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Animal Control Officer, City of West Columbia

Position Category: Police

Position hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some work on weekends

Job duties:

  • Responds to calls throughout the city regarding stray, abandoned and wild animals; traps animals; releases wild animals in appropriate settings; and transports animals to shelters
  • Investigates reports and complaints regarding aggressive animals, suspected animal cruelty and animals disturbing the public; conducts site inspections; and resolves animal-related disputes
  • Pursues suspected animal abuse and neglect cases; collects evidence, prepares warning notices, citations, documents, evidence and subpoenas; and testifies in court


  • Must have a valid driver's license and high school diploma supplemented by vocational training
  • Two to four months of experience in animal control or a related position with handling and caring of animals
  • Certification as an Animal Control Officer or successful completion of chemical capture and other animal handling courses is preferred

Pay info: $27,945 annually or higher depending on qualifications with excellent benefits package including 13 holidays, participation in the state retirement system, the S.C. deferred compensation plan and the state health plan with the employee's health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city

How to apply: Applications available at and at the customer service counter at West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169.Submit completed and signed applications to Assistant Police Chief Scott Morrison, PO Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044; fax to 803.939.8634; or email to

Deadline: Open until filled

The City of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.