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Hillsborough County Government

Animal Control Officer (#ANCTOFAFSH) AFSH
$12.72-$20.19 Hourly / $2,204.80-$3,499.60 Monthly / $26,457.60-$41,995.20 Yearly


Performs patrol, investigative and enforcement duties pertaining to County and State animal ordinances and laws.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Six months of experience in law enforcement, code enforcement or animal handling; Or
Successful completion of the Animal Control Officer Trainee Program; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of Florida and Hillsborough County animal control ordinances and laws.
  • Working knowledge of care and humane treatment of animals.
  • Working knowledge of animal diseases and health requirements.
  • Working knowledge of county geography and road networks.
  • Working knowledge of the operation and maintenance of assigned vehicle and two-way radio.
  • Skill in decision making relative to animal law violations.
  • Skill in the use of animal handling equipment.
  • Skill in the humane handling of animals including specialized handling of dangerous or suspected rabid animals.
  • Ability to read and understand job related material.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to follow oral or written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to read a road map.
  • Ability to chase, apprehend, and control animals weighing up to 200 pounds.
  • Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Patrols assigned areas, driving an transport vehicle to enforce laws pertaining to animals.
  • Responds to and investigates complaints of animal bites, dangerous animals, animal cruelty and animal nuisances.
  • Assists in the resolution of neighborhood animal ownership disputes.
  • Impounds animals found in violation of county or state animal ordinances and laws.
  • Makes initial assessment of animals to determine the need for a medical evaluation and/or isolation requirements.
  • Issues warning and legal notices to owners or possessors of small animals for violations of State or County laws and ordinances.
  • Writes official citations and appears in court to provide testimony.
  • Records, retrieves and verifies animal impoundment information using a computer terminal.
  • Receives and responds to citizens complaint calls and enters information into data base.
  • Picks up and disposes of small deceased animals on County right of ways and roads.
  • Writes and maintains reports and records relating to animal control activities.
  • Cleans and maintains assigned vehicle and equipment.
  • Supports the department in mandated ESF-17 (Emergency Support Function 17) responsibilities in the event of a disaster or during an activation of the County’s Emergency Operations Center.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.




  • A criminal background investigation.
  • Successful completion of a 40 hour Animal Control Officer certification course requirement within one year from date of hire, 120 hours of Animal Cruelty Investigation training, County defensive driving course, a 4 hour pepper spray (Oleoresin Capsicum) course, and a 4 hour bite stick training course.

CLASS: ANCTOFAFSH; EST: 2/17/2000; REV: 1/5/2012;