Animal Regulation Officer I/ii

County of Shasta
Full Time 24-per week $38,184 - $53,724 Per year CA Shasta County Sheriff, 300 Park Marina Cir, Redding, CA 96001, United States Apply before 5/21/2024 5:00


Shasta County offers all the amenities of the big city while retaining a comfortable small-town atmosphere.  With its natural beauty, affordable housing, excellent educational system, abundance of recreational opportunities, and excellent quality of life, Shasta County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.


The Sheriff's Office is organized into four major divisions: Custody, Services, Enforcement and Coroner.

The Custody Division includes the County Jail and the Annex Work Facility. The purpose of the jail is to incarcerate offenders while providing basic medical care for County, State, out-of-County, and federal prisoners who are ineligible to be assigned to alternative custody programs. The jail is a maximum-security facility that houses both pre-sentenced and sentenced persons.

The Services Division includes The Local Office of Emergency Services, Personnel and Hiring, the Background Unit, Internal Affairs, and the Records Unit.

The Enforcement Division handles all Patrol related matters. The Major Crimes Unit augments patrol and investigates property crimes, and crimes against people. The Enforcement Division is also responsible for municipal law enforcement services within the City of Shasta Lake. The Animal Regulation Unit is also under the Enforcement Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff is also the County Coroner; therefore, the Coroner’s Division is responsible for investigating sudden, violent, unusual, and unexpected deaths, when the decedent has not been recently seen by a physician. The Coroner’s Division is commanded by a Lieutenant who serves as the agency’s Chief Deputy Coroner. 


Animal Regulation Officer I/II: Under general supervision, to investigate complaints; enforce County ordinances and State laws governing the licensing, impounding, and disposal of animals; to collect and transport animals to the animal facility; to issue citations and to arrange towing of abandoned vehicles; to respond as directed and assist in coordinating responses during fire and emergency situations; and to perform related work as required.

SPECIAL NOTE: An individual will be required to pass a background investigation relevant to working in a law enforcement office or facility prior to be hired.


Incumbents in this class provide 24-hour/7 days per week coverage, are required to work rotational weekends and holidays, may have fluctuating work hours, and are subject to after hour call out.   Incumbents are required to wear a uniform conforming to department standards.

Animal Regulation Officer I: This is the entry level class of the Animal Regulation Officer series.  An incumbent will be trained in the performance of the duties listed below and would normally be expected to promote to Animal Regulation Officer II after one year of experience.

Animal Regulation Officer II: Animal Regulation Officer II is the journey level classification in the Animal Regulation Officer series.  It is distinguished from Animal Regulation Officer I in that the Animal Regulation Officer I classification is the entry level where incumbents work in a training capacity while learning policies and procedures, advancing in knowledge and skills in the field.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Animal Regulation Officer I/II: An Animal Regulation Officer patrols County roads in a vehicle to locate, capture, and impound stray and injured domestic animals, including but not limited to dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats; may impound or return livestock to pasture or owner's property; responds to calls and complaints from the public regarding stray, vicious, diseased, or dead animals; conducts investigations of animal bites and quarantines as required; must euthanize animals as required; explains County and State Animal Control laws to the public and other interested persons; prepares written and computer-generated reports of all generated activities; issues and collects fees for kennel and pack licenses; issues citations when necessary to violators of County ordinances/State laws; offers testimony in court; investigates complaints of animal cruelty; works with tow companies, law enforcement and other agencies;  keeps records of abandoned vehicle abatement activities; issues citations and arranges towing of abandoned vehicles from public and private property; respond as directed during fire and emergency situations including coordination of volunteers; assigns and reviews volunteer duties; accounts for the safety of volunteers; assists citizens at road blocks; may assist in training new or less experienced staff and performs other duties as assigned.


Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following:

Animal Regulation Officer I:

Knowledge of:  Breeds of domestic and livestock animals; animal health care; behavior and handling of domestic and livestock animals. Although there is no typing requirement, incumbents should be familiar with and be able to use a computer.

Ability to:  Learn to safely capture, restrain, and handle large and small animals; care for animals humanely; learn laws, rules, and policies pertaining to animal control and be able to interpret them to the public; deal with the general public in a courteous but professional manner and have the ability to handle verbal abuse and criticism from citizens with tact and good judgment; oversee inmate workers; express oneself, both orally and in writing in a clear and understandable manner, understand oral instructions and write legibly; conduct investigations; maintain adequate records; read a map book; learn to use and care for small caliber firearms; learn how to humanely euthanize animals; learn proper radio procedure; work cooperatively with those contacted in the course of work; be able to work outdoors in all types of weather; be in constant contact with all types of animals, dander, and excrement; do heavy lifting; learn to recognize symptoms of common animal diseases; learn proper application of equipment for moving and handling domestic animals and livestock.

These employment standards are typically obtained with experience working with animals performing some related duties (e.g., care for sick animals, transporting animals, recordkeeping, etc.), a basic knowledge of animal breeds and care, and an understanding of how to work effectively with the public. 

Animal Regulation Officer II:

Knowledge of (in addition to the above):  State and County laws, rules, and policies pertaining to the regulation of domestic animals and livestock; how to humanely euthanize/dispose of domestic animals and livestock; usage and care of small caliber firearms; prepare reports; offer testimony in court; and work cooperatively with those contacted in the course of work.

Ability to (in addition to the above):  Enforce State and County laws; make independent judgments in difficult cases; quickly learn the geography of Shasta County.

These employment standards are typically obtained with one (1) year of experience equivalent to that of an Animal Regulation Officer I.


  • A valid, appropriate California Driver’s license with an acceptable driving record according to the County’s driving policy
  • Successful completion within one year of appointment the course of training required by Penal Code section 832 (arrest and firearms) and a certificate for the performance of euthanasia.