Exploring Different Careers – Animal Control Worker

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

How to become an Animal Control Worker

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What do Animal Control Workers do?

Animal control is an arm of the local police department. And as an Animal Control Worker, you respond to emergency calls that relate to animals. The calls you answer might be about an animal being abused, neglected, or used for fighting. You can also get calls about dangerous dogs roaming neighborhoods, or animals that people suspect have rabies or other diseases that are hazardous to people.

When you get one of these calls, you need to be alert and use your best judgment. Sick animals can be unpredictable, which makes them dangerous. You might also run into angry people (who can also be unpredictable). And even though you can’t arrest anyone, you can write violations and testify in court about the abuse you’ve witnessed.

So now you know: those cartoons you watched as a kid showing Animal Control Workers as evil people grabbing dogs with their big nets…they were all wrong. Animal Control Workers are certainly not evil, and they do more than just pick up stray animals off the streets. You keep people and animals safe, making sure that any dangerous animals are stopped from harming people, and saving animals that need care.

The animals you deal with can vary. You can get calls about cats, dogs, rabbits, marine animals—actually, pretty much any animal you can think of. For example, you might get a call about an escaped python or an exotic bird that’s stuck in a tree. No two days are ever the same.

Should I be an Animal Control Worker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:

  • Team Player: You’re able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

Also known as: Animal Attendant, Animal Control Officer, Animal Control Specialist, Animal Cop, Animal Park Code Enforcement Officer See More

Top Jobs for Animal Lovers

Career Ideas | June 11, 2013


So, you want a job working with animals?

You might think Veterinarian and Marine Biologist are your only options. Nope! There are tons of career paths—for all levels of education—that let you devote your life to the care and keeping of our furry, fuzzy (and sometimes scaly) friends.

Work with domestic animals as a Pet Adoption Counselor or Veterinary Tech. Prepare dogs to help people with disabilities as a Guide Dog Trainer. Or walk on the wild side to protect animals’ health as a Wildlife Rehabilitator. And this is only a tiny glimpse of the wide world of animal jobs!

Ready to turn your passion for animals into a paying position? Explore animal jobs listed below.

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Exploring Different Careers – Park Ranger

Employment  »  Meet the Ranger

Ranger Joe Shimel with group of two-year olds doing the         duck walk

“Park rangers are truly the backbone of North Carolina’s state parks system. The corps of more than 170 rangers is responsible for the protection of North Carolina’s most precious natural resources and for the safety of millions of visitors each year.

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Nutella-Stuffed Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Making these tonight!


Holy, motherload. My life has changed. Because of a cookie. This cookie.

It was gloomy, I was beyond lazy, and I had one thing on my mind… I wanted to bake something. I really shouldn’t restrict myself from baking… I just go crazy.

I  had seen this recipe published on Tastespotting earlier in the week and I bookmarked it because I knew I couldn’t live another week without baking it. Not an exaggeration.  In my humble opinion, bookmarking is a pretty big deal now that I have Pinterest to pin the thousands of recipes I’m “going to try.” If I bookmark something, there is no possible way I will forget about it… Not like you could pay me forget about cookies with browned butter, but you get the idea.

This recipe literally sang to me. Browned butter has never let me down, but for some reason I’ve never really tried sprinkling…

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Bro Hospitalized For Slamming Too Much Eggnog. Yes, Really.

Bro Hospitalized For Slamming Too Much Eggnog. Yes, Really.

A brush with death thanks to eggnog is a thing—at least for Ryan Roche.

Here’s how that happens: Roche rallied all of his competitive skills to chug an entire 12 ounce carton of eggnog as fast as possible to beat his coworkers in an eggnog chugging competition.

As soon as he finished he realized he hadn’t drawn breath for 12 full seconds and began gasping for air, but instead of air, he aspirated the creamy holiday drink into his lungs. But he figured he was fine, according to Buzzfeed, besides who knows what it feels like to breathe eggnog, right?

“Within two hours I was shaking uncontrollably,” he said.

When he finally made it to a hospital, Roche was shuttled to the Intensive Care Unit and spent three days recovering from that fateful Holiday Clash of the Beverage Champions. Was the punishment worthy of the reward?

For setting a eggnog chugging record, Roche won a $50 gift card to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse — a reward that in retrospect Roche said was definitely not worth it.

“I’d rather have my health,” he said, adding that next year he won’t be participating in the contest.


Braided Pesto Bread

A flavorful savory bread with streaks of thick pesto throughout.

Braided Pesto Bread


1 1/4C water
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 1/2C all purpose flour
1C white whole wheat flour
1 tsp fine sea salt
3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese

2C packed fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
1/2C Parmesan
3-4 Tbsp olive oil


Heat water to 115°F. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Allow yeast to proof.

To the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with dough attachment, add flour and salt. With mixer running on low, slowly add yeast mixture. Increase speed to medium high, mixing until dough comes together in a clean ball. Shape dough into a smooth ball, transfer to a lightly greased large bowl. Cover and allow to rise for one hour or doubled in size.

Meanwhile, prepare pesto sauce in a food processor. Blend together basil and garlic. Add cheese, blending quickly. With lid on and food processor running on low, slowly drizzle in olive oil.

Roll out dough on a silicone counter mat into a 10 x 20-inch rectangle. Spread pesto sauce out to 1/2-inch from edges. Starting at one of the shorter sides, tightly roll up dough, pinching edges as you go. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice completely through dough, end to end. Braid dough. Carefully transfer to a lightly greased 10-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Lightly cover and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 190°F.

Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

Troubleshooting dough tips: If dough is too sticky, add a spoonful more flour until ball forms. If dough is too dry, add a spoonful of olive oil at a time until a ball forms.