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

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 a 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.

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). CPDT-KA or KPA-CTP designation is preferred, or currently pursuing education specific to dog training through an equivalent accredited certification program. If not currently pursuing dog training education, must be willing to do so.

Candidate must have a minimum of one 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 will be asked to demonstrate training techniques and knowledge of 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, skill interpreting canine body language, and experience with basic canine behavior. 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 5-10 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 hourly range for this position is $12-$15/hour, paid bi-weekly. All employees are eligible for paid time off.

Working Conditions: Work may be performed in our Learning Center, outdoors, or 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.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $12.00 – $15.00 per hour


  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off


  • Weekend availability

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:

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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