Animal Control Workers
On the Job
Animal Control Workers handle animals that have been abandoned, neglected, or are dangerous. They investigate animal mistreatment.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Maintain operational records.
- Write operational reports.
- Examine crime scenes to obtain evidence.
- Interview people to gather information about criminal activities.
- Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
- Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
- Use weapons or physical force to maintain security.
- Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents.
- Examine personal documentation to ensure that it is valid.
- Check physical condition of people or animals.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having telephone conversations.
- Dealing with external customers.
- Working in a closed vehicle or equipment.
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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