VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT – Animal Control Officer I (Open Until Filled)



 Hertford County is seeking to fill the following full-time position in governmental operations.


 Animal Control Officer I

General Definition of Work

Performs responsible protective service work enforcing animal control and other related ordinances in the County; does related work as required.  Work is performed under regular supervision.


Essential Functions/Typical Tasks

Responding to calls and patrolling to observe animal law violations; enforcing animal control laws; preparing and maintaining appropriate records and files.

The following functions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Responds to requests for service, capturing and confining, and/or terminating stray, diseased and nuisance animals, including domestic and wild animals, livestock and fowl and domesticated wild animals and livestock.

Patrols county picking up animals running loose in violation of state and County laws.

Impounds animals and places them within animal shelter according to size, sex, needs, and circumstances involved in pickup.

Cleans and maintains animal confinement area and surrounding grounds; feeds and waters confined animals; cleans and disinfects cages; conducts routine inspections to ensure health and welfare of animals and safety and cleanliness of cages.

Destroys vicious, diseased and unclaimed animals utilizing humane methods; bags and buries carcasses; decapitates destroyed animals suspected of disease or having died in captivity, and sends heads to laboratory for testing.

Reviews records of unpaid citations for violations of animal control ordinances, and participates in prosecution of delinquent individuals, testifying as necessary.

Investigates cases of cruelty to animals and other animal control ordinance violations; writes summons; prepares offense and progress reports; appears in court and testifies.

Investigates animal bite cases; ensures that confinement of such animals is legal, proper and complete.

Prepares a variety of reports, such as numbers of animals collected and confined, animal bites, poultry and livestock damage caused by other animals, animals destroyed by Department, etc.; maintains routine activity reports, including mileage and fuel consumption.

Performs related tasks as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the laws, ordinances, and regulations governing the control, handling and protection of dogs and other animals and fowl; considerable knowledge of the geography of the County; considerable knowledge of breeds of animals to aid in identification of lost pets and to know aggressiveness of various breeds; some knowledge of computer operations; ability to solve problems within scope of responsibility; ability to recognize rabies symptoms and some knowledge of the methods and procedures to be followed; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.


Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and a minimum of 1 year experience involving the care and treatment of animals.


Physical Requirements

This is heavy work requiring the exertion of 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for depth perception, color perception, night vision, peripheral vision, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at or within arms length, operation of machines, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, and hazards.   The worker may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.


Special Requirements


Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of North Carolina. 


Annual Salary Range:



Application Deadline:

Open Until Filled


Application Process:

To be considered for this position, you must complete a Hertford County Application for Employment, in its entirety.  Your application must be signed.  Cover letters, resumes, transcripts, and other supplemental documentation may accompany your Hertford County Application for Employment.  Selected candidates are subject to a criminal background check and motor vehicle record check.


Submit applications by mail, email, facsimile, or in person to:


Hertford County

Attn: Sheriff Dexter Hayes

701 North Taylor Street

Winton, NC 27986

Phone: (252) 358-7800

Fax: (252) 427-4584 (include cover letter)        



Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Hertford County, North Carolina

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