Public Dog Training Class Instructor (Contract)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-542682
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Job Type: Per Diem
    • Date Updated: February 14, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Mission
    • Status: Contract
    • Department: Header: Behavior & Training
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Public Dog Training Class Instructors conduct group dog training classes for the public in accordance with SF SPCA force-free positive reinforcement-based training standards, and demonstrate the Society’s high level of care and concern for animal welfare and human needs. The SF SPCA seeks a contract instructor that is able to join our team of highly qualified, experienced, and energetic public class trainers and commit to teaching between 2 and 4 classes per week.

Essential Duties and Functions:

  • Teach public group classes related to dog obedience, and dog behavior.
  • Adhere to and support the SF/SPCA dog training curriculum and the positive-reinforcement training approach
  • Develop and update curriculum as needed to fit the skills and evolving needs of the clients and program
  • Present training curriculum in an engaging, effective and informative manner
  • Maintain a clean, attractive, and safe training environment
  • Provide excellent customer service while actively promoting our mission, services, programs, classes and events
  • Assist clients in situations requiring immediate problem solving. Take control of situations that could be potentially harmful to clients, animals, or the professional image of the Society
  • Must be prompt and organized for class; promptly bring client concerns or issues to the attention of the Dog Training Program Manager
  • Promote donation and giving opportunities as appropriate
  • Work cooperatively with all volunteers, recognizing the talent and commitment they bring to the Society.
  • Perform training class administrative duties: attendance, distribution of materials, and follow up as needed. Maintain accurate records related to classes and collects, records and deposits in a secure area any donations or monies received during classes.
  • Assure upkeep of training facility after each class. Notify Dog Training Program Manager when supplies or equipment are low or in need of maintenance.
  • Supervise assigned volunteer(s)and interns


  • Ensure a safe work environment; following all safety guidelines, including PPE, and modeling safe work practice
  • Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Work is performed in a multipurpose room setting and sometimes outdoors.
  • Work requires bending, reaching, kneeling and standing on feet for several hours.
  • Exposure to disinfectant solutions when in multipurpose area.
  • Exposure to various weather conditions when working outdoors
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling unknown animals
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds with reasonable accommodations.
  • Consistently exposed to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alterations available
  • Tetanus and rabies (pre-exposure) inoculations are required or must be waived

Reporting Relationships and Contacts:

  • Reports to Dog Training Program Manager

Qualifications (Required):

  • Two years of college course work, plus one year of dog training experience.
  • Minimum of one year instructing the public in group dog training classes
  • Proven knowledge and practical experience in basic dog training using positive-reinforcement training methods. Advanced dog obedience and knowledge of dog sports (i.e. agility, rally, flyball) helpful
  • Customer service experience
  • Available to work weekends and evenings
  • Credentials (CTC, CBDT, etc.) preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the San Francisco SPCA
  • A highly motivated, pleasant, out-going, polite individual with a professional manner with the public; confident public speaker with the ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with a diverse audience
  • Mature individual with good judgment and a professional personal appearance
  • Creative and innovative teaching skills; professional, educational expertise in animal learning theory, scientific behavior modification strategies and positive-based, force-free animal training skills
  • Computer skills in a Windows environment preferred



  • Competitive compensation provided on a per-class basis; payment for necessary curriculum development also available