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Dog Warden

Cork County CouncilCork€779.05 - €809.98 per week

Dog Warden
Competition No: 20-073

SECTION 1: THE ROLE
Cork County Council is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates with relevant experience, who wish to be considered for inclusion on a panel from which both temporary and permanent vacancies for Dog Warden may be filled. The role will principally involve dealing with all dog control related issues which take place on public property in an assigned geographic area of the county. In addition, there will be license duties, assistance duties and occasional cover duties required in areas outside of the assigned area.


SECTION 2: DUTIES
The Warden is required to carry out his/her duties as outlined below in Cork County with details to be determined by the Chief Veterinary Officer and/or other appropriate Supervisor (Department Staff Officer, County Dog Warden, Director of Services).

i) To carry out such duties as may be assigned to that person by the Chief Veterinary Officer, or other appropriate supervisor, in relation to the enforcement of:
• Control of Dogs Act 1986/1992
• Litter Pollution Act, 1997 for Dog related offences.
• The Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010
• Animal Health and Welfare Act, 2013
• Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015
• Any new dog related legislation coming into effect
• Any amendments / regulations relative to any/all of the above.

ii) To represent and promote the Cork County Council Dog Control Service.
iii) To carry out and promote public education initiatives relating to responsible dog ownership.
iv) To liaise between administration staff, veterinary staff, and other Dog Wardens.
v) To liaise with other interested dog control agencies such as the Gardai, ISPCA, CSPCA, Dog Welfare Groups and the Court Service.
vi) To organise and carry out dog handling, collection, transport and disposal duties in accordance with Control of Dogs legislation.
vii) To assist with the implementation and enforcement the Dog Breeding Establishment Act, 2010.
viii)To promote, implement and enforce the Cork County Council dog fouling policy.
ix) Carry out any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Chief Veterinary Officer and/or other appropriate Supervisor.

SECTION 3: ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA / QUALIFICATIONS
1. Character
Each candidate must be of good character. Please note that Garda Vetting will be applied.
2. Health
Each candidate must be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.
3. Education, Training, Experience etc.
Each Candidate must, on the latest date for receipt of completed application forms for the office:
a. have a good general education of a sufficient standard to enable that person to understand fully and carry out the duties of the post.
b. have clear legible handwriting, good report writing and record keeping skills.
c. have excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
d. Hold a full current Category “B” European Community Model Driving Licence free from endorsement.
e. The successful candidate shall be required to demonstrate a proficiency in the use of computer software.

Essential Skills and Qualities
i) Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills, both written and verbally.
ii) A knowledge and understanding of the current relevant legislation that the Dog Warden is required to promote and enforce, as listed above.
iii) Ability to thoroughly and methodically investigate and resolve dog control incidents.
iv) Must demonstrate a competence in IT skills including, but not limited to, computer programmes, website input, report writing & data transfer and social media platforms
v) Demonstrate a high ability to work under own initiative and as part of a team of Dog Wardens.

Key Responsibilities
• Promote and enforce dog licence compliance in Cork County.
• Collection and processing of stray / unwanted and surrendered dogs.
• Promote responsible dog ownership.
• Promote and enforce Control of Dogs legislation.
• Issuing of fines, reports, and the preparation of files for legal proceedings.
• Giving evidence in Court.
• Assisting with/carry out the inspection of Dog Breeding Establishments and reporting on same.
• Promote and enforce the micro-chipping regulations in Cork County.
• Promote and enforce litter pollution legislation with regards to dog fouling offences.
• Investigation in a timely manner of verbal & written complaints relating to dog bite incidents, nuisance due to excessive barking, nuisance caused by aggressive dogs, dogs not kept under effectual control (including breeds listed in the 1998 Regulations), dogs fouling in public places, public health nuisance and the investigation of sheep kills and livestock worrying
• Liaison with members of staff, Members of Council, members of the public, Gardaí, judiciary, community groups, resident associations, litter wardens, schools, etc.
• Investigation of alleged offences reported by means of written statements and reporting on findings in a timely manner.
• Attend and part-take in training as required.
• Comply with Parent & Ancillary Safety Statements including the completion of Risk
Assessments.

Salary: €779.05 basic per week (point 1) on assignment, rising after training and satisfactory service by annual increments to €809.98.

Please note the closing time and date for applications is 16:00 on the 16 November, 2020. 

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