Employment Opportunities


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Founded in 1948, Guide Dogs of America has long been a leader in providing guide dogs to individuals who are blind and/or visually impaired. 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 Trainer

 Job Purpose

Essential Functions:

  • 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 dogs. 
  • 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 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. 
  • Ability to travel as well as work nights, overnights and weekends as needed. 

Essential 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 long distances (@ 8 miles each day) in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift up to 60 pounds; must possess the physical strength to lift healthy, potentially strong, large breed dogs.
  • Ability to handle and control a large breed dog.  
  • Ability to exert 20 to 50 pounds of force including pushing or moving objects.  
  • Ability to stand, push, pull, reach overhead and bend to the floor.
  • Ability to wear protective gear including masks, gloves, goggles, boots.  
  • Visual acuity required to see and read dog’s reaction to environment and distractions, ability to read forms, documentation, and computer screen.
  • Hearing ability required to interact with dogs, trainers, students, and volunteers.    
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather.  
  • Working within a prison environment.  
  • Working with all sizes of dogs. 
  • Ability to tolerate elevated noise levels – barking dogs. 

Qualifications:

  • 18+ years of age 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Work well as part of a team and in a team environment. 
  • High school graduate or GED 
  • Instructors must have completed a 3-year apprenticeship under licensed instructor at an accredited guide dog school.  
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills. 
  • Ability to train a broad range of dog temperaments. 
  • Strong initiative and problem-solving skills when working independently 
  • Proficient in Microsoft, Word, Excel and Outlook. 

Qualified candidates, please send cover letter and resume tokdwallace@guidedogsofamerica.org

Nursery Technician

Job Purpose

Functions in the nursery to assist in the day-to-day care of the puppies and dogs in the Nursery.

Essential Functions

  • Help ensure a safe, humane, clean, and sterile environment for the dogs.
  • Feed, bathe, exercise, and groom dogs
  • Conduct routine health care and routine procedures when necessary, including vaccines and other medications as requested, restraining, and weighing dogs, and taking care of minor ear, wound or skin issues in accordance with GDA protocols.
  • Monitor the health and status of dogs in their care and report any concerns or changes to Manager.
  • Daily cleaning activities including cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting kennels; sweeping; steam cleaning.
  • Cleaning indoor and outdoor yards; laundry, trash, dishes
  • Organize and stock supplies as assigned, report low level to manager.
  • Supervise canine socialization and enrichment activities.
  • Volunteer Management and communication (preschoolers, huggers, housekeepers, and breeder hosts)
  • Supervise dogs when playing.
  • Draw blood, process lab results and track/analyze slides under microscope.
  • Breed dogs naturally and through artificial insemination.
  • Ability to work overtime, nights, holidays, and weekends, as needed.
  • Working indoors and outdoors in a variety of conditions and share office space.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Physical Requirements

  • Stand, walk long distances outdoors in all weather conditions, push, pull, reach overhead and bend to the floor.
  • Ability to lift up to 60 pounds; must possess the physical strength to lift healthy, potentially strong, large breed dogs. 
  • Ability to handle and control a large breed dog.
  • Ability to exert 20 to 50 pounds of force including pushing or moving objects.
  • Ability to wear protective gear including masks, gloves, goggles, boots.
  • Visual acuity required to see and read dog’s reaction to environment and distractions, ability to read forms, documentation, and computer screen.
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Working with all sizes of dogs
  • Ability to tolerate elevated noise levels – barking dogs.
  • Must be able to lift minimum of 50 lbs. and up to 70 lbs. with assistance.
  • Drive and operate safely personal automobile with clean DMVR.

Qualifications

  • High school graduate or GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • 18+ years of age
  • Work well as part of a team and in a team environment.
  • Experience working in Veterinary medicine.
  • Prefer degree in Animal Science.

Qualified candidates,  please send cover letter and resume to kdwallace@guidedogsofamerica.org

Junior Accountant (Administrative Exempt)

JOB PURPOSE

Under the direction of the Controller, maintain daily accounting tasks and provide support for accounting and other departments.

essential functions

  • Maintains accounts payable system, uploading and assigning invoices and monitoring approvals
  • Prepares daily summary of contributions and entry to general ledger
  • Maintains credit card processing
  • Assists with bi-weekly payroll, including benefits reporting and payments
  • Maintain state charity registrations
  • Assists with month end close including bank reconciliations and gathering financial data
  • Assists with financial reporting
  • Assists at occasional events on weekends or evenings, indoors or outdoors
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Physical Requirements

  • Ability to sit for long periods at a computer
  • Visual acuity required to read forms, documentation and computer screen
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of accounting or equivalent work experience
  • Proficient with Quickbooks and Excel. Salesforce and AvidXchange or other payables software desired.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • 18+ years of age
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Work well as part of a team and in a team environment

Qualified candidates only, please send resume to: deprince@guidedogsofamerica.org

Canine Development Assistant

JOB PURPOSE

Evaluate and support puppies’ progress as they develop and ensure dogs are properly prepared for recall into formal training.

essential functions

  • 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 timely reports on the success of such plans. 
  • Supports the puppy socialization program. 
  • Identifies and monitors individual puppies that display problematic behaviors. 
  • Participates in the development of dog handling manuals and videos or other educational or instructional materials. 
  • Conducts hands-on training workshops for raisers and leaders to improve their understanding of our socialization and training standards. 
  • Implements approved training and behavioral protocols by educating Area Leaders and Puppy Raisers in their use. 
  • Evaluates and monitors progress of puppies relating to desirable physical and temperament traits.   
  • Prepares written requests for releasing dogs from the program. 
  • Travels to Area Leader and Puppy Raiser homes or other locations for meetings, classes, trainings, outings, evaluations, drop-off/pick-ups, or other needs. 
  • Has the flexibility to accommodate a schedule that may include weekends, nights, and early morning meetings. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

qualifications

  • 18+ years of age
  • 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 Puppy Raisers and Area Leaders in order to give them appropriate guidance.
  • Prefer degree in Animal Science.
  • Basic understanding of canine health care.
  • Proven ability to effectively teach others in individual and group settings.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, teaching, analytical and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Work well as part of a team and in a team environment.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to bend and kneel to the floor for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs., and up to 80 lbs. with assistance.
  • Ability to push, pull, and reach overhead.
  • Ability to handle and control a large breed dog.
  • Visual acuity required to see and read dog’s reaction to environment and distractions, ability to read forms, documentation, and computer screen.
  • Hearing ability required to interact with dogs, trainers, students, and volunteers.  
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Ability to work in a kennel environment with multiple canines and tolerate elevated noise levels.

Please contact Kris Wallace at KDWallace@GuideDogsofAmerica.org


Licensed Veterinarian/Director of Animal Health

JOB PURPOSE

To provide leadership to the veterinary service programs and provide care and oversight of all GDA animals.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Responsible for ensuring operations comply with all state and federal laws regarding the practice of veterinary medicine on site.
  • Provide and/or manage professional veterinary care, including surgery, radiography and internal medicine, for dogs brought to the veterinary clinic.
  • Ensure appropriate staffing, training, retraining, monitoring, evaluation and recognition of direct and indirect reports and volunteers within the Vet department.
  • Responsible for efficient workflow, assuring timely quality care and service for all dogs.
  • Evaluate standards of care to ensure GDA is up to date with current standards.
  • Develop and manage local preferred veterinarian networks to provide the desired standard of care and services for the medical needs of all GDA dogs.
  • Establish and negotiate preferred provider rates and consistent treatment protocols for all veterinarian service providers.
  • Develop standard operating procedures and clinical protocol as appropriate.
  • Participate in strategic planning process.
  • Confer with outside veterinarians, caring for GDA dogs to assure that their recommended treatment is consistent with our protocols and other conditions, and that results are appropriately documented and reported.
  • Participate in authorizing outside veterinary care according to our policy and procedures.
  • Consult with breeder keepers, puppy raisers, graduates and dogs up for adoption concerning their dogs’ care by phone, email and when appropriate in person.
  • Update veterinary concepts through continuing education.
  • After hours emergency phone consults.
  • Manage inventory, storage systems and vendor relations to maintain an appropriate level of all supplies, drugs and equipment and tracks expenses.
  • Process invoices, expense reimbursements and other paperwork related to inventory control.
  • Manage service contracts with outside vendors, clinics, hospitals, etc.

qualifications

  • Must be a licensed Veterinarian, licensed to practice in the state of California
  • Must have 3+ years veterinary experience
  • Ability to organize, meet deadlines, delegate tasks, evaluate and supervise work force
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate with all agents
  • Ability to lead and manage change
  • Experience in a non-profit environment a plus

Working conditions

  • Clinic environment with multiple dogs
  • Works mainly indoors
  • Share office space
  • Five day workweek 9am-5pm (Saturday)
  • Some on call for emergency phone calls required

physical requirements

  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 60 lbs. and 80 lbs. with assistance
  • Must be able to stand for long periods
  • Travel maybe required

Please contact Kris Wallace at KDWallace@GuideDogsofAmerica.org





Seasonal Part-Time Cook

JOB PURPOSE

  • Under the supervision of the Head Chef prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts from the menu provided.
  • Maintain an awareness of each client’s dietary restrictions
  • Maintain a kitchen cleaning scheduled for all equipment
  • Assist in meal and menu planning, ordering and maintaining inventory of food and supplies
  • Assists with the preparation, set-up, service and clean-up of special events
  • Demonstrates high level of proficiency relating to food safety and handling procedures
  • Uses proper storage techniques when storing dry goods, including proper labeling and rotation of all ingredients to prevent food waste
  • Performs other duties as assigned and needed

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Experience in food preparation and cooking for groups of 10 or more
  2. Current ServSafe Certification
  3. Knowledge of food service standards
  4. Ability to work independently and part of the team
  5. Strong communication skills
  6. Valid driver’s license and able to be insured
  7. Able to lift up to 40 lbs and stand for extended periods
  8. Punctual and maintains a good attendance record

Please contact Kris Wallace at 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 2020 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.