|We are looking for people to come and join
Are you interested in working with dogs and with
people to help clear the path for a rescue GSD to find his true Forever
Family? Are you ready to feel the joy of being involved in the perfect
placement of a great dog with a loving, deserving family? Or are you
thinking about how great it would be if you could get more involved in
helping GSRNE evaluate and take in new dogs and work with them? Or does
helping foster homes and foster dogs "be all that they can be" sound
attractive to you? Or would you like to help "save the day" by organizing
transports for dogs? If so, please read the following job openings in GSRNE
and contact the listed person for more information.
All positions involve a training period and lots
of support from the current team.
There are many other jobs that we can use help with. Many of
these don't take a lot of time, just someone dependable that can give some
time as needed. Please drop us a line if you can help us!
1.) Assistant Foster Home Coordinators
We'd love to have a number of people working in
this capacity, in different areas of New England. This job involves working
directly with both the dogs and with foster home people. This job is one of
the most "hands-on" parts of GSRNE and can be very satisfying work as you
watch "your" foster dogs blossom and your foster homes develop dog handling
skills! This is where you can make a *major* difference in the life of a
dog, and in the life of the foster homes caring for those dogs.
You understand the basics of dog behavior and can help foster
families with a foster dog's basic issues. You enjoy working with dogs and
making incremental improvements in their behavior. We prefer that you have a
basic grounding in dog behavior, but you don't have to be anything of an
expert. GSRNE will provide guidance, guidelines, and backup support for you
to help "your" foster homes and continue to learn at the same time.
enjoy teaching people and look forward to enhancing their "dog knowledge" as
foster homes. This is what ensures the success of each dog, after all! You
like demonstrating and explaining to people how to work with a dog, you like
people and dogs, and you enjoy training challenges as they crop up. You
understand that different types of people sometimes need different
approaches to learning how to handle the varying temperaments and activity
levels of GSDs.
to talk with people in person and on the phone (and possibly in email, too).
You look forward to chatting with foster homes about their dogs on a regular
basis, offering suggestions and help, perhaps meeting them and working with
them on their foster dog occasionally.
does involve some travel once in awhile, so you need a vehicle that works.
We'd like to set up Assistant Foster Coordinators regionally so that travel
is kept to a bare minimum, however. Travel involved is sporadic, not
constant: it could be taking a dog from our intake facility to his new
foster home to help him settle in; perhaps sometimes visiting a foster dog
at his foster home to demonstrate some techniques to work on; or perhaps
attending an adoption visit for that dog with the foster home.
would review regular progress reports on your foster homes and their dogs -
you need to be interested in how your foster dogs are doing, and be willing
to share the information with the Foster Home Coordinator (FHC) on a regular
basis via email or phone. You would be reporting on all behavior work you're
doing, providing updates on each dog, asking questions and learning new
techniques from the FHC to try, etc. We'll be working together to help make
each dog as adoptable as possible.
work with the Adoption Coordinators, the Dog Intake Coordinator, and the Dog
Transport Coordinator to help facilitate both ends of the rescue process,
between Intake to Adoption.
have email and telephone access for this position.
This position is one of the best ways to become
immersed in dog behavior work and hone your skills with humans, too. You
will get to know the working team of GSRNE very well. Your dog knowledge
will expand exponentially as you gain hands-on experience in working with
different kinds of dogs and different kinds of people. While it may sound
like a lot, the interesting part of this is that most people do this
part-time, on a regular schedule, while working full-time. Ideally, you'd
have only 1-3 foster homes to work with at a time, and can concentrate
clearly on just your group of dogs/foster people.
Contact Jeannie McMahon
email@example.com to discuss this opening
Assistant Adoption Coordinator
job involves you in the heart of the Adoption process! As part of the
Adoptions team, you will be one of the main faces representing GSRNE and you
will work with a number of different departments in the group. You'll
be doing hands-on work with people waiting to adopt and people actively in
the adoption process. This job has huge rewards of seeing our dogs matched
to people who dearly want a new GSD in their lives. You will see firsthand
the magic of when a dog finds their forever people! It helps to have
a strong background in GSDs and their varying temperaments and needs. You
also should like to give advice and help people resolve any potential
problem that might crop up. Of course, you can depend on lots of guidance
and support from GSRNE!
This is a telephone-oriented position. You will be speaking on the
telephone with our adoption applicants at various stages of the adoption
process to update them on progress, find out more information from them, and
set up adoption visits. This role is very important! You will need to have
some dedicated time each week to do this, and it really helps if you like
talking with people, especially about their dogs. Good listening skills are
Assist in making adoption matches, organizing adoption
applications, coordinating your parts of the Adoption effort, etc.
Work with the Foster Home Coordinator to help match dogs to
Facilitate a smooth adoption process for our applicants.
Interviewing skills are a big plus, if you have them. If you enjoy
interviewing people ("interviewing" like Barbara Walters does, not like for
a job interview), this is a fascinating job. Finding out what makes a dog
right for a family is fun, and it is important.
Attend adoption visits at the foster home to see if the rescue dog
and potential adopters are the right match! You will need to be an observant
person in these situations to be sure that excitement over a possible
adoption doesn't lead to shoehorning the wrong dog into the wrong family.
· Prepare adoption materials, explain the adoption contract, provide
dog leadership training to new adopters and give advice on how to integrate
their new rescue dog into their homes.
· Follow up with your adopters to ensure the adoption is successful.
Some infrequent travel is necessary to foster homes for adoption
visits. You can choose whether to have adopters come to you for contract
signing meetings or to travel to their homes.
There is training available for this position, and other GSRNE
Adoption team people will be available to you for questions and guidance as
You must have email and telephone access for this position.
Contact Jeannie McMahon
firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this opening
We, of course, have many other volunteer
opportunities, but we REALLY need help with the above jobs. Many
hands lighten any load and quite frankly, we need YOUR input and support
now. Every person counts!.
Please think about donating some of your
precious time to help save needy German Shepherd Dogs.
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