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  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.

Animal Care Technician (Full Time)

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Do you love animals & people? Join the team at Paws4ever and find an engaging and fun work environment with great opportunities for growth and skill-building in the animal care field. Paws4ever is a non-profit animal adoption center, dog training facility and Legacy Care Residence in Mebane, North Carolina, and we are seeking a dedicated, organized, and compassionate individual to serve as Animal Care Technician. We partner primarily with county shelters to rescue and care for animals in need. We offer training, socialization, and enrichment for our animals, and ultimately we work to match each pet with his/her forever family.

This position is full-time and includes weekend and holiday shifts and reports to the Adoption Center Manager. Primary duties include:

  • Direct Animal Care – Provide quality care for the animals in the Paws4ever Adoption Center and in foster care, including proper nutrition, medication, exercise, and attention. This includes stringent cleaning of the Adoption Center per health code and the maintenance of a clean and safe environment at all times.
  • Guest Services – Provide helpful and pleasant customer service. Greet all guests and provide tailored customer service based on the reason for their visit; ensure all visitors, including volunteers, follow proper safety policies and procedures; answer the phone and respond to email inquiries.
  • The staff member reports to the Adoption Center Manager and ultimately the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Training provided.

High school diploma or equivalent required. One to three years of animal care experience highly desired. The successful candidate will have stringent animal care standards, be dedicated and trustworthy. Must be able to comprehend verbal and written instructions. Must have reliable transportation and a valid NC drivers license. Must be able to move/lift 50 lbs., bend frequently, and stand throughout the workday. Must be able to work with cats and dogs of all sizes and temperaments. Pay rate for this position is $10/hour.  

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

To Apply

To apply, submit resume and cover letter to jobs@paws4ever.org and specify “Animal Care Technician” in the subject line. Cover letter should answer the following questions: Why are you interested in a role in animal welfare? Share a bit more about your skills and interest in working with people and pets. 

Internship Opportunities:

Nonprofit Management Internships


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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