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Employer: City of McPherson
Division: Animal Control
Job Title: Animal Control Officer
Salary: $13.25 Hourly

Job Description:


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City of McPherson                                                                                                              Animal Shelter

POSITION SUMMARY                                                                                                                                 

Under the supervision of the Animal Shelter Director, at the direction of the Chief of Police, the Animal Control Officer is a non-exempt position under FLSA which serves the citizens of McPherson. This position is responsible for providing animal care and maintaining shelter facilities. This employee should possess excellent public relation, organization and communication skills.


  • Investigates dog bite complaints;
  • Captures stray or injured dogs and injured cats and transports to appropriate retaining area;
  • Traps and tranquilizes dogs when unable to utilize other methods of capture;
  • Prepares and monitors live animal traps as needed;
  • Works to resolve feral cat issues in conjunction with the McPherson County Humane Society;
  • Provides immediate care for injured animals;
  • Responds to calls and complaints regarding vicious, stray and diseased dogs and cats;
  • Investigates possible code and ordinance violations as they relate to animal control;
  • Prepares reports for summonses;
  • May assist patrol officers and investigators handling animals present at crime scenes;
  • Maintains department files and records and files appropriate reports:
  • Fields questions, concerns, and complaints from the general public;
  • Investigates cases of cruelty to animals;
  • Develops and provides training related to animal control, impound procedures, and investigation of animal abuse and neglect for Officers of the Department
  • Maintains department vehicles;
  • Operates and maintains the Crematorium


  • Answers and directs incoming telephone calls;
  • Follows Department policies and procedures;

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FLSA:           NON-EXEMPT


ADA:              APPLICABLE


FMLA:                  ELIGIBLE


KPERS:                ELIGIBLE











  • Follows safety procedures and practices;
  • Provides credible testimony at any court proceeding.


  • Performs general clerical duties including typing, filing, and photocopying;
  • Must demonstrate good judgment and flexibility in dealing with individual situations;
  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary or assigned.




Experience: Animal Control and/or Animal Shelter related experience is preferred.  Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within one year of employment.

Education: A high school diploma or GED is required, and a technical Degree or some college credit in Veterinary Medicine is preferred. This employee must possess a valid Kansas Driver’s License.

Technical Skills:  A working knowledge of tranquilizer systems, animal handling and maintenance, crematorium, and drug dosage is required. This employee must have knowledge of the different breeds of dogs, cats, and other animals and the knowledge of diseases that may affect various breeds of animals and those diseases that are contagious to humans. The officer must have the ability to apprehend animals, including those that are considered vicious. This employee must be able to operate department vehicles, traps, tranquilizer systems, side radios, computers and other department equipment. The ability to understand and anticipate problems, perform physical labor, to follow department policies, and to understand written instructions, maps, manuals, and reports is required. Must have knowledge of Municipal Animal Control and licensing ordinances and have the ability to explain these ordinances to the public. This employee must possess excellent public relation, oral and written communication skills.

Problem Solving: Independent problem solving is necessary in this position. The employee encounters problems with citizen complaints, stray animals, and animal abuse cases.

Decision Making: Independent decision-making is necessary in this position.  This employee makes decisions about investigating animal abuse cases, warnings and summonses, and performing daily duties in the safest and most efficient manner.

Supervision:  This employee works independently with supervision from the Animal Shelter Director, at the direction of the Chief of Police and/or designee. This employee has no supervisory duties.

Financial Accountability: This employee is responsible for the safe operation of department equipment and resources.

Personal Relations:  Daily contact with the general public, co-workers, and occasional contact with supervisory personnel (the Chief of Police, the City Administrator, and the City Commission) is expected.

Working Conditions: Some adverse working conditions exist within this position.  Exposure to blood borne pathogens, hazardous chemicals, dangerous animals, weather conditions and excessive noise is expected. This position contains an element of risk to personal safety while performing the day-to-day duties. This employee may be required to handle dangerous animals.

Physical Requirements: Some manual labor including lifting and carrying heavy objects, extensive walking, and the general handling of large animals and the ability to operate departmental equipment is required daily in this position.

Residential Requirements: Must obtain residency within McPherson County.

Vacancy Number: Mcp 18-07

Open Date: 5/14/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 5/22/2018 11:59:59 PM