Animal Control Officer

Posted on: 2021/10/05

Summary of Duties

Protects the public's health and safety in accordance with state and local animal laws, including apprehending, rescuing, and trapping of domesticated animals, as well as providing public education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responds to and investigates calls for service regarding vicious, diseased, or stray animals in conjunction with state and local ordinances;
  • Enforces applicable state and City ordinances related to animal control issues, issuing citations for violations;
  • Captures domesticated animals running at large or kept in violation of City ordinances and transports to the animal shelter;
  • Educates the public on humane and proper care of animals;
  • Maintains records and reports on types, numbers, and status of impounded animals;
  • Participates in court activities, which includes serving court documents to defendants, preparing reports, and making appearances to testify;
  • Provides appropriate care for sheltered animals including feeding, exercising, medicating, bathing, and grooming in accordance with state regulations;
  • Maintains animal shelter facilities, and coordinates the humane disposal of sick or unclaimed animals;
  • Coordinates the adoption or release of impounded animals;
  • Collects fees associated with animal redemption and animal licensing and maintains related financial records;
  • Coordinates the daily activities of shelter attendants;
  • Assists with special projects and performs other similar duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None


Budgetary Responsibilities

  • None

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Must possess a valid Missouri Driver’s License.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies

  • Proficiency in English grammar, spelling, punctuation;
  • Knowledge of applicable State laws and departmental orders, rules, regulations, and policies;
  • Knowledge of the safe handling, feeding, and general welfare of animals;
  • Knowledge of the City geography;
  • Knowledge of lifesaving and first aid methods and techniques;
  • Knowledge of self-defense techniques;
  • Ability to operate equipment utilized in the work;
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to develop and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships with the public, co-workers, and representatives of other agencies;
  • Ability to explain policies, processes, regulations, and applicable laws within area of expertise in layman’s terms;
  • Ability to use sound judgment to detect unusual, harmful, or emergency situations and act accordingly;
  • Ability to provide professional service and interact effectively with individuals who may be confused, upset, or irate;
  • Ability to compile, organize and maintain large quantities of information (written and non-written), documents, and files;
  • Ability to maintain composure during stressful situations;
  • Ability to safely handle potentially dangerous and/or injured animals;
  • Ability to comprehend, process and apply both verbal and written skills appropriate to the job;
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of information and professional boundaries;
  • Ability to use City resources effectively and efficiently.

Work Environment, Physical Demands, and Other Requirements

  • May be required to climb or balance, reach with hands and arms, sit, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear, smell, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel;
  • Position frequently works in an outdoor environment with exposure to weather-related heat and cold, rain, wind, and related elements;
  • May be exposed to working in close quarters, fumes or airborne particles, infectious diseases;
  • May be required to lift/move over 50 pounds;
  • May require irregular hours and be required to serve in an “on-call” capacity.


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The City of North Kansas City, MO is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO) and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, race, color, creed, mental or physical disability, religion, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law, in the admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or activities.All interested parties are encouraged to apply!



Status: Open
Deadline: Open until filled

City Hall
2010 Howell St
North Kansas City, MO 64116

Phone 816-274-6000

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Monday - Friday
8am to 5pm

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