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Assistance Dog Instructor


Full Time


Train assistance dogs, volunteers who work with dogs, and clients who receive dogs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with care of assistance puppies and dogs in training in a home, and when needed prison environment.

  • Communicate with volunteer trainers and director on dog training issues

  • Assist/Support the management of dog files and training logs

  • Transport puppies and dogs as needed in personal vehicle

  • Assist with general dog health care and veterinary visits

  • Maintain animal supply inventory

  • Assist with animal assisted intervention programs

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with breeding/whelping and puppy development program

  • Assist with assessment and acquisition of potential canines

  • Work with weekend fosters as required

  • Work with volunteers as assigned

  • Maintain good relationships with all volunteers

  • Timely computer record maintenance, phone correspondence, and email communication

  • Administrative task completion as requested

  • Assist in fundraising/development work as requested

  • Participate in presentations and fund raising/marketing opportunities


  •  At least 2 years’ experience in operant conditioning-based training, preferably with assistance dogs.  *  Prefer experience with ADI accredited program and/or IMATA and/or AZA candidates

  • Computer proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel programs

  • Outstanding communications skills, both written and verbal

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills

  • High attention to detail

  • Ability to multi-task

  • Clean driving record

  • Background check

Physical Demands/Environment:

  • Frequently required to stand, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and perform a variety of physical motions with his or her hands, arms, shoulders, legs to properly test, transport and train dogs.

  • Must be able to manipulate and use all equipment and tools necessary to care for and transport dogs, including leashes, medicines, locking medicines, balance harnesses, wheelchairs, and clickers used for training.

  • May need to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  • Will be working on location in person

  • Reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (Required)

Job Location:

Columbia, SC (Northeast)


based on experience


Paid Time off, holidays, birthday
PAALS does NOT currently offer medical/dental benefits at this time


40 hours/week, must be available 8am-6pm M-F, some holidays/weekends as needed

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