Animal Control Officer

  • 300 Austin Ave, Waco, Texas
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Animal Control or Services

Job Description

Primary Duties

Minimum starting salary $15.00/hr

Under basic supervision, enforces state laws and local ordinances governing domestic and wild animals for the Animal Control work group of the Waco Police Department (WPD).

Essential Functions

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responds to calls for service; captures, transports, impounds, and quarantines animals; enforces state and local regulations governing animal control issues, investigates complaints and issues citations.
  • Provides customer service on domestic complaints and information requests; presents community outreach and educational programs; maintains records and prepares summary and status reports.
  • Maintains assigned vehicle and equipment according to City standards.
  • Supports the relationship between the City of Waco and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
  • May be required to respond afterhours, including holidays and weekends, in the event of a departmental or City-wide emergency.
  • Performs other related and assigned duties as required.
  • Driving is essential.

  • City policies and procedures.
  • Policies, rules and regulations governing the conduct and safety of Animal Control programs.
  • Basic record keeping practices and customer service standards and protocols.
  • Geography, roads and landmarks of City and surrounding areas.

  • Enforcing and explaining state rules and regulations and City ordinances, policies and procedures.
  • Dealing tactfully and courteously with the public.
  • Capturing, controlling, containing, and transporting sick, injured and diseased animals.
  • Exercising patience, care, and compassion in dealing with animals.
  • Following and enforcing verbal and written instructions and procedures.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • One year of customer or animal service experience
  • Must possess a valid Texas Driver's License
  • Basic Animal Control certification from Texas Department of State Health Services is required within six months of hire
  • Euthanasia Certification mandated by Texas Department of State Health Services is required within 120 days of hire

Physical Demands

Heavy Work:
  • Exerting in excess of 75 pounds of force occasionally and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Required to capture and physically restrain animals.
EEO Statement
The City of Waco is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing fair and equal treatment of all applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all.

Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

300 Austin Ave, Waco, Texas 76701 United States View Map