Walton County Sheriff's Office - Animal Control Officer

Job Overview

Department Walton County Sheriff's Office
Job TitleAnimal Control Officer
Salary$32,162 - $45,976 (based on experience)
Deadline Jun 30, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern
Location Defuniak Springs , FL
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General Statement of Job –

Under general supervision, performs protective service work in the field, enforcing laws and ordinances relating to animal control. Work includes interacting with the general public, enforcing laws and apprehending and impounding animals. Requires independent judgement and discretion.


Minimum Qualifications –

  • Graduation from high school or possession of a GED certificate and One (1) year of experience dealing with animal maintenance, animal husbandry or animal enforcement
  • Or one (1) year of experience in law enforcement.
  • Additional qualifying education which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities may be substituted for the required experience on a year for year basis.
  • Experience handling animals is preferred.
  • Requires Valid Florida Class Driver's License (must be maintained for duration of employment)


Essential Job Functions –

  • Responds to complaints concerning animals at large, cruelty to animals, injured animals, animals creating a nuisance and animal attacks on humans and other animals. Responds to complaints that involve livestock, wild stock, exotic animals and domestic animals.
  • Investigates alleged animals bites to humans or domestic animals, including checking for current rabies vaccinations and County registration, quarantining animals, ascertaining rabies symptoms or potential symptoms and releasing animals from quarantine.
  • Handles animals that are in violation of County ordinances, which are often dangerous, vicious and/or wild, and impounds them as necessary.
  • Issues warnings and citations to owners of animals in violation of County ordinances and testifies to those citations in County Court. Additionally, may be required to testify in criminal proceedings.
  • Handles, transports and cares for injured and healthy reptiles, including, poisonous snakes, alligators and exotic reptiles. Handles, transports and cares for injured and healthy mammals, including felines and mustelids (e.g.: badgers, ferrets, skunks, otters, weasels).
  • Provides emergency first aid to animals prior to veterinary examination. Performs euthanization of animals, as required, and performs decapitations for rabies examination. Disposes of dead animals picked up in the field (animals killed by vehicular traffic).
  • Picks up and transports injured wildlife to rehabilitation centers.
  • Prepares investigative reports that may be introduced as legal evidence.
  • Sets and services animal traps in the field and removes captured animals for relocation or transport to holding facilities.
  • Drives animal transport vehicles, winch truck and pickup trucks while patrolling assigned areas of the County.
  • Interacts routinely with citizens concerning animal problems, often under stressful conditions.
  • Maintains County animal transport vehicles, ensuring cleanliness and adequate supplies.
  • Determines what order calls will be responded to and when a call should be referred to a supervisor.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Dependable and punctual attendance is an essential function of this job.


Required Skills –

  • Knowledge of the custodial care of animals.
  • Knowledge of the laws and regulations governing domestic animals.
  • Knowledge of domestic animal breeds and behaviors.
  • Knowledge of behavior and care of wild reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • Ability to handle or restrain large and often dangerous animals.
  • Ability to comprehend and follow both oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to use a computer to maintain and extract information.
  • Ability to learn to use radiotelephone communication devices and follow FCC regulations.
  • Ability to learn and recognize symptoms of rabies and distemper.
  • Ability to perform animal euthanasia.
  • Ability to decapitate animals for rabies investigations.
  • Ability to herd livestock and load livestock onto stock trailers.
  • Ability to enforce animal control ordinances tactfully, firmly, and impartially.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to fill out citations and keep records; prepare and present reports of activities.
  • Strong written communication skills including knowledge of correct grammar, accurate spelling skills, and good composition skills.
  • Strong verbal communication skills needed to accurately convey information to others.


Standards to Perform Job Functions

Physical and dexterity requirements:

Must be able to physically control highly active/aggressive animals, potentially weighing in excess of 80 pounds, using available equipment. Ability to walk, stand, bend, stretch, kneel, stoop, reach and climb frequently. Much of the work is driving a County Vehicle or outside with exposure to all types of weather, water, odors, carrion, and dangerous animals.


Environmental hazards:

This job risks exposure to bright/dim light, dusts and pollen, extreme heat and/or cold, wet or humid conditions, extreme noise levels, fumes and/or noxious odors, electrical shock, toxic/caustic chemicals, and explosives. Possibility of exposure to animal/human waste and/or bodily fluids. Regular exposure to animal hair and danger.


Sensory requirements:

This job requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking


Hiring Process:

Failure to complete required paperwork correctly will cause a delay in the application process and applications to potentially be placed in an "on-hold" status. Applicants will be required to successfully complete:

  • Background investigation which includes, but is not limited to: criminal history, driving history, credit check, previous employment verification. The background waiver MUST BE SIGNED AND NOTARIZED.
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Panel Interview
  • Pre-employment Drug Screen (including nicotine panel)



The Walton County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Walton County Sheriff's Office will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.  Preference shall be given to certain veterans and spouses of veterans as provided by Chapter 295, Florida Statutes.  Applicants claiming preference must submit a Form DD-214.

Please direct questions regarding this position to hr@waltonso.org

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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