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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.