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Animal Control Officer, City of West Columbia

Position Category: Police

Position hours: Full-time position, 8:30 a.m. – 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 and citations; prepares documents, evidence and subpoenas for court; and testifies in court


  • High school diploma supplemented by vocational training and a valid SC driver's license
  • Two to four months of experience in animal control or a related position with handling and care of animals
  • Certification as an animal control officer or successful completion of chemical capture and other animal handling courses is preferred

Pay info: Starting salary $33,416.52 annually or higher depending on qualifications with an excellent benefits package, including 13 holidays, participation in the state retirement system, SC deferred compensation plan, and state health plan with the employee's health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city

How to apply: Applications are 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 (resume optional) to Chief Scott Morrison, West Columbia Police Department, PO Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044; fax to 803.939.2780; or email to

 Deadline: Open until filled

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