Employment Opportunities

The following is a listing of our current Employment and Internship Opportunities. If you’d like to apply, please send us an E-Mail to: TheRefinedK9DogTraining@gmail.com with your most recent resume. We are Located in Homosassa, FL- and so you must be willing to live within driving distance, and have reliable transportation to and from our ranch.

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UnPaid Internship

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

The Refined K9 Dog Training

Homosassa Springs, FL 

The Refined K9 is accepting applications for ‘Canine Care Interns’ to assist in Canine caretaking and kennel duties. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of animal care, and kennel preparations. The Canine Care Internship is the perfect opportunity for students to gain experience in: Dog intake and selection procedures, canine care and well-being, canine first aid, canine behavior, and basic body language. Interns will gain valuable skills relevant to future careers in veterinary medicine, animal behavior, animal training, and animal husbandry. This internship is ideal for someone who has a passion for canine training and wants to take an active role in learning how to care for high drive K9s and pet dogs.

  • Preferred Qualities:

    • Minimum of 18 years of age

    • Previous experience in a busy kennel setting preferred but not required

    • Passion for canine training and behavior shaping

    • Strong (developing) canine behavior observation skills

    • Ability to complete detailed tasks as assigned and within required timeframe

    • Ability to bend, lift, walk and stand for long periods of time

    • Reliability and dependability

    • Excellent communication skills

    • Not fearful of getting bit, scratched, or dirty.

 

  • Primary Responsibilities:

    • Clean cages, feed and walk all canines housed in our kennel room

    • Clean up animal feces in the fenced in yard area

    • Sort and store kennel donations

    • Observe, record, and discuss animal behavior, and animal health

    • Participate in basic behavior shaping

 

  • Requirements:

    • Interview with Alicia Scholet, BA. CPT.

    • Intention to enroll in a Dog Trainer Program

 

  • What Interns Will Take Away:

    • The history, services, and basic operations of The Refined K9

    • Opportunity to learn from and interact with a wide variety of canines

    • Gain professional hands-on animal care experience with a Professional Dog Trainer

    • Receive a basic education in animal handling, animal behavior, animal body language, animal training, animal boarding and basic training from a Professional Dog Trainer

    • Gain a basic understanding of the daily operations inside a small dog training kennel (3-11 dogs)

 

  • Supervision: Directly supervised by the owner, Alicia Scholet, B.A., CPT. AND/OR Kennel Master on Site.

Availability: Interns must be able to commit to 8 weeks, Sunday-Saturday (All 7 days), 7am-8:30am, 6:30pm-8pm

Salary: Unpaid – We will write a letter of recommendation to any dog training school, college, etc. As well as provide you with documentation of your hours worked. Interns may receive an invitation to apply for a mentorship with Alicia Scholet after finishing the kennel internship contingent upon worth ethic. 

 Housing: Housing for students is not available.       

How to Apply:

To apply all applicants must email TheRefinedK9DogTraining@gmail.com with your current resume, and a letter of your future intentions and how this internship will help you. You will receive an application to apply in the follow up email. Once an application is submitted to The Refined K9, we will review it and then contact you. 

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Kennel Master Position

Kennel Master will maintain the Kennel Area of our facility. You will need to maintain respect of our dogs that come through for training, boarding. And uphold the highest level of customer service for our clientele. Keeping a clean, well sanitized, good smelling kennel is of upmost importance. 

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

 Responsibilities include:

Clean cages, feed and walk all canines housed in our kennel room

  • Clean up animal feces in the fenced in yard area

  • Sort and store kennel donations

  • Observe, record, and discuss animal behavior, and animal health

  • Participate in basic behavior shaping

 •    Manage the day to day operations of the Kennel facility, Address and problem solve client concerns and issues, Adhere to all standards of operations, policies and procedures,  Monitor dog health, Maintain the facility as a whole by performing tasks including, but not limited to: sweeping/mopping floors, wiping counters, taking out trash, cleaning bathrooms, and checking equipment and supplies. And Monitor supplies & retail inventory

 ‪Qualifications:

 •    Minimum of 1 year of kennel tech experience inside Kennel Facilities, management experience preferred.

•    Working dog experience is strongly preferred 

•    High School Diploma, AA degree preferred

•    Prior vet tech/assistant experience preferred

•    Demonstrated ability to empower, develop and lead a team

•    Ability to handle a variety of responsibilities, while balancing competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

•    Strong attention to detail

•    Excellent time management and organizational skills

•    Ability to work a varied schedule including days, evenings, weekends and holidays

•    Available to be on-call 24/7

•    Ability to properly communicate with staff and owners on a daily basis.

•    Must be physically fit to lift 40 lbs + stand for extended periods of time and perform requirements of the job.

•    Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, outlook, & word) and internet savvy

•    Must love dogs!

Please submit a resume with cover letter.

Job Type: Full-time

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Kennel Care Technician

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