We are Hiring!

Hi, I'm Lisa, owner of Dogwood Dogs. I am seeking to hire my first employee. I am expecting a baby in August of 2022 and I am looking for someone to train as an assistant during June, July and August and then take over during my maternity leave. My ideal candidate would be interested in a long term position with increasing responsibility and salary growth over time. I am seeking someone who would like to become a partner and eventually supervise other employees. Experience working with groups of dogs is a big plus, but not a requirement.


Skills necessary for the job include

  • Patience, steadiness and calm.

  • Attentiveness.

  • Ability to work independently and an inclination to take initiative.

  • A kind, gentle, positive manner.

  • A love of dogs and Pacific Northwest forests.

  • Willingness to work outdoors in all seasons and weather conditions.

  • Willingness to wash and dry lots of dirty paws.

  • Experience with or interest in learning positive training methods.

  • A sense of humor.

  • A clean driving record.

  • Good references.

Work hours and compensation

  • The work day begins at 9 am and ranges from 6-7.5 hours (shorter days in summer, longer days during the muddy seasons.) Monday-Friday.

  • Compensation will be $750 per week during assistant/training period

  • Compensation will be $1000 per week once working solo.

  • Ideally work begins June 20 (possible to start as early as 6/13 or 7/6 at the latest.)

  • Expectation for increasing salary and responsibility over time.

  • Paid sick days after 3 months and paid vacation after 6 months.

  • Vehicle, treats and all other needed materials provided.

Benefits of a Dogwood Career

  • Opportunity to spend work days in a gorgeous PNW forest in the company of dogs, woodland creatures and good people.

  • Laughter and fresh air on a daily basis.

  • Many four-legged friends.

  • Opportunity to bring your dog with you to work (if sociable and a good fit for the pack.)

  • Have independence, be treated with respect.

Interested in the position? Please email your resume and at least 2 letters of reference to:


Subject: Job opening