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Animal Welfare Dog Control Officer (Dorset) (Fixed term) (Internal applicants only)

Salary details: £22183 - £25991

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Natural Environment
Salary details
£22,183 - £25,991
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term
Michelle Jones
Contact email
Contact telephone
01202 228991
Closing Date
28 February 2021
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as an Animal Welfare and Dog Control Officer, ensuring that good animal welfare standards are maintained and we continue to to support responsible dog ownership.

Dorset is a beautiful and iconic area with historic market towns and miles of stunning coast. Dorset Council was established as a unitary Council in 2019 and prides itself on being bold, ambitious and professional, with a One Team approach - working to support and grow our communities in their health and wellbeing.

What you will be doing 

The Animal Welfare and Dog Control team consists of 4 officers who are managed by the Team Leader. This team sits within the wider Environmental Protection Team, a team of 20 dedicated officers working across the Unitary Council area.

Our friendly, professional and customer focused team have an empathy with animals, making sure the welfare conditions and the way they are kept and looked after is appropriate. The work has a legislative backing and you will be required to use this and your good communication skills to advise owners and others who carry out animal related commercial activities of their responsibilities.

As your role will be agile, you will be supplied with a work vehicle which will be fitted out so that animals can be transported safely and comfortably. There will be a need for weekend and bank holiday working on occasion.

About you  

We are looking for a self motivated person who can work independently but be happy to support colleagues where necessary. To join the team within this role you must have the ability to adapt to circumstances as they present themselves, act assertively to ensure you are understood and convey any legislative requirements. This role is not just about handling and protecting animals but ensuring that dog owners and premises requiring a licence meet those legislative requirements. You will be working in some confrontational situations and a calm manner is needed.

A qualification in or working towards an OFQUAL level 3 (including the animal licensing element) will be required for the role.

This is a fixed term opportunity until 31/01/2023.

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

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