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.


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.


Breeding Manager-Full-Time Exempt Position

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees Breeding Program staff- recruit, mentor, develop and successfully manage a team to achieve the objectives for the present and future needs the school.
  • Manage the breeding colony, including healthcare, reproduction and replacement
  • Maintains, clean and sanitizes facility including assigned vehicles/puppy development area/whelping/stud dog area/treatment area/food prep/ etc
  • Maintains all computer records using cornerstone software pertaining to breeding stock and puppies in the nursery
  • Manages/Develops the Breeder Keeper/Hosts families Program
  • Prepares annual breeding plans.
  • Designated GDA representative for ABC breeder co-op
  • Develops and oversees the nursery volunteer puppy socialization program/puppy development
  • Develops/trains/ maintains volunteer whelping teams and whelps litters as necessary.
  • Designates which stud dogs to breed to which female-
  • Collects and prepares chilled semen for shipment and/or processes incoming semen to be inseminated.
  • Draws blood and runs progesterone chemistry on dogs due to be bred and/or whelp and interprets the results.
  • Maintains records on frozen semen
  • X-rays pregnant dogs and interprets results
  • Dog grooming, bathing, transporting, bottle/tube feed as needed.
  • Maintain relationships with outside breeders.
  • Screen potential dogs/pups offered for donation to GDA.
  • Assures puppies get micro chipped and vaccinated
  • Understanding of Canine Genetics
  • Understanding of canine behavior traits in relation to genetics and their effect on a breeding colony
  • Desire to work as a team within the program related to Veterinary /Training/Puppy Program/Kennel
  • Manage a team of employees including shifts/vacation time/sick time/training
  • Monitors time clock and vacation schedule
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • High school graduate or GED
  • RVT license preferred
  • Has a good understanding of pedigrees and ability to read them
  • Knows how to collect semen from stud dogs
  • Has a basic understanding of medical problems related to breeding/whelping/neonates and stud dogs.
  • Knows how to artificially inseminate breeding females
  • Has a strong understanding of neonate health issues

Working Conditions

  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Share office space
  • Multiple distractions
  • Some overnight/weekend and holiday shifts required
  • Telephone and computer work
  • Canine Health issues with blood/organs/deaths

Physical Requirements

  • Increased bending
  • Unpleasant smells
  • Lifting 50 pounds

Direct Reports

  • Breeding Assistant
  • Nursery Technician
  • 1-2 Kennel Techs

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.