Posted: Jan 12, 2023

Animal Control Officer

Salary: $21.69 Hourly
Application Deadline: Jan 19, 2023
Field Services

The individual in this role will enforce laws concerning the care and treatment of animals, protect and rescue domesticated animals. Respond to calls about deceased, sick, or injured animals within the city limits. If you love serving your community and have the ability to care for animals in need. WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU!

Examples of Duties/Knowledge and Skills

  • Investigates animal control and cruelty complaints;
  • Assists the public in resolving animal control problems in their area;
  • Advises general public of applicable animal control ordinances and issues citations as necessary;
  • Appears at contested court hearings to present evidence and testimony;
  • Patrols and impounds animals at large; picks up sick, injured or dead domestic animals from streets and roadways;
  • Responds to reports of sick/injured wild animals that enter houses or garages at citizen's request;
  • Works in cooperation with and responds to assistance calls from law enforcement agencies when animals are involved;
  • Delivers pets to veterinarians for medical care as necessary;
  • Maintains work records on appropriate forms or enters data electronically, and makes full reports on investigations;
  • Performs emergency euthanasia for injured animals in the field when necessary, and assists with euthanasia at the shelter;
  • Thorough cleaning and disinfection of all areas of the shelter;
  • Proper feeding and care of shelter animals;
  • Observance of animal appearance and activity for general physical condition, obvious signs of illness, disease, injury, neglect;
  • Administering of necessary vaccinations, medicines, and/or prescribed treatments as required;
  • Public assistance with adoptions, reclaims, surrenders, etc.;
  • Issuance of animal-related permits in accordance with City ordinance; 
  • Participates in emergency on-call rotations;      
  • Drives assigned vehicle, and maintains in good, clean working order;
  • Enforces and monitors animal quarantines to ensure compliance;
  • Participates in regular or special training and education programs to gain new ideas and information leading to greater efficiency, effectiveness, performance of duties;
  • Practices good public relations in all phases of job responsibilities;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices;
  • Attends work regularly at the designated place and time;
  • Supports continuous process improvement initiatives;
  • Performs related work as required.

Acceptable Experience and Training:

  • Graduation from High School or GED supplemented with a minimum of two years veterinary technician experience, Humane Officer Training, NACA Level I and euthanasia training preferred; and
  • Computer/data entry experience preferred; and
  • Experience in the care and handling of animals, and in public contact in a complaint-oriented work setting also preferred; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications:

  • Valid Iowa Driver's License upon appointment.