Jobs Available

Always wanted to make a difference in the world? Have a passion for animal welfare? We may have a position for you.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter seeks a highly motivated and highly personable dog trainer to join our PPAS team and assist in the continued development and growth our animal behavior program.

Ideal candidate will have:

* great customer service skills

* have reliable transportation

* be dependable, self-directed, and motivated

* ability to run puppy and adult dog training classes on a weekly basis

* ability to organize educational materials for dog training classes

* availability to meet with clients one on one, in clients home or on sight, take history of behavior issues and develop a training program based on principles of positive reinforcement

* sustain a strong focus and dedication to promoting the principles of positive reinforcement for both our animal and human clients

* knowledge of canine behavior and body language-ability to incorporate scientifically based training method.

We are looking for someone with a can-do attitude that is ready to come and forward our behavioral program’s development.

If you’d like to be considered for the position please email a resume & cover letter indicating why you’d like to be a part of the Prairie Paws team to, please also indicate why you’d make a great fit based on your qualifications and include wage requirements.

Job Location:

  • Ottawa, KS – Travel Required

Required education:

  • Dog Training Certification / Education

Required experience:

  • Dog Training: 3 years
  • Customer Service: 3 years

Compensation is based on experience. No health benefits available but mileage will be paid for travel.


Looking for a meaningful job? How about working for an animal shelter and servicing the public as a groomer?

Experienced Dog Groomer Needed:  Full time/ Commission Based Dog/Cat Groomer needed at animal shelter in Ottawa, KS. Only experienced, all breed dog groomers need apply. We are looking for an awesome, personable, upbeat, ambitious, conscientious groomer to join our team. Would prefer someone that is able to groom, shave down and bathe cats.

This is a skilled position so we require that applicants have gone to grooming school or have had extensive grooming experience and own basic grooming equipment, clippers, blades, combs, brushes and have/will properly maintain the equipment. Must be able to groom breed specific cuts, bathe, nails, and express anal glands. Prairie Paws will provide the space, table, shampoo, conditioner, a dryer, kennels, ear cleaner, styptic powder, cotton balls, etc. This is not a train on the job position. We require someone who is dependable and excels at time management and customer service skills and most importantly love working with animals and has the stamina to groom several dogs per day.

As a PPAS employee (commission based) working with the facility, the sky is the limit on how many days a week you want to work but we require a candidate who is willing to groom animals during the minimum of our 4 open days a week. Saturday hours are a MUST. Serious job seekers would need to show off their grooming skills during their interview.

Interested? Please email a detailed resume along with references, a few before and after pictures of pets you have recently groomed and let us know why Prairie Paws would be a great fit for you. No calls please.

The ideal candidate will:

Have great customer service skills

Have experience grooming a variety of breeds to standard or modified trims

Be dependable, self-directed, and motivated

Have reliable transportation

Grow grooming business

Be committed to the safety and well-being of each animal

Compensation: Up to 50% – 60% commission, based on experience

Required experience: Grooming: 3 years

Required Language: Cat & Dog

Job Type: Commission

Job Location:

  • Ottawa, KS

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

Required experience:

  • Pet Grooming: 3 years
  • Customer Service: 3 years

Part Time Animal Care Associate Position:

(possible 15 -20 hours per week) – Availability Must Include Mon, Wed, Thursdays 7:30 am – 6 pm and Saturdays 7:30 am – 4 pm. Shifts May Be Shorter on Those Days But We Are Always Looking For Experienced Candidates with Open Hours On Those Days. This Position Could Possibly Be Currently Filled But We Always Welcome Applications. 


Performs routine animal care and related duties at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter. The work –train, feed, water, groom, bathe, and exercise animals, and clean, disinfect, and repair their cages. Also play with the animals, provide companionship, and observe behavioral changes that could indicate illness or injury. Must be comfortable with the public and have amazing customer service skills. Workers carry out daily assignments, follow through on matters, and use independent judgment and training to take appropriate actions to deal with standard recurring situations.

Essential Job Functions:

Cleans kennels and performs related housekeeping duties.

Performs shelter duties including giving dog or cat tours to potential adopters. Must be able to communicate information about the individual dog or cat to the potential adopter.

Being knowledgeable about domestic animal behavior in all situations.

Able to identifiable possible changes in animal behavior and health.

Maintains proper inventory levels of cleaning and other supplies. Informs the Lead when reordering

is necessary.

Other Duties

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge of–

– The basic methods and procedures of kennel cleaning.

-Animal Behavior – dogs, cats and small animals such as rats, gerbils, bunnies, and ferrets.

– Proper Customer service techniques

Ability to–

– Deal courteously with the public.

– Transmit messages clearly on the radio.

– Handle animals safely and effectively.

– Clean kennels efficiently.

– Identify animal behavioral changes

Required Qualifications: Any acceptable combination of education, training and experience that provides the above knowledge, abilities and skills must be documented in your cover letter or on resume.

Training and/or Education

High school diploma or GED.


MUST have one year of related experience.

Valid driver’s license.

Physical Demands:

The work is performed in office and shelter surroundings. Typical positions require workers to walk or stand for long periods; lift and carry up to 70 pounds; lots of bending, reaching, holding, grasping and turning objects. Employee will work outside in a variety of weather conditions.


Work is subject to working on weekends and holidays. Hours are typically scheduled from 7:30 – 4pm or 8am – 6pm depending on coverage. Wage: $7.50 an hour, no benefits or vacation pay.

Reports to:

Lead Kennel Supervisor & Director of Operations

Serious Inquires Only. NO CALLS. Potential Hires will only be contacted if they meet the criteria outlined in this posting.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $7.50 /hour

Required experience:

Animal Care Experience: 1 year

Required education: High school or equivalent

Please send resume and cover letter stating why you would like to work at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter to  No phone calls. Serious inquires only.

We are looking for volunteers to help with our TNR Program. If interested contact

We are looking for volunteers for our Foster Program. If interested contact

If would like to volunteer at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter contact

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is a nonprofit, no kill, 501c3, private animal shelter operating in Ottawa, KS that services over 1,000 animals a year. Make a homeless pet’s life. Adopt. Be a Hero.