Job Posting: Law Enforcement Officer

REPORTS TO: Director of Law Enforcement


This full time salaried position is key to Law Enforcement (LE) operations because it involves every aspect of enforcing state laws pertaining to animal protection and welfare.  A high level of confidentiality, organization, professionalism, flexibility and attention to detail is required. This position must be able to work efficiently in a team environment and independently, perform multiple tasks including criminal investigations, completing written reports, assisting in special projects, computer work with multiple databases, data reporting, and other related duties

The Law Enforcement Officer must be a graduate of the Massachusetts Special State Police Officer training program, or an equivalent state regulated academy. This position has to be flexible in the duties and responsibilities to best fit the changing needs of the Law Enforcement Department and the mission of the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL).



  1. *Must complete a ninety (90) day orientation and training period
  2. *Must maintain a good attendance record.
  3. *The regular workweek is 40 hours, but must be willing to work a reasonable amount of overtime, if necessary.
  4. Must present a neat, clean appearance.  Must wear uniform when required; must wear complete uniform whenever worn.
  5. *Must be able to interpret and exercise ARL policies accurately.
  6. Must successfully pass the police officer selection test (POST).  Must successfully pass the examination and graduate from the Massachusetts Special State Police Officer training program, or equivalent state regulated academy.  Additional training may be required as assigned by supervisor
  7. Serve or deliver notices of quarantine and other related documents promptly and accurately when so directed.
  8. Perform quarantine inspection duties in places where animals are housed, sold, or used for any purpose and inspect homes for suitability for pet placement.
  9. Must be able to handle a wide variety of animals effectively and in a humane manner.
  10. Maintain vehicle in a functional, clean and presentable condition.
  11. Must be accountable for the securing, receipt, and proper transportation of all evidence and animals coming into custody.  Answer all questions asked by the general public, educate when necessary and refer them to persons or agencies where they can obtain further assistance.
  12. *Develop and maintain relationships with state agencies, Animal Control Officers, Shelters and Rescue Groups.
  13. *Assist with and solve caller concerns, and direct them to the proper resource.
  14. Provide support to Investigative Specialist and other LE Officers with ongoing special projects.



  1. Must pass the police officer selection test (POST). Must successfully complete and pass the pre-entrance Physical Fitness Test and the Physical Fitness Test and the Special State Police Officer (SSPO) training program and/or must attend and successfully complete a Mass. Criminal Justice basic police recruit academy course and examination.
  2. High School graduate. Prefer an Associates or B.S. in related field from an accredited institution.  Experience with equine, livestock, small-domesticated animals and wildlife preferred.
  3.  Must be of good moral character with an even disposition and the ability to deal effectively and politely with a diverse group of people in a variety of situations.  This person must have definite abilities to evaluate problems accurately and display good, sound judgment when working without supervision.  These are extremely important and critical qualifications.
  4. Must be able to qualify for and obtain a Special State Police Commission from the Mass. State Police and obtain and carry a Massachusetts handgun permit while on duty ‘License to Carry Firearms Class A Large Capacity MGLc.140, section 131’.  Must qualify to carry and operate a weapon. Required carrying a handgun as directed.  Must qualify under a police and security background check, including the amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968.
  5. Must have knowledge of  Mass. General Law Chapter 272, Section 77 – Cruelty to Animals Statute
  6. Must maintain a valid Mass. Driver’s license and must have and maintain a good driving record.
  7. Must be able to lift 50 (fifty) pounds.
  8. Previous experience in a humane organization and/or law enforcement preferred.
  9. Must have strong computer skills. Experience with Microsoft Office, Chameleon and IMC preferred.
  10. A high level of professionalism, strong interpersonal skills and a team player are required.
  11. Need to be CORI certified


*Essential functions of the job in compliance with the ADA.


Please submit cover letter and resume to (please include the job title in your email subject line)

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is an equal opportunity employer, and we make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or any other protected characteristic.