Animal Control Officer - Shelter operations

Description :




Class Title:    ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER/                             Cost Code: #10-07

                      CODE COMPLIANCE/

SHELTER OPERATIONS                                    

Department:  Aminal SHelter                                                   Grade No. GS-

Division:                                                                                Status: Classified




Primarily responsible to perform routine animal shelter operations in the control, care, custody and disposal of strays and/or wild animals and insure compliance with City ordinances pertaining to animal control. On an as needed/ limited basis will be responsible for enforcing applicable regulations in a civilian capacity and with limited peace officer authority in the area of animal control and code enforcement. Animal Control Officers provide quality services, to protect and display genuine compassion to its citizens and animals, and assists in the general operation of the Animal Shelter.



When conducting shelter operations will fall under the direction of the Shelter Manager and the general supervision of the Lieutenant.


When conducting field operations will fall under the direction of the Lieutenant and general supervision of the Captain.



  • Works with the Animal Humane      Society.
  • Performs assigned duties as      required at the animal shelter.
  • At times be responsible for the      euthanasia of animals.
  • Thorough knowledge of the occupational      hazards and corresponding safety precaution necessary for the safe      performance of assigned duties.
  • Knowledge and ability in the      feeding and care of impounded animals.
  • Performs any other animal care      duties as directed.
  • Performs other related duties as      required.



  • Respond to radio and telephone      dispatches for animal complaints from citizens.
  • Operated city vehicle to control      animals at large, enforcing animal ordinances and impounding stray animals      and transports them to the pound.  Cares      for them while detained, and disposes of animals when necessary.
  • Answers calls to investigate      vicious, diseased or in other ways harmful animals.
  • Visits homes to inspect license,      vaccination certificates and sick animals.
  • Investigates animal bites or      scratches and arranges for appropriate identification and institutes      quarantine of aggressor animal. 
  • Investigates complaints      concerning treatment of animals not in compliance with animal ordinances.
  • Issues citations for violation of      city ordinances.
  • Authorized to issues written      notices and citations to individuals who abuse and violate city compliance      codes.
  • Assist Code Enforcement Officer      in investigates complaints and problems related to possible violation of      applicable city ordinances and codes.
  • Inspects properties to determine      compliance of property maintenance standards and ordinances.
  • Prepare and maintains records and      may prepare special reports.
  • Works with the Animal Humane      Society
  • Performs any other animal control      duties as directed. 
  • Performs other related duties as      required


The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required of all employees assigned to this job.




  • High school diploma or GED      Certificate of Completion.
  • One year as Animal Control      Officer, or two years’ experience in working with domestic animals on a      farm, zoo, or veterinarian clinic, etc.
  • Prefer one (1) one year      experience in code enforcement.




  • Some knowledge of City ordinances concerning      animal control; care and feeding of domestic animals; animal diseases and      prevention.
  • Ability to read, write and follow      verbal and written instructions, all in English.
  • Ability to become knowledgeable      of City’s Animal Control Ordinances, and willing and capable of enforcing      same. 
  • Working knowledge basic codes,      ordinances, laws, and regulations governing possession of animals within      the city and governing zoning and building; the city, locations of streets      and all areas in and around the City.
  • Ability to handle domestic and      wild animals.
  • Ability to handle confidential      matters in a trustworthy matter.
  • Ability to operating      a personal computer   
  • Ability to develop      and maintain courteous, respectful, and effective working relationships      with fellow employees and the public; set work priorities.
  • Prepare incident      reports, records and logs using prescribed format and conforming to all      rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style.
  • Ability to maintain      accurate records; write clear.  




  • Must possess and maintain a valid      New Mexico Driver’s license.
  • Must successfully pass      pre-employment drug testing and post-offer employment

medical examination.

  • Must be able to past stringent      background investigation and be free of any felony convictions.




  • Use a capture stick, a variety of animal traps, nets, euthanasia machine, and tranquilizer gun.
  • City’s Code of Ordinance, books, maps, and other paper products.
  • Utilizes the equipment, tools, and vehicles necessary to perform the essential

         duties section.

  • City vehicle is assigned.



1)            Must be able to communicate orally and writing in English

2)            Must be able to read such items as newspapers, manuals, ordinances.

3)            Must be able to comprehend and utilize computer programs and updates.





The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


1)    Moderately heavy physical position working involving extensive walking on all terrain’s, reaching, carrying up to 50 pounds a distance of 15 feet, push/pull up to 125 pounds.

2)    Frequent bending, stooping, reaching and working with arms extended

3)     May be required to pursue animals on foot.

4)    Cannot have uncontrolled allergies to animals

5)    Sufficient eyesight is need to spot animals in the field

6)    The employee is required to use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects or controls; reach with hands and arms and be able to hear and speak

7)    Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

8)    Requires arduous physical exertion under rigorous and unusual conditions.




1)    Works ninety (90) percent outdoors exposed to all weather conditions, dust, noises, uneven surfaces, odors, and gases.

2)    Hazards include animal attacks, traffic accidents, and carbon monoxide, mechanical and electrical elements.

3)    Often works alone without direct supervision.

4)    Requires competing demands such as strict deadlines, multiple tasks and occasional work beyond normal business hours.





Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.


The Position Description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the

employer and requirements of the job change.

Contact :






The City of Truth or Consequences has an opening for the position of ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER/CODE COMPLIANCE- SHELTER OPERATIONS at the ANIMAL SHELTER DEPARTMENT.



See Job Description for full requirements and representative duties.


 pay rate commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus benefits



Application and Job Descriptions are available from the City’s Human Resources Office,

505 Sims Street, T or C., NM 87901, tel. # 575-740-7554 fax # 575-894-0363. Deadline for applications to be returned to City’s HR Office is until filled E.O.E.


February 28, 2020   -    Sentinel


City’s Website            (02/28/2020 – until filled)

Workforce Solutions   02/28/2020 – until filled)

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled