Canine Trainer #AMK-0763

Canine Trainer #AMK-0763

Job Category: K9 Handler / Trainer

Job Location: CONUS

Job State: Moyock, North Carolina, United States

Job Description:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide Canine Welfare for all canines IAW company standards, federal laws and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees;
  • Follow established training protocols and company directives in the training of canines;
  • Properly utilize canine training equipment to include safety equipment for canines and trainers;
  • Train and manage multiple canines through the training process, from initial training through certification;
  • Secure and account for canine training aids, equipment, company vehicles, canine trailers, company assets and resources;
  • Maintain the cleanliness of training areas, company vehicles, canine trailers, resources and facilities;
  • Arranges operational exercises in locations such as entry control points, mock-up villages, farmland, airports, and sports arenas to replicate real life scenarios;
  • Follow standard operating procedures when conducting and performing operational searches.

 Competencies:

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data;
  • Design - Demonstrates attention to detail;
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully;
  • Interpersonal Skills -- Able to foster cooperation with the client and AMK9 staff; focus on resolving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality. Gets along well with others;
  • Oral Communication - Listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions;
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; able to read and interpret written information;
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; contributes to building a positive team spirit;
  • Professionalism - Accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments;
  • Quality - demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality;
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals;
  • Attendance/Punctuality -- Is consistently at work on time; and
  • Initiative - Takes independent actions and calculated risks; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Be able to create, maintain and prepare records and reports;
  • Perform tasks with minimal oversight; and
  • Identify problems, suggest solutions and respond to change with a high degree of attention to detail and foresight

 Qualifications & Experience:

  • 2-5 years of experience training canines in various types of detection;
  • Demonstrated experience in solving training problems with detection dogs;
  • 1-2 years of canine handler experience (detection);
  • Strong administrative and analytical skills;
  • Ability to focus on several projects at once;
  • Intermediate user level of computer systems; Microsoft office software (word, power point, excel, projects, outlook) and database systems, and ;
  • Must have a valid driver's license.

Essential Physical/Mental Functions:

  • Dynamically lift (start at floor in static position and lift through task) an actual dog, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, weighing approximately 90 lbs. to a height up to 60".
  • Dynamically lift an actual crate, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, with or without an actual dog or a reasonable facsimile, to a height up to 60".
  • Dynamically lift an actual 40 lbs. dog food bag up to 30" and dump into a container.
  • Dynamically push an actual crate or a reasonable facsimile, with or without an actual dog or a reasonable facsimile, on a table, desk, or other flat surface.
  • Pull on a hand held dynamometer (equipped with pull tools) to measure the maximum pull force capabilities.
  • Carry an actual dog or a reasonable facsimile weighing up to 90 lbs. for a distance of 25'.
  • Kneel (on one or both knees) and squat for a sustained period up to at least one - two minutes.
  • Ability to stand, walk, reach, talk, hear, handle objects with hands, safely handle canines that pull at 200 lbs. impact with lifting up to 80 pounds.
  • Job occasionally requires sitting, climbing or balancing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 80 pounds.

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