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Default Fairfax County, VA - Animal Control Officer I

Employer Fairfax County Police Department
Sector City / Local Government
Job Title Animal Control Officer I
Location VA
Region Mid Atlantic
Job Status Full Time
Date Expires 6/30/2007

Animal Control, Police Department
Job # 06-9508
$37,218 to $45,238 (Grade P1


Provides law enforcement and public safety services to the community with regards to state and local animal control and game laws and ordinances. Patrols designated areas, using department vehicle. Apprehends stray animals (domestic and agricultural); rescues sick or injured wild and domestic animals. Coordinates with county Health Department to investigate incidents of animal bites and human exposure. Evaluates and investigates cases of alleged animal cruelty. Issues uniform summonses and testifies in court. Position requires shift and weekend work.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from high school or possession of a GED issued by a state department of education. Must be at least 21 years of age (or within six months of 21st birthday) at the time of application. U.S. citizenship required.

Special Requirements:

Subsequent to a conditional job offer, applicants must take and pass a comprehensive medical examination, including drug testing and a vision standard not worse then 20/200, provided that there have been at least 3 months of success wearing soft contact lenses. Without soft contact lenses, uncorrected vision cannot be worse than 20/100. Prior to receiving a medical classification, recipients of LASIK surgery and Radial Keratotomy (RK) are subject to a minimum waiting period of 3 months and 6 months, respectively. All vision must be corrected to 20/20. Color blindness may be corrected by soft contacts, subjected to the same restrictions above. Applicants must also successfully complete a psychological evaluation.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior training in animal control or animal health. Other previous law enforcement or military experience.

Selection Procedure:

All applicants must successfully pass a physical ability test and panel interview. Highly qualified applicants will receive further processing, which will include a comprehensive background investigation and polygraph examination.


Must be a non-smoker. A Conditions of Employment Agreement not to use any tobacco products on or off duty is required. Violation of agreement will result in termination of employment.


Recruits must successfully complete:
26 weeks of paid training at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy;
A Basic Animal Control course, as required by the Code of Virginia;
Certification in firearms, chemical immobilization, and euthanasia;
A one-year probationary period.

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Closing Date:

Open until filled.


Most positions advertised here are merit system positions funded for full benefits such as health insurance, retirement, life insurance and paid leave. Follow the link for details on Fairfax County's comprehensive benefits program for merit system employees. If a position is not funded for benefits that information will generally be included in the job announcement.
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