Animal Control Officer

Escambia County Pensacola , FL 32501

Posted 2 weeks ago

Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

This position is open until filled. This designation indicates that a position will continue to be advertised and applications will continue to be accepted until an offer of employment has been made and accepted.

This class enforces State and local animal control laws and ordinances, investigates violation complaints, assists the public with varied requests, and ensures the humane handling and treatment of animals to be impounded.

This is a "mandatory-testing" position that requires Drug Testing.

Examples of Duties: Responds to and investigates animal nuisance complaints or other violations of the animal control ordinances and laws, including processing and prioritizing complaints received via phone, fax, or e-mail.

Receives and responds to animal control dispatch instructions and investigates complaints of animals roaming, nuisances, cruelty, dog bites, and/or other violations of animal control laws and ordinances for the County and applicable cities.

Assists the public by providing information regarding responsible pet ownership.

Prepares and maintains records and statistics; creates records of investigation and gathers evidence and information for use in court.

Captures, handles, and transports stray, sick, injured, diseased, vicious, feral, domesticated, wild, and exotic animals; removes and disposes of deceased animals.

Maintains County vehicles and animal control equipment.

Responds to and assists law enforcement with requests to help with evictions, impounds, neglected, mistreated, and abandoned animals; prepares and presents cases in court.

Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Training and Experience:

High School Diploma or Equivalent (G.E.D.) and one year experience dealing directly with the public in a public setting; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Experience in animal care and handling or law enforcement preferred.

Licensing Requirements:

Valid driver's license;

Ability to obtain Florida Animal Control Officer Certification within six months of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Animal behavior, handling, and husbandry principles and practices;

Zoonotic diseases;

Occupational hazards and safe work practices;

Customer service principles;

Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes;

Emergency disaster response principles and practices;

Applicable animal capture equipment;

Hazardous materials handling procedures;

Providing customer service;Interpreting and applying applicable laws, rules, and regulations;Handling animals;Responding to emergency disasters;Repairing and maintaining animal capture equipment;Providing customer service;Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Material and Equipment Used:

Light truck or other motor vehicle.

Personal computer.

Tools and equipment particular to the trade.

Supplemental Information: Physical


Balancing, stooping, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.Incumbents may be subjected to extreme temperatures, intense noises and travel.

Benefits/Compensation Package:

  • Medical / Dental / Vision plans

  • Prescription coverage

  • Employee health clinic

  • Employee fitness centers

  • Employer-sponsored retirement plan or an investment plan

  • Deferred Compensation Plan

  • Flexible Spending Account(s)

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Annual/Sick Leave or Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • Group Life Insurance

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Animal Control Officer

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