The Town of Merrimac is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of part-time Animal Control Officer. This position works under the supervision of the Police Department.
Part time 15 hours per week $21.07 per hour plus $25 per call out on weekends and afterhours.
Application is available at The Merrimac Police Department, 16 East Main St, Merrimac, MA 01860 or can be downloaded at www.merrimacpolice.org and must be submitted to the Chief of Police or emailed to email@example.com. Posting will remain open until filled.
The purpose of this position is to enforce all relevant state statutes and town laws as they relate to the control and regulation of animals, ensure the safe return, care and handling of all residential animals, and provide protection to the residents of Merrimac from annoyance, intimidation, irritation, and injury from animals; performs all other related work as required.
Supervision Scope: Performs a variety of very responsible functions requiring the exercise of judgment, initiative and discretion in dealing with the public and in interpreting and applying relevant state laws and town bylaws.
Supervision Received: Works under the policy direction of the Chief of Police referring specific problems to supervisor only when clarification or interpretation of town policy or procedure is required. Works according to established department and town policies and procedures, standards, or special directives, instructions and intent.
Majority of work is performed outdoors with possible exposure to weather extremes of hot and cold temperatures and inclement weather. Frequently subjected to the stress of emergencies and dangerous situations; risk of injury is possible due to handling of animals including bites and scratches. Work may be performed outside of normal business hours and on the weekends; 24/7 coverage for emergencies. Administrative work is performed in an office environment.
Operates an automobile/light truck, firearm, animal capture devices, traps, cages, muzzles, and nets; utilizes standard office machines including telephones, copier and computer.
Makes frequent contact with animal owners, town residents, local veterinarians/animal hospitals, rescue groups, state agencies, other town departments, and local animal control offices. Communication may require considerable persuasiveness to influence the behavior of others.
Has access to limited department-related confidential information.
Errors could result in danger to public health and safety, personal injury, confusion, delay of services, and cause adverse public relations.
(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)
- Responsible for the enforcement of Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 140, 129, 49, and any other applicable laws pertaining to the regulation, inspection, and control of dogs and other animals, including those under the Town of Merrimac’s animal bylaws and any Federal Laws which may also apply.
- The officer serves for the protection of persons, animals, and property from the dangers of uncontrolled animals, as well as provide for the welfare and protection of domestic and wild animals by aiding injured, stray, sick, or trapped animals.
- Works for the overall concerns of public safety, public health, and animal protection.
- Educates the public concerning the proper care and management of domestic animals and coexistence with wildlife.
- Responds to emergency calls; telephone, pager, and radio requests for animal assistance.
- Maintains complete log of calls and complaints received; investigates complaints.
- Explains and enforces the provisions of applicable Massachusetts General Laws and town bylaws; issues citations as necessary.
- Patrols the Town as needed to secure and transport any dogs found to be in violation of bylaws; impounds such dogs when necessary.
- Controls, restrains, and when necessary, picks up and transports lost, injured, unleashed, or dangerous animals to veterinarian or kennel.
- Seeks to return animals to proper owners.
- Destroys rabid animals.
- Maintains and submits appropriate department records and reports.
- Submits fees and receipts to the Treasurer as required.
- Responsible, with the cooperation of the Town Clerk, for the licensing of all dogs within the Town.
- Obtain compliance through persuasive measures if necessary, or issue citations and testify before the Board of Selectmen and/or the District Court.
- Completes forms, letters, etc. associated with impoundment of dogs, quarantined animals, and the assessment of fines. Appears in court as necessary to prosecute violators.
- Provides first aid and rescue operations for injured animals.
- Removes dead animals from public ways with the assistance of highway department as needed.
- Responds to emergency animal assistance requests.
- Picks up and packages animals for testing by the State when necessary.
- Investigates cruelty and neglect of animals; investigates dog bites, cat bites, etc.
- Investigates animal complaints/violations by observing the areas of alleged complaints/violations and conducting interviews with available witnesses to determine if laws are being violated.
- Performs similar or related work as required.
Recommended Minimum Qualifications:
Education, Training and Experience:
- High school education;
- completion of animal control certification courses helpful;
- three to five years of experience in animal handling and control or related field; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
- Possession of a license to carry firearms.
- Animal Control Officer MA Certification within 1 year; highly recommended.
- First Aid
Knowledge, Ability and Skill:
- Thorough working knowledge of applicable Massachusetts General Laws and town bylaws governing the control and regulation of animals.
- Working knowledge of canine, feline, and large animal behavior and diseases.
- Basic knowledge of animal husbandry and emergency veterinary procedures.
- Knowledge of animal behavior and ability to determine a stray animal’s potential to be adopted into a home.
- Ability to effectively and tactfully communicate with others as it relates to explaining regulations, taking enforcement action, and investigating complaints.
- Ability to maintain detailed records.
- Ability to apprehend and control vicious animals and care for them humanely.
- Ability to maintain composure during emergencies, in dangerous situations, and while communicating with agitated/angry residents.
- Ability to enforce laws and regulations firmly and impartially.
- Skills in operating above-mentioned equipment.
- Excellent problem solving skills.
- Compassion for animals.
- Bookkeeping and computer skills.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Frequent light to moderate physical effort is generally required in performing duties. Very good mobility and physical conditioning required to spend majority of shift walking/running/standing, climbing trees, chasing animals, handling large/excitable/dangerous animals, and using hands to operate all tools and equipment. Ability to talk and hear sounds. Occasionally lifts and/or moves objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Accesses all levels of structures/barns/houses and traverses uneven terrain. Vision and hearing at or correctable to normal ranges.
(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)