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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)