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Trainer

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is seeking a dynamic team player with a passion for working with creative people, animals and the detail-oriented focus and self-initiation to ensure our canines are provided the highest level of care. This individual should fully embrace SDF’s mission and understand that this position does not just entail training our nation’s future search teams and the meticulous care of our canines, but also includes working with our entire team to provide updates and communications to our stakeholders who make our work possible. This is a full-time position based in Santa Paula, CA.

 

APPLICATION PERIOD

Application posting date: May 20, 2018

Application closing date: When position is filled

 

THE MISSION OF THE SEARCH DOG FOUNDATION

Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula, California. Our mission is to strengthen disaster response in America by rescuing and recruitingdogsand partnering them with firefightersand other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters.

 

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE HAS THE FOLLOWING EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS 

  • Work with high drive, working dogs desired and, ideally, work with Search Dogs;
  • Minimum 3 years canine training experience required (FEMA/SUSAR experience a plus);
  • Passion for working with people and canines;
  • Collaborative, cooperative and team oriented;
  • Open mindedness and willingness to learn;
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), including exemplary customer service skills;
  • A high level of physical fitness;
  • Outgoing personality and demonstrated ability to be a team player.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The position of Canine Trainer requires a high level of physical fitness. Physical exertion will be required including but not limited to the following:

 

  • The ability to climb unstable surfaces and negotiate concrete, wood and green waste rubble piles;
  • The ability to be comfortable as a mock “victim”, buried in rubble and hidden in training props
  • The ability to lift heavy objects (up to 90 lbs.);
  • The ability to handle large, energetic untrained canines;
  • Endurance to run up to 100 yds. in a sprint;
  • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 yards or more – necessary for watching dogs perform);
  • Depth perception (ability to judge distances and spatial relationships).

 

ROLE OVERVIEW

The Canine Trainer works closely with the Canine Training team, Program Manager and Program Supervisor. The position has three main areas of responsibility:

 

  • Training of search dog candidates;
  • Training of search dog handlers;
  • Case management of canine candidates and active search teams;
  • Communication with the trainers, kennel staff and office staff;
  • Evaluation of new canine candidates;
  • Other tasks as assigned.

 

SALARY

We offer a competitive salary based on experience, as well as an excellent benefit program.

 

APPLICANTS

If you feel you would be a good fit for this fast-moving, dynamic team environment, please send your cover letter and resume electronically to SDF Human Resources Director at [email protected] to be considered. We are seeking a full-time trainer typically working shifts between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to fill this position.

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The Search Dog Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.