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at Mobile County Personnel Board

Posted: 3/16/2020
Job Status: Full Time,Part Time,Contract/Temporary,Seasonal
Job Reference #: 2707608

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This is entry level routine work enforcing animal control laws, ordinances and regulations.

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EXAMINATION:  IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANTS. READ CAREFULLY. No written or oral examination will be required. Applicants will be scored on the basis of an evaluation of their education, training, experience and personal qualifications as outlined by the candidates' sworn statements in their application, upon corroborative evidence obtained by investigation and the applicants' responses to the job-specific Supplemental Questions. Applicants must provide all background information and supportive documents as requested on the application, supplemental questions and job posting.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTSGraduation from a standard senior high school, or the successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test, and a minimum of one year experience working with the public, preferably working with animals; or a combination of education and experience equivalent to these requirements.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT Must possess a valid driver's license from state of residence. Must obtain Euthanasia Certification within the first six months of employment.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE WORK:  Some knowledge of the laws, ordinances and regulations governing the capture, custody and disposition of animals; some knowledge of safety practices and procedures in dealing with animals; some knowledge of the geography of the area assigned to patrol; some knowledge of the tools and techniques employed in animal euthanasia; ability to read, interpret and explain animal control laws, ordinances and regulations; ability to make clear, concise reports; ability to operate animal control vehicles; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; ability to operate a two-way radio; ability to perform strenuous tasks such as lifting, carrying, crawling and running; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public.


EXAMPLES OF WORK:  (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class.) Investigates complaints about vicious, diseased, nuisance or stray animals; picks up animals running loose or being kept in violation of laws and ordinances; transports animals to the animal shelter; dispatches personnel by two-way radio to investigate complaints; records location where animals were captured; feeds and cares for animals; administers medications and vaccinations; euthanizes sick, suspicious or unclaimed animals; disposes of bodies of dead animals; operates animal control vehicles; enforces animal control laws, ordinances and regulations; issues warrants for violation of ordinances; refers those who refuse to comply with animal control ordinances to the proper authority; attends court and submits pictures and physical evidence; unloads food and supplies from supply trucks; cleans vehicles and animal shelter facilities; checks in animals using security stick while handling animals; sees that animals are properly tagged and penned; releases animals to proper owner; assists customers in the adoption of animals; assists in maintaining vehicles and equipment; keeps daily records of all calls and complaints answered, gasoline used and mileage driven; files complaints about biting animals; makes activity reports; works after normal business hours on a rotational basis and on weekends, as assigned; performs related work as required.

Important Information

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE WORK:  An employee in this class is responsible for patrolling an assigned area and for performing routine custodial tasks in enforcing animal control laws, ordinances and regulations.  Work is performed under general supervision in accordance with established policies and procedures, requires the exercise of some independent judgment with public contact and enforcement problems, and may require working after hours or on weekends. Injuries from animals pose a work hazard for employees in this class.

Documents are not automatically attached to your JobOpps account (profile).  You must select and attach required documents to every application through the attachments tab on the application screen when you are applying.
All applications must be submitted online through the Mobile County Personnel Board JobOpps site.
Paper applications will not be accepted and will be returned.

An email address is required for all applications.  For information on obtaining an email address, visit the FAQs link on the Job Opportunities page at  The Mobile County Personnel Board does not endorse any particular provider.


Accuracy and truthfulness are of primary importance for Merit System employment and all applications are reviewed with this in mind.  Errors, omissions and inaccurate information on the application will be construed as an incomplete application and will result in rejection of the application.  Therefore, special attention should be given to each and every question and every attempt made to answer each correctly. 


Resumes will not be accepted in place of completing the education and experience sections of the application. 


Applications must be complete and all required or supplemental documents (college transcripts, driver's license, and/or certifications) must be attached at the time of submitting the application.  See the job posting and the supplemental questions for required documents for each job posting. 

If needed, computers and scanners are available in our office
at 1809 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama. 
Our office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, except for major holidays.
Only one application will be accepted per applicant per job posting. 
Subsequent applications submitted for the same job posting will be rejected.


College transcripts, where required or otherwise to be considered, must be attached as part of completing an application.  Grade reports, computer downloads of grades, and diplomas are not transcripts and will not be considered.  Transcripts must be either an official or student copy issued by the educational institution.  See the College Transcript Information link on the Job Opportunities page at for additional information and requirements regarding educational transcripts.


OPEN TO:  All who meet the requirements as set forth in the job posting and who may lawfully be appointed to a position.  Applicants for sworn law enforcement positions must be U.S. citizens.


RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS:  Unless otherwise stated in the job posting or supplemental questions, there are no residence requirements in order to apply.  Applicants must bear all expenses incurred in reporting for testing or appointment.  Upon appointment, the law gives the right to each Appointing Authority (Employer) to fix any further legal requirements regarding residence. 


FINAL DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION:  The completed application should be returned as soon as possible.  In the event of tied scores, Rule 8.1 dictates that ties will be broken by the order in which applications are filed.  Applications must be submitted by the final filing date and time specified on the job posting.


VETERANS PREFERENCE:  For complete information on Veterans Preference points on an open competitive application, view the Veterans Information link on the Job Opportunities page at


MEDICAL EXAMINATION:  Eligibles selected for appointment must meet the established medical and physical standards for the class of work.  The medical examination must be by one of the physicians designated by the Personnel Board.  Appointees must bear the cost of the examination. 


The Mobile County Personnel Department reserves the right to limit the number of applicants summoned for interview.  In such instances, a preliminary appraisal of qualifications, as indicated by the completed application, will be utilized as a guide in the selection of candidates to be summoned. 


Aid and assistance in the examination procedure is available for the visually or otherwise disabled.  Assistance may be requested by contacting the Mobile County Personnel Board at 251-470-7727. 


A "Practice Test Seminar" is held in the Personnel Department Office, 1809 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama, at 9:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.   The purpose of these seminars is to acquaint applicants or interested citizens with design format and procedures utilized by the department in its administration of written test selection devices.  Inasmuch as testing facilities are limited, the seminars will be on a first come, first served basis, as long as space remains available. 


NOTICE:  The continuing eligibility for appointment of those who secure a place on the eligible list is subject to future changes in specifications.