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