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Become an Apprentice Trainer

Due to the high demand we are unable to continue taking new applications for our Apprentice Trainer program at this time.

          Our mission at Starfleet Service Dogs, Inc. (SSDI) is to professionally task-train, match, and sustain service dogs to mitigate an individual’s mental or physical disability. SSDI envisions an integrated community of humans and animals helping each other to live fulfilled lives. A pivotal step in the process to progressing our dogs though our training program are our Canine Training Specialists which providing our dogs and clients with the proper knowledge.

          SSDI specializes in multi-discipline service animals. We currently combine the tasks within: wheelchair assistance, mobility work, cognitive support, medical alert & response (seizure R, cardiac A/R, respiratory A/R, and diabetic A/R), autism support, hearing/signal, and combat & non-combat PTSD.

          SSDI is looking for confident and skilled service dog trainers to enter into our Apprentice Trainer program and expand our National Training Network. This position reports to a Head Canine Training Specialist and is a paid position once the apprentice graduates to become a Canine Training Specialist.

          Our Canine Training Specialists act as the go to resource for clients and must be knowledgeable on training theory, SSDI’s standard practices, legislation, welfare, as well as the latest scientific-based research. SSDI’s core principles are respect, responsibility, education, innovation, integrity, and teamwork; all things that our Apprentice Trainers will need to posses and uphold.

          SSDI does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

          If you are interested in becoming one of our Apprentice Trainers, please send your resume cover letter, and a completed application to with the subject line reading: ATTN: TRAINING DIRECTOR: APPRENTICE APPLICATION

Starfleet Service Dogs, Inc. 501(c)(3)

EIN:  81-4216629


Phone: 301-509-6742


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