An animal control worker is typically employed by a municipality to help deal with the presence of animals in areas that are typically residential. They help get stray pets to safe shelters to prevent them from injuring themselves or others. They also help contain and remove wild animals from human-populated areas to more appropriate natural habitats. Animal control workers must have an aptitude and affinity for working with animals of all varieties. They must also respect and follow procedures and policies at all times to ensure their own safety and that of community members.
An animal control worker helps rescue stray pets who may have become trapped and scared in natural and man-made conditions that endanger their health and can cause a public nuisance. The worker can then use tags or a microchip to return the pet to its owner, if possible, or find suitable alternative arrangements such as an animal shelter. Animal control workers may also spend a great deal of time at a community shelter, helping to ensure safe, appropriate conditions for animals that have been rescued.
Typically, an animal control worker is called when wild animals are found in populated or residential areas where they may pose a safety hazard or nuisance. This can involve removing snakes or helping remove animals such as raccoons, possums and skunks from areas where their presence may pose a public health and nuisance problem. Typically, the worker catches and then transports and releases these animals to more suitable habitats.
An animal control worker generally needs a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as demonstrated aptitude for working with a variety of animals. Vocational school training in animal handling or skills associated with veterinary science are often sought as well. Most employers expect animal control workers to be detail-oriented and able to follow rules and procedures carefully at all times. Most of the time, animal control workers work during daytime hours, but alternative and/or irregular hours may be required in some communities as well.