Animal Welfare Officer - 3331

Career Purpose

The Animal Welfare Officer performs technical work as part of field operations of the Animal Welfare Division.

This position is assigned to the Animal Welfare Division which is located within the compound of the City of Lawton Public Works Department facilities located at 2100 SW 6th Street.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Keeps accurate records of bite reports, daily reports, field logs, medication logs, service and investigation logs.
  • Issues citations to violators of state and city laws pertaining to animals.
  • Responds to citizen complaints by initiating preliminary investigations and performs follow-up as needed and provides back-up assistance to local law enforcement agencies
  • Rescues and captures loose, sick or stray animals using live traps, immobilization tranquilizer weapons, firearms and specialized equipment in the capture, control and removal of wildlife, feral and abandoned animals in the city.
  • Initiates field exams to establish the physical condition of an animal and/or possible medical treatment required: notes findings according to procedure and notifies proper authorities as needed.
  • Appears in court to provide testimony and present evidence and confers with City Prosecutor concerning cases.
  • Routinely speaks with local veterinarians confirming quarantines, animal heath, seeking advice for unusual circumstances. Also communicates with Heath Dept. officials, hospitals, clinics, and utility agencies to gain needed information.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Assist in public speaking programs for the purpose of promoting responsible pet ownership and explaining city/state ordinances at public schools, neighborhood watch meetings and civic organizations.
  • Provides assistance to out of town law enforcement agencies to include; Sheriff, Highway Patrol, Tribal Police and Ft. Sill Police during raids, evictions, domestics, deaths, arrests, seizures and impounds.                                                                                                                      


  • High school diploma or GED equivalency; at least (4) years experience as a kennel worker, veterinarian assistant or similar position working with animals, or code enforcement background.
  • Possession of a valid Oklahoma drivers license at date of hire or valid drivers license from state of residency.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a state animal euthanasia certificate within 6 months of hire.
  • Extensive knowledge of the city’s geography and animal husbandry techniques as well as small animal/livestock behavior.
  • Ability to keep records and prepare reports, interpret ordinances and explain provisions thereof to the public.
  • Ability to work with animals without fear. Willingness to work with sick and /or vicious animals. Skill in handling animals.
  • Successful completion of a city of Lawton physical examination and drug screen as a condition of employment as well as successfully complete a specified course of training outlined by the Animal Welfare Division
  • Working knowledge of computers and electronic data processing; working knowledge of modern office practices and procedures; working knowledge of bookkeeping principles and practices with ability to operate telephone, computer terminal, personal computer, copy machine, fax machine, base radio, 10-key calculator, two way radio and knowledge of Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations governing operation of radio transmitting and receiving system.
  • Must have good written and oral communication and exercise sound judgment.
  • Must be able to effectively deal with the public.
  •  Responsible for small section of employees and their evaluations.
  • Advises Division Supervisor as needed.

This position has consistent days off and hours to work, however, there are multiple shifts that work various hours. Exact hours to work will be scheduled once hired.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Regularly: Required to sit, speak, listen, read, write, and various other office related functions. Must be able to lift up to 100 lbs.

Frequently: Required to reach, handle, finger, grasp, speak, see (shape/ size/ distance/ motion/ color), climb, lift and/or carry containers weighing up to 50 pounds, and must be available for emergency situations during various hours including weekends, and holidays.

Occasionally:Works in the capacity of acting superintendent, attending administrative meetings.

Rarely: Is required to pick up donations from local citizens and/or businesses.

Static and trunk strength to use all the muscle forces possible to lift, carry, push or pull heavy objects. (Dead, injured, tranquilized animals). Ability to work in a confined area with little movement outside that area.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

Regularly: Works outside with exposure to heat, cold, humidity, rain. etc.

  • Subject to working on slippery surfaces.
  • Exposed to steady and fairly loud noises.
  • Possibility of exposure to zoonotic and/or infectious diseases.
  • Contact with water at various work sites.
  • Subject to working in cramped positions.
  • Exposed to allergens such as bee/wasp stings, pollen, cat and dog hair, etc.
  • Exposed to chemical irritants such as cleaning solutions, bleach, etc.


The candidate for this position must possess the interpersonal skills as well as attitude necessary in promoting smooth relations between parties without jeopardizing policy structure or impeding progress in conflict resolution. 

This position requires extensive interaction between the employee and superintendents, supervisors, co-workers, subordinates, representatives from other agencies and divisions, and the general public. The employee must possess the ability to react to, and address, daily situations without interjecting personal feelings and/or opinions, basing responses on guidelines established in divisional/departmental policies and procedures, therefore resulting in a positive outcome to any given situation.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on May 19, 2021.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.


Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

Vacancy #
Closing Date
Career Type
$1,076.00 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Animal Welfare

How To Apply ?

Application Instructions

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