Patrols assigned area within Nashville-Davidson County in assigned vehicle; performs animal control services, including responding to calls for assistance, rescuing animals, apprehending stray animals, and investigating animal-related violations of local or state law.
Apprehends subdues, and impounds stray, unlicensed, vicious, feral, and sick animals; investigates allegations of animal cruelty and other complaints involving animals.
Investigates animal bites and coordinates handling and quarantine of animals and related efforts.
Enforces animal control laws and ordinances, issues citations, collects evidence, and prepares investigative reports; communicates with other law enforcement agencies (MNPD/DCSO), works with prosecuting attorneys, and testifies in court.
Performs routine keyboard/computer operations on standard office equipment; completes intake and care reports; maintains daily log sheets and inventories; and other record keeping as required.
May conduct or assist with outreach and liaison programs, addressing groups and organizations on animal control, cold/hot weather pet safety and other issues.
May provide training and coordinate special projects as needed.
Education and Experience
High school diploma required.
Requires 1-2 years of professional animal care or animal control experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.
Must be a Certified Animal Euthanasia Technician (CAET), or obtain certification within six months of hire. NOTICE: State regulations prohibit anyone with a criminal conviction of any kind from obtaining CAET. Valid class “D” driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and maintenance of valid personal vehicle insurance as required by Tennessee Law. Must have satisfactorily completed NACA I and II, or NACHO A and B, or the equivalent, or have completed same within 24 months of hire.
Must receive pre-exposure rabies vaccinations.
Must demonstrate knowledge of basic animal care standards, including safe animal handling procedures for domestic and wild animals. Must demonstrate proper use, secure storage, and disposal of lethal chemicals, syringes and related equipment. Must treat animals humanely and with compassion at all times, including those that are sick, injured, feral, or aggressive.
Working Environment/Physical Demands:
Medium to heavy work that involves walking, standing, bending, stooping, lifting, and exerting up to 50 pounds of force on a regular and reoccurring basis, including restraint of animals of varying size, age, and physical condition. Must use protective clothing or gear. May risk exposure to toxic and caustic chemicals, and animals/wildlife, including exposure to animal bites, scratches, and diseases such as Rabies, Ringworm, Lyme disease and Zoonosis.