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

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@paws4ever.org

Looking for an opportunity to assist pet parents with training and support shelter pets at the same time? 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 using positive, science-based, and proven-effective methods to help clients achieve their 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 program development and management, analysis, and growth; dog training program staff and volunteer management and mentorship; and customer relations, including teaching classes, private consultations, answering behavioral or training related questions/concerns from the public and working with dogs, volunteers and staff at the adoption center on training techniques/behavioral issues.

Qualifications & Requirements for the Dog Training Program Manager:

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in dog training using science-based, positive reinforcement techniques.
  • The candidate should have experience teaching group classes, addressing basic obedience and behavior problems, as well as skill interpreting canine body language, and experience with canine behavior assessments.
  • Experience training dogs in a shelter environment and certifications (such as CPDT-KA or KPA CPT) are strongly preferred or the candidate should be willing to become certified within 6 months of starting the role.
  • 1 to 2 years’ experience in program or project management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 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.

Hours and Job Type for Dog Training Program Manager:

  • The Dog Training Program Manager is expected to work approximately 20-40 hours per week, with some evenings and weekends required. This role is considered part-time with the opportunity for full-time hours depending on the number of classes taught and time spent working with the adoption center staff/volunteers and dogs. The Dog Training Program Manager reports to the Executive Director, with additional accountability to the Board of Directors.

Salary for Dog Training Program Manager: $20-22/hour, depending on experience.

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.

Benefits for Dog Training Program Manager:

  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance

Internship Opportunities:

Fundraising, Communications, and Marketing 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, and marketing.

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 Whitney Zoghby at whitney@paws4ever.org

Animal Care Internships


Paws4ever, a unique animal services agency in Mebane, seeks hardworking interns with an interest in animal care at our Adoption Center. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about animal care in a shelter environment and support rescued cats and dogs!

Examples of potential Animal Care Intern tasks include:

  • Making enrichment activities for dogs and cats
  • Cat socialization
  • Dog baths
  • Fetch with dogs
  • Dishes
  • Laundry
  • Animal food prep
  • Sweeping/mopping
  • Donation sorting
  • Inventory organization

Animal Care Interns must be at least 16 years old. 

If you are interested in an Animal Care Internship, please contact Adoption Center Manager, Sara Shellman at sara@paws4ever.org and include any required paperwork for school credit. 

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