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Snohomish County - Animal Control Officer



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Snohomish County - Animal Control Officer

Last updated on September 18, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 29, 2020

Vacancies: 2

Testing Deadline: October 31, 2023.

Important Information

Personal History Statement (PHS) is required. 

Candidates must also fill out the County NEOGOV application at

Select the appropriate job title you are applying for off the list and click on “Apply” on the right-hand side of the job announcement.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact Angela Biggs 425-388-3106 or

Community Information

Snohomish County is located on Puget Sound, between Skagit County to the north and King County (and Seattle) to the south. Covering 2,090 square miles, it is the 13th largest county in total land area in Washington.

Snohomish County's varied topography ranges from saltwater beaches, rolling hills and rich river bottom farmlands in the west to dense forest and alpine wilderness in the mountainous east. Glacier Peak, at 10,541 feet, is the highest point in Snohomish County and one of the highest in Washington State. Sixty-eight percent of the county land area is forest land, 18% is rural, 9% is urban/city and 5% is agricultural.

Department Information

The Snohomish County Animal Services Division provides comprehensive animal control services to all areas of unincorporated Snohomish County.

Animal Services is a division in the Auditor’s Office. The Animal Services team consists of 3 administrative support employees, 5 animal control officers, 1 lead animal control officer and the manager.

Animal Control Officers respond to complaints involving a variety of domesticated animals; livestock (horses, pigs, llamas, alpacas, sheep and goats), dogs, cats and small animals (rabbits, poultry, guinea pigs, exotics).

Officers receive a limited commission from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and are armed. Officers investigate animal related complaints and enforce state laws and county ordinances pertaining to animals.

Officers complete a minimum of 16 weeks of field training and attend the Basic Law Enforcement Reserve Academy (249.5 hour minimum) through the Criminal Justice Training Commission as available or equivalent training and the Washington State Animal Control and / or National Animal Control Academy (80 hours) as they are available.

Officers work independently in designated patrol areas and have an assigned vehicle with specialized equipment. Officers occasionally operate a truck and livestock trailer and are on-call on a weekly rotation.

Area Information

County: Snohomish
Population: 805,120
# of Staff: 10

Hiring Status

Snohomish County - Animal Control Officer has 2 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is October 31, 2023.

Interviews for this position will be conducted on an ongoing basis. 

 Review of applicants will take place weekly. It is in the candidate’s best interest to apply as soon as possible.

Open until filled. 

Salary Information

Animal Control Officer's starting salary is $60,804 An Animal Control Officer with five years of service will receive $73,842 annually. 

** Employees have the potential to promote to Animal Control Officer Senior (after a minimum of 3 years with Snohomish County Animal Services and having passed all job related tests). Animal Control Officer - Senior salary range $70,345 - $85,583 Annually.

Benefit Information

Snohomish County offers a wide range of benefits to regular employees that are employed for at least 20 hours per week as part of your total compensation package. Choose from various healthcare insurance programs, plan for your future with savings and retirement options, enjoy generous leave policies, and protect yourself and your family with life insurance. 

Retirement plan provided through Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) 

Eligible to participate in deferred compensation.  

Officers are represented by AFSCME collective bargaining agreement. 

All uniforms and safety equipment are provided.

Take home vehicle is provided.

Employee Assistance Program. 

Wellness program and flexible spending account.

Access to Snocope Credit Union.

Direct payroll deposit to various financial institutions. 

Paid vacation, sick leave and paid holidays. 

Snohomish County - Animal Control Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age 21 years old at time of hire, 20 1/2 at time of testing.
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED High School Grad or GED.
Driver's License Required Possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Washington state driver's license.
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No felony convictions.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile No felony convictions.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Ability to read and write the English language.
Vision Requirements Ability to pass medical vision test.
College Requirement No
Other Able to successfully pass a complete background investigation to include a polygraph exam, psychological evaluation and a medical exam.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Snohomish County - Animal Control Officer Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of any controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Illegal opiate use.
Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the united states armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Snohomish County - Animal Control Officer

3000 Rockefeller AVE
M/S 306
Everett, WA 98201 Snohomish County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required

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