January 3, 2024




Salary: $19.07/hr – APOST Certified

Open Announcement Date: 1/3/2024 – 1/31/2024 @ 5 P.M.


  • The Animal Control Officer is a permanent, full-time position with the Southside Police Department, City of Southside, Alabama. This is entry level work enforcing animal control laws, ordinances, and regulations.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Six months of experience in the care and handling of domesticated animals.


  • Extra consideration will be given to those who possess an APOST Certification as a law enforcement officer.
  • Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the Alabama Department of Public Safety at time of appointment.
  • Must obtain Animal Cruelty Investigations, ACO1 and ACO2 Certification within 6 months of hire.


  • Patrols city areas on a scheduled basis to locate and contain stray and potentially dangerous animals; locates any code violations concerning animals; issues written warnings/citations for violations if necessary; prepares case files with complaints to be sent to the District Attorney Office, via the police department, for prosecution; delivers animals to designated facilities for disposition; performs other duties as assigned.
  • Patrols assigned area in an animal control vehicle to search for stray, owned but running at large, sick, injured, or dead animals and provide services as needed; responds to calls from the public, law enforcement agencies, or other Animal Control Officers concerning injured, stray, owned but running at large, sick, or dangerous animals and violations of animal regulatory ordinances; enforces State and local laws, regulations, and ordinances, such as confinement laws, quarantining, dangerous dog, animal noise/nuisance, and barking dog ordinances; picks up and transports animals to the shelter for impounding, disposal, or rabies investigation, or to the veterinarian as appropriate.
  • Prepares reports, completes records and various forms such as daily activity sheets, citations, quarantine and investigative reports, and logs of controlled drugs used.
  • Provides information to the public regarding licensing, vaccinations, euthanasia, rabies control, pet-owner responsibilities, spaying, neutering, and adoptions; participates in public school and community group presentations.
  • Conducts special investigations in response to public complaints of violations of animal regulatory ordinances; appears in court to testify and present evidence regarding violations of animal regulatory ordinances.
  • Issue civil and state citations or warnings to violators of various ordinances and testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in criminal cases.
  • Exhibit community relations by supporting community problem-oriented policing.
  • Assist with the removal of nuisance and/or dangerous wildlife when appropriate.


  • Must be able to physically perform basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, feeling, grasping, talking, hearing and repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force or more occasionally. You will be handling animals and must be able to physically perform that task on a daily basis.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, operate a computer terminal, utilize measuring devices, operate a motor vehicle, and inspect the work of others.


  • Open-Competitive to all applicants.
  • An evaluation of Training and Experience as shown on the applications. Oral interviews with hiring board.


  • Complete an application in person at the Southside Police Department.
  • You can also return the application via email to jarrettwilliams@cityofsouthside.com
  • An application can also be emailed per a request.