Animal Control Officer
The police department does not accept applications for this position. Please do not download and forward any applications for the Animal Control Officer I position to the police department. Applications for this position must be submitted using the Applicant Information Management System (AIMS). Check this page periodically for updated announcements on openings. Thank you for your interest.
Animal Control Officers enforce ordinances and law pertaining to animals; deal with animal complaints; and help protect county residents while dealing with pets and wild animals as humanely as possible. If you have an interest in animals and law enforcement, consider becoming an Animal Control Officer. Learn more about the duties and responsibilities of the Animal Control Services unit in Fairfax County Police Department.
- What qualifications do I need to be considered for employment as an Animal Control Officer?
- What are the salary and benefits for Animal Control Officers?
- What is the career path for Animal Control Officers?
- Are there any special requirements?
- What are the elements of the job application process and how long do they take?
- How do I apply?
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien with application for naturalization filed and pending with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Uncorrected vision not worse than 4.0 diopters (approximately 20/200), provided you have had at least three months of success wearing soft contact lenses. Without soft contact lenses, uncorrected vision cannot be worse than 20/100. Prior to receiving a medical classification, recipients of LASIK surgery and Radial Keratotomy are subject to minimum waiting periods of three and six months, respectively. All vision must be corrected to 20/20.
- At least 21 years of age at date of appointment
- High school graduate or possess a valid G.E.D. certificate recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
- Possess or can acquire a valid Virginia Operator’s license
- Illegal drug use will be reviewed with respect to recent use, type of drug and frequency of use.
- Never committed, been involved in, or been convicted of a felony. Misdemeanors will be scrutinized.
- Good character and reputation
- Ability to perform essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.
- Pass a physical abilities test.
- Stable work record.
- Prior animal services experience and/or law enforcement experience preferred.
- See Employee Benefit Summary
- All uniforms and equipment provided by Department
- Animal Control Officer 1 range: $41,114.94 - 66,970.80
- Animal Control Officer II range: $45,328.82 - 73,835.84
- Master Animal Control Officer range: $47,594.98 - 77,527.63
- Animal Control Officer III range: $52,473.82 - 85,474.06
- Eligible for promotion after two years of satisfactory service
- Promotion to Master Animal Control Officer is a competitive process open to Animal Control Officers II with five years of satisfactory service.
- Promotion to the supervisory position of Animal Control Officer III is accomplished through a competitive assessment process.
- Telephone screening- 15 minutes
- Oral panel interview- 1 hour
- Physical abilities test – 2 hours
- Polygraph- 3 hours
- Medical exam- 4 hours
- Background interview- 4 hours
- Psychological evaluation- 8 hours
- Background investigation- 8-12 weeks
- Ride-along- 8 hours, minimum
Subsequent to a conditional job offer, applicants must:
- Pass a comprehensive medical exam, including drug testing and vision standard
- Incumbents shall not use any tobacco products on and off duty starting at the time of appointment. The incumbent must be willing to sign a Condition of Employment Agreement acknowledging the prohibition of the use of tobacco products both on and off duty.
How do I apply?
The police department does not accept applications for this position.
Please do not download and forward any applications for the Animal
Control Officer I position to the police department. Applications for
this position must be submitted using the Applicant Information
Management System (AIMS). Check this
page periodically for updated announcements on openings. Thank you for
For more information contact:
- Personnel Resources Division- 703-246-7560
Fairfax County Police Department is an EEO employer committed to non-discrimination and to diversity in the workplace. To request reasonable ADA accommodations, call the Personnel Resources Division at 703-246-7560.