Problem Solving – Solves problems by considering all causes, solutions and outcomes.

Productive Partnerships – Develops, maintains and strengthens partnerships with others.

Technical and Safety Expertise – Possesses a depth of knowledge, skill and ability in a technical (job) area.