City of Boston

Animal Control Officer

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Parks Department
Regular Full-Time
Parks Department
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This is a provisional appointment.


Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


Under the general direction of the Director of Animal Control, removes any dog or other animal that is injured, maimed, or diseased..


  • Enforces all Animal Control Laws as defined in Massachusetts General Laws and all City of Boston Ordinances related to Animal Control and their provisions providing for public safety and the well-being of animals.
  • Performs quarantine inspection in places where animals are housed, sold or used for any purpose and inspects homes for quarantine suitability. Serves and delivers notices of quarantine.
  • Makes and prepares complaints against owners of dogs not properly licensed and collared.
  • Picks up stray and unlicensed dogs and other animals.
  • Keeps records of the number of animals removed, their owners, numbers of complaints, and other information required by law.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least one (1) year of animal control or related experience or certification as an Animal Control Officer strongly preferred.
  • One (1) year experience in review of citizen complaints of violations of Municipal Law preferred.
  • Good knowledge of rules and regulations, of laws to process complaints, interpret and apply pertaining laws ordinance and rules.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • Must have and maintain a Massachusetts driver's license.

CORI check required

Boston Residency Required



Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  AFSCME /RA-14A

Hours per week:  35



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