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.

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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