Support Services - Animal Control Officer



GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  To pick up and care for unlicensed and stray dogs and other animals; to answer complaints concerning dogs or other animals; and to perform related work as required.  To perform ancillary duties to support the operation of the department as described by the Chief of Police.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Detective Lieutenant and general supervision of the Field Services Lieutenant(s) and other superior officers.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK:  An employee in this class may be called upon to do any or all of the following:  (These examples do not include all of the tasks which the employee may be expected to perform.)

  • Patrol the city watching for stray, lost or unlicensed dogs or other animals.
  • Respond to citizen complaints regarding dogs or other animals and attempt to secure the cooperation of animal owners in enforcing applicable ordinances and regulations.
  • Maintain records and prepare routine reports pertaining to work operations.
  • Investigate dog bites and other complaints and impound animals suspected of rabies and other infectious diseases.
  • Pick up and dispose of dead animals.
  • Issue warnings to violators of ordinances regulating the care and treatment of animals and, if necessary, initiate court action against them.
  • Operate equipment and tools in the capture and transport of a variety of animals.  (Any type of firearm not included.)
  • Issue ordinance violation tickets as necessary.
  • Drive a truck.
  • Process vehicle impounds and abandon autos, and complete necessary paperwork.
  • Assistant Property Custodian; work in the evidence/property room. Handling, transporting categorizing and storing evidence and other property.
  • Process police video system requests/redaction.
  • Perform other support services as required.
  • Perform related work as required.

  • Considerable knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the control and care of animals.
  • Reasonable knowledge of the care, handling and habits of dogs and other animals.
  • Reasonable knowledge of the geography, streets, and important locations in the city.
  • Reasonable knowledge of humane animal treatment.
  • Physical agility and skill in picking up and handling dogs and other animals.
  • General knowledge of the market value of automobiles.
  • Considerable knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations pertaining automobiles.
  • Tact in dealing with the public.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain routine records and reports.
An employee in this class, upon appointment, should have the equivalent of the following training and experience:

  • High school diploma, GED, and/or graduated from an accredited high school.
  • Reasonable experience in handling animals.
  • Participate in-house training and additional schools pertaining to care, handling, laws, regulations, etc. regarding animals.
  • Participate in-house training and additional schools pertaining to laws and regulations regarding property custodian and evidence handling.
  • Participate in-house training and additional schools pertaining to laws and regulations regarding licensing and titling of automobiles.
  • Basic computer skills.
Working Hours:  Monday – Friday; 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Salary Range:  $39,462 - $52,616 annually

Benefit Package, including:  

·         Paid vacation leave, sick leave, personal days and holidays
·         Healthcare, dental, life and optical insurance
·         Disability income plan
·         Qualified retirement plan
·         Deferred compensation plan (457)
·         Healthcare savings plan.

Date Posted:  Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Application Deadline:  Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Contact :

  • Job applications can be obtained from the Human Resources Department or downloaded from here.
  • A resume must accompany the completed job application.
  • If mailed, it must be postmarked by the deadline date listed above.
  • Original job applications will be accepted in-person or by mail at:
City of Port Huron
Human Resources
100 McMorran Blvd.
Port Huron, MI  48060

Deadline for Applying : Jan 26, 2021 04:30 PM