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:

Volunteer Manager (Full Time)

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Paws4ever, an animal adoption center, dog training facility and Legacy Care Residence in Mebane, North Carolina, seeks a personable and organized individual to manage Paws4ever’s volunteer programs, enabling Paws4ever to continue in and strengthen its mission of creating and growing lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education & care.  

Primary duties for this position include recruiting, orienting, training, managing, and supporting all Paws4ever volunteers, as well as providing guidance, support, resources and tools to staff who supervise volunteers. These include volunteers in our Adoption Center, foster homes, Dog Training Program, ReSale Store, special events, and other volunteers as needed. The volunteer manager will have primary oversight of all Adoption Center and event volunteers, and secondary oversight for all other volunteers. The Manager will also be responsible for developing and implementing volunteer policies, maintaining a volunteer database, designing weekly volunteer communications to provide updates and keep volunteers engaged, acknowledging and appreciating volunteers, representing Paws4ever at community engagement events, and providing tours to Paws4ever guests. 

Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 1 to 2 years of experience in volunteer management or similar field. Animal welfare and customer service experience preferred. Ability to work flexible hours, which will include some evenings and weekends. During the current Covid-19 outbreak, the majority of work will be remote. At all other times, some remote work will be allowed but the majority of work will take place at Paws4ever or out in the community at events. Must have a valid driver’s license with access to reliable transportation. The ideal candidate will enjoy public speaking, have strong interpersonal and written communication skills, and possess a strong sense of personal responsibility, passion for our cause, and a commitment to excellence. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate and uphold our values of compassion, commitment, connection, and curiosity. Pay range for this position is $12-$15 per hour. 

Skills and Experience

  • Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with a diverse staff, volunteers and community in a professional, pleasant, respectful, and courteous manner at all times. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. 
  • Candidate should be a team player, personable, professional, upbeat, and energetic, who takes initiative, uses tact, diplomacy and uses great customer service skills. 
  • Experience developing and implementing policies and procedures in a positive and fair manner. 
  • Ability to problem solve and work with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to set goals, and work independently to plan and carry out projects. 
  • Strong presentation skills both one-on-one and in a group setting. 
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a cooperative work environment. 
  • Proven attention to detail with organizational and time management skills. 
  • Experience in care for and handling cats and dogs in a safe, effective and humane manner. 

Computer Skills: Proficiency with Microsoft Windows and Office applications, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Comfortable learning new systems, including online information systems (i.e. Volgistics) and shelter software such as Petstablished. 

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, climb stairs, balance, and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Work at a computer for extended periods to include repetitive typing, arm and hand motion. Lifting and handling dogs and cats, including bending and stooping. Must be comfortable working with cats and dogs of all sizes and temperaments.

Work Environment: 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. There will be exposure to animal noises, odors and dander. Time will be split between a typical air conditioned and heated office environment, a kennel environment, and at community events. 

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To Apply:
Applications accepted until the position is filled. To apply, submit resume and cover letter to jobs@paws4ever.org and specify “Volunteer Manager” 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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