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    Animal Control Workers

    Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

    Capture and remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using nets, nooses, or tranquilizer darts as necessary. Euthanize rabid, unclaimed, or severely injured animals. Examine animal licenses, and inspect establishments housing animals for compliance with laws. Examine animals for injuries or malnutrition, and arrange for any necessary medical treatment. Investigate reports of animal attacks or animal cruelty, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and writing reports. Issue warnings or citations in connection with animal-related offenses, or contact police to report violations and request arrests. Remove captured animals from animal-control service vehicles and place animals in shelter cages or other enclosures. Supply animals with food, water, and personal care. Write reports of activities, and maintain files of impoundments and dispositions of animals. Answer inquiries from the public concerning animal control operations. Clean facilities and equipment such as dog pens and animal control trucks. Contact animal owners to inform them that their pets are at animal holding facilities. Educate the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and regulations. Organize the adoption of unclaimed animals. Prepare for prosecutions related to animal treatment, and give evidence in court. Train police officers in dog handling and training techniques for tracking, crowd control, and narcotics and bomb detection.

    Biology -- Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. Education and Training -- Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. English Language -- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition , and grammar.

    Instructing -- Teaching others how to do something. Speaking -- Talking to others to convey information effectively. Judgment and Decision Making -- Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Learning Strategies -- Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. Critical Thinking -- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Active Listening -- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Writing -- Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Service Orientation -- Actively looking for ways to help people. Coordination -- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. Social Perceptiveness -- Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    Oral Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. Written Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. Oral Comprehension -- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. Speech Clarity -- The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. Written Comprehension -- The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. Gross Body Coordination -- The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. Inductive Reasoning -- The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). Deductive Reasoning -- The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Assisting and Caring for Others -- Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. Performing General Physical Activities -- Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. Training and Teaching Others -- Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. Documenting/Recording Information -- Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization -- Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. Getting Information -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards -- Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. Handling and Moving Objects -- Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People -- Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events -- Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.