Animal Control Officer

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Animal Control or Services

Job Description

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Animal Control Officers perform a variety of duties related to the enforcement of animal control laws and ordinances. Employees in this job class investigate complaints and resolve issues while patrolling an assigned area of the city using a city vehicle. Animal Control Officers may handle a variety of complaints and requests, including capture and relocation of wildlife, capture of stray or dangerous animals, removal and disposal of dead animals in and around roadways or other public areas, investigations of animal abuse or neglect cases, etc. They also issue warnings, citations, and court summons to violators of animal control regulations, and must exercise considerable concern for safety when dealing with angry citizens and dangerous animals. Animal Control Officers are responsible for keeping detailed records of their daily operations.

Patrols assigned areas to ensure safe handling, transportation, and impounding of stray, sick, injured, or abandoned animals.
Captures and relocates wildlife (possums, snakes, raccoons, etc.) using nets, nooses, catch poles, and other resources as necessary.
Carries out proper disposal measures for animals that are deceased (e.g., hit by vehicles).
Catches at-large animals using catchpoles, live traps, and other restraint equipment.
Responds to citizen complaints and conducts enforcement activities pertaining to animal control ordinances and regulations.
Assists law enforcement officers and detective/investigator by handling animals that are present at crime scenes and evictions.
Investigates animal bite reports, enforces animal quarantine regulations, collects and prepares specimens for laboratory analysis, gathers information and/or evidence, and issues notices or citations for violations of animal control regulations.
Gives verbal warnings, written warnings (e.g., notifications and door hangers), citations, and court summons to animal owners and animal handlers who have violated ordinances and regulations related to animal control.
Communicates with and educates the public to resolve or prevent animal control issues.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.

  • Driver's License.
  • Experience working in an environment involving the care of animals.


  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Customer Service.
  • Heavy Equipment & Vehicle Use.
  • Learning & Memory.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Physical Abilities.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Psychomotor Abilities.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of animal behavior as it relates to ensuring the safe handling and general welfare of animals.
  • Knowledge of animal control laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of infectious diseases in animals that can be transmitted to people.
  • Knowledge of department policies and procedures on handling complaints (e.g., customer, citizen, etc.).

Work is performed both within employer-owned facilities such as workshop, warehouse, or station and in field locations such as external places of business and residences. May be exposed to weather conditions, such as extreme hot or cold temperatures, or other potentially hazardous conditions such as dangerous animals or wildlife (snakes, rodents, etc.).

Job involves moderate physical exertion for sustained periods of physical activity such as walking or standing. May involve occasional lifting of items or objects weighing up to 50 lbs. Work involves physical ability necessary to occasionally restrain or capture stray or dangerous animals and wildlife.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Birmingham, Alabama United States View Map