Share Email Opening

National Canine Research Assistant 

About the Organization Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.  
Location National Headquarters - Santa Rosa, CA  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
About the Region None Specified 

Schedule Information

Hours may vary on a weekly basis. Part time hours (less than 30 per week).


Salary Range Part-time Employees are not eligible for Health Benefits, but will accrue paid sick leave.  


This position provides assistance for research studies focusing on advancing the health, well-being and success of the agency’s canine population.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed:

  • Provides support for ongoing research studies including: participation with data collection, communications with staff, volunteers and collaborators.
  • Coordination of sample collection, shipment, processing and storage.
  • Data entry to track study progress and prepare progress reports on research.
  • Visit puppy raisers, graduates, and breeder caretakers as needed to collect samples according to research protocols
  • Perform basic vet skills to obtain biological samples: blood, stool samples, urine, etc.
  • Serve as liaison between the research team, volunteer puppy raisers, breeder caretakers and graduates.
  • Ensure accurate and timely collection/reporting of study generated data.
  • Prepare and route expense reimbursements.
  • Maintain study and organizational files, appropriate records of correspondence, special projects, pertinent literature, and other significant documentation.
  • Be accountable not only for direct responsibilities outlined in this job description but also to serve fellow staff and other constituents with whom position interacts. Ensure actions and communications are honest and transparent.
Position Requirements


  • Able to travel to collect samples and perform testing. Knowledge of research design and implementation of protocols.
  • Able to work independently with high degree of accuracy and attention to detail and meet deadlines.
  • Able to manage multiple projects and task requirements simultaneously and efficiently.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work in a professional manner dealing with the public, staff and volunteers.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite Programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and database applications.
  • Able to foster independent thinking, problem-solving skills, organizational aptitude, and critical thinking.
  • Able to work calmly and comfortably with and around dogs.
  • Prior animal handling or medical experience is preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Knowledge of the specialized vocabularies of physiology and animal behavior preferred. Experience with basic veterinary hospital skills including: drawing blood, restraining dogs and processing biological samples according to protocol.

EDUCATION: College degree with experience in research preferred.

LICENSES: Current driver’s license and insurability at normal risk rates.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


This position is currently not accepting applications.

To search for an open position, please go to


Click here for technical assistance.