Walton County Sheriff's Office - Animal Control Officer

Job Overview

Department Walton County Sheriff's Office
Job TitleAnimal Control Officer
Salary$14.73 to $21.05 per hour (based on experience)
Deadline Jun 12, 2020 11:59 PM Eastern
Location Defuniak Springs , FL
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Job Announcement




The Animal Control Officer must be able to perform all duties and tasks specific to the position.  The member responds to animal calls, impounds animals, and documents information on animal cases.  The selected applicant must be able to work with inmates.  The position requires the selected applicant be able to work a variable schedule that requires working some weekends/holidays and be available for on-call.


  • High School Diploma or GED or equivalent.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to obtain Animal Control Officer Certification and Florida Euthanasia Certification within six (6) months from date of hire/appointment.
  • Must receive Inmate Work Program Training.
  • Must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
    • Must be able to accurately complete and submit required reports.
    • Advise and educate animal owners and the general public on the responsibilities of animal ownership and explains animal control laws, regulations, and procedures to the general public.
    • Inspect and assess animal living conditions.
    • Conduct follow up inspections of animal living conditions to ensure required changes have been implemented.
  • Safely secures and impounds un-tagged, abandoned, neglected, injured, abused, or dangerous animals using the most appropriate and humane means.
  • Communicate via telephone, computer, radio, maintains instruments and equipment.
  • Assist with kennel duties as needed.
  • Must be able to respond when called in.
  • Adheres to work schedule and attendance requirements.


Applicants will be required to successfully complete:

  • Background investigation which includes, but is not limited to: criminal history, driving history, credit check, previous employment verification
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Panel Interview
  • Pre-employment Drug Screen (including nicotine panel)

Applicants must list a valid telephone number and email address.   Failure to respond to future emails requesting  additional information, or fail to submit a complete application and required documents as indicated above may result in disqualification.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process because of a disability, please notify the Human Resource Office in advance by calling 850-892-8186.

Florida residents seeking Veteran Preference must complete the Veteran’s Preference portion of the application and submit a DD214. 

Applicants may contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Human Resources Division by emailing hr@waltonso.org for assistance.


Please direct questions regarding this position to hr@waltonso.org

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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