Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

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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 Vet Technician

Job Purpose

To assist the licensed Veterinarian with the care of the GDA canines/felines.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Veterinarian, oversees that the Vet department operates safely and efficiently and that the GDA dogs in the program have their needs met in a timely manner.

  • Performs blood draws and laboratory tests.
  • Supervises the procedures that the Vet tech is able to perform.
  • Aides the Veterinarian in the diagnosis of some chronic issues that may be present.
  • Responsible to assure that results of the examination/visits are entered into the appropriate record in a timely manner.
  • Interacts with the graduates and puppy raisers for more serious issues.
  • Takes x-rays as ordered and assures that everyone’s radiation badge are updated per state regulations.
  • Keeps Vet room clean at all times.
  • Provides and oversees anesthesia administration during surgery and/or special procedures.
  • Recovers animals as needed.
  • Responsible to see that all equipment is clean, in working order and is turned off at end of day.
  • Clean countertops, tables and autoclave.
  • Assure all packs are ready for use.
  • Perform procedures as required.

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Registered Veterinary Technician, licensed to practice in California preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with canines
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to interact with all types of people/personalities
  • Experience in a non-profit environment a plus

Working Conditions

  • Multiple interruptions
  • Noise level high due to barking dogs
  • Working in a small area
  • Above average number of phone inquires

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 of time
  • Ability to use hands and arms in handling, positioning and manipulating different items and dogs.

Compensation based on experience, GDA offers excellent benefits.

Qualified applicants please send resume to kdwallace@guidedogsofamerica.org

 


Veterinary Assistant/Adoption Coordinator

Job Purpose

To assist the veterinary department staff with specific tasks relating to the care of the animals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Cleans and maintains the veterinary work area and surgical area to control the spread of disease.
  • Holds and/or restrains animals during veterinary procedures.
  • Assist the Veterinarian in examining the animals to determine the nature of the illness or injury.
  • Prepares surgical equipment and passes instruments and materials to the Vet during surgery as needed.
  • Performs routine laboratory tests or diagnostic tests such as x-rays.
  • Draws venous blood as instructed and performs routine tests as ordered.
  • Monitors animals’ recovery from surgery and notifies the Vet of any unusual changes or symptoms.
  • Administers medication and immunizations to animals as prescribed.
  • Provides emergency first aid to sick/injured animals when necessary.
  • Cleans, maintains and sterilizes instruments and equipment.
  • Evaluates career change dogs for adoptions.
  • Contacts adoptive candidates and completes the adoption process.
  • Inputs information into data base.
  • Communicates professionally with co-workers, puppy raisers and graduates as necessary.

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working with canines, preferably in a Vet office/clinic
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to interact with all types of people/personalities.
  • Familiar with Veterinary medications
  • Excellent math skills in order to prepare medications safely
  • Computer experience

Working Conditions

  • Multiple interruptions
  • Noise level high due to barking dogs
  • Working in a small area
  • Above average number of phone inquires

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 of time
  • Ability to use hands and arms in handling, positioning and manipulating different items and dogs.

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.