Current Positions Available

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Eric Barsness, Executive Vice President, at

Puppies Behind Bars is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, socio-economic background, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

Instructors in NY State Prisons

We seek instructors to work in prison two days a week; take dogs home from prison the other three days.  Must have service dog training experience, pass background check, and live within an hour of the prisons in which we operate.  

NY State Service Dog Socializers

Pick up dogs from any of our NY prisons, take them home for 5 days and into all sorts of public places, return them to prison five days later, write reports on their behaviors. Service dog experience preferred but training will also be provided. Must be willing to hike with dogs or otherwise provide 1 hour each day of off-lead exercise.

Puppy Socializer / Whelp Supervisor

Must move into our Millerton, NY early socialization center, whelp up to six litters a year and keep the litters at the center for eight weeks per litter. Extremely reduced rent while there are no puppies at the house; no rent when there are puppies. Whelping experience, veterinary experience preferred but not necessary. Must undergo background check and make a minimum three-year commitment. Wonderful opportunity for families.

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