Kennel Master

Kennel Master

Job Category: K9 Handler / Trainer

Job Location: Undisclosed

Job State: Undisclosed

Job Description:

  • Manage and maintain the kennel.
  • Conduct in-country training of program explosives detection dogs.
  • Provide on and off compound detection of explosive materials.
  • Perform daily maintenance training (i.e., performance and explosives detection) and maintain training records for assigned detection dogs.
  • 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.
  • Maintain complete and thorough records associated with the task order detection dogs including, but not limited to:
    • Acquisition records
    • Health and immunization records
    • Training records, to include all records of when the dog was initially trained, to what standards, using what techniques, and by whom.
    • Testing records, to include where, by whom, and when the dog was certified prior to acceptance on the program, what explosive odors the dog was tested on, the results, any follow-on training, and all certification/recertification and validation testing.
    • Handler records, to include the names and appropriate identifiers of all EDDs with whom the dog was worked while on the program.
    • Acquisition, storage, and disposal records of all explosive training aids used during the contract period.
  • Responsible for the safe and efficient control, handling, and disposal of explosive training aids, ensuring that all training aids are handled, stored, and disposed of in accordance with established protocols/best practices.
  • Manage, supervise, and coordinate post assignments and schedules for canine handlers and trainers, including leave rotations and within-theater travel to and from sites within the task order area of responsibility.


  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Must possess NAPWDA certification or equivalent national/state/provincial military or law enforcement certification as a working dog handler.
  • Must possess a minimum of two (2) years’ experience as an explosives detection dog trainer.
  • Must possess a minimum of one (1) additional year of security-related experience.
    • Experience may be gained in the employ of any national, state, provincial, local, or commercial entities providing armed high threat protective services.

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