Canine Handler - Guard

GardaWorld Federal Services (


  full-time   employee


Position: Canine Handler - Guard (CHG)
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
FLSA Status: Full Time

Position Summary: The Canine Handler - Guard (CHG) is responsible for the recognition of IED's and explosive materials and ensuring the safety of all personnel while assigned to their area of duty.

Essential Functions:

  • Detect explosive materials and devices
  • Prevent the unauthorized introduction of explosive devices or matter
  • Maintain K9 training records to meet contract requirements
  • Perform other functions as directed by the Government

Non-Essential Functions:


  • Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned according to the needs of the customer/client


Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A

Teleworking: No

Travel: Yes

GardaWorld and family of companies is an EOE
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program


Crucial Requirements and Abilities:

  • The contract requires you to be a U.S. Citizen - must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Level Security Clearance
  • Certified in accordance with North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), national/State/provincial military or law enforcement agency standards as a working K9 Handler.
  • A minimum of:
    • Two years of service as a Military or Law Enforcement K9 Handler
    • One additional year of security-related experience.
    • Experience can be gained in the employ of any national, State/Provincial, Local or commercial entities providing high threat protective services
  • Able to recognize K9 diseases, be familiar with hygiene requirements, and know the physical condition of the K-9
  • English language proficiency (minimum Level III)
  • All K9 Handlers will have completed a minimum 3 hours block of instruction to include:Recognition of IED's and explosives materials - This block will be both generic and specific to their country of assignment.
  • Safe explosive handling/ Explosives storage protocols/ Explosives transportation protocols
  • Training in protocols to preclude cross contamination of explosive odors used in training and testing
  • Testing procedures as required by the client, Phase 1 and Phase 2 Testing
  • Phase 1 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms Odor Recognition Test (NORT)
  • Phase 2 North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) certification test
  • Obtain and maintain weapons qualifications
  • Must successfully pass all required courses specified by the client


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability and willingness to work in hostile and conflict environment
  • Exercise sound judgment in all areas of responsibility
  • Ability to maintain effective communications with individuals and agencies from diverse cultures and backgrounds including U.S. Government, host nation government and law enforcement
  • Maintain effective professional relationships with employees and outside individuals and agencies
  • Ability to understand and successfully handle various operational issues


Physical Demands: The physical demands listed below, though not fully inclusive, must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be able to remain in a stationary position for a long period of time. The employee is frequently required to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise.