Animal Control Officer I

  • York, South Carolina
  • Jan 03, 2023
Full Time Animal Control or Services
  • Salary: 18 USD

Job Description


York County Animal Shelter is looking for a new member to join our team! Our shelter is an open intake government shelter with a high-life saving focus. Our average intake is 4000 animals a year and our life saving focus enabled us to save 94% of the animals that entered into our care.

York County is located in the Piedmont region, between the Broad River and the Catawba River. Its diverse landscape is home to family-friendly towns/cities, a progressive urban region and lakefront communities. We are excited you want to join our team and recognize that our employees are the foundation of our success.

Mission Statement - York County provides quality public services in an open, efficient, and responsive manner.

Vision Statement - York County provides an environment where all citizens and businesses can thrive and succeed.


We are excited to hire an Animal Control Officer I to join our team! This person will be responsible for enforcing County ordinances governing the care and keeping of domestic animals and livestock in an effort to maintain public safety and welfare. They are also responsible for capturing, caring for and/or euthanizing animals as directed.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (40 hours per week); must be willing to work nights, weekends, holidays and available for on-call as needed.

This position is open until filled with applications being reviewed weekly

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Receives and responds appropriately to public complaints and requests for assistance regarding animal control problems; dispatches calls to other officers as required. Valid state driver’s license required to perform this responsibility.
  • Captures and transports stray and unwanted animals to appropriate facility; sets traps for animals as necessary; captures animals posing a threat to human safety, including those suspected of rabies infection. Valid state driver’s license required to perform this responsibility.
  • Quarantines, euthanizes, or provides medical attention to animals according to department policy and procedures and applicable regulations.
  • Cleans and maintains animal shelter, picks up shelter supplies; cleans and repairs traps and other equipment. Feeds, waters, and provides exercise for impounded animals.
  • Investigates animal cruelty cases and enforces related laws; assist law enforcement personnel in situations involving animals as requested; issues warning citations for violations of ordinances governing the care and keeping of animals.
  • Promotes and processes the public adoption of shelter animals; assists the public in the search for their animal or adoptable one. Supervises the work of inmate workers as assigned.
  • Provides public education regarding animal control; explains ordinances related to the care and keeping of animals. Maintains records of daily work activities.
  • Operates a vehicle, traps, restraining/capture devices, two-way radio, hand tools, and telephone. Exercises care and safety in the use and maintenance of assigned vehicles and equipment.
  • Performs routine clerical duties as required, including but not limited to greeting and assisting customers, preparing forms, reports and correspondence, entering and retrieving computer data, answering the telephone, and copying and filing documents.
  • Attends training, meetings, workshops, as necessary to maintain job knowledge, skills, and required certifications.


About You -
Education & Experience:

Completion of high school/GED equivalent and up to one (1) year work related experience.

Certifications & Licenses:
  • V alid state driver's license required.
  • Valid CPR & First Aid Certification.
  • Possess or be able to obtain Animal Control Academy certification.

Applicants with equivalent experience and/or education may be considered

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Attributes

  • Knowledge of practices, policies and procedures pertaining to the operation of an animal shelter.
  • Knowledge, or ability to learn quickly the State of South Carolina and York County Laws, Ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to animals.
  • Knowledge of practices and procedures in safe handling of animals alive, injured or deceased.
  • Knowledge of York County’s lifesaving and public outreach initiatives and the ability to explain participation to the public.
  • Knowledge, or ability to learn quickly Chameleon database for animal control and shelter operations.

Skills, Abilities & Attributes:
  • Ability to recognize a wide variety of animal health problems.
  • Ability to express ideas, concepts, and plans effectively, both in oral and written forms.
  • Ability to plan and organize demanding and varied activities and prioritize appropriately is required.
  • Skilled in self-motivation to meet the job responsibilities and strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and acceptable direction of work for completion with minimal supervision and instruction.


Physical & Dexterity Requirements:

Requires work involving: walking, sitting, talking or hearing 1/3-2/3 of the time; standing, gripping or feeling with hands, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling under 1/3 of the time; lifting up to 25 lbs 1/3-2/3 of the time, and lifting up to 100 lbs under 1/3 of the time.

Vision Requirements:

Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less); distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more); color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors); Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up or down or to the left and right when vision is fixed on a given point). Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships) Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).

Potential Environmental Conditions/Hazards:

The job may risk exposure to indoor environment, outdoor environment, moisture and/or humidity, fumes, chemical hazards, other fractious animals prone to biting and scratching.


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York County is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. The County seeks a wide range of applicants for its positions so that one of our core values, a qualified and diverse workforce, will be affirmed. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requires the County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.

Closing Date/Time: 2023-04-20

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