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Animal Services Employment

Animal Services Officer with Cat
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While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • High school diploma or GED
  • No felony convictions
  • Valid driver's license
  • Satisfactory employment records



$32,014.98 - $51,224.17

Education Incentive Pay: 

  • $1,000 Associate Degree
  • $2,000 Bachelor's Degree
  • $3,000 Master's Degree


Employer Sponsored Benefits

  • Health
  • Dental
  • Life
  • Long Term Disability

Retirement Benefits

  • County Pension Plan
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Roth IRA

Free Wellness Clinic

A free health clinic is available for all full time Cobb County Employees and their insured dependents with one of the County's health plans. The clinic offers sick and well checks and many prescription medications at no cost to the employee.

Uniforms and Equipment

All uniforms and job-related equipment are provided by the Cobb County Animal Services at no cost to you.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is available for you while you complete a college degree or certification. Reimbursable amounts are dependent upon available funding and will be proportionately distributed to all pre-approved applicants on a quarterly basis.

Fitness Centers

Multiple fitness centers with both strength and aerobic training equipment available at no-cost to employees.

Paid Vacation Leave

  • 13 days per year / Entry Level Employees with less than 5 years
  • 15 days per year / Employees with 5 years
  • 20  days per year / Employees with 10 years
  • 22  days per year / Employees with 15 years
  • 25 days per year / Employees with 20+ years


11 paid holidays per year

Paid Sick Leave

Accumulates at 4 hours per biweekly

Paid Military Leave

Up to 18 days per year

Hiring Process

The hiring process for the Cobb County Animal Services generally takes one to two months and includes the following steps:

  • Online application
  • Criminal history check
  • Driver's history (MVR) check
  • Reference check
  • Medical examination with drug screen
  • Oral interview with Animal Services Commander

While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.


On the job training includes:

  • Kennel: Training along side a senior officer/Field Training Officer (FTO) in all kennel operation policies & procedures
  • Road: Training along side a FTO in all road service polices & procedures.

Advanced Training

Opportunities include:

  • National Animal Control & Humane Officer (NACHO)
  • Southeastern Animal Control Association (SACA)
  • Georgia Animal Control Association (GACA)

Also available: Various conferences and symposiums with local, state, federal, non-profit & private organizations.

Specialized Fields and Promotion Opportunities

Cobb County Animal Services has several specialized fields and promotional opportunities to include:

  • ACOI / ACOII Kennel Officer: A day-in-the-life
  • ACOI / ACOII Road Officer: A day-in-the-life
  • Animal Services Technician
  • Kennel Services Supervisor
  • Road Services Supervisor
  • Kennel Services Manager
  • Field Services Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Animal Cruelty Investigator (CCPD)