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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 RENT in exchange for animal care services. At this time we cannot offer paid compensation. This is a part-time position that requires 3 days of work and allows for 4 days off per week.

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 comfortable walking 3+ miles a day

-has a tolerance for dogs barking
-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


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