Step 9 of the PW Hiring Process

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1. Learn more about our rehoming center
2. Apply online
3. Complete text interview
4. Complete phone interview
5. Complete video chat
6. Complete observation hours (unpaid shadowing)
7. Complete online orientation
8. Begin paid online training
9. Begin paid apprenticeship
10. Complete paid on-the-job training and officially join the team!

We recommend coordinating your apprenticeship shifts to coincide with your online training. For example, if you are currently working through online aquatic classes, it makes the most sense to work plenty of apprentice hours in aquatics. Training hours are available every day at varying times according to which trainers are working at the time in which areas.

Depending on your learning style, you may simultaneously work through different apprenticeships in multiple areas of the rehoming center all at the same time or tackle one area at a time until completion then move on to the next. Some employees only apprentice in one area and work that same area for the duration of their employment; others develop their skills in every area and work to become trainers or roamers.

Apprentices train in three stages.

Level 1 is your first observation experience. For this first 60-90 minutes you do not clock in and do not actually do anything but observe. That first experience happens during your brief, unpaid internship in that area (what we call a zone) when you are merely shadowing to make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. You are only allowed one Level 1 observation per zone so make sure you pay close attention to what's going on so you can make an informed decision.

Level 2 begins with your first paid shift in a zone after observing. This is the beginning of your paid apprenticeship in that area. During your Level 2 shifts you clock in and are working in tandem with your trainer to learn and practice procedures. Each zone only allows a few level two shifts before you're expected to demonstrate procedural mastery.

Level 3 is when you have proven you can work independently without a trainer. Your hourly wage increases with your level of independence and ability to no longer need a trainer. Your goal is to reach Level 3 as efficiently and quickly as possible.