Animal Care And Control We Are Hiring
Animal Care & Control: ‘We’re Hiring’
And No Two Days Exactly Alike!
Looking for a job where you can help animals? Gila County Animal Care & Control is hiring - and judging from this photo showing Anthony Puskarik holding a Barbardos ram who had wandered away from his home, no two days are exactly alike in this challenging, but often rewarding, line of work.
First, the good news about the ram: Animal Care & Control described him as “a very sweet ram" who found a new home after this photo attracted attention amongst more than 3,000 people who follow https://www.facebook.com/GilaCountyAnimalCare . Dogs and cats are the most frequent rescues that animal control has posted on their popular Facebook page, but in March there was a red-and-white turkey, and last September a wandering African spur-thighed tortoise was returned to its home.
And now, about the job: Gila County Animal Care & Control has a dedicated staff, but there’s too much work -- and they’re hiring. Salary ranges from $27,987-$38,483. Find the complete job description, and convenient online application, at gilacountyaz.gov. It can be difficult work – but is it rewarding?
Yes, according to department head John Castaneda in a recent interview.
Could this job lead to a career? John Castaneda has more than 26-years on the job, he started as a temporary officer – and earned promotion to a permanent job, then manager.
“Without a doubt, my favorite part of the job is when lost animals are reunited with their owners, and when the efforts of our staff are successful and stray dogs find new homes,” said Castaneda, a lifelong Globe resident – and avid outdoorsman. “Who makes a good animal control officer? The job offers a good mix of indoor work at our office and animal shelter, balanced with opportunities to be out patrolling all the unincorporated areas of Gila County – investigating reports of stray or injured dogs, helping neighbors resolve nuisance animal issues -- enforcing county laws.
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"On any given day our staff might investigate reports of animal neglect or cruelty, barking dogs and nuisance complaints. We need job applicants who can competently interview local residents when they call us with a report – and should have basic ‘people skills’ to talk with dog owners and help amicably resolve neighbor disputes. Animal Control Officers also write reports, issue citations and prepares court documents. Less frequently we need to collect specimens to be submitted to the state lab for rabies tests. And yes, there’s office work too: selling annual dog licenses, renting traps – cleaning and disinfecting vehicles, kennels and equipment.”
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