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K9 Detection Instructor - Single Purpose
Title:K9 Detection Instructor - Single Purpose
Location:Anniston, AL
Division:Vapor Wake VWK9
Job Title: Canine Detection Instructor (Law Enforcement - Vapor Wake)

Summary:  The Canine Detection Instructor will instruct students in all operational phases of explosive or narcotic detection dog handling and training to include searches in buildings, vehicles, open areas, cargo, warehouses, luggage, packages, boxes, etc.  The Canine Detection Instructor will teach students in proper handling techniques of explosive detection dogs for the purpose of passing various certification requirements.  Some of the canine certification requirements are the North American Odor Recognition (NORT), the North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA), the US Police Canine Association (USPCA), Army Regulation 190-12, etc.  The Canine Detection Instructor will understand the VWK9 Training Department, Programs of Instruction (POI) and VWK9 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) used around the world in order to provide the best training and certifications.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The essential duties and responsibilities of the Canine Detection Instructor include, but are not limited to: 
  • Evaluates student progress in training and prepares course control documents;
  • Counsel’s and mentors students in all areas of academic progress implanting corrective/remedial action as required;
  • Prepare student tests and evaluations to measure student progress;
  • Utilize operant and classical training techniques to ensure the canine can detect materials as required;
  • Prepare canine teams for operational missions to include acclimation into new and various environments;
  • Develop and follow established training protocols in accordance with client Statements of Work (SOW);
  • Properly secure, handle, transport, and account for canine training aids in accordance with local laws, federal laws, and VWK9 SOPs;
  • Evaluate and document canine behavior to determine training needs;
  • Track assigned students and take responsibility for successful course implementation;
  • Maintain the cleanliness of training areas, company vehicles, canine trailers, resources and facilities;
  • Arrange operational exercises in locations such as entry control points, mock-up villages, farmland, airports, and sports arenas to replicate real life scenarios;
  • Follow standard operating procedures when conducting and performing operational searches. 
Competencies: The required competencies of the Canine Detection Instructor include, but are not limited to: 
  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data;
  • Design - Demonstrates attention to detail;
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully;
  • Interpersonal Skills – Able to foster cooperation with the client and VWK9 staff; focus on resolving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality.Gets along well with others;
  • Oral Communication - Listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions;
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; able to read and interpret written information;
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; contributes to building a positive team spirit;
  • Professionalism - Accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments;
  • Quality - demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality;
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals;
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work on time; and
  • Initiative - Takes independent actions and calculated risks; asks for and offers help when needed. 
Qualifications & Experience:  The Canine Detection Instructor should possess the following qualifications and experience: 
  • 2 - 4 years of experience as a canine handler (detection) with a certificate of completion from a credible, recognized canine detection course;
  • 2 - 5 years of experience instructing canine teams (in addition to being a handler) in various types of detection;
  • Prefer canine detection instructor training certification or course with a federal agency, law enforcement agency, military organization, or an organization with major canine detection programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in solving training problems with detection dogs;
  • Strong administrative and analytical skills;
  • Ability to focus on several projects at once;
  • Ability to stand, walk, reach, talk, hear, handle objects with hands, safely handle canines that pull at 200 lbs. impact with lifting up to 80 pounds.
  • Job occasionally requires sitting, climbing or balancing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 80 pounds.
  • Intermediate user level of computer systems; Microsoft office software (word, power point, excel, projects, outlook) and database systems, and ;
  • International travel may be required periodically (less than 15% of the time);
  • Must have a valid driver’s license. 
Physical Demands of an Instructor
  • Dynamically lift (start at floor in static position and lift through task) an actual dog, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, weighing approximately 90 lbs. to a height up to 60”.
  • Dynamically lift an actual crate, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, with or without an actual dog or a reasonable facsimile, to a height up to 60”.
  • Dynamically lift an actual 40 lbs. dog food bag up to 30” and dump into a container.
  • Dynamically push an actual crate or a reasonable facsimile, with or without an actual dog or a reasonable facsimile, on a table, desk, or other flat surface.
  • Pull on a hand held dynamometer (equipped with pull tools) to measure the maximum pull force capabilities.
  • Carry an actual dog or a reasonable facsimile weighing up to 90 lbs. for a distance of 25’.
  • Kneel (on one or both knees) and squat for a sustained period up to at least one - two minutes. 
Other Requirements:  The Canine Detection Instructor, in addition to the above listed requirements, shall:
  • Be able to create, maintain and prepare records and reports;
  • Perform tasks with minimal oversight; and
  • Identify problems, suggest solutions and respond to change with a high degree of attention to detail and foresight

Limitations and Disclaimer: The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.

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