Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The Littleton Police Department is looking for an Animal Control Officer. The Animal Control Officer responds to a wide variety of animal related calls, investigates violations, and resolves complaints of animal control municipal ordinances.

The City of Littleton has a generous benefits package including paid time off, retirement matching and a dedicated employee health name a few!

We may extend the duration of this opening based on the # of applications received. 

The salary range for this position is $19.42 - $29.13. Starting salary is typically around $23.38.

Essential Duties & Reponsibilities

  • Patrols city for stray animals, enforces animal control ordinances, investigates complaints about animals creating a nuisance and those suspected of having bitten humans or other animals.
  • Responds to calls from citizens regarding wildlife and/or domestic loose, vicious, or injured animals, including abused or dead animals.
  • Issues summons and complaints and conducts follow-up activities to ensure compliance with municipal ordinances. 
  • Assists patrol with entry into vehicles or residences containing animals.
  • Impounds stray, loose, or abused animals and transports to the shelter. 
  • Teach classes that educate the public on various problems that may arise during interaction with wild and domestic animals.
  • Provide credible testimony, prepare and introduce evidence in court in support of summons issued.
  • Prepares reports on all animals that have been impounded or quarantined.
  • May serve as an Emergency Worker.
  • Performs other similar assignments and projects as required.

Education, Formal Training & Experience

  • Requires high school graduate or equivalent, and
  • A valid Colorado Driver's License, and
  • A minimum of one year working with both domestic and wild animals in a structured environment, or
  • An equivalent combination of education, formal training, and work experience that produces the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Expert knowledge of animal control ordinances, governing licensing, quarantine, impounding, and control.
  • Knowledge of both domestic and wild animal behavior.
  • Ability to understand all aspects of the animal control profession, including animal fighting, self-defense, court procedures, and cruelty.
  • Knowledge and the ability to care for and operate equipment needed to handle and work with animals.
  • Basic knowledge and application skills of veterinary medicine.
  • Ability to use traps, vehicle, hooks, snares, leashes, cages and other tools used to detain animals.
  • Knowledge, skill, and ability that involves written and verbal communication techniques for report writing, correspondence, providing customer service, and giving presentations, directions, and feedback.
  • Basic skill and ability that involves the operation of small to heavy equipment that includes four types of 'live' traps.
  • Ability to understand verbal information and instruction. 
  • Ability to exchange information with others and to develop and present recommendations.

  • Work is primarily performed, outdoors, while traveling in an official vehicle with outdoor requirements when situations require the officer's attention.  Outdoor work and travel include exposure to prevailing weather conditions and the possibility of injury from wild/domestic animals and exposure to zoonotic diseases.
  • Long periods of sitting, standing or walking may be required.  Essential duties include frequent handling of various sizes of animals weighing 100 pounds or more with or without assistance.
  • The indoor work environment includes occasional exposure to odors, fumes, dust, mists, gases, toxic, caustic chemicals, and explosives.

Application Instructions

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