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14 Mar 2023

Part-Time Behavior Training Specialist

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA – Posted by PHScareers Burlingame, California, United States

Job Description


Job Title:                    Behavior Training Specialist

FLSA Status:             Non-Union, Non-Exempt, Part Time (3-4 hours per week)

Salary:                        Starting pay at $31.25 per hour (DOE)


Who we are: Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) is a local, private, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to animal welfare. It is our mission is to build healthy relationships between people and animals. PHS/SPCA is truly an open admission shelter, not only accepting many pet animals who might be refused at other shelters, but also taking care of injured and orphaned native wildlife from San Francisco through San Mateo and the northern half of Santa Clara County. Our work means 6,300 lives saved each year.  To learn more about us, visit


Who you are: Someone that truly believes in animal welfare and positive reinforcement techniques. You have excellent customer service skills and experience leading dog training classes, playgroups and/or one-on-one consults. Last, but not least, you enjoy sharing your training techniques with the public to strengthen the bond between them and their dogs.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Work with puppies and adult dogs on basic and advanced obedience in a class and playgroup environment
  • Lead classes consisting of up to 10 clients and/or puppy playgroups consisting of up to 15 puppies.
  • Leads consultations on a variety of behavior issues.
  • Conduct all classes and consults using positive reinforcement training techniques.
  • Demonstrate flexibility according to the specific requirements for individual classes and/or clients. Conduct all classes and consults in a professional manner.
  • Enthusiastically lead a dog training class or puppy playgroup to keep clients motivated and engaged.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate puppy play styles. Observe and tactfully explain to owners about appropriate play demonstrate good judgement about when to intervene during off-leash puppy play.
  • Communicate with Department staff and/or Lead Trainer on issues related to scheduling, client concerns, curricula, etc. in a timely manner. Solicit feedback from clients as appropriate.
  • Attend and participate in mandatory trainings and Department meetings as needed
  • Ensure work environment is maintained in a neat, clean and safe manner before and after each class.
  • Perform other duties as assigned



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Upon hire, must successfully pass a background check.
  • Upon hire, must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and able to show COVID Vaccination Card as proof of vaccination.


  • Previous customer service, animal handling and behavior experience, with a minimum of 2 years dog training experience. Experience handling animal behavior consultations highly preferred.
  • Ability to work well with and communicate effectively both orally and in writing with the public, staff and volunteers. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, possess outstanding customer service skills, and be reliable with a strong work ethic.
  • Must be available to facilitate at least 2 classes and consultations per week, over the course of 2 days (Sunday availability is a must).
  • Must be highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Trainer/Consultant certification (APDT, CPDT, IAABC, etc.) and/or knowledge of or experience teaching Dog Agility preferred


Available to all employees with pets:

  • Free vaccines, spay/neuter, microchipping, and two pet adoptions.
  • Discounted euthanasia services/cremation, bloodwork, urinalysis, prescription food, and discounts at our retail stores.


For more information about our available job opportunities and how to apply, please visit our website at


The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is an equal opportunity employer.  We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.  EOE/M/F/D/V/SO

How to Apply

For more information about our available job opportunities and how to apply, please visit our website at

Job Types: Part-Time.

Job expires in 84 days.

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