Whether you are looking for a career for the first time, changing careers, or returning from military service, deciding what career is right for you can be confusing. The right choice can offer you the right opportunities; professional advancement, a rewarding work environment, diversity in job options, service to your community, and attractive benefits. At the Alpena County Sheriff's Office, we understand that these opportunities are an important part of your career-building plan.

The Alpena County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing the highest quality police service and protection to our residents and visitors of Alpena County. We are looking for career seekers who understand problem-solving and critical thinking, are disciplined, good communicators, display integrity, honesty, and commitment, want to make a difference, and have the desire to serve their community.

If you feel that we are a good match, we can offer you a variety of exciting and challenging career opportunities that make a difference in the community in which you work, live, and play.

Currently Accepting Applications for the Following Positions

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter / letter of interest and a list of three professional references to Deputy Reid, ACO. Letters of interest can be dropped off at the Alpena County Sheriff's Office located at 4900 M32 W, Alpena MI 49707.

SUMMARY: A part-time Animal Care Technician is a non-benefited position responsible for carrying out the day-to-day operations of the Alpena County Animal Control Shelter, subject to the general direction of the Shelter Manager and Animal Control Officer, by providing compassionate care and husbandry to ensure the proper health and welfare of the shelter animals. An Animal Care Technician must be passionate about animals, be physically active, reliable, and willing to learn.


Position Status

Part-Time, non-benefited position

Number of Openings



Will vary, semi-flexible. Coverage includes weekdays, weekends and holidays


$16 an hour


None required - Will train. The ideal candidate will be able to grow in the job, developing competencies and responsibilities. Training as a veterinary assistant or technician, a degree in animal science, or previous training/experience in the animal control field will be advantageous


Alpena County Animal Control Shelter located at the Alpena County Fairgrounds


  • Must be passionate about animals and animal welfare
  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be fluent working on computers and accurate in maintaining records
  • Excellent basic math, reading and writing skills
  • Must be able to follow instructions and take direction well; must be open minded and trainable
  • Available to work odd hours/shifts, holidays and weekends
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be able to meet all physical demands, including but not limited to, lifting 50 pounds without assistance, work standing for 4 or more hours at a time, be physically active (for walking dogs), bend / crouch and kneel repeatedly and have good range of motion in back and knees.
  • Pass drug test

Other Qualifications

(very helpful but not required)

  • Should have knowledge of the Alpena County Animal Control Ordinance
  • Basic understanding of Michigan Dog Laws
  • A basic understanding of Animal Control and Control Shelters

Essential Duties

(Include but not limited to)

Animal Care

  • Food preparation and feeding shelter animals as directed
  • Cleaning litter boxes (including spot cleaning throughout shift)
  • Washing/disinfecting kennels and cages (including spot cleaning throughout shift)
  • Washing dishes and bowls
  • Changing and laundering animal bedding
  • Monitor the health and comfort of the shelter animals and immediately report health or behavior abnormalities to Shelter Manager and/or Animal Control Officer
  • Bathing and grooming shelter animals, as needed
  • Walking dogs, of all training levels, according to protocol
  • Provide shelter animals with socialization and enrichment
  • Complete animal intakes
  • Return animals to their owner(s)
  • Maintain neat and accurate documentation on animal records
  • Administer treatment and/or medications as instructed
  • Provide care to post-surgical patients
  • Transport shelter animals for veterinary care or surgery
  • Restraining, moving and lifting shelter animals
  • Handling dogs and cats of all breeds, sizes, ages and temperament
  • Willing to be present during animal euthanasia
  • Other duties as assigned

Facility Care

  • Follow established disease control protocols, as directed, to clean, disinfect and maintain shelter kennels (inside and outside), cages and general areas (inside and outside) daily
  • Sweep, mop and disinfect floors, as directed (including spot clean throughout shift)
  • Deep clean shelter including tops and bottoms of cages, intake and isolation areas on a regular basis
  • Disinfect and stow animal carriers
  • Operate laundry equipment
  • Restock cleaning areas with supplies and equipment
  • Organize and stow donations
  • Clean and maintain the exercise yard
  • Other duties as assigned

Public Interaction

  • Follow intake protocol of animals
  • Follow return-to-owner process
  • Assist clients with animal adoption process
  • Facilitate client / animal interactions to insure a safe and pleasant experience
  • Maintain good working relationship with co-workers, work cooperatively with volunteers, recognizing the talent and commitment they bring to our organization
  • Interact with the public with compassion and in a respectful manor
  • Maintain a positive public image both on and away from the job site