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Title: Team Trainer
Reports to: Senior Team Trainer
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Paws and Stripes is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to equal employment opportunity and to compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws.


In accordance with applicable law, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), gender identity, sexual orientation, age (40 and over), spousal affiliation, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin or ancestry, National Guard membership, veteran status, uniformed service member status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), HIV status, serious medical condition, or any other consideration protected by federal, state or local law.


Our commitment to equal opportunity employment applies to all persons involved in our operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee, including supervisors and co-workers. 


Paws and Stripes is a nonprofit organization providing animal assisted therapy to military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, and traumatic brain injury. It is our vision for every military veteran and their dog to live without isolation.  


We have an immediate opening for a Team Trainer to join in this rewarding work. Team Trainers utilize dog training skills and case management to assist enrolled veterans in training dogs to be their own service dog or canine companion. Our dogs are often rescues from area shelters and selected by the veteran for this purpose. Team Trainers conduct training for Teams in one-on-one and group settings and maintain necessary records. Trainers conduct weekly training sessions, lead group classes, screen potential dogs for the program, attend staff meetings along with other responsibilities.  Trainers also track Team’s progress, serve as points of contact for enrolled veterans, complete progress reports, and fulfill other Programs Department duties as needed. Team Trainers participate in training classes on and off site to develop training skills in alignment with Paws and Stripes client care principles and dog training techniques. We use non-aversive, force-free, reward-based training techniques.  

Ideal candidates will have some dog training background and the ability to work in a diverse and fast paced environment as a member of a team. Ability to conform to Paws and Stripes training techniques is necessary as is a willingness to bring creativity and an innovative, positive attitude to the approach of working with an underserved demographic. The position requires one-one-one interaction with veterans afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, and traumatic brain injury. As such, an ability to or willingness to learn how to relate to these individuals in a way that assists in their successful completion of our program is essential.  


A background check is required upon offer of employment. Must have reliable transportation. 


This is a full-time, benefits eligible with this position. There is an option for a wage increase after successful completion of a training period.


To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to Please, no phone calls.
Paws and Stripes is an equal opportunity employer.


CFC #35324

Monday - Friday 

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

(Currently, due to COVID-19, our office will be closed to the public)

617 Truman Street NE 

Albuquerque, NM 87110