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Posted 04/03/2022
The City of East Orange, New Jersey

Job Title: Animal Control Officer

Job Category: Classified

Department/Group: Police/Public Safety

Job Code: 00264@

Location: 15 South Munn Ave

Travel Required: LOCAL

Level/Salary Range: $37,293.96-$57,830.98

Position Type: Full-Time

HR Contact: Shatera Smith

Posting Period: 3/24/2022-4/7/2022

Applications accepted by: 

Fax or email:

973-673-3172 or shatera.smith@eastorange-nj.gov - Attention: Animal Control Officer


Shatera Smith
Department of Human Resources
The City of East Orange NJ
44 City Hall Plaza
East Orange, NJ 07018


Role and Responsibilities
Under the direction of the Health and Human Services Director, the Animal Control Officer handles, captures, and when necessary, humanely destroys wild and strayed domesticated animals and birds; cares for impounded animals; cleans and maintains the impounding facility; may take the lead over one or more Assistant Animal Control Officers; as well as, related duties as required.

• Patrols the streets, captures and impounds stray animals, wild game, birds, and unlicensed dogs.

• Cares for and feeds animals in the public pound and observes their physical condition and behavior.

• Contacts veterinarian when necessary.

• Captures and impounds animals suspected of being rabid and observes their physical condition.

• Destroys rabid animals in a humane way and takes their remains to State Health Clinic for analysis.

• Handles complaints regarding wild and stray animals, and licensed and unlicensed domesticated animals and investigates alleged violations of state anti-cruelty statutes.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Two (2) years of experience in animal control. Must possess a current and valid certificate as an Animal Control Officer issued by the New Jersey Department of Health. NOTE: Appointees may be required to complete a course and obtain certification in the Chemical Immobilization of Animals and possess a certificate as a Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator issued by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

Preferred Skills

Knowledge of the methods used to handle and capture stray and wild animals, and birds, the types of equipment used in animal control, and the common communicable diseases of domesticated and wild animals and the methods of control.

Ability to recognize sick or injured animals and to arrange for medical care and handle complaints regarding animals and take proper remedial actions.

Posted 02/18/2022
Rockaway Township, New Jersey

Part-Time Contractual Animal Control Officer

The Rockaway Township Division of Health, serving a 45 square mile town of suburban/rural character in northern Morris County, seeks a part-time licensed Animal Control Officer to perform limited on call work. 

Successful candidate must possess a current NJ Animal Control Officers License and a valid NJ Driver’s License.

Interested parties should send resume and letter of interest by Friday, March 4.

Please send to: Peter Tabbot, Health Officer, at ptabbot@rockawaytownship.org or c/o Rockaway Township Division of Health, 65 Mt. Hope Road, Rockaway, NJ 07866.

Posted 10/06/2021
Bordentown Township, New Jersey
Serving Bordentown, Florence, Columbus and Mansfield Townships

Bordentown Township Shared Services is looking for a Part Time ACO serving Bordentown, Florence, Columbus and Mansfield Townships.

Applicant must have all certifications and a valid driver’s license.

We are looking for on call status with the ability to respond in a timely manner. Weekdays and alternating weekends. Days are flexible.

25$ per hour/2 hour min for call outs

$25 Stand by pay

Contact: ACO Nicole Bencivengo, 609-298-4300 x 2126

Posted 09/16/21
Animal Control Solutions
Hunterdon/Somerset/Morris/Union/Warren County areas

Animal Control Solutions is Hiring Animal Control Officers for Hunterdon/Somerset/Morris/Union/Warren County areas.

Starting Salary:

• Probationary ACO $15.50 per hour (2 month probationary period).
• ACO Level 1 $16.00 per hour, Starting
• ACO Level 2 $1.00 per hour raise (proficient in report software)
• ACO Level 3 TBD
• Annual Raises of 2%-10%
• Merit Raises

On Call:

• Primary Weekdays $40.00 plus overtime Max 2 hours without approval
• Secondary Weekdays $20.00 plus overtime Max 2 hours without approval
• Primary Weekends $50.00 plus overtime Max 2 hours without approval
• Secondary Weekends $25.00 plus overtime Max 2 hours without approval


• 50% on Pest Control Jobs
• $15 per day, per animal fostering up to 7 days
• $500 per year for not using PTO
• Merit Bonuses
• Top Pest Control earner receives an additional 5% of all pest control income for the company


• Medical, Dental, Optical available ACS pays % of approved plan
• 401K, 100% of employee contribution up to 3% of salary
• Paid sick and vacation leave up to 80 hours per year
• Convert overtime to personal time for more leave time
• Panera Bread coffee/tea subscription
• Reimbursement of Rabies Vaccine after 2 years of service

Applicants must be NJ State certified, have a clean criminal and driving record, and live within 45 mins of the service area they are assigned.

Send Resume to animalcontrolsolutionsmain@gmail.com

Posted 06/23/21
Township of Bernard
1 Collyer Lane
Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920
908-766-2510 • www.bernards.org

POSITION: Assistant Animal Control Officer

POSITION TYPE: On-Call / As Needed

POSITION REPORTS TO: Animal Control Officer



SALARY: 13.26/hour

HOURS PER WEEK: Varies – On call/as needed


Performs responsible protective service work in the enforcement of laws and ordinances regulating the keeping of animals within the township and contracting communities. Responsible for the handling, capturing, and for the compassionate care and well-being of all impounded animals. May be required to handle vicious dog/cat or rabid animal. Respond to calls from Police and Health Department when needed to respond to after hour emergencies 24 hours / 7 days a week. JOB


▪ Responds to calls after hours and weekends 24hours a day / 7 days a week.

▪ Apprehends animals running at large and transports to contracting kennel.

▪ Investigates citizen’s complaints relating to wild and domestic animals.

▪ Provides for the rescue/care and treatment of sick, injured, endangered, distressed domestic and wild animals.

▪ Transports injured wildlife to wildlife rescue rehabilitators.

▪ Removes deceased domestic animals from roadways.

▪ Sets and removes traps for sick wild animals and stray cats.

▪ Assists the Animal Control Officer for special emergencies or as needed.

▪ Assists in conducting dog census for Bernards Township.

▪ Responds to animal control emergencies and disasters as outlined in the Animal Control Annex of the Emergency Management Preparedness Response plan.

▪ Assists local and state law enforcement in animal control related police matters.

▪ Rescues animals in the event of fires and hazardous conditions.

▪ Must be able to integrate into the Health Department’s day-to-day operations when on call.

▪ Ability to regularly work in outside weather conditions exposed to heat, cold, wet or humid conditions.


Education: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.

Licensing and/or Certification: NJ State Certified Animal Control Officer required.

Special Requirements: A valid appropriate driver’s license.

CONTACT: Send resume and cover letter to employment@bernards.org. All resumes will be reviewed and only those applicants chosen to move forward in the hiring process will be contacted.

Effective 9/1/11, all employees of State and local government must reside in the State of NJ, unless exempted under law. If you already work for State or local government as of 9/1/11, and you do not live in NJ, you are not required to move to NJ if there is no more than a seven-day break in employment. However, if you begin your office, position or employment on 9/1/11 or later, you must reside in NJ. If you do not reside in NJ, you have one year after the date you take your office, position or employment to relocate your residence to NJ. If you do not do so, you are subject to removal from your office, position or employment.

Posted 04/29/21
Liberty Humane Society
235 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305

Job Title - Animal Control Officer - 2

Type - Full Time

Salary/Pay Rate - $35,000.00 plus benefits


Liberty Humane Society Animal Control Officer is responsible for performing various animal control- and animal-care related duties, under supervision in a humane and professional manner.


• Enforcement of Animal Control laws and ordinances

• Picking up/trapping stray, injured, ill dogs or cats, utilizing knowledge of humane methods of handling and capture

• Ability to recognize sick or injured animals and arrange for medical care

• Responding to animal complaints or concerns

• Assists and advises the public of laws and ordinances pertaining to care and confinement of animals

• Community outreach/ provides accurate and appropriate responses to all requests by the public with professionalism and courtesy

• Handling/capturing of wildlife when necessary

• Cleaning/feeding/caring for the animals housed at the animal shelter

• Utilizing shelter computer software with skill and proficiency

• Completing reports, maintaining records, and making notifications and referrals

• Maintaining a clean, safe, fully stocked and well organized work area and vehicle

• Maintaining a positive attitude and contributing toward a quality work environment

• Communicating to management any and all occurrences involving animals that require attention


• Must possess a valid certificate as an Animal Control Officer issued by the New Jersey Department of Health

• Must have a valid driver’s license

• Ability to be efficient and productive in a fast-paced environment

• Ability to firmly and calmly communicate in stressful situations

• Must have enthusiasm and possess excellent customer service skills

• Excellent communication, listening and computer skills

• Ability to handle confidential information in a secure, professional and discretionary manner

• Must be able to work independently within a team structure


Full-time salaried position. Schedule may vary depending on the needs of the department. Position will require weekend, night, on-call and holiday work.

Requires normal to correctable vision and hearing and should have no physical impairments which would limit the ability to do moderately heavy work.


The introductory period runs from the date of hire for three months thereafter. For employment in any position with Liberty Humane Society, this introductory period is the period during which the specifics of the job are learned. During this period, either the employee or the Liberty Humane Society may end the employment relationship without notice or prejudice.


There is no minimum period of employment guaranteed or implied by acceptance of an employment offer.

TO APPLY: Email resume and cover letter referencing your specific interest in this position at LHS to lhs@libertyhumane.org

Posted 03/19/21
The Township of Franklin, New Jersey

Job Title - Part Time Animal Handler

Type - Part Time

Salary/Pay Rate - $15.00/hr.

Department: Police

Division: Animal Control

Maximum of 25 hours per week.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


Under immediate supervision; performs custodial and maintenance functions for the animal shelter and assists the Animal Control Officer in related duties.


1. Cleans kennels and cat cage

2. Feeds animals

3. Cleans office, work room and restroom

4. Maintains grounds around animal shelter and ensures proper garbage and waste control

5. Occasionally assists the Animal Control Officer in the pickup of stray animals

6. Filing

7. Answers Telephones

8. Assists with public

9. Performs other related tasks/duties as required or assigned


• Should have some experience in handling animals

• Must have experience with Microsoft Office

• Must possess valid New Jersey Motor Vehicle License


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.

Requires normal to correctable vision and hearing and should have no physical impairments which would limit the ability to do moderately heavy work.


• Requires some knowledge of simple bookkeeping with minimal clerical skills.

• Must be able to understand and follow simple written and verbal instructions.

• Should possess emotional stability and social competence to deal adequately and courteously with the public.

Applications available on the Township website: https://www.franklintwpnj.org/what-s-new/employment-opportunities

Apply online AND bring a copy of your application to the shelter, 475 DeMott Ln. Somerset NJ 08873



Posted 10/14/20
Monmouth County, New Jersey

Job Title - Animal Control Officer (ACO)

Summary: The work of the ACO involves patrolling assigned areas of the county to enforce Animal Control Ordinances and related laws, rules and regulations. ACOs must travel to various municipalities to pick up animals in distress, strays, injured animals and dead animals, as assigned. The ACO enforces county and state animal regulations, including but not limited to cruelty to animals, dangerous/vicious animals and animal bites as they pertain to dogs, cats, livestock and fowl.


• Purpose and methods of animal control program (experience)
• Effective methods of controlling and containment of domestic animals 
• Perform animal control duties efficiently
• Handle animals safely and effectively
• Deal courteously with the public
• Operate vehicle safely 
• One year of progressive responsible experience in working force with animals
• 4 years Driver's License
• Must be a resident of Monmouth County

Physical Demands:
Work is regularly active with periods of heavy exertion, in the field setting and outside in varying weather conditions. Position requires walking or standing for long periods; lifting and carrying up to 100 lbs on a regular basis; climbing stairs and bending, kneeling, crouching and crawling; reaching, holding, grasping and turning objects. Patrols assigned county areas contain and pick-up stray, sick/injured, feral, and/or unwanted and captured domestic animals, transporting them to appropriate destination. Perform emergency animal rescue service, emergency night calls service, and animal first aid when required. Employee is subject to work beyond normal scheduled hours, including weekends and holidays, as required. Serves and responds to court and animal control board summonses as necessary and represents county at court and animal control board hearing. Issues warnings/citations to animal owners found in violation of animal regulations. Respond to and investigates complaints from citizens concerning domestic animals.

• Prepare and maintain necessary reports and records
• ACOs must be in proper uniform as issued by the at all times while on duty 
• Have in possession: ID Card, NJ Driver's License, Badge, and ACO Certification Card 
• Complete any assignments given by municipality 
• Maintain written record of all responses to assignments by recording all calls and cases on daily log sheet
• Complete various reports as required, such as Stray Pick-Up Report, Cruelty Report, Owner Release, Trap Rental Agreements, etc. 
• Office staff should be informed of your location in the event an emergency needs attention so they can dispatch the nearest ACO 
• Trapping: Must collect property deposit for the delivery of traps and record of deposit on trap receipt. Respond to calls for the delivery or setting of traps to a private residence or public area. Indicate when paid in cash or include check number on receipt. If animal in trap dies report to Executive Director/SPCA! No trapping in bad weather (rain, snow, heat wave). Animal should be released about 2 miles away from the previous address 
• Cruelty calls during the night should be informed by Supervisor to assist on the scene 
• Abandoned houses should not be entered unless Police on scene
• Keep your truck in good and clean operating condition (YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDITION OF THE VEHICLE) 
• Maintaining equipment needed in the capture, containment, transport, and comfort of animals being transported 
• Ensure proper equipment such as snare poles, leashes, bolt cutters, cameras, extra animal carriers, traps (cat, squirrel, raccoon, bird)

• Maintain vehicle log for the proper maintenance of oil changes (every 3000 miles) and brakes (every 5000 miles)
• Notify General Manager/Supervisor of maintenance needed and make arrangements to have vehicle taken out of service for repair. Vehicles from offices other than facility will be taken to for certain repairs at the discretion. Arrangements must be made in advance for the pickup of an exchange vehicle
• ACOs are subject to emergency calls made after the shelter is closed, and also on overnights and weekend days
• ACOs are placed on a rotating schedule for emergency calls that could be different for each office. Emergency calls are carried out from the following morning when the opens for business
• If the ACO responds to a call and determines that emergency medical assistance is needed for an animal, the injured animal must be transported to the animal hospital used for that office. This would be considered a second call to transport the animal to the hospital. A copy of the emergency call should be made having the same TAG Number and the emergency will be marked in order to be paid for both calls
• It is the ACOs responsibility to keep record of calls made during each pay period
• If the ACO notices a discrepancy for payment he/she must bring it to the General Manager's attention upon receiving their pay check or notice of direct deposit

Starting Pay: $13.50/hour

Apply to: All resumes should be sent to Scott@monmouthcountyspca.org


Post Office Box 174
Pennington, NJ 08534


Email: info@njcacoa.org