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TOWN OF FAIRFIELD POSITION OPENING: ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

The Fairfield Town Selectboard is seeking applicants for the position of Animal Control Officer for the Town of Fairfield. This is a very part-time, paid, appointed position, with mileage reimbursement. Required hours vary and are on call, subject to animal control requirements. The Town Animal Control Officer’s primary responsibilities are to respond to all dog complaints and to impound stray dogs in compliance with Vermont State laws. The Animal Control Officer is also responsible for attending the Town of Fairfield’s annual rabies clinic to license dogs. Must like dogs and be skilled in conflict resolution. If you are interested in becoming involved in your local government by serving as the Fairfield Animal Control Officer, please send a letter of interest to Amanda Forbes, Town Administrator, P.O. Box 5, Fairfield, VT 05455 or email: amanda@fairfieldvermont.us .

TOWN OF FAIRFIELD

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

JOB DESCRIPTION

Summary of Position:

The Animal Control Officer (ACO) is appointed by the Selectboard to enforce the State of Vermont rules on animal control. The ACO responds to citizen complaints and abuse/neglect complaints. They are to handle animals in a humane and responsible manner and deals tactfully but firmly with animal owners. Independent judgment is expected, guided by State statute and Town Administrator and/or Selectboard instruction.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The ACO shall have the following specific duties:

● Respond to complaints about animals causing issues for residents within the Town of Fairfield.

● Apprehend and transport animals in a safe and humane manner to the Town’s kennel or designated pound, as needed.

● Issue warnings to animal owners and conduct follow up visits as necessary.

● Act as mediator between property owners over animal disputes.

● Take the opportunity to educate animal owners about vaccinations, town licensing, Vermont statutes and its impact on both animal and owner.

● Coordinate with Town Clerk’s office to verify vaccinations, licenses, etc.

● Attend trainings as they become available.

● Attend annual rabies clinic and help issue licenses.

● Use all available resources to find owners of stray dogs, including Fairfield Facebook page.

● Create and maintain records of each individual incident. Records must be complete and sent to the Town Administrator within 7 calendar days of the incident.

Desired Qualifications, Abilities and Skills

● No minimum level of education is required, however, a thorough knowledge of the applicable State statues will be necessary.

● Knowledge of animal behavior, animal control laws, and skill in safely handling animals.

● Valid driver’s license.

● Reliable vehicle in which to respond to complaints, and, when possible and appropriate, to transport animals.

● Must have good interpersonal skills with successful conflict resolution and be assertive.

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