Employment and Internship Opportunities

Paws4ever is an equal opportunity employer. Paws4ever offers equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. These opportunities include all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, job placement, training, compensation, discipline, advancement, and termination. This policy also applies to outside vendors, members and customers, volunteers, use of contractors and consultants, and interactions with the general public.

Employment Opportunities:

Dog Training Program Manager (Part Time)

Applications Accepted Until Position is Filled

Paws4ever, an animal welfare nonprofit in Mebane, North Carolina, seeks a committed, compassionate, and skilled trainer to lead, promote, and grow our Dog Training Program. Paws4ever is dedicated to creating and growing lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education, and care. As one of our core programs, the Dog Training Program is committed to building relationships between people and their dogs using positive and proven-effective methods to help achieve training goals.

The Dog Training Program Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the Paws4ever Dog Training Program and Learning Center. Primary duties include all aspects of program management, analysis, and growth; development of and provision of dog training consultation and services; staff and volunteer management; and customer relations.

Qualifications & Requirements
Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 2 to 3 years’ experience in program or project management or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and leadership skills, be attentive to details and have the ability to prioritize and meet multiple deadlines and projects while planning strategically for future efforts. Exceptional writing, oral communication and interpersonal skills, and customer services skills are essential, as is a passion for and understanding of the Paws4ever mission to create and grow lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education and care. Candidate must have a minimum of two years’ experience in dog behavior, health, handling, training, and care, with demonstrated training experience and knowledge in animal behavior and the practical application of science-based training techniques, including working knowledge of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. Candidate should have experience addressing basic obedience and behavior problems, as well as knowledge of breed characteristics, skill interpreting canine body language, and experience with canine behavior assessments. Experience training dogs in a shelter environment strongly preferred, and certifications (such as CPDT-KA or KPA CPT) encouraged, but not required. Must be familiar with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite, and have the ability to learn and utilize new technologies. Experience working with volunteers and database systems are a plus. All Paws4ever team members are expected to uphold our values of compassion, commitment, connection, and curiosity, as well as to behave ethically, build relationships, communicate effectively, incorporate creativity & innovation into their work, focus on stakeholder needs, foster teamwork, lead, make decisions, organize, plan and solve problems.

The Dog Training Program Manager is expected to work approximately 20-30 hours per week, with evenings and weekends required. (*The Dog Training Program Manager position may be combined with the open Dog Training Coordinator position for the right candidate, in which case the position would be full-time.) The Dog Training Program Manager reports to the Executive Director, with additional accountability to the Board of Directors. The salary range for this position is $14-18/hour.
Working Conditions: Must be able to move/lift 50 lbs., bend frequently, and stand throughout the workday. Work may be performed in a kennel/shelter setting. Exposure to disinfectant solutions and zoonotic diseases possible. Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling or working around animals.

To Apply:
Applications accepted until position is filled. To apply, submit resume and cover letter to jobs@paws4ever.org and specify “Dog Training Program Manager” in the subject line.

Dog Training Program Coordinator (Part Time)

Applications Accepted Until Position is Filled

Paws4ever, an animal welfare nonprofit in Mebane, North Carolina, seeks a committed, compassionate, and organized individual to help oversee the general administration and growth of our Dog Training Program. Paws4ever is dedicated to creating and growing lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education, and care. As one of our core programs, the Dog Training Program is committed to building relationships between people and their dogs using positive and proven-effective methods to help achieve training goals.

The Dog Training Program Coordinator, working closely with the Dog Training Program Manager and Executive Director, is responsible for general operations and program administration for the Dog Training Program and Learning Center, including Dog Park Membership management and Learning Center rentals. Primary duties include administrative tasks related to training provision; program marketing & communications; coordination of rentals, Dog Park, and sale of goods; and maintaining the cleanliness and professional appearance of the Learning Center.

Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or 1 to 2 years of experience in program or project management or equivalent combination of education and experience. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational skills, be attentive to details and have the ability to prioritize and meet multiple deadlines and projects while planning strategically for future efforts. Exceptional writing, oral communication and interpersonal skills, and customer services skills are essential, as is a passion for and understanding of the Paws4ever mission to create and grow lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education and care. Must be comfortable using social media and marketing platforms for promotion of program. Must be familiar with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite, have basic database management experience, and have the ability to learn and utilize new technologies. Experience working with volunteers and database systems, and graphic design skills are a plus. All Paws4ever team members are expected to uphold our values of compassion, commitment, connection, and curiosity, as well as to behave ethically, build relationships, communicate effectively, incorporate creativity & innovation into their work, focus on stakeholder needs, foster teamwork, lead, make decisions, organize, plan and solve problems.

The Dog Training Program Coordinator is expected to work approximately 20 hours per week, with occasional evenings and/or weekends required. (*The Dog Training Program Coordinator position may be combined with the open Dog Training Program Manager for a full-time position for the right candidate.) Salary range is $12-$15/hour and will be commensurate with experience.

Working Conditions: Must be able to move/lift 50 lbs., bend frequently, and stand throughout the workday. Work is performed in a kennel/shelter setting. Exposure to disinfectant solutions and zoonotic diseases possible. Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling or working around animals.

To Apply:
Applications accepted until position is filled. To apply, submit resume and cover letter to jobs@paws4ever.org and specify “Dog Training Program Coordinator” in the subject line.

Dog Training  Instructor (Part Time)

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Paws4ever, an animal welfare nonprofit in Mebane, North Carolina, seeks a skilled and personable dog trainer to serve as Dog Training Instructor. Paws4ever is dedicated to creating and growing lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education, and care. As one of our core programs, the Dog Training Program offers a wide array of reward-based training opportunities to our community, and supports the assessment, enrichment, and training of dogs staying in our Adoption Center.

The Dog Training Instructor is responsible for providing training services in the form of group dog training classes, private lessons, and one-on-one coaching as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements
Qualifications include a high school diploma (or equivalent) and CPDT-KA, or KPA-CTP, or currently pursuing education specific to dog training through an equivalent accredited certification program. Candidate must have a minimum of two years’ experience in dog behavior, health, handling, training, and care, with a minimum of one year experience coaching dog owners in both group classes and private lessons, either professionally or as a skilled volunteer. Candidate must have demonstrated training experience and knowledge in animal behavior and the practical application of science-based training techniques, including working knowledge of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. Candidate should have experience addressing both basic and moderate obedience and behavior problems, as well as knowledge of breed characteristics, skill interpreting canine body language, and experience with basic canine behavior functional assessments. The ideal candidate will have strong customer service skills and a passion for and understanding of the Paws4ever mission to create and grow lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education and care.

The Dog Training Instructor is expected to work approximately 2-5 hours per week (potential for more hours if interested), with either a weeknight evening or a week-end daytime required. The Dog Training Instructor reports to the Dog Training Program Manager, and ultimately to the Executive Director. The salary range for this position is $12- 15/hour, paid bi-weekly.

Working Conditions: Work may be performed in a kennel/shelter setting. Exposure to disinfectant solutions and zoonotic diseases possible. Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling or working around animals.

To Apply:
Applications accepted until position is filled. To apply, submit both resume and cover letter to jobs@paws4ever.org and specify “Dog Training Instructor” in the subject line.

Internship Opportunities:

Nonprofit Management Internships

On-going

Paws4ever, a unique animal services agency in Mebane, seeks a creative, dedicated and detail-oriented student specifically interested in the nonprofit field for an internship. We currently have particular needs in the areas of volunteer management, fundraising/event planning, and communication.

The details of a particular internship will be developed according to the current needs of the organization and the interests of the student.

Examples of potential projects include:

  • Helping to organize a fundraising event
  • Creating marketing plans
  • Curating a digital resource library
  • Storytelling through photos and videos

The candidate must be able to meet strict deadlines and work independently. The intern is expected to work at least 10 hours a week, and may work up to 40 hours a week if interested. Hours are flexible. It is preferable for the intern to work on-site at Paws4ever, although some work may be accomplished at home. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required. This position is unpaid, but may be used for course credit (if applicable).

This position will serve as an excellent foundation for most careers in nonprofit management. The position will offer the student the opportunity to grow his/her interpersonal communications, public relations and organizational operations experience.

Preference will be given to candidates with strong organizational and communication skills. A background in development, graphic design, or event planning is a plus.

To apply for this position, please submit cover letter and resume to Kathryn Ruggeri at kathryn@paws4ever.org

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