Dog Warden

  • Ongoing Agency
  • Temporary
  • Belfast
  • £13.93

Bluestones Staffing

Main purpose of job

To be responsible to the Assistant City Protection Manager, through the Dog Warden Supervisor, for the efficient and effective performance of the duties of the post including in particular:

  • Implementation of the Dogs (NI) Order 1983 (as amended), the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011, the Dog Control Orders Regulations (NI) 2012 and other relevant legislation in accordance with the council’s policies and departmental procedures and arrangements;
  • Implementation, as required, of the Dog Warden Service’s educational and information programme concerning dog control and promoting responsible dog ownership.

To perform all duties in accordance with specified time and quality targets.

To ensure humane treatment of dogs while in the postholder’s possession.

Essential criteria

Driving licence and experience

Applicants must, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms:

(a)   have a full, current driving licence which enables them to drive in Northern Ireland, or, have access to a form of transport which enables them to carry out the duties of the post in full[1];

and

  • be able to demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, at least one year’s relevant experience, gained in the workplace, in each of the following areas:

(b)   the control or handling of dogs in a formal setting;

(c)   dealing with individual members of the public, including dealing with contentious situations; and

(d)   administration work which includes using computerised systems to produce written reports and maintain records.

[1] Please be advised that this alternative is a ‘reasonable adjustment’ specifically for applicants with disabilities who, as a result of their disability, are unable to hold a full, current driving licence.  However please also be advised that, given the business need for the post holder to drive council-owned  vans on a daily basis in order to fulfil the duties of the post then the ‘reasonableness’ of this adjustment will be thoroughly considered prior to any appointment being made.

Special skills and attributes

Applicants must be able to demonstrate evidence of each of the following skills and attributes which may be tested at interview:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills:  A good standard of literacy and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Customer care skills:  The ability to deal calmly and diplomatically with people in contentious situations.
  • Team working skills:  The ability to work effectively as part of a team and to be proactive, innovative and work with others to exceed standards.
  • Analysis, problem solving and decision making skills:  The ability to use initiative to deal with a variety of unforeseen circumstances.
  • Written communication skills:  The ability to write accurate reports and maintain accurate records.
  • Information Technology skills:  The ability to operate a range of standard Microsoft Office programmes.
  • Technical knowledge:  An understanding of relevant legislation and the ability to present evidence effectively and accurately in court.

Short-listing criteria

In addition to the above driving licence and experience, Belfast City Council reserves the right to short-list only those applicants who, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms, can demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, that they have:

  • in the first instance, at least two years’ relevant experience, gained in the workplace, in each of the three areas (b) to (d) detailed above; and

(a)   in the second instance, at least one year’s relevant experience, gained in the workplace, of working in an enforcement or legislative role.

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