JOIN OUR TEAM

We are always looking for dedicated individuals who are willing to spread our mission. Read about our openings below to see where you can help our team.


OPEN POSITIONS

All positions with Texas Service Dogs are currently unpaid until further notice. With that said, this speaks volumes of your passion and dedication to our mission. In return, you will receive credit for your work, letters of recommendation and a wonderful support group.

Puppy Trainer

  • Be at least 16 years of age and willing to work with a puppy for 3-12 months.
  • Attend two (2) training classes to learn about TXSD and how to work with the dogs, as well as demonstrate an understanding of clicker training at a clicker training workshop.
  • Attend a one-on-one training outing with the TXSD professional trainers. You will observe how the current trainers handle their service dogs first and then work with a service dog yourself.
  • Be willing and able to provide unconditional love for your puppy as well as be financially able to provide treats, toys and grooming for your service dog. TXSD will provide their food, veterinary care, kennel, leash, service dog jacket and heartworm and flea prevention.
  • Be willing and able to take the puppy with you everywhere you go, within the confines of what is deemed age appropriate by a TXSD trainer. When the service dog puppy is mature enough to receive full jacket privileges, have him or her accompany you everywhere you go so they can receive socialization and learn public access skills.
  • Be willing and able to return your puppy to TXSD’s headquarters one day per week so that he or she can be continually worked with and evaluated by our professional trainers.
  • Be willing and able to attend at least two (2) training outings per month when your service dog in-training is deemed old enough to attend (generally around 4-5 months). There will be an outing every week on different days each week to accommodate varying schedules among puppy trainers.
  • TXSD will attempt to have at least one fundraising event per month. As a puppy trainer, you must be willing and able to attend a fundraiser with your dog at least every other month. If you personally are unable to attend, you must be willing to let TXSD pick up your dog so that he or she can attend even if you cannot.
  • Have everyone in your household on board with you training a puppy for TXSD.
  • Upon completion of initial training, be willing and able to return your service dog puppy to TXSD for advanced training and placement with their disabled partner.

Puppy Sitter

  • Follow TXSD rules and provide a safe and loving environment for a service dog in training or rescue pup temporarily.

Secretary/Treasurer

  • Produce information by transcribing, formatting, inputting, editing, retrieving, copying, and transmitting text, data, and graphics.
  • Organize work by reading and routing correspondence and collecting information.
  • Maintain calendars for Board of Directors; arrange and/or announce meetings, conferences and events.
  • Develop the annual budget as well as compare the actual revenues and expenses incurred against the budget.
  • Oversee the development and observation of the organization’s financial policies.
  • Keep the Board of Directors regularly informed of key financial events, trends, concerns and assessment of fiscal health and complete required financial reporting forms in a timely fashion and making these forms available to the board.

Director of Fundraising

  • Must be able to represent TXSD in a good manner because you will represent TXSD to many companies.
  • Come up with fundraising ideas and opportunities, be prepared to change and modify those plans during the year, and present ideas at board meetings for approval and discussion.
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups.
  • Set up at least one fundraiser per month and manage all major aspects of the event. This includes purchasing supplies, establishing a location, managing assistants for the event, recruiting and contacting volunteers, dealing with sponsors of fundraiser, publicizing the event and thanking participants of the event (work with Director of Marketing for design ideas if you are needing assistance).
  • Keep track of the money raised during events, write receipts if necessary.
  • Transfer all money to the Executive Director immediately to be deposited. If you cannot get the money to the Secretary/Treasurer or Executive Director immediately to be deposited. If you cannot get the money to either within 24 hours, deposit the money yourself, turn in all receipts from purchases made for the event. You will be reimbursed for the expenditures.
  • Maintain an updated list for all TXSD inventory.
  • Be able to store all TXSD fundraising inventory in our storage on North Lamar or have someone store the items for you. All stored items pertaining to your duty are your responsibility, regardless of their location.
  • Maintain a fundraising inventory.

Director of Adoptions

  • Responsible for overall operation of the adoption program.
  • Prepare dogs for adoption and all related paperwork.
  • Interact with those interested in adopting a pet, screen potential adopters, explain organization policies and procedures and provide general information to the public in person and by phone.
  • Direct and manage adoption staff and assure adequate staffing of volunteers;  assign duties and supervise effectiveness of volunteers who help carry out adoptions.
  • Assist in the creation of adoption promotions and marketing ideas designed to increase adoptions with the Director of Marketing.

Training Supervisor

  • Must be committed to upholding this position for 12 consecutive months (probably the most work/time consuming of all the positions).
  • Must be quick to respond and act on requests without being asked. You are on-call.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must have stress management, impeccable organization and public relation and writing skills.
  • Must think of what’s best for and the needs of the organization first.
  • Must be an incredible public representative and advocate for Texas Service Dogs at all times.
  • Work closely with the Puppy Trainers training service dogs.
  • Assist in training advice for clients’ service dogs.
  • Attend client training sessions, if needed.
  • Have extensive knowledge of positive reinforcement based dog training.
  • Work in tandem with the Training Liaison.
  • Coordinate Puppy Trainers’ schedules with Training Liaison.
  • Read and respond to semi-monthly reports and monthly letters, monitor progress and offer helpful suggestions to Puppy Trainers.
  • Jacket test and award privileges to service dogs in training.
  • Plan and lead training outings once a week and constantly evaluate each dog’s suitability for the program.
  • Conduct trainer classes and tests as well as home inspections; have the final say on a potential trainers’ skill and determine whether or not they get a puppy.
  • Notify Executive Director of dogs nearing Phase II and dogs needing “career changing.”
  • Build donations for, track and maintain puppy supply inventory

Trainer Liaison

  • Should have been a past or be a current trainer.
  • Must be level headed, reliable and organized.
  • Responsible for finding veterinary sponsors for TXSD dogs.
  • Maintain communication on TXSD’s behalf with local veterinarians.
  • Make appointments and coordinate Puppy Trainers’ schedules.
  • Make veterinary sponsor thank-you plaques for each dog.
  • Create a puppy sitter list.
  • Research and compile a list of breeders or rescues/shelters that are suitable donors for TXSD’s puppies.
  • Help Trainer Supervisors with trainer tests and outings.
  • Respond to emails from the public requesting a service dog from our organization.
  • Responsible for picking up and delivering the donated TXSD dog food and flea and heartworm medication.
  • Aid the Trainer Supervisor with various tasks and duties.

APPLY NOW

Thinking about joining the Texas Service Dogs team? Please fill out the application below and indicate which position you are interested in. We are excited to hear from you and look forward to getting to know you. Tell us a little about yourself so we can make sure you’re qualified for the job. We will get in touch with you to continue the process shortly after you submit your application.

*Currently seeking PUPPY TRAINER to begin in September!*


SUPPORT TEXAS SERVICE DOGS

Your donation enables us to raise future service dogs, equip our trainers, cover operational costs and place highly qualified, task-trained canines with disabled individuals.