ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Under direction, handles, captures and, when necessary, humanely
destroys wild and strayed domesticated animals and birds; cares
for impounded animals; cleans and maintains the impounding facility;
may take the lead over one or more Assistant Animal Control Officers;
does other related work.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Patrols the streets, captures and impounds stray animals, wild game,
birds, and unlicensed dogs.
Cares for and feeds animals in the public pound and observes their
physical condition and behavior.
Contacts veterinarian when necessary.
Uses nets, traps, or tranquilizer gun to capture wild animals or
strayed domesticated pets.
Captures and impounds animals suspected of being rabid and
observes their physical condition.
Destroys rabid animals in a humane way and takes their remains
to State Health Clinic for analysis.
Handles complaints regarding wild and stray animals, and licensed
and unlicensed domesticated animals.
Enforces the rabies control program and issues summons for
violations of local or state animal control ordinances.
Cleans and maintains sanitation of the impounding facility; washes
and scrubs the facility, cleans up feces and urine, and dips and
bathes animals, to rid them of fleas and ticks.
Promotes the adoption of animals and arranges for their spaying
Where authorized to serve as the designated Humane Law
Enforcement Officer for the jurisdiction, investigates, signs
complaints, arrests violators, and otherwise acts as an officer
for the detection, apprehension, and arrest of offenders against
animal welfare and animal cruelty laws and ordinances.
Prepares clear, sound, accurate, and comprehensive reports of
inspections and other reports containing findings, conclusions,
Maintains essential records and files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
One (1) year of experience in animal control.
NOTE: The experience requirement is applicable ONLY in those
jurisdictions where an Assistant Animal Control Officer is also
employed. Applicants seeking employment in jurisdictions where
only the Animal Control Officer title is used do not have to meet this
NOTE: In jurisdictions where the Animal Control Officer serves
as the designated, authorized Humane Law Enforcement Officer,
appointees will be required to satisfactorily complete a Police
Training Commission (PTC) approved animal protection law
enforcement training course within one year of designation as
a Humane Law Enforcement Officer. Such training includes
successful attainment of a satisfactory level of proficiency in the
use of firearms on a semi-annual basis.
Applicants must possess a current and valid certificate as an Animal
Control Officer issued by the New Jersey Department of Health.
NOTE: Appointees may be required to complete a course and
obtain certification in the Chemical Immobilization of Animals.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the methods and techniques used to handle and
capture stray and wild animals, and birds.
Knowledge of the types of equipment used in animal control.
Knowledge of the common communicable diseases of
domesticated and wild animals and the methods of control.
Knowledge of the methods used to care for and feed impounded
Knowledge of the humane methods used to destroy stray and
wild animals, and birds.
Ability to interpret laws, rules and regulations and apply them
to specific situations.
Ability to capture and impound animals.
Ability to feed and care for animals.
Ability to promote the adoption of animals.
Ability to recognize sick or injured animals and to arrange
for medical care.
Ability to handle complaints regarding animals and take proper
Ability to humanely destroy animals and birds when necessary.
Ability to enforce the jurisdiction's rabies control program.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without
reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be
made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.