We are always on the look-out for just the right person to join our team. And there are other things to do besides dog handling.
We usually operate as a team of three, dog, handler and flanker. Flankers provide support services to the K-9 handler, things like navigation, communication and they provide an extra set of eyes looking for clues like foot prints, clothing, cell phones, discarded food wrappers, anything that might help find the lost person. They help handlers watch the dog for changes in body language that indicate the presence of scent. Flankers know their dogs almost as well as the handlers do. They have all the other training that handlers have as well: navigation, survival, first aid, crime scene preservation, clue awareness. Some flankers also specialize in man-tracking or sign-cutting. We provide most of the training on-team. Additional certification and testing provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and National Association for Search and Rescue.
Perhaps your days of slogging through the woods are past. Maybe you like being at the center of things. Eagle Valley Search Dogs is seeking a communications officer. Our ideal communications officer would have some background in coordination and communication. This job isn’t just for experienced dispatchers or ham radio enthusiasts. Any job that has involved coordinating several people’s activities in real time could do this for example office receptionist or restaurant expediters.
SOCIAL MEDIA GURU/PUBLICIST/TEAM HISTORIAN:
We need someone who is an expert with blogs, twitter, rss feeds, you-tube etc. and who has a passion for what we do. Today, more than ever, if you do not have a web presence you don’t exist. Is there a dog loving, adventursome, talented blogger out there who wants to join our team?
Of course, more dogs and handlers are also welcome. Training is provided free of charge if you qualify. Free testing and certification is through the New York Federation of Search and Rescue Teams. Training for additional certifications through National Association for Search and Rescue and International Police Work Dog Association also available.