*** We are looking for an Honest, Dependable, and Dog-Loving person to join our team, walking dogs all around Vancouver, WA. This is a part-time position, starting a 2-4 days per week (6-15 hours per week) with an intention to grow to be 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, with between 18-24 hours per week. Our ideal candidate will have availability from 9:00-4:00, Monday through Friday, although we will consider candidates who have a little less availability.  ***

The Work

You will arrive at a client’s house and take their dog for a walk in their own neighborhood. Walks range from 5 minute potty breaks to 60 minute walks with one, two or three dogs at a time. We walk breeds of all sizes and energy levels.
We walk in all types of weather, so you have to be willing to get a little wet some days, and to soak up the sun on others. But the truth is that, even though it rains around here a lot, it is fairly infrequent that we have a downpour where you get soaked.
All of our works happens in Vancouver, and we never transport dogs in cars. All the walking happens in our client’s own neighborhoods. You must have reliable transportation, car insurance and be comfortable driving your car all around town.

The Pay

The starting pay is $11/hour for the first 3 months, and then bumps to $11.50 if things are going well. You will be paid for all your time from the moment you arrive at the home of the first client on your schedule until you clock out at the end of the walk with the last client on the schedule. This includes being paid for your drive time between clients.

The Hours

Each day is a little bit different. We have some clients who want their dogs walked 1 day a week, some 2 days a week, some 3, 4 or 5. The length of your work day would vary, based on need, between 3-6 hours per day.
Our busiest time of day is between 11:00-1:00, so you will almost always be working during that time. Some days you may start as early as 9:00, and other days you could work as late as 4:00. It is very rare that we have any walks that start before 9:00 or that end after 4:00.

What We’re Looking For

  • We’re looking for someone who is 100% committed to honesty in everything they do.
  • We want someone we can count on.
  • You must love dogs to do this job every day. If you don’t love dogs, you won’t love this job. If you do love dogs, you will love this job.
  • Someone who knows how to walk a dog right beside you, rather than out at the end of their leash.
  • Someone who is confident walking dogs big and small, including dogs that are easy to walk and dogs that are more challenging.
  • You’ll be walking 6-10 miles per day. That’s not easy.
  • While walking, you are also maintaining control of 1 or 2 dogs. You’ll need to have some upper body strength, especially for dogs who are still learning to not pull on the leash.
  • You need to be able to think on your feet and make good decisions.
We are looking for someone who expects to work for us for at least a year, not just a brief time.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must have reliable transportation that you can use every day
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and insurance
  • Must be available at least three weekdays from 10:00-3:00 (ideally available Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00).
  • Must be Honest, Dependable, and Love Dogs!
  • Must have some experience with dogs, and a willingness to get better in your ability to work with dogs
  • Must be in good physical condition, capable of walking 6-10 miles per day on roads and sidewalks, including going up and down hills.
  • Must be physically capable of handling larger dogs.
  • Must have a cell phone
  • Must be able to follow directions in caring for the dogs and able to use good judgment with handling dogs.
  • Must be able, with help, to navigate efficiently around Vancouver.

Want the Job? Send us an email with the following information.

1. Resume
2. Three References. Two of these should be professional references (former boss, co-worker, teachers, etc.) and not just friends. 
3. Phone number and email address so that we can contact you.
4. A couple paragraphs explaining why you want this job, including the following:
– Why do you think you’d be good at the job?
– How would you describe your physical fitness? Do you feel capable of walking 6-10 miles per day, day after day, up and down hills and around town, while managing one or two dogs?
– Our core values are Honesty, Dependability, and Love for Dogs. How do you think you exemplify those values?
– When you walk a dog, which of the following best describes you
A. I like to let the dog stop and smell the roses.
B. I’m all business, and the dog and I are going to keep a quick pace. 
C. I let the dog take me on a walk, leading me wherever they’d like to go (within reason, of course).
D. I’m the leader and the dog is the follower. The dog goes where I’m going, not wherever it wants to go.
E. Or write your own description. 
6. Feel free to share any other information with us that you think will help us get to know you and make us feel like we have no choice but to hire you!