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K9 Trainer

Career Area: K9 Services
City: Moyock
State: North Carolina
Country: United States
Job Description



The Canine Trainer will be responsible for utilizing operant and classical canine training techniques to improve odor detection of previously trained and certified explosives and narcotics canines in public transit venues. The Trainer utilizes approved training methods for controlled aggression, obedience training, and other materials as necessary to improve both handler and canine performance. The Trainer also assists with preparing canines for new operational missions in new and/or evolving operating environments. The Trainer is assigned to a specific geographical region and is responsible for developing customized training programs for each canine team within the assigned region, in order to continuously improve odor detection, search techniques, operation in distracting environments and high population density venues. Training also includes weekly skills and maintenance training for the following types of detection canines Explosive Detection Canines (EDC), Narcotic Detection Canines (NDC) and Explosive Trailing Detection Canines (ETDC). 




Hourly Rate or Salary Range



  • Evaluate student progress and mentor Handlers in all areas of academic progress
  • Prepare Handler tests and evaluations to measure Handler progress and reinforce core tenants of search patters, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP’s) to ensure Handler properly deploys canine to maximize odor detection of static and mobile odor targets
  • Prepare and conduct certifications as required for NDC, EDC and ETDC
  • Develop and follow established training protocols in accordance with statements of work and standard operating procedures
  • Develop and implement remedial training programs tailored to individual Canine Handlers and/or canine EDC or NDC
  • Document training using company and/or client canine training system to include the following; weekly training, monthly summary, remedial training plans, upload video recordings of training sessions, and include details on training location(s), EDC/NDC training aids used, lessons learned, and comments regarding Handler and canine performance
  • Train and manage multiple canines through the training process, from initial training through certification and continual training of teams during deployments to facilitate continuous improvement of canine and Handler capabilities
  • Arrange operational exercises in order to replicate real life scenarios and enable canines to work independently in high population density environments with people moving to and from mass transit environments
  • Properly utilize and maintain canine training equipment to include safety equipment for canines and Trainers
  • Secure and account for canine training aids, equipment, company vehicles, canine trailers, company assets, and resources
  • Maintain the cleanliness of training areas, company vehicles, canine trailers, resources, and facilities to reduce and/or eliminate cross contamination of explosive or narcotic training aids
  • Follow standard operating procedures when conducting and performing operational searches
  • Assist when needed in instruction of new Handlers and Trainers
  • May include Handler duties, which will include maintaining a canine team certification and prepared for deployments to contract locations if required
  • Travel of up to 35% to contract locations Nationwide
  • Must be willing to operate company vehicle (during on-site training)
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum of two years of experience training canines in body born explosive detection, or Explosive Trailing Detection (ETD) methodologies
  • Canine certifications preferred, but not required, that depict previous areas of expertise with canine training, or a Canine Handler (detection) course with a certificate of completion from a credible, recognized canine detection course
  • Demonstrated experience in solving unique training problems with detection dogs and knowledgeable of how to evaluate and apply canine training principles, conditioning and standards
  • Must have and maintain a valid US drivers license and satisfactory driver record
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage time and multiple priorities to completion
  • Problem solving skills with an analytical thought process
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment




Constellis offers a comprehensive, total rewards package that includes competitive compensation and a flexible benefits package that reflects its commitment to creating a diverse and supportive workplace.

  • Medical, Vision & Dental Insurance
  • Paid Time-Off Program & Company Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Insurance: Basic Life & Supplemental Life
  • Health & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
  • Personal Development & Learning Opportunities
  • On-the-job Training, Skills Development & Certifications
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Corporate Sponsored Events & Community Outreach



Work conditions can vary from a busy training environment to fieldwork, both subject to frequent interruptions. Frequent work outside and in inclement weather conditions is required, including heat, cold, and humidity. May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration. Normal work hours are Monday-Friday 6:30 am to 3:00 pm, however some extended or weekend hours may be required, and the work schedule will vary. Travel may also be required. 




Must be able to lift and carry awkward items weighing up to 90 lbs. Requires standing for long periods of time in all weather conditions. Requires intermittent sitting, walking, running, climbing, squatting, stretching, bending, and kneeling. Requires constant use of hands and fingers to feel, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms.