Employment Opportunities

Founded in 1948, Guide Dogs of America has long been a leader in providing guide dogs to blind and visually impaired individuals. Regardless of where you work at Guide Dogs of America, you will contribute to fulfilling our mission. We recognize and support employees’ efforts to develop, expand their knowledge, improve their skills, and assume added responsibility. Yet, the greatest reward comes from knowing that you have a role in assisting blind and visually impaired individuals pursue their goals of greater independence and mobility.


Canine Development Assistant

Sylmar, Calif.

Job Purpose
Evaluate puppies’ progress as they develop, and ensure that there are enough dogs properly prepared for recall into formal training.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Evaluates behaviors of individual puppies and dogs as assigned or otherwise identified
  • Develops behavior modification plans for puppies/dogs as needed
  • Personally applies or assigns the plan and recommended techniques
  • Evaluates, tracks and reports on the success of such plans
  • Supports the puppy socialization program
  • Identifies and monitors individual puppies which display problematic behaviors
  • Participates in the development of dog handling manuals and videos or other education materials
  • Conducts periodic hands-on training workshops for raisers and leaders to improve their understanding of our socialization and training standards
  • Implements newly approved training and behavioral protocols by educating leaders and the raisers in their use
  • Prepares written requests for career change, neuter, and evaluations
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • High school graduate or GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in dog obedience or handling, knowledge of behavioral modification techniques, and the corresponding ability to read and evaluate raisers and leaders in order to give them appropriate guidance
  • Proven ability to effectively teach others in individual and group settings
  • Degree in Animal Science preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal presentation and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet set deadlines

Working Conditions

  • Working in a kennel environment with multiple canines
  • Work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather
  • Increased noise
  • Interactions with all types of people/personalities
  • Must undertake road trips, air travel up to 50% of the time, and to accommodate a schedule that includes weekends, nights and early morning meetings
Qualified applicants please submit resume to: kdwallace@guidedogsofamerica.org

About Guide Dogs of America

At Guide Dogs of America, all of our volunteers, donors, clients and staff share a belief that we don’t just train guide dogs, we inspire others to live their lives. Guide Dogs of America places more than 50 dogs each year, serves more than 300 graduates across the U.S. and Canada and has been enriching the lives of others for more than 65 years.
Guide Dogs of America is located in Sylmar, CA a suburb of Los Angeles. Southern California living offers something for just about anyone. Close to beaches and skiing, Disneyland and Universal Studios, 7 professional sports franchises, world class universities and colleges and so much more.

Guide Dogs of America is a “Best” award recipient of the Independent Charities of America. Our guide dogs are provided at no cost to our clients and our program receives no federal, state or local government funding. Guide Dogs of America is an accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation, the California State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind and Assistance Dog International.

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