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Assistant Dog Trainer

Cedar Rapids, IA

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Kirkwood Continuing Education and Training Services is currently looking for Assistant Dog Obedience instructors to assist with our dog obedience classes in Cedar Rapids.  This position takes guidance and responsibilities from the lead dog obedience instructor while working with students to ensure class outcomes and objectives are met.  The ideal candidate will have previous experience teaching positive reinforcement dog training techniques, and be willing to work primarily on evenings and weekends for one to two nights a week for a total of 3-6 hours per week, with the opportunity to be promoted to a lead instructor.

Any questions regarding this postion, please send to Matt Murphy at 319-398-5886 or

  • Consistently attend scheduled classes.
  • Facilitate an outstanding participant experience by giving exemplary customer service.
  • Maintains student records, attendance, and testing information
  • Conducts follow-up with students as needed
  • Communicates regularly with administration, teachers, and students
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Clean and straighten classroom before and after each class.
  • Answer questions and provide resources as appropriate to participants.
  • Deliver course content and ensure that learning outcomes are met.

  • Have a true excitement for teaching.
  • Be Passionate about life-long learning
  • Be able and willing to represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former, and current participants, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with participants, staff and fellow Learning Facilitators.
  • Possess strong human relations skills and be able to interact with diverse personalities.
  • Deal responsibly and effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.


Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

  • High School Diploma

  • AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT)

The College purchases term life, disability, health and dental/vision insurance, provides a flexible benefits account, and contributes to a retirement program for each full-time staff member.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. At the end of the application process, you will have the opportunity to review and make changes, if necessary, before submitting your application. You will be able to print your application at the end of the process. However, once your application has been submitted, you will not be able to go back and make changes or attach / modify supporting documentation.

The hiring process may take an extended period of time (approximately 30-60 days from posting to hire), depending on the position, so we ask that you be patient and do not call to follow up on your application. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the hiring department directly. We encourage you to take your time to complete the application. Thank you for choosing Kirkwood!

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Posted 08/28/17

Job ID: 26638172