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.


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.


Manager of Training

Job Purpose

To assure the facility’s training program and puppy development continues to meet the needs of the organization and the students with successful guide dogs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the training and canine development departments are adequately staffed and supervised for dog, client, and staff training and organized to assist with home interviews, student instruction, graduate follow-up, and other ancillary functions.
  • Develop and implement staff education and training related to raisers, clients, dogs, and instructors encompassing modern technology, training procedures and employee development to foster a high level of excellence.
  • As an active member of the Admissions Student Selection Committee, make recommendations regarding student acceptance.
  • Ensure sufficient dogs are available for training and class and that quality standards are consistently followed in the final blindfold testing for all class-ready guides.
  • Ensure and supervise the care and welfare of all dogs under the Training and Canine Development departments.
  • During class, oversee decisions concerning the final status of all individual student teams.
  • Assist in the preparation of all assigned departments, budgets and monitor costs throughout year.
  • Undertake performance reviews, recruiting, and discipline as necessary.
  • Adheres to our organization’s safety policies and procedures and encourages others to do the same. Promptly reports incidents and accidents according to campus procedures.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • High school graduate or GED
  • Qualified guide dog instructor.
  • Experience working with canine service organizations
  • Experience in non-profit environment a plus

Working Conditions

  • Must be comfortable working outdoors in all types of weather
  • Must be able to walk long routes
  • Some weekend, evenings and overnight work required

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 lbs. and 70 lbs. with assistance

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.


Full Time Kennel Technician

GDA is looking for a highly motivated and responsible Kennel Tech to join our team. This position is a Full Time Kennel Tech, current shift Sun-Thursday 1:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

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.

Salary begins at $12.00 per hour with a gradual increase based on a contractual pay scale, GDA has an excellent benefits including one of the top pension plans in the United States, medical, dental, vision, life and a 401k option.
If interested please submit a 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.