Job Posting 89273

Head Trainer- Canine
Edmonton Humane Society
Edmonton area
Edmonton Humane Society, 13620 – 163 Street NW, Edmonton, AB
closing today (Wed, 30 Nov)
full time


Head Trainer, Canine Enrichment Centre

Full-Time Permanent



The Edmonton Humane Society has been an animal welfare leader in the Edmonton community since 1907. We are a safe haven for the thousands of animals in our care each year. EHS plays a key role in the Edmonton region by enriching the lives of people and their companion animals not only through our sheltering, but through our programs, services and community engagement.

The Role

As a member of the Operations team and working in the Canine Enrichment Centre, the Head Trainer will create, develop, and lead program training courses in both group and private sessions for dog owners to learn scientifically proven, positive reinforcement-based training techniques to grow and improve the lives of Canines through proper training and care.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

This position is responsible for a variety of duties as follows:


Delivering Training

  • Teach group classes and private consultations while providing applicable homework, training plans, and feedback forms;
  • Maintain Canine Enrichment Centre and other common training spaces to ensure safety and cleanliness for clients, animals, and co-workers;
  • Assess dog behaviour when required to assign dogs to the correct training class. Ensure non-aversive techniques are used during training to ensure safety and welfare of animals and clients.

Delivering Dog Behaviour and Training Methodology Classes

  • Update Dog Behaviour and Training Methodology course content as required;
  • Assist with Dog Behaviour and Training Methodology student scheduling for practical shadow experience (group classes, private consults, daycare);
  • Proctor final examinations.

Curriculum Development

  • Create and maintain training curriculum while consistently ensuring content is up to date.


  • Reply to email and telephone inquiries regarding behavior, training and Central Bark/Muddy Paws in a timely manner;
  • Maintain accurate records, training calendar, and class postings in current software system;
  • Schedule and supervisor Contract Trainers as required.



Support and Maintain EHS Member and Public Facilities

  • Maintain access codes, respond to incident reports, and keep membership database for Member-Exclusive Off-Leash Park (Central Bark) as well as the public Dog Wash (Muddy Paws);
  • Remove waste from bins and refill with new bags while ensuring park remains clean at all times;
  • Perform vaccination checks for member database base as required.

Education and Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Completion of Dog Behaviour Training and Methodology (DBTM) or equivalent

Skills and Abilities

As the ideal candidate you will have knowledge of and experience with companion animals. You have strong interpersonal communication skills including written and oral proficiency and have the ability to work in a computerized environment.

In addition, you will possess strong time management skills, the ability to work independently and as a part of a team and have exceptional customer service skills. 


Compensation: EHS offers a competitive Not-For-Profit compensation package which includes a comprehensive benefits package, and a strong work-life balance.

Hours: 40 hours a week; however, is expected to work hours as required to fulfill department responsibilities. Some evenings and weekends may be required.

How to Apply:

If you are looking for a rewarding career in an exciting fast paced environment, then we invite you to forward your resume and salary expectations, in confidence, by email to


The Edmonton Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer and we thank all applicants for submitting their resume. However, only those candidates considered for employment will be contacted.

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