Animal Behavior Department Trainer K9 Task Force

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General Responsibilities and Position Functions

1. Work with in collaboration and take direction from the Behavior Department Director and Behavior Department Manager in designing, implementing and overseeing herd behavior plans; collaborate with other departments and learn / understand department needs and balance these with the needs of the animals. Implement individual training programs for shelter animals to improve behavior and chance of adoption

2. Work directly with highly trained volunteers to implement, track and evaluate animal’s progress; make responsive recommendations and changes to dogs plan and ensure implementation.

3. Meet with adopters to prepare the animal and adopter for the animals needs and ensure familiarity with the animals in shelter plan and needs

4. Integral involvement with the K9 Task force including but not limited to overseeing in shelter enrichment, field trip programs and providing support to volunteers and staff

5. Conduct canine behavior and training classes for adopters of shelter animals and other community pet owners. Work with Behavior Department Manager to oversee volunteers who serve as trainers or assistants

6. Conduct behavior evaluation of shelter animals screening and assist shelter staff with adoption counseling and safe animal handling

7. Designs individual training programs for shelter animals to improve behavior and chance of adoption

8. Understand the liability of program consistency and the need for safe animals to be placed in the community

9. Assist with marketing, speaking and public outreach as needed to support shelter programs

10. Maintain resource library of animal training, obedience and behavior materials including but not limited to books, journals, videotapes, relevant Internet sites and lists of professionals in the field.

11. Assists other shelter departments as requested and needed including: Fund Development, Education, SNIP, & Field Operations

12. Uphold a good public image by providing excellent client services, being courteous, helpful and receptive to the public, staff and volunteers. The ability to maintain a customer and volunteer friendly workplace

13. Contribute time, effort and resources on occasion, including assistance with animal rescue response and disaster preparation and / or response

14. Participate in the continuous improvement

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to Kendall Sypult, Behavior Department Director at

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