Montclair Seeking To Hire Full-Time Animal Control Officer UPDATED

Montclair Animal Shelter

Update: We emailed town officials to inquire about these postings. Communications director Katya Wowk replied that “The ACO post is for someone to replace the ACO who became the shelter vet tech. The kennel helper [position] is new.”

Montclair announced today that it is looking to hire a full-time animal control officer, as well as a part-time kennel helper, news that can’t come soon enough for many residents concerned about reports of dangerous conditions and practices at the shelter.

Job Title: Animal Control Officer

Description: The Township of Montclair is seeking a self-motivated individual to fill the position of Full-Time Animal Control Officer for the handling, capturing, and when necessary, the humane destroying of wild and strayed domesticated animals and birds; for the compassionate care and well-being of all impounded animals; and for the cleaning and maintenance of the impounding facility; does related work as required.

Requirements: A current and valid certificate as an Animal Control Officer issued by the New Jersey Department of Health, and a current New Jersey driver’s license.

Salary/Hours: $33,094 – $39,558. Full time position, 35 hours per week (must be available for off hours on-call rotation).

Apply: Township of Montclair, Human Resources Department, 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 (Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Fax 973-233-1720, email: bgregory@montclairnjusa.org

Closing Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014

Job Title: Animal Shelter Kennel Helper (Part-Time)

Description: Accountable for keeping the animals fed, watered, restocking supplies and cleaning cages. Cleans enclosures in accordance with the State Sanitary Regulations and the shelter’s standard operating procedures. Other tasks may include transporting animals to different areas; specialized bathing, grooming, and exercise routines. Observing animals, checking for signs of disease, illness or discontent; reporting negative or undesirable behaviors in animals. Maintaining equipment and making sure it is in good working condition. May assist with administering of medications and therapies to animals in the shelter as well as assist the Animal Care Technician with certain tasks and procedures.

Requirements: Must be comfortable and enjoy working with all types of animals, plus experience and background in animal handling and behavior.

Salary/Hours: $12.00 hr / 20 hours per week

Apply: Township of Montclair, Human Resources Department, 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 (Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Fax 973-233-1720, email: bgregory@montclairnjusa.org

Closing Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Only an educated guess, but since the applications close in 4 days, I think these are already approved open positions.

  2. Yes salary isn’t much. Are there benefits, at least? Working with strays and aggressive animals presents risks you’re not going to see in a cubicle.

  3. I am glad I was not the first to notice this paltry salary. This can be a dangerous job. It’s not all about rescuing stray kitties from trees or chasing down someone’s lost dog. You get called out to trap raccoons and other rabid animals. Also, you get the lovely job of removing dead deer and other animals from the road. And, you need to be on call. With that salary, you won;t even be able to afford a cage in an animal shelter.

  4. Martta, that’s why the really good ones are few and far between. It takes someone with a passion for all animals to want to do that job and do it well.

  5. For about $800, 7 days in class and 2.5 days of field observation, and no formal education requirement, $33-40k is not great. But, add in 20 hrs of p/t in another town, and 55 hrs get you $60k/year.

  6. “With that salary, you won;t even be able to afford a cage in an animal shelter.”

    Are you cool with higher taxes to bump this salary up? If the salary is too low then no one will show interest in the job and we can then move up in increments until we hit the clearing level.

  7. Stayhyphy: I am the wrong one to ask since I don’t live in Montclair. But if I did, yes, I would rather have my taxes go to someone who is “hands on” than to some of the overpaid empty suits.

  8. I don’t know about Montclair, but Bloomfield is a civil service town – and these positions are civil service jobs with set ranges of salaries.

  9. Just Googled, apparently Montclair is not a civil service town. However, I would think the salaries they offer would have to be competitive with the civil service salaries in order to attract any employees. I agree, though, it is a very low salary for the metro area.

  10. Watched a Montclair Animal Control officer pick up an injured red tail hawk a few months back. She made it look easier then picking up a kitten. It was impressive. The talons on that thing were scary.

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