Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Join Our Team

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.


Full-Time Kennel Technician

GDA is looking for a highly motivated and responsible Kennel Tech to join our team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for running, bathing, feeding, exercising, and grooming dogs in Dog Care.
  • Responsible for providing enrichment for our dogs in Dog Care and ensuring a safe and humane kennel environment.
  • Responsible for daily and other scheduled cleaning activities.
  • Participates in socialization activities and interaction evaluation to reduce kennel stress on dogs in a pack environment.
  • Assists with canine health care and routine procedures when necessary, will be required to administer medicine to dogs and assist clients with medications and or giving medication instructions to clients.
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean sterile and well working kennel environment.
  • With training must be comfortable operating the following machines, pressure washers, steam cleaners, floor buffers. Must be able to comply with wearing all protective gear while operating equipment. Face mask, goggles, respirators, boots and gloves and other equipment and or protective gear assigned by kennel manager.
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Three to six months previous related experience in dog care and in cleaning and maintenance preferred. Fast paced quick learner with oral and written duties.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be able to stand for long periods of time, lift up to 80lbs and bend frequently.
  • Must maintain an open & flexible availability- Holidays & Weekends are required.
  • Be a team player and have excellent communication skills.

GDA has an excellent benefits including one of the top pension plans in the United States, medical, dental, vision, life and a 401k option.

Qualified applicants: Please send resume to KDWallace@GuideDogsofAmerica.org.

 


Nursery Technician-Part Time

Job Purpose

Assists in the nursery with the day to day care of the newborn puppies and breeding dogs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide safe care to the animals.
  • Provide water, food and meds to all dogs per protocol.
  • Administer vaccines and other medications as requested.
  • Weigh all dogs per protocol.
  • Draw blood, process lab results and track/analyze slides under microscope.
  • Monitor the health and status of the puppies in their care.
  • Breed dogs naturally and through artificial insemination.
  • Report to Breeding Manager any changes in the dogs’ condition.
  • Clean and sanitize all kennel runs daily per protocol to control the spread of disease.
  • Organize and stock supplies as assigned, report low level to manager.
  • Bathe and walk dogs as needed.
  • Supervise puppies when playing with other puppies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • High school graduate or GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Past experience working in Veterinary medicine
  • Prefer degree in Animal Science

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

Hours

  • Friday & Saturday 8-430
  • Sunday& Monday 4-9:30

Schedule subject to change

Physical Requirements

Must be able to lift minimum of 50 lbs. and up to 70 lbs. with assistance

Qualified applicants: Please send resume to KDWallace@GuideDogsofAmerica.org.


Trainer Mobility

 Job Purpose

Responsible for the assessment and training of guide dogs. Matching trained guide dogs with clients who are blind or visually impaired and providing training to ensure safe, effective, independent mobility.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Follows GDA techniques for dog care and kennel maintenance.
  • Consistently provides an entire string of specially trained dogs to be partnered with clients.
  • Trainers will provide clear and accurate reports on the progress of their assigned in-for-training dog. Implements and organizes the training for students in class and effectively teaches students to utilize their guide dog. Guides Apprentice instructors in all aspects of class work and teaching students in the use of their guide dog. Applies GDA training techniques and the correct procedures for documenting their dogs’ progress, giving class lectures and students critiques. Provides assistance in the class setting by staffing overnight Dorm duty, which includes assisting students with general instruction, dog care and matters that arise. Managing any critical situations requiring immediate intervention, and reporting incidents to class instructors. Conducts effective graduate follow-up visits, applicant interviews and graduate assist.

Qualifications

  • High school graduate or GED
  • Instructors must be a qualified GDMI
  • Insurable driving record
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills
  • Ability to train a broad range of dog temperaments
  • Strong initiative and problem-solving skills when working independently

Working Conditions

  • Increased noise-barking dogs
  • Working with all sizes of dogs
  • Indoor and outdoor in all types of weather
  • Able to work weekends, evenings, holidays and spend nights in the Dorm

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 lbs. and 70 lbs. with assistance
  • Must be able to bend, squat, stoop, etc.
  • Ability to walk up to 8 miles each day

Qualified applicants: Please send 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 70 years.

Guide Dogs of America is a Four Star Charity of Charity Navigator and a “Best” award recipient of the Independent Charities of America and earned the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guide Star. 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 and Assistance Dog International.