- Good knowledge of canine behavior and husbandry skills; experience whelping litters of puppies a strong plus
- Must have strong attention to detail and communication skills
- Ability to work independently and proactively
- Must be flexible to changes in daily routines
- Must work well with others and be teamwork oriented
- Ability to lift 50 pounds
- Ability to work in indoor and outdoor environments
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Follow all established NEADS protocols, procedures, and policies
- Responsible for the thorough sanitation of NEADS facilities (kennel, play yard, ELC, training areas, etc.) including:
- Proper disposal and surface cleaning of puppy and dog elimination
- The use and application of approved chemical products
- Responsible for reading all important daily information prior to action
- Responsible for properly preparing and feeding meals and snacks
- Responsible for properly distributing and recording all medications
- Ensure the safety and well-being of dogs, including but not limited to:
- Reporting all health issues to the Veterinary Coordinator immediately
- Maintaining safe living conditions for all puppies and dogs
- Providing canine enrichment
- Must develop and maintain canine handling skills approved by NEADS Training Staff
- In the event of severe weather (snowstorm, flooding, power outage) attendants may be responsible for staying on campus overnight to ensure care for all dogs on campus
- Complete medical, kennel, and ELC paperwork thoroughly and properly
- Assist with Kennel and ELC intake and exit procedures for puppies and dogs
- Bathe and groom dogs as needed
- Assist with all other necessary daily operation tasks as needed
- Interact in a professional manner with all staff, volunteers, clients, and visitors
- Be well versed in NEADS program offerings, history, and overall Mission
- Provide feedback, suggestions, and ideas for continued improvement to daily operations
- Communicate clearly and appropriately
In order for your application to be considered, it must include resume and cover letter. Cover letter can be addressed to Lacy Gillotti, Director of Canine Operations, using the form below.
Job Type: Full Time; $11/hour
Please submit your job application using the form below.
To apply for an Internship, please visit this page.
NEADS, a national, non-profit Service Dog organization in MA, seeks a Service Dog Trainer Apprentice. The ideal candidate has some animal interaction/exposure or teaching experience and is interested in a physical, fast-paced position with a strong team approach. We’re looking for someone who is comfortable around dogs and people, as the position requires the ability to work with both.
The individual will undergo a 2-year apprenticeship during which they work closely with experienced trainers to learn how to train Service Dogs according to the NEADS curriculum. The Apprentice will also observe inmate handlers as they train Service Dogs, and learn how to work with new client teams when they receive their Service Dogs.
Must be comfortable:
- Working in a correctional institution
- Driving to varied work sites weekly
- Instructing people with physical disabilities
Basic computer skills are necessary to maintain training records.
Must be located near central Massachusetts.
Full time – starting salary is $30,000 for this entry level position.
Interested parties should submit a cover letter and resume to be considered. Cover letter can be addressed to Kathy Foreman, Director of Training.