• Canine Assisted Specialist

    Job Locations US-NM-Taos
    Posted Date 2 days ago(7/19/2018 6:46 PM)
    Job ID
    Temporary Part-Time
    FLSA Status
    USD $22,080.00/Yr.
    USD $22,080.00/Yr.
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  • Overview



    Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), with offices in Albuquerque and Taos, NM, is a nonprofit youth-development organization serving New Mexico. RMYC is a stepping stone to new opportunities. We inspire young adults to make a positive difference in themselves and their communities. Through training and service, corpsmembers discover their potential for healthy, productive lives. Corpsmembers are 16 to 25 years old and represent a variety of racial, economic, and ethnic groups.


    Position Type: Federal Fiscal Year 2019-20 (September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019 ) 44 weeks at 20 hours and 8 weeks at 28 hours. Part-time exempt, with additional time as required by program schedule, including occasional weekends, overnights, and field work

    Location: Taos, NM

    Pay: $22,080  annual salary, depending on experience

    Benefits: _ All benefits as described in RMYC Staff Manual

    Reports to:   Associate Director  

    Position overview: RMYC Canine-Assisted Leadership Specialist is responsible for instructing corpsmembers with barriers to employment, including disability, in the training of assistance dogs, to be placed with clients with disabilities or as Courthouse/Facility Dogs. This position will require working some weekends. During class training, an Instructor may be required to work up to eight (8) hours in a given day.





    • Trains dogs to be responsible and effective assistance dogs.

    • Instructs corpsmembers to train and socialize assistance dogs, in the training office and in public settings.

    • Assists with the selection of dogs for use in the program, ensures proper routine care,
    health care and maintenance for the dogs.
    • Participates in the planning and scheduling of corpsmember training, matching dogs to corpsmembers
    and class training activities.
    • Maintains written and computer records, according to established procedures as set
    forth by the State of New Mexico DVR client reporting.
    • Leadership – Maintains a positive role in the company. Promotes and
    exemplifies Organization values, represents departmental objectives and interests to
    internal and external clients and project partners, and is accountable for responsibilities and own
    • Teamwork - Develops and promotes teamwork and cooperation among staff and corpsmembers.
    • Safety – Demonstrates commitment to a healthy and safe environment and follows all
    safety and security policies and procedures.
    • Flexibility - Adapts to changing policies and procedures, as well as varying deadlines.

     • Performs 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.
    Education and/or experience

    • Associates (AA) or Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS) from an accredited college preferred.
    • Minimum 2 years’ previous experience leading educational groups of adolescent and young adult youth with disabilities.
    • Minimum of three years’ previous experience as an Instructor/Trainer with an Assistance Dogs International (ADI)-accredited organization, required.
      Required Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge
    • Knowledge of animal behavior, dog training skills, teaching skills.
    • Ability to adhere to all safety and health policies and procedures.
    • Ability to exercise professional conduct and maintain a high level of confidentiality in all duties.
    • Ability to establish and maintain professional, productive and courteous relationships with staff, volunteers, donors, clients and all constituents of RMYC Canine-Assisted Leadership Crew.
    • Ability to promote positive teamwork while performing work activities requiring interacting or speaking with others and responding appropriately to constructive feedback or suggestions for improvement by a corpsmember.
    • Ability to work with a group of large dogs, providing safe and humane training and home environment
    • Ability to relate to, and instruct, a wide range of individuals, demonstrating patience, understanding, flexibility, and overall interest, thereby motivating clients to their highest level of abilities.
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule, i.e. non-traditional business hours, overnights, weekends, holidays, to accommodate the training program .
    • Ability to travel when necessary for client interviews, in-home training, continued education
    • Has excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks.
    • Ability to effectively present information and represent RMYC Canine-Assisted Leadership Crew to clients, co-workers, general public.
      Required Technical / Certification / Licenses

    Registered Job Development Specialist, NM Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    PetTech® PetSaver™ Master Trainer Certified
    Social Work (LCSW, LMSW, LBSW) or Occupational Therapy (M-OT) licensure, preferred
    This position has access to confidential information as it relates to client’s application for and assistance dog which may include some or all of personal data, legal documents, and medical


    • Required to work outside in all weather conditions and walk distances consistent with
      training program needs for students and dogs
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
    • Regularly required to walk, stand, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, talk clearly, and with have good distance, peripheral and depth perception vision, especially as it relates to observing clients and dogs in training.


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