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Employment Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • Must have High School Diploma or GED
  • Clear criminal history
  • Current Texas Driver’s License
  • Experience with Animals Preferred
  • Strict Uniform Dress Code
  • Must be able to lift 100lbs
  • Excessive Strenuous Activity (running, lifting, bending, stooping, and long hours/shift work )
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Promotional Requirements

Animal Control Officer I

Salary $2595 – $3893 per month

  • Basic Certification (Texas Department of Health Services)
  • Attendance at DSHS sponsored seminars-10 continuing education hours per year
  • TCIC / NCIC Training and Certification by Amarillo Police Dept
  • Euthanasia Certification within 120 days of employment
  • Defensive Driving Certification
  • Promotion to ACO II based on availability, recommendation of supervisor, and above criteria

Animal Control Officer II

Salary $2725 – $4088 per month

  • Advanced Certification (DSHS)
  • Minimum of 18 months is service experience as an ACO I
  • Pepper Spray Training
  • Bite Stick Training
  • Attack Dog Training as available
  • Water Rescue and Boat Training
  • 10 C.E. hours per year at DSHS sponsored seminars
  • Promotion to ACO III based on availability, recommendation of supervisor, and above criteria

Animal Control Officer III

Salary $3155 – $5363 per month

  • Meet ACO II requirements/ 2 years experience as ACO II
  • Administrative Certification (DSHS) as offered
  • Tranquilizer Gun Training and Certification
  • NACA Level I Certification/Level II as available

Animal Control Officer IV (Supervisor)

Salary $3312 – $5631 per month

  • Minimum of 3 years experience as an ACO III
  • Meet requirements of ACO III
  • 10 C.E. hours per year at DSHS sponsored seminars
  • Position available only with vacancy.

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