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Animal Control Officer
Performs technical work in the enforcement of ordinances regulating the keeping of animals within the City, and related work as apparent or assigned.  Work is performed under moderate supervision.
Position: Animal Control Officer
Organization: Hopewell Police Department
Location: Hopewell,  VA 
United States
Salary: $43,662.77
Posting Start Date: 2/16/2023
Date Posted: 11/16/2022
Examples of Duties
  • Receives, investigates and answers complaints regarding stray, wild or owned animals that were reported at large, injured or abused.
  • Patrols streets or other locations to check for animals running at large, licenses and vaccinations.
  • Rescues trapped, lost or injured animals and investigates animal abuse complaints in the field.
  • Issues appropriate warning notices and citations and makes court appearances.
  • Keeps appropriate records and prepares reports.
  • Returns animals to owners.
  • Maintains animal control equipment and maintains surveillance over suspected animals confined to animal shelter.
  • Clean shelter when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Typical Qualifications

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED and minimal experience in the care of animals, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Licenses and/or Certifications:
  • Baton, Firearms, Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Spray, and Taser certifications within six months of hire.
  • Valid driver's license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Must meet and maintain all training and education requirements for position.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • General knowledge of animal behaviors and of animal catching equipment.
  • General knowledge of the laws, ordinances and regulations governing the control of animals.
  • General knowledge of City locations.
  • Communication, investigation and interviewing skills.
  • Animal trapping/catching skills.
  • Ability to operate a truck, to deal with the general public and to handle vicious and/or wild animals


Supplemental Information

Work Environment:

  • Worker is exposed to outdoor weather conditions or extreme noise, odors, heights and/or dust and to wild or dangerous animals.
Essential Physical Activities:
  • Stooping, crouching, walking, pulling, lifting, grasping, hearing, seeing up close, seeing far away, kneeling, reaching, pushing, talking, standing, finger movement, repetitive motions, depth perception.
  • Typical weight handled: up to 100 lbs.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/16/2023
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Hopewell Police Department
150 W. Randolph Rd.

Hopewell,  VA 23860
United States
(804) 541-2272
Kim Parson


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