Animal Behavior and Training Assistant

Animal Care Programs - Behavior & Training · Hailey, Idaho
Department Animal Care Programs - Behavior & Training
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $40,000 - $52,000

Mountain Humane (in Hailey, Idaho) is on a mission to enrich the quality of life in our community by saving animals and changing lives.  We do this through innovative programs that inspire and have impact beyond southern Idaho. The first “no-kill” shelter in the state of Idaho (in 1999), annually we help more than 2,500 animals and touch the lives of more than 5,000 people through our programs. We are proud to be a model for other animal welfare organizations and to be at the forefront of best-practices in non-profit management.



The Animal Behavior & Training Assistant (ABTA), in conjunction with the Behavior & Training Manager, is responsible for the mental wellbeing of all animals within the care of the shelter. The main area of responsibility is the training and behavior modification for the in-house population, as well as conducting dog training classes for the public. Other areas of responsibility include developing and tracking an enrichment program for all shelter animals, act as support in training staff and volunteers to run enrichment programs such as playgroups, assist with the implementation and monitoring of programs intended to identify and prevent problem behavior in shelter animals, and assist in the development and teaching of training classes for staff and volunteers.

Classification: Full time, Exempt

Reports to: Animal Behavior and Training Manager

Location: Hailey, Idaho


Prefer a current certification with any of these organizations: CCPDT, KPA, IAABC, or similar, and/or an undergraduate degree in the field of animal behavior or related sciences.

Minimum of 1-year Animal training and/or behavior required.


Minimum of 1-year Animal care experience preferred.


Minimum of 1-year Animal sheltering experience strongly preferred.


Proven knowledge and practical experience in basic dog and cat training using humane, reward-based training methods.

Knowledgeable and experienced in defensive handling skills with fractious cats and large (120 lbs.) untrained, and potentially dangerous dogs.

Effective communication with patrons, volunteers and staff.

Computer literate in a Windows environment; proficient in Microsoft Office Applications and Google Suites. Familiarity with animal shelter software, Shelterluv, and volunteer software, Better Impact, preferred.

Ability to work independently, but also effectively with other departments.

Demonstrated track record with multitasking with positive results.

Exhibited flexibility and professionalism.

Must work well with the public, including children, persons of varied racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual preference, and with individuals who are differently-abled.

Should exhibit a positive attitude, common sense, flexibility, and teamwork with ability to exercise independent judgment.



  • Alongside the Behavior and Training Manager, ensure that each shelter animal is behaviorally evaluated for disposition on an on-going basis, and ensure all findings are properly documented and communicated
  • Conduct public dog training classes using reward-based training methods, that are in line with MH philosophies
  • Help implement and document individual behavior modification and training programs for shelter animals to improve behavior and increase chances of adoption
  • Provide enrichment component for individual animal plans
  • Help identify and coordinate dog playgroups for the population alongside kennel staff and volunteers
  • Work closely with volunteers to achieve maximum results from training and behavior modification plans
  • Provide pre-adoption counseling for adopters of pets with training/behavioral needs
  • Evaluate housing for all animals and make recommendations for improvements based on behavior needs of the animals to decrease stress and improve their physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Update and maintain animal files and associated data in shelter software program
  • Perform administrative tasks such as monthly statistics and behavior tracking
  • Collect behavioral histories of animals from their previous homes when necessary
  • Conduct staff and volunteer handling and training classes (involving both cats and dogs)


  • Maintain a neat and well-groomed personal appearance
  • Wear supplied uniforms and closed toed shoes during all working hours
  • Comply with all facility safety protocols
  • Assist in maintaining overall facility cleaning standards
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by supervisor


  • Indoors and outdoors, including in shelter environment with dogs, cats, pocket pets
  • Frequent interactions with children who may or may not be well-behaved, occasional contact with the public in an emotionally charged environment
  • Animal handling required; while all adoptable animals have health and behavior screening, by nature of the industry, there may be occasional exposure to dead, injured, sick, unruly, vicious, and/or dangerous animals in addition to possible exposure to parasites and infectious diseases
  • May require driving of company vehicles. Must maintain a valid driver’s license and good driving record. Drivers information will be submitted to the carrier
    • Regular use driving of company vehicles; employee’s must be at least the age of 18
    • Occasional use driving of company vehicles; employees under the age of 18 must be preapproved by the carrier
  • Work day includes walking, standing, sitting, bending, squatting, lifting (occasionally up to 50 lbs), answering telephones, and using a computer, work with a variety of cleaning agents, and work in an environment with daily changes in climate


Hours: Full Time, 40 hours/week, weekends, holiday shifts and overtime as needed


Salary: $40,000 - $52,000 depending on experience, certifications, proficiency in job tasks, and ability to teach public classes


Benefits: Mountain Humane offers a comprehensive benefits package for all full-time employees, including: generous paid time off allotment for vacation and personal reasons, 100% employer paid medical insurance for staff (with the option of upgrading the plan for a small contribution), access to a 403(b) retirement account with a 3% matching employer contribution, access to reduced cost veterinary care and pet supplies (including dog/cat food) for all employee-owned pets, a 40% discount at The Barkin’ thrift store in Hailey, and 20% off of a membership to the YMCA. Mountain Humane also provides funding for professional development opportunities and temporary financial assistance for commuting employees.


Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and levels of work performed by this position, but are not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Either employer or employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time with or without notice and with or without cause.

Mountain Humane is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Location
    Hailey, Idaho
  • Department
    Animal Care Programs - Behavior & Training
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $40,000 - $52,000