Animal Behavior & Training Specialist ll
Golden Valley, MN 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description

Come be a part of Animal Humane Society - a Star Tribune 2018, 2019 Top Workplace and a 2021 National Nonprofit Top Workplace!

AHS adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy in December 2021 effective January 4, 2022. All employment with AHS is conditioned on candidates being fully vaccinated within 45 days of employment. Individuals with medical issues or religious beliefs, or practices, that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from our vaccine requirement.

Job Purpose: You are a supportive and communicative team member. You develop, teach, and maintain companion animal training class curriculum and programs to aid pet owners in safely and humanely working with their pet's behavior through positive reinforcement training techniques.

Schedule: Full-time 32-40 hours. Tuesday or Wednesday through Saturday

Shift times: Training classes are on-site, in evenings from 5:30-9:00 and on-site, Saturdays from 9a-1p. Office work is more flexible and may be done remotely

Pay: $ 18.75

What you will be doing:

Training - Instruct group and private dog training classes. Provide prompt, regular, clear feedback and information to clients attending training programs in regards to animal behavior and handling.

Customer Service - Assist and support the public with questions and concerns about animal behavior.

Communication - Listen, pay attention, and be a responsible steward of information.

Support - Assist in the development, writing, and updating of the curriculum for training programs. Facilitate the preparation and analysis of reports to monitor and measure productivity, goal progress, and activity levels of the department. Help train, support, coach, and provide feedback to volunteers and apprentices. Provide support and information to other departments in regards to behavior and training concerns.

Culture - Foster an open and inclusive work environment by modeling AHS's behaviors and values, consistent with the vision and mission of the organization. Champion a culture of safety and promote meaningful volunteer engagement.

Other duties as assigned

What we are looking for:

Experience - Minimum of 2 years of animal training or behavior consultation experience with positive reinforcement methods or equivalent preferred. CPDT certification preferred.

Computer Skills - Proficient with computers, specifically, a working knowledge of Microsoft products.

Adaptability - Ability to work in a professional and positive manner with high attention to detail in a variety of situations and the willingness to assist at other sites. Must be able to tailor communication style to the individual and the situation.

Communication - Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, must have ability to work as a team member and partner collaboratively with external and internal customers and departments.

Schedule - Regular, predictable attendance, punctuality, and availability to work during operational hours as defined by leadership with the expectation to work varied hours including evening and weekend shifts.

Physical & Emotional Capabilities - Must be able to handle the physical and emotional aspect of work in an animal shelter environment, including the use of euthanasia. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. Must have a high level of resiliency.

About AHS

One of the nation's leading animal welfare organizations, Animal Humane Society helps more than 23,000 animals every year. We're transforming the way shelters care for animals and engage their communities, advancing animal welfare and creating a more humane world for animals everywhere.

Why Work Here

  • Make a difference in the lives of animals and people

  • Join a team of coworkers who love animals as much as you do

  • Work-life balance

  • Health, dental, and vision coverage for full-time positions

  • 401K with up to 4% match

  • Paid time off, nine paid holidays, plus four floating holidays


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
2+ years
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