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Animal Control Officer

Bartow County Government

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Animal Control Officer

Animal Control




Reporting to the Animal Control Director, this position is responsible for enforcing the Bartow County Animal Control ordinance.


Salary:  $14.49/Hourly 


Posting: Until Filled


Submit resume to Bartow County Human Resources, 135 West Cherokee Ave. St. 256 Cartersville, Georgia 30120 or email to




  • Investigates complaints related to stray, vicious, sick or injured animals.
  • Issues citations to owners in violation of county ordinances and regulations.
  • Attends court.
  • Prepares reports and maintains all required records.
  • Captures and transports wild and domestic animals.
  • Participates in unloading, tagging and identifying impounded animals.
  • Maintains equipment used in the capture and transport of animals.
  • Assists in the operations of the animal control shelter.
  • Participates in the cleaning of the shelter.
  • Participates in the feeding and care of animals.
  • Performs related duties.
  • Knowledge of county, state and local laws and code related to animal control issues.
  • Knowledge of the tools and techniques used in the capture and release of domestic and wild animals.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of animal shelter operation.
  • Knowledge of computers and job related software programs.
  • Skill in the operation of assigned vehicle and equipment.
  • Skill in the analysis of problems and the development and implementation of solutions.
  • Skill in the preparation of clear and precise reports.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
    The Director of Animal Control assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.
    Guidelines include the Bartow County Animal Control Ordinance and department standard operating procedures. These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but may require some interpretation in application.
  • The work consists of related animal control duties. The necessity of working with dangerous animals contributes to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to participate in the county's animal control operations. Success in this position contributes to the enforcement of the Bartow County Animal Control Ordinance.
  • Contacts are typically with pet owners, veterinarians, law enforcement personnel, community organizations, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to provide services, to give or exchange information, to resolve problems, or to motivate or influence persons.
  • The work is typically performed while standing, walking, bending, crouching or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and heavy objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.
  • The work is typically performed in an office, stockroom, animal shelter and in the field. The employee is exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, contagious or infectious diseases, irritating chemicals, and occasional cold or inclement weather. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.
  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

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