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Kennel Technician - Temporary 

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 Northwest Regional Center - Santa Rosa, CA  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
About the Region

Canine Companions for Independence was founded in Santa Rosa, California in 1975. The National Headquarters and Northwest Training Center are located on the Jean and Charles Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, California. The Schulz Campus, named after generous supporters Jean and Charles Schulz, opened in 1996. The Northwest Region serves people in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska.


Schedule Information

Approximately 24 hours/ week. Anticipated duration - 3 months.


Salary Range Salary is DOE.  


The Kennel Technician is responsible for providing quality care of the dogs and puppies housed in the kennels as well as the cleaning and maintenance of the kennels, dog exercise yards and kennel complex.


  • Sanitation/Maintenance
    • Daily clean and disinfect kennels, exercise, training areas and grounds and other kennel facilities using approved cleaning supplies, tools and methods.
    • Clean and sanitize toys, beds, feeding bowls, crates and other equipment.
    • Report maintenance problems or repairs to the supervisor.
  • Dog Feeding
    • Prepare and dispense food in appropriate amounts and time intervals, including feeding of special diets to kennel dogs and puppies per feeding instructions and guidelines.
    • Prepare specific diets for individual dogs and oversee the preparation of special diets and amounts.
    • Understand and able to identify the clinical signs and symptoms in a dog that indicate a change of diet may be required; suggest and understand appropriate transition protocol
    • Ensure that records of dog feeding are appropriately documented.
  • Dog Care
    • Provide quality care and a safe environment to kenneled dogs and puppies.
    • Provide immediate response to a dog or puppy in distress.
    • Understand approved commands and leash etiquette for all dogs whether in professional training, puppy or graduate program.
    • Administer approved medications orally, topically or by injection under the direction of veterinarian or supervisor.
    • Provide and assist in emergency first aid, wound treatment, tests, and exams.
    • Groom dogs including bathing, trimming hair and nails.
    • Keep records of dogs coming and going from kennels.
    • Exercise and socialize dogs and puppies in approved locations.

    • Provide behavioral correction, as necessary.
    • Transport dogs and puppies using crates or approved methods.
    • Provide breeder information (swabs) to vet clinic, if applicable.
  • Inventory
    • Monitor, store and inventory kennel supplies and replenish as needed.
    • Report needed supplies to supervisor.
  • Administration
    • Record keeping and special projects.
    • Work with and coach kennel support volunteers, such as bathing and walking.
    • Work with staff and volunteers with special events and tours as needed.
    • Provide quality customer service.
    • Communicate and log all health or veterinary concerns, needs and problems.
    • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or department.
Position Requirements


  • Able to perform several tasks concurrently, time management and good organizational and communication skills.
  • Must be able to safely lift 45 pounds and safely handle, hold and restrain active dogs weighing up to 110 pounds. Employees should seek assistance when lifting dogs or objects weighing more than 45 lbs.
  • Able to remain on one’s feet, standing, walking, bending and/or stooping on cement for extended periods.
  • Able to work different day and weekend shifts – weekend and holiday work may be required.
  • Able to complete necessary paperwork and meet deadlines.
  • Able to use computers including email and database applications.
  • Take direction and show initiative; cooperate with coworkers.

EXPERIENCE: Prior dog handling, training and dog health care experience preferred but not required.

EDUCATION: High school graduate, GED or equivalent preferred but not required.

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.


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