Join our Team! 

Are you seeking an adventure and the opportunity to be a part of a dedicated team who is building and running a sanctuary for Kaua`i's homeless animals?

The Kaua`i Animal Welfare Society (KAWS) offers a work trade position for a LIVE IN professional dog handler with strong (6+ months) experience working with rescue dogs in a shelter or rescue environment to care for our dogs and cats in partnership with two other caregivers. THIS IS A WORK TRADE POSITION, and we can offer FREE or REDUCED RENT (depending on number of days worked) in exchange for animal care services. At this time we cannot offer paid compensation. This is a part-time position that allows for time off property to work a paying job.

We are looking for someone who:
-has a strong passion for animal welfare and helping rescue animals
-finds joy everyday in working with animals
-is energetic, active, and leads a healthy lifestyle
-has strong communication skills
-is personable, self-motivated, and can take the initiative to solve problems
-consistently clean, tidy, and detail oriented
-has a desire to be a part of a growing dog and cat sanctuary
-enjoys being outdoors working and caring for animals, rain or shine (we are on 10+ acres)
-can receive direction and suggestions willingly
-has the skills and willingness to successfully resolve conflicts 

-is pleasant and respectful when interacting with co-workers, supervisor, and volunteers

-is consistently optimistic, positive, and good-natured

Daily responsibilities include:
-exercising dogs
-basic dog training
-feeding/watering dogs and cats
-cleaning dog play yards and cat litter boxes
-administering medicine
-rotating dogs in and out of play yards
-sweeping and mopping floors
-check ins with supervisor

We do not permit on property:
-Use of illicit drugs
-Smoking or vaping
-Heavy drinking
-Visitors between 5 pm and 8 am

The house is clean, freshly painted, and is simply furnished. You would have your own room and share the kitchen, bathroom, and the use of the outdoor washing machine with 3 other people.


If interested, please respond via email with your resume and a short description of how you are qualified for the position. Please send resume and contact information for 3 work references and 2 housemate references to: kauaianimalwelfare