Join our Team!
Would you like to get paid to spend time with dogs on local trails and beaches, and cats in their homes? Doggy Lama Pet Care offers a positive-reinforcement (R+)-oriented pet care experience to support families in the East Bay (Oakland and Berkeley). The dogs we walk are carefully vetted based on individual temperament. The largest part of our business is off-leash trail hikes, and we also provide private dog walks on leash, and kitty visits in their homes. We’re looking for a few more pet-loving, responsible humans to join our team!
Hourly pay so you get paid for your entire shift (from when you walk in the door at your first client’s house) and travel time between jobs
Eligible for a raise after 90 days probation and raises and on a regular basis
Earn up to 80 hours per year of paid time off to use for sick, vacation, or personal time
Flexible work hours
Support through our office if you have issues with clients or pets or an emergency
Full-time floater to cover for you in case of sickness or when you go on vacation
Paid on-the-job training and continuing education through the Dog Walking Academy and the best positive-reinforcement dog trainers in the Bay Area
Reimbursement for mileage, maintenance, and wear and tear on your vehicle
Time and a half pay for evening/weekend and double time for holiday jobs
Starting hourly pay of $18-20 depending on experience
Walk groups of up to six stable, happy dogs in East Bay parks. You’ll never be asked to walk a dog you haven’t been trained on. We use positive reinforcement, so you won’t have to use prong collars, choke chains, shock collars, or yank on a dog’s collar to “correct” him. Instead, we ask dogs to come to us, “leave it” or “drop it” and reward them with treats, praise, and life rewards (like getting to run off leash). Get paid to spend time with happy furry friends on the trail instead of working in a cube or sitting in meetings all day!
Make a 1:1 connection with some of the sweetest Bay Area dogs (or 2:1 if both pups come from the same family). You might start your day by helping a puppy with house-training and appropriate non-bite-y play, and then direct a high-drive dog to channel her energy with a “doggy parkour” session (jumping up on and running along walls in the park). You might end your day with a limited-vision senior dog who needs help navigating the neighborhood so he can keep up on neighborhood happenings via his sense of smell. These are some of the roles our private dog walkers play in the lives of our clients.
Listen to music or NPR with the contented cats of the East Bay as you feed them, give them fresh water, and scoop their litter. Some are snugglers and want to be held and brushed; others are fierce players, (“Laser pointer, anyone?”). Our clients trust us with their beloved furry family members and we feel privileged to care for their kitties while they’re gone for the weekend or on vacation. Some kitties need meds once or twice a day and we’re fine to give oral medicine but we refer more complicated medical regimens to vet tech businesses.
Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Your resume doesn't have to reflect pet care if you haven't done that professionally, but please take the time to tell us in your cover letter about your experience with dogs and cats, whether it's professional, volunteer, or personal. We give priority to folks who have experience or education with positive-reinforcement (R+) training methods. You must have a clean driving record and pass a criminal background check. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or gender identity. We <<heart>> diversity!