• Canine-Assisted Leadership Crewmember, Upper Rio Grande Region Fall 2018 – Summer 2019 (Taos)

    Job Locations US-NM-Taos
    Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/7/2018 12:44 PM)
    Temporary Part-Time
    USD $3,000.00/Yr.
    USD $3,000.00/Yr.
    Targeted Job Start Date
    End Date
    # of Openings
    Service Term Length (Hours)
    Minimum Time Members must serve at least 300 hours
  • Overview



    8 youth eligible for NM Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Pre-Employment Training Services (see eligibility requirements below under “Qualifications”) will be recruited to this part-time crew located in Taos to help train Assistance Dogs of the West’s (ADW) service dogs in training. These dogs will go on to be service dogs for people with disabilities, or be working dogs providing comfort after crisis or in courthouses. Student Trainers will also provide community outreach about service dog etiquette, laws, and disability inclusion, and be day camp counselors for a 3-day leadership retreat in Taos for young children with disabilities.


    All Student Trainers will receive personal and professional development trainings such as American Red Cross® First Aid and CPR (for humans), Pet Tech First Aid and CPR (for dogs), self-advocacy skills, public speaking skills, resume writing, and much more.  Training service dogs is a challenging work experience, where clear communication, leadership, empathy, patience, and consistency are all required. These are skills that generalize to future employment, education, and healthy adult relationships, no matter what career you choose.



    Crew members will work either on Crew A or Crew B during the 2018-19 school year, with each crew working 5 hours per week. Both crews will then work together through the months of June and July July, 2019, working three consecutive 5.5-hour days. Every crew member will be required to work at least 300 hours to successfully complete the program, and to earn the AmeriCorps Education Award.

    * Schedule may need to change over the course of the year in order to ensure each crewmember earns 300 hours of service within the allotted time


    Start Date


    School Year Schedule

    Summer Schedule:

    May 28 to July 25, 2019

    Crew A: After School

    Saturday, September 8

    Crew Orientation

    Thursdays, 3:30-6:00


    Fridays, 3:30-6:00

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 9:00-3:00



    Day Camp for Kids with Disabilities: Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June

    2019, dates TBD, plan on full work days



    Graduation: July 25, 2019


    Crew B: Saturdays

    Saturday, September 8

    Crew Orientation

    Saturdays, 9:00-2:30



    This is a 300-hour AmeriCorps position,  Crewmembers will receive a living allowance every two weeks, earning a total of $3,000.00 (pre-tax) over the course of their service term and a $1,252.91 Education Award upon successful completion of the 300 hour term of service, to be used for further education expenses and tuition.




    • Work hard on all projects as part of a team
    • Actively participate in daily check-ins and educational training sessions
    • Maintain safe work environment to ensure both physical and mental health
    • Comply with production and quality work standards
    • Maintain a positive and professional attitude                                                                                                                             
    • Be willing to reflect on your experience and share feedback in a group setting
    • Develop obtainable goals for your transition into further education, employment, or service
    • Comply with all RMYC rules and policies and not participate in any prohibited activities as described in the member contract.





    • 17 – 22 years old
    • Enrolled in a high school program (non GED) during the term of service
    • Have a barrier to employment, as defined by this crew’s partner, the NM Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; must be able to provide documentation of this such as: an Educational Diagnostic Evaluation (or an IEP) within the last 3 years signed by the school diagnostician; Medical reports from an MD; or diagnosis from a licensed clinical therapist, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist


    • Strong work ethic
    • Willing to commit to term of service outlined above, including flexibility in adhering to reasonable schedule changes.
    • Ability to respond to verbal direction
    • Ability to work with large dogs (average 65 pounds) that have unpredictable behavior
    • Able to work in a supervised environment with other people
    • Ability to communicate with supervisor and coworkers, verbally, non verbally, or with assistive technology


    Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Assistance Dogs of the West are equal opportunity employers and does not discriminate against any individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual preference or disability. RMYC is a drug free workplace.  All RMYC positions dependent upon funding availability.


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