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Behavior & Training Manager
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Posted Mar 7
Unleash Your Passion: Join the Pack at Woods Humane Society!

Are you passionate about helping owners build stronger bonds with their dogs? Do you thrive on creating fun and effective training experiences? Woods is looking for candidates who show a passion for using modern, science-based, humane training and positive reinforcement techniques and tools to address a myriad of issues including dog reactivity, under-socialization, basic manners, and more.

As our Behavior and Training Manager, you will be the guiding force behind our team of talented trainers. Working closely with various departments, you will develop positive reinforcement strategies to help our furry friends overcome behavioral hurdles and find loving homes. Plus, you'll play a pivotal role in supporting our community of dog lovers as they navigate life with their companions.

Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, California, our slice of paradise offers more than just stunning beaches and vineyards. With a thriving culinary scene and endless outdoor adventures, it's no wonder SLO is hailed as one of the happiest places on earth. And at Woods Humane Society, you'll be part of a legacy that makes a real difference in the lives of animals and our community.

About Us:At Woods Humane Society, our mission is clear: we rescue and shelter homeless companion animals, advocate for responsible pet ownership, impart humane education, and joyfully celebrate the beautiful bond between humans and animals. Our dedicated team is committed to providing exceptional customer service, offering the utmost care to every animal within our capacity, and treating each individual—be it human or animal—with compassion and warmth. We prioritize efficiency and collaboration, cultivating a positive work atmosphere that encourages growth and continuous learning for all.

If you're ready to make a meaningful impact while enjoying the best that SLO has to offer, come join us at Woods Humane Society. Let's work together to create a world where every pet finds and remains in a loving home.

This is a non-exempt, full -time position with an expectedschedule of 40 hours per week, including Saturdays

Salary Range: $30 - $33 per hour DOE

Position Summary:Under the direction of the Director of Operations, the Behavior & Training Manager plays a crucial role in enhancing the well-being and adoptability of shelter animals with the development and implementation of canine behavior and enrichment programs, trainings and assessments, as well as designing and conducting public training classes to educate pet owners on positive training techniques, promoting responsible pet ownership.  

See the Full Job Description on our website:

Required Education and Experience:
  1. Bachelor’s degree in Animal Behavior, Canine Training, or a closely related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience;
  2. Certification as a Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) or equivalent;
  3. A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a leadership role;
  4. A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in canine behavior & training with a focus on positive reinforcement methods;
  5. Possession of a valid unrestricted California driver’s license with required auto insurance.
Preferred Education and Experience:
  1. Experience in a leadership role within a non-profit organization is highly desirable;
  2. Experience in animal shelters and/or advocating for animal welfare with a strong understanding of animal care and best practices in an animal shelter is highly preferred.
Essential Skills:
  1. Dedication to our mission
  2. Leadership Abilities
  3. Excellent communication skills
  4. Adaptability
  5. Proficiency in technology
Mental and Emotional Resilience: Commitment to supporting the animals in our care, including facing challenges such as euthanasia and difficult situations.

Working Environment: You'll be working in an animal shelter environment, which may expose you to various factors such as temperature variations, zoonotic diseases, and high noise levels. We prioritize your safety and provide the necessary equipment and training to ensure a secure work environment.

Ready to join us in making a difference?Please submit your resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and why you're the ideal candidate for this role. [email protected]  We can't wait to hear from you!

Once a conditional offer of employment has been extended, we conduct comprehensive background checks on all applicants.

Woods Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.