Website Marion County Animal Shelter/Belflex

The Marion County Animal Shelter is hiring Immediately through Belflex! Must be 21 and work weekends.

Call (270) 692-2423 or come by the Lebanon/Marion County Career Center, 516 Workshop Lane, Lebanon, KY 40033

Job Title: Animal Control Officer

Department: Marion County Animal Shelter

Reports To: Shelter Director

Summary Of Job Purpose:

Responsible for enforcing laws and ordinances regarding stray, dangerous, nuisance, and unwanted domestic animals; investigates complaints; captures animals; performs other duties related to humane animal protection and control; performs all duties necessary to operate the shelter.

Essential Functions:

This list the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. You may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills

  • Investigates complaints from the public and other agencies regarding nuisance, stray, uncontrolled, dangerous, and diseased animals.
  • Conducts investigations of complaints regarding animal cruelty and neglect; investigates animal bites, arranging for appropriate identification and quarantine.
  • Explains local laws, codes, and ordinances relating to the care and control of animals, filing of complaints, and policies of the shelter to the public.
  • Performs shelter duties as required; reports need for supplies and maintenance
  • Issues citations for violations of applicable regulations; patrols assigned areas operating County vehicles.
  • Captures stray animals for impounding; captures dangerous animals for impounding; transports injured animals and provides for their care.
  • May testify in court regarding citations and disposition of complaint
  • Maintain records and prepare daily records related to all work preformed.
  • Operate humane traps, mobile radios, cellular phones, and related animal control tools and equipment.
  • Identify basic symptoms of common animal diseases.
  • May speak to and meet a variety of community, business, and educational organizations to further goals of the shelter.
  • Maintain records of work preformed and materials used.
  • Contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the shelters service to the community by offering suggestions and being and active member of the team.
  • Answer multiple phone calls with polite demeanor.
  • Records animal intake accurately.
  • 24 hour on call bi weekly
    * Required to work every other weekend
  • Respesent the County with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.


To preform this job successfully, an individual must be able to preform each essential duty satisfactory. The requirements listed below are representatives of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Must be 21 years of age or older

Education and Experience:

High school diploma or GED. Experience working with animals preferred but not required.
Required Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge Of:

  • Behavior and handling of common domestic animals.
  • Methods and equipment used in the care and control of animals. (Can train)
  • State and local laws and ordinances pertaining to the proper care and control of animals. (Handbook provided)
  • Safety practices related to the work.
  • Basic species and breed identification of a variety of domestic animals.
  • Basic symptoms and behaviors associated with rabies and other common diseases of animals.
  • Health and hygiene of animals.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals, at all levels of responsibility, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained.
  • Communincating effectively in oral and written skills
    Skill In:
  • Handling and controlling animals humanely and effectively under stressful or emergency circumstances.
  • Assesing animal behavior and making effective decisions regarding handling the animal.
  • Identifing symptoms and behaviors associated with rabies and other common domestic animal diseases.
  • Maintaining accurate and legible records and preparing basic reports using Microsoft Word, Exel, and PetPoint.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; contributing effectively to the accomplishment of the shelters goals, objectives and activities.
  • Communinate effectively in person and over the telephone, even when the situation is confrontational or strained.

Required Certificates, Licenses, And Resigistrations:

  • Valid Kentucky State Drivers License
  • Must obtain a Kentucky State Veterinary Board Euthansia Technician certification within 6 months of employment.
  • Must complete Kentucky State required Animal Control Officer training within 30 days of employment.
  • Must complete require supervisor training set by the State to supervise work program workers.

Physical Demands And Working Environment:

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mobility to work in typical kennel setting, use standard office equipment; strength and stamina to lift and maneuver animals weighing up to 100 pounds with proper equipment; vision to read printed materials; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.

Work is subject to performance while exposed to adverse environmental conditions, loud noises and unpleasant sights and odors; exposure to animal bites and other related injuries; employee must be willing to handle injures, ill, or dead animals in potentially hazardous situations

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