Canine Trainer

Canine Trainer

Job Category: K9 Handler / Trainer

Job Location: Undisclosed

Job State: Undisclosed

Job Description:

  • Conducts initial training testing/validation of canines in order to validate proper olfactory capabilities, behavioral suitability, and physical traits for entrance into the program.
  • Perform daily maintenance training (i.e., performance and explosives detection) and maintain training records for assigned detection dogs.
  • Collects and maintains accurate records relating to the imprinting and training of contract canines.
  • Maintain the day-to-day health and welfare of assigned detection dogs.
  • Maintain all assigned canine-related equipment.
  • Perform basic canine emergency first-aid as needed.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • US Passport and US State Driver's License required
  • Must possess a national/state/provincial military or law enforcement certification as an explosives detection working dog trainer.
  • Must possess a minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a military or law enforcement canine (K9) handler, OR a minimum of three (3) years performing as a military or law enforcement canine (K9) trainer. This experience must have been earned within the last five (5) years.  
    • Experience may be gained in the employ of any national, state, provincial, local, or commercial entities providing armed high threat protective services.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.

Upon approval, and before beginning work on the contract, the CT shall:

  • Attend and successfully complete the NPSS training course.
  • Attend and successfully complete firearms training with the Glock-19 and M4, qualifying on those firearms specified in the task order.
  • Attend and successfully complete training, to be a minimum of three (3) hours in length, addressing the following topics:
    • Recognition of improvised explosive devices (IED) and explosive materials, both in general and relating specifically to the task order area of operations.
    • Safe explosives handling, explosives storage protocols, and explosives transportation protocols, to include protocols for avoiding cross-contamination of explosive training materials.
    • Testing procedures for phase one (1) and phase two (2) of the WPS Odor Recognition Test, as outlined in this contract.
    • Phase one (1) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) National Odor Recognition Test (NORT)
    • Phase two (2) of the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) certification test.
  • Obtain and maintain a personnel security clearance as specified in the task order.
  • Complete the DS Physical Readiness Test at the 50% performance level, and maintain that fitness level for the duration of his/her service on the task order. 
  • Possess no impediments to traveling overseas to and within countries that are considered dangerous or unhealthy in general, or to the country or countries assigned in the applicable task order in specific.

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