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Program Instructor

Can Do Canines, a nonprofit organization located in New Hope, Minnesota, is seeking an individual to serve as  a Program Trainer in support of our mission. Care for, evaluate, and train dogs that are residing at the kennel  in preparation for their final program placement, and during mid-program evaluation.

The ideal candidate will have substantial experience (5 or more years) of related experience in dog obedience  training and dog care. This position requires the use of a telephone and computer to perform work, the ability to perform work without close supervision, and experience and ease in public speaking.

You will be required to make public presentations, including assistant dog demonstrations. The ideal candidate will also have the ability to contribute to the creation, review, and updates to training manuals, evaluate dogs received from shelters and potential pet donations, as well as evaluate and train In-For-Training dogs in preparation for final placement.

The ability to assist with micro-chipping dogs/puppies and give distemper shots is desired. This position is also responsible for working with puppy raiser/foster care families when returning or picking up dogs, and maintaining daily training records. Monitor and evaluate canine and feline health related issues, monitor and do inventory of supplies.

Knowledge of and experience in working with persons with disabilities, working with volunteers, and knowledge of Assistance Dog International (ADI) regulations are preferred. A valid driver’s license and insurability are required. You must be able to pass a background check to be considered for employment.

The position is slated to begin as soon as possible. We will accept applications until September 12, 2014.

Only serious candidates with the required experience will be considered for interviews.

Can Do Canines offers a comprehensive benefit package including Paid Time Off, Health and Dental Insurance, and after one year, 403(b) pension package.

To apply for this position, please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

In the Subject Line, put: Your Last Name, Your First Name – Program Trainer


 Can Do Canines
9440 Science Center Drive
New Hope, MN  55428
763-331-3009 (fax)

Phone calls and/or video resumes will not be accepted.

Can Do Canines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Prison Puppy Program Instructor

Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.  We envision a future in which everyone who needs and wants an assistance dogs can have one. Can Do Canines is a nonprofit organization located in New Hope, MN. We provide trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities, free of charge.

We are searching for a part-time Prison Program Instructor to work in Duluth, MN. Hours are four to five hours/week to start. Increase to eight to ten hours/week by end of 2014.  Increase to 15-20 hours/week in 2015. This position requires working at least one weekday per week and includes some weekend and evening hours.


Oversee prison puppy program at the Federal Correctional Institution in Duluth, Minnesota.   Duties include teaching weekly obedience/training classes to male inmates who have been accepted into the prison puppy program.  Interact with prison staff, keep records of training and care of prison puppies, work with prison puppy foster-home providers, coordinate and provide instruction during outings with prison puppy foster-home providers.

As the position grows it will include working with puppy raisers outside of the prison system, teaching classes to the puppy raisers outside of prison system, conducting home interviews, and running puppy raiser outings in public.


Minimum of five years’ experience teaching obedience classes using positive training methods is required.  You must pass a thorough background check administered by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. A valid driver’s license and proof of insurance is required.

You must possess the ability to communicate clearly, have strong organizational skills, have working knowledge of Excel, Word, the Internet, and basic telephone/computer skills. These qualifications are generally obtained from two or more years of related work experience.

HOW TO APPLY:  Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to   In the subject line of your e-mail, enter:   

Your Last Name, Your First Name – Prison Program Instructor



 Can Do Canines
9440 Science Center Drive
New Hope, MN  55428
763-331-3009 (fax)