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+ Animal Control Workers Job Description
You need a lot more than love for animals to be an animal control worker—but that’s a good place to start. Animal control workers take care of animals who are abandoned, unattended, unlicensed, mistreated—or who pose a danger to the community. In addition to feeding the animals and cleaning their pens, the job will often include caring for creatures who will be put to sleep. But it also might involve arranging for the adoption of animals in your care view more

+ Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators Job Description
Going to court to settle a divorce or a business dispute can take years and thousands of dollars. Arbitrators, Mediators and Conciliators offer an alternative approach. They are trained to help resolve disagreements, improve communication and strengthen relationships…through procedures that are far less formal than a court trial. With arbitration, each side must first agree to be bound by the decision reached by the arbitrator view more

+ Chief of Police Job Description
A police officer's day can be filled with unexpected situations. Police and detective supervisors help officers decide how to handle varied and changing situations, while organizing the resources to do it. Supervisors -- such as sergeants, lieutenants and police chiefs -- oversee the activities of the rest of the force. Police and detective supervisors set schedules and offer guidance and expertise to investigators view more

+ Conservation Officer / Fish and Game Wardens Job Description
Just as city police officers protect people…fish and game wardens protect wildlife. In some states, they’re called Conservation Officers. They enforce laws and regulations designed to conserve fish and animal populations. They patrol their assigned areas by car, boat, airplane, horse or on foot. As officers of the law, Fish and Game Wardens, or Conservation Officers, carry weapons and are trained by the local, state or federal agency that employs them view more

+ Correctional Officers and Jailers Job Description
Correctional officers serve on the front line of the criminal justice system. They are the men and women responsible for guarding people who have been arrested or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in jail. Duties include searching prisoners and their cells for weapons, drugs, and other forbidden items, supervising inmate activities, and maintaining good order, even if it means breaking up fights between prisoners view more

+ Correctional Treatment Specialists Job Description
In the United States, when a person is convicted of a crime, and sentenced to serve time behind bars, the system doesn’t lock the door to the felon’s future. Even while in prison, an inmate has an advocate. That person is called a Correctional Treatment Specialist. Correctional Treatment Specialists interview prison inmates, and make recommendations for rehabilitation, parole and release plans view more

+ Court Clerks Job Description
Before a judge can bang the gavel to call a court to order…a court clerk organizes the whole procedure. It is up to the clerk to prepare a calendar of cases to be called in court, and to contact every person who will be needed to try the case. All the documents submitted for the case have to be pulled together and distributed. And the all-important procedures must be explained to those who will participate view more

+ Court Reporters Job Description
When it is essential to have an exact legal record of what people said, the services of court reporters are needed. They are trained to quickly create a record of testimony, speeches, conversations, legal proceedings and other events. Court reporters even take down the words of our nation’s lawmakers in Congress. In courtrooms, the court reporter makes the only legal record of events. He or she might be called upon to read back testimony during the trial…and the court reporter’s work is cited during legal appeals view more

+ Crossing Guards Job Description
The Crossing Guard helps keep pedestrians of all ages safe. Near schools, they are responsible for helping students cross streets safely, stopping traffic when necessary. At construction sites or other hazardous locations, Crossing Guards guide vehicle traffic and pedestrians around obstacles and workers, using signs, flags, and hand signals. At railroad crossings, they activate warning signal lights, lower crossing gates until trains pass, and raise gates when crossings are clear view more

+ Customs Inspectors Job Description
At the nation’s borders, and within, Customs Inspectors enforce laws about who and what can come into, and leave the United States. Customs inspectors work for the federal government as part of the U.S. Customs Service. Their job is to inspect cargo, baggage, and articles worn or carried by people, boats, trains, and planes entering or leaving the country. They search for illegal substances, such as drugs, and make sure laws governing imports and exports are observed view more

+ Detectives and Criminal Investigators Job Description
Private detectives and investigators have been the subjects of countless movies and TV shows. But while being a Private Investigator or "P.I." can be exciting, the real life career is nothing like the movies. Patience, persistence, attention to detail, and excellent research skills are what really count. Private detectives work in many different industries, but the work consists of either protecting something or someone or obtaining information view more

+ Fire Fighters Job Description
Fire fighters have one of the most hazardous of all occupations. But it is also one of the most essential, for nothing is more damaging -— or more deadly -—than fire. Swinging a fire axe or aiming a fire hose that shoots water at 300 pounds per square inch requires strength and stamina. But fire fighting isn’t only about physical fitness. Most calls to fire departments involve medical emergencies view more

+ Fire Inspectors Job Description
Fire inspectors fight fires by trying to keep them from starting. As part of a department's fire prevention division, inspectors examine commercial buildings for compliance with fire codes, looking for conditions that might cause a fire. They may even test the fire extinguishers and smoke alarms. Developers often call on them to check and approve plans for new structures. Fire inspectors communicate what they know about preventing fires to the public view more

+ Fire Investigators Job Description
“The cause of the blaze is under investigation.” By the time you hear that phrase in a news story about a fire, a special kind of detective has already been hard at work trying to crack the case. Where we see burnt rubble, a fire investigator sees clues. Often before the smoke clears, this investigator is at the scene collecting and documenting evidence to determine the cause of the fire. This can involve carefully sifting through debris with specialized equipment and running lab tests on it view more

+ First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives
A police officer's day can be filled with unexpected situations. Police and detective supervisors help officers decide how to handle varied and changing situations, while organizing the resources to do it. Supervisors -- such as sergeants, lieutenants and police chiefs -- oversee the activities of the rest of the force. Police and detective supervisors set schedules and offer guidance and expertise to investigators view more

+ Forensic Science Technicians Job Description
Books and TV programs make the work of forensic science technicians seem fast-paced and exciting. In real life, however, their job is more likely to be as slow and painstaking as it is important. Forensic science technicians work at the scene of a crime…and in laboratories. They perform tests on weapons or they examine substances such as fiber, hair and tissue to determine a connection to the crime…and to a suspect view more

+ Forest Fire Fighters Job Description
Forest firefighters battle blazes in forests and rangelands. These fires can grow to the size of a small country, threatening wildlife, as well as homes and businesses in their path As soon as flames are spotted, forest firefighting crews mobilize. They drive or fly to the fire scene with hand tools, chainsaws, pumps and hoses, and heavy earth-moving machinery. A basic principle in fighting forest fires is to create a gap, or firebreak, to stop the spread of the flames view more

+ Judges and Magistrates Job Description
One of the foundations of our country is our judicial system. Judges and Magistrates are charged with making sure the system operates in accord with the law. Most of us think of the judge as the person who keeps order in a courtroom by occasionally banging a gavel. But judges play a far more important role. In overseeing legal proceedings, they act like referees, ensuring that the rules are followed view more

+ Law Public Safety and Security Job Description
Quite simply, people who work in legal and protective services make life a lot safer for the rest of us. They protect our personal safety, our legal rights, our material goods, our cities, our roads, and our homes. Many of these jobs involve taking risks, so others might be saved from harm. Often, you have to face the uglier side of human nature, without allowing yourself to be pulled down view more

+ Lawyers Job Description
The legal system can be confusing and overwhelming to most people. To help individuals and corporations understand and apply the law, attorneys (who are more commonly called lawyers) counsel clients about their legal rights and obligations, and suggest particular courses of action in both business and personal matters. The more routine and most common tasks of a lawyer might include drawing up legal documents such as wills and contracts, while the more visible tasks involve trying cases in a court of law view more

+ Legal Secretaries Job Description
Legal secretaries are skilled clerical workers who assist attorneys. Though they perform many typical secretarial chores, such as typing and filing, they're also familiar with legal terminology, documents, procedures and research. They’re an important part of the team, in the intense world of the legal profession. Legal secretaries prepare complicated documents like subpoenas, complaints and motions that have specialized formats, and specific timetables for filing view more

+ Licensed Private Investigators Job Description
Movies and TV can make private investigative or detective work look pretty glamorous -- but the modern PI is more a researcher than an action hero. Most often, licensed private investigators or detectives round up facts, not felons. Some investigators conduct private inquiries for clients, looking for missing persons or proof of infidelity. But far more people in this field work for stores, hotels, large agencies, or security and risk management companies view more

+ Municipal Clerks Job Description
Whether in big cities or small towns, local municipal governments are at the heart of every community. The people who keep these government offices organized and functioning are Municipal Clerks. To do this job well, you need to be able to multi-task, because municipal clerks wear many hats. They do typical office work like contacting city officials, filing, typing, and data entry. They also maintain the official records for the municipality view more

+ Paralegals and Legal Assistants Job Description
Paralegals or "legal assistants" first appeared in the late 1960s. Since that time, they have taken on much of the routine work lawyers once did themselves. Paralegals do almost everything that attorneys do except appear in court or give legal advice. Many spend their time using law libraries or online systems to find the cases a lawyer needs in order to prepare for trial. Paralegals may also draw up contracts, affidavits, and other documents view more

+ Police Patrol Officers Job Description
Whether investigating a murder or burglary, giving first aid, stopping a fight, or simply patrolling an area to prevent crime, few people are more vital to everyone’s safety and well being than police officers and detectives. “Patrol-car” police, however, are only part of the story. Some officers work behind the scenes as experts in fire-arms identification, handwriting and fingerprints, or microscopic analysis view more

+ Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers Job Description
Whenever there’s an emergency, someone has to take the “911” (pronounced: “nine-one-one”) call, get the details from the caller, and decide which resources should be activated and sent to the scene. That’s the job of police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers. Also known as “public safety dispatchers,” these workers need to be able to question callers to determine the nature, seriousness, and location of the emergency view more

+ Private Detectives and Investigators Job Description
Private detectives and investigators have been the subjects of countless movies and TV shows. But while being a "P.I." can be exciting, real life is nothing like the movies. Patience, persistence, attention to detail, and excellent research skills are what really count. Insurance companies and government agencies hire P.I.s to help eliminate fraudulent disability claims. Performing background checks on prospective employees may also be part of the job view more

+ Probation Officers Job Description
Probation Officers usually have a bachelor’s degree in social work, criminal justice or a related field. A graduate degree is helpful for advancement. Like many people trained in social work, Probation Officers have the desire to help people. However, because your clients are people who are in custody, or on probation, for breaking the law, you may need to be assertive with them. Sometimes a firm hand is needed to help them connect to a brighter future view more

+ Security Guards Job Description
Most people work very hard to provide for their families and maintain a safe and secure home. But sometimes they need help. Security officers provide people with peace of mind; they protect people’s property, records, money, and even lives. Duties vary depending on where they work; for example, at ports or railroads, security officers ensure that nothing is stolen or damaged during loading or unloading, and look for trouble among work crews view more

+ Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Job Description
A/V: NARRATOR (VO): Any position in law enforcement is filled with daily challenges. But the job of sheriffs differs from other law-enforcement officials in that their jurisdiction is usually limited to a single county. And, unlike commissioners and chiefs of police, sheriffs are usually elected by popular vote. Sheriffs and their deputies are involved in a wide range of law enforcement activities within their jurisdiction —everything from issuing traffic tickets to conducting murder investigations view more