Calhoun County, Alabama

Available Animal Control positions

Job Description


CLASS: Non-Civil Service; FLSA Non-exempt; Pay: $14.63 per hour


Assist with the supervision of the Animal Shelter; enforces the laws, ordinances, rules and regulations relating to the humane care, treatment and control of animals; communicates and educates the public on the care of animals and the laws that pertains to them; ascertains that equipment and facilities are properly used and maintained; assist with the destroying of and disposal of dogs and cats; answers complaints of nuisances and stray animals; investigates and handles difficult situations or noncompliance cases; make periodic reports as required; insures that calls for service and complaints are answered quickly and efficiently; reviews and studies local and state laws, rules and regulations pertaining to animal control; quarantines biting animals suspected of rabies and coordinates with Health Department; patrols the jurisdiction; enforces laws pertaining to cruelty to animals; investigates animal bites, cruelty to animals, and dog fighting; assist with maintaining appropriate records of animals destroyed; assist with feeding of animals. Work requires considerable interaction with the public and other County departments. Work is performed under the general direction of the Animal Control Director.

(May not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks for the position)

  • Assist with the feeding, watering, exercising, and grooming of impounded animals by subordinate staff, and performs duties as needed.
  • Evaluates animal behaviors, health, etc.
  • Monitors animals for illness, disease, and/or injury.
  • Monitors and enters data and information into a computerized system for animals processed into the shelter.
  • Ensures animals are properly tagged and penned.
  • Assists with Animals when needed.
  • Assist with the maintenance and monitoring of supplies and inventory related to food, medications, and vaccinations.
  • Administers medications and vaccinations.
  • Interacts with the public to provide adoption of available pets and to ensure the return of animals to the proper owners.
  • Assists in offsite adoption and fundraising events when necessary.
  • Uses appropriate tools to handle animals in a manner that protects the safety of the employee, animal, coworkers, and the public.
  • Transports animals to the veterinarian.
  • Prepares and maintains data as necessary.
  • Works weekends on a rotational basis as assigned.
  • Investigate reports of animal attacks or animal cruelty, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and writing reports.
  • Be capable of working animal cruelty crime scenes, collect evidence, give detailed information, be the key witness in any court trial related to the crime.
  • Capture and remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using nets, nooses, or tranquilizer darts as necessary.
  • Write reports of activities, and maintain files of impoundments and dispositions of animals.
  • Contact animal owners to inform them that their pets are at animal holding facilities.
  • Educate the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and regulations.
  • Respond to questions from patrons, and provide information about animals, such as behavior, habitat, breeding habits, or facility activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of animals and experience in handling them as well as the equipment used
  • Knowledge of the administration of controlled substances to animals
  • Knowledge of laws and ordinances governing the control of animals
  • Knowledge of general police powers authorized concerning animals
  • Ability to maintain financial records
  • Ability to supervise subordinate personnel
  • Ability to instruct and train employees
  • Ability to develop work procedures and methods
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public officials, employees and the general public
  • Ability to work with strenuous physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects over 50 lbs., in restricted areas and defending oneself from physical attack.
  • Ability to work under extreme weather conditions
  • Skill in operating animal control traps - Animal capture nets; Animal traps
  • Skill in the use of cages or its accessories - Animal cages
  • Skill in the use of compressed air gun - Blowguns
  • Skill in the use of dog catching pole - Animal catch poles; Noose poles
  • Skill in the use of Leashes or leads - Leashes
  • Skill in the use of Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory - Veterinary stethoscopes
  • Skill in the use of Muzzles - Dog muzzles
  • Skill in the use of Two way radios - Mobile radios

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid driver's license and be insurable by the County's insurance standards.
  • 2 years of experience dealing with a variety of animal situations, or a combination of education and experience equivalent to these requirements.
  • Must be able to obtain a valid Alabama pistol permit (if needed)


Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic Animal Control Officer training certification
  • At least 2 years of law enforcement / animal control experience


Special Requirement

  • Euthanasia Certification required within 1 year
  • Must be able to attend and successfully pass basic and advanced Animal Control Officer training courses (if applicable)
  • Must pass yearly Alabama Peace Officer’s Standard Training firearms qualifications
  • Must be able to pass other law enforcement training classes as needed




Job Application Form in PDF format.
Please fill out and send via email to the email specified above or bring to the Calhoun County Commission Office located in the Administration Building at 1702 Noble Street.



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