Animal Control Officer

  • Job Tracking ID: 512707-562699
  • Job Location: Columbia, TN
  • Job Level: Any
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: May 10, 2017
  • Years of Experience: Any
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:

Enforces municipal codes related to the care, control and licensing of animals within Columbia's boundaries.  To include:  Answering calls and complaints, conducting investigations, gathering information, and issuing citations for violations and testifying in court.  Animal Control Officers must meet the qualifications and obtain a state certificate of euthanasia. 

• Captures animals, reptiles or fowls, in violation of city ordinances and/ or state statutes and transports them to the Maury County Animal Shelter.
• Destroys or euthanizes animals, reptiles or fowls with assigned department firearm, as required, for the safety of the public or the humane destruction of the animal or fowl.
• Carry, distribute and set animal trapping cages/devices and do follow-up.
• Issues citations
• Maintains a Daily Activity Log of all work performed;
• Issues citations;
• Train other Animal Control Officers/Police Officers when needed.
• Investigates all animal complaints.
• Enforcement of City codes such as: leash laws, livestock restrictions, licensing requirements, barking/nuisance and vicious dog and statutes related to animals, reptiles, fowls;
• Conducts animal rescues and abuse/cruelty/neglect investigations;
• Writes reports on violations, prepares reports, maintains records of animal bites and quarantines, and notifies involved persons of the outcome;
• Court testimony may be required against persons cited for violations;
• Works within City boundaries using a two way radio, cell phone, computer, and specialized truck to locate stray animals, occasionally bag dead animals for pick up, and impound live animals;

• Carries, distributes and sets animal trapping cages/devices and does follow-up;
• Explains numerous City ordinances and statutes pertaining to animal care, control, and licensing to the general public and City employees;
• Gathers information to resolve complaints;
• Answers inquiries;
• Interacts with people who are confused, angry, or openly hostile when issuing citations;
• Prepares warnings and citations, and written reports in order to document violations.



Experience and Skills:

High school degree or GED, valid state of Tennessee Class D Driver's License, and be able to legally possess a firearm.  Psychological examination will be required.  Preferred six months to twelve months related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Apply before 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017.


• Some procedures/practices for capturing and handling a variety of wild and domestic animals? and
• The general principles of animal behavior;
• Must possess computer application skills that at a minimum include Microsoft Office Suite products including Word and Excel.


• Maintain a high volume of work output with minimal supervision?
• Learn the physical geography of the City of Columbia;
• Interview persons with complaints and make proper disposition or direct them to proper authorities?
• Deal with the general public tactfully and courteously? and interact with other City and county law enforcement and/or animal control staff to establish and maintain effective working relationships;
• Uses a snare pole and various animal capturing equipment including: a 22caliber rifle, tranquilizer rifle and pistol, .410 shotgun, nets, traps, ropes, baton, capstun, and tranquilizer darts;
• Uses specialized, non-routine, protective equipment when required to enter areas containing hazardous materials or large amounts of noxious animal excrement to rescue animals or conduct investigations;
• Operates a camera in order to photograph animals, animal bite victims, and property for the purpose of gathering evidence to support animal control violations;
• To testify in court regarding the capture of animals;
• Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs;
• Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings;
• Ability to write clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; able to read and interpret written information;
• Ability to follow instructions, responds to management direction; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan;
• Ability to meet scheduling and attendance requirements.



  • Major Medical Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)

  • Paid Holidays (10 days per year)

  • 2 Floating Holidays

  • Paid Vacation (accrual rates begin at 80 hours per year, progressive to 200 hours per year after 30 years of service.)

  • Paid Sick Leave (12 days per year accrued)

  • Deferred Compensation Program  401-A

  • Term Life Insurance Program

  • Long Term Disability

  • Long Term Care

  • Longevity pay (after 3 years of service)

    Note:  Fire suppression employees are subject to different accrual rates.