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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.

Kennel Technician-Part Time

Reports to:

Kennel Manager / Breeding Manager

Job Purpose:

Assists in the day-to-day care and oversight of GDA/TLC dogs.

Essential Functions:

  • Help ensure a safe, humane, clean and sterile environment for the dogs.
  • Feed, bathe, exercise and groom dogs.
  • Assist with canine health care and routine procedures when necessary, including administering vaccines and other medications as directed, 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 and report any concerns or changes to manager.
  • Assist with canine socialization and enrichment activities.
  • Daily cleaning activities including: cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting kennels; sweeping; cleaning indoor and outdoor yards; laundry; trash; dishes.
  • Organize and stock supplies as assigned and report low levels to manager.
  • Supervise dogs when playing in “community” with other dogs.
  • Indoors and outdoors in all types of weather
  • Increased noise-barking dogs.
  • Working overtime, nights, holiday, and weekends, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time, indoors and outdoors in all types of weather
  • Ability to bend and kneel to the floor for extended periods of time
  • Ability to handle and control a large breed dog
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs., and up to 80 lbs. with assistance; must possess the physical strength to lift healthy, potentially strong, large breed dogs
  • Ability to exert 20 to 50 pounds of force including pushing or moving objects
  • Ability to push, pull, and reach overhead
  • 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
  • Working with all sizes of dogs
  • Ability to tolerate elevated noise levels – barking dogs
  • Working in a kennel environment with multiple dogs
  • Interactions with all types of people/personalities

Qualifications:

  • 18+ years of age
  • High school graduate or GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Basic understanding of canine health care
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft, Excel and Outlook.
  • Prefer experience in Veterinary software ex: Cornerstone
  • Work well as part of a team and in a team environment

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

Puppy Program Coordinator

Job Purpose:

Manage the volunteer Puppy Raiser population, including Puppy Raiser recruitment, orientation and support, puppy placement, communication with program departments, increasing public awareness, and supporting Area Leaders.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain adequate supply of carefully screened Puppy Raisers who will maximize the success of puppies in the program.  This includes continual recruitment of Puppy Raisers, handling inquiries from potential Puppy Raisers, reviewing incoming applications, and conducting or delegating interviews, assessments and home screenings to determine suitability as a Puppy Raiser.
  • Develop and hold orientations for all Puppy Raisers prior to receiving their puppy
  • Onboarding new volunteer Puppy Raisers, placing puppies and coordination of puppy pick up day.
  • Provide Puppy Raisers with follow-up and supplemental information via newsletters, emails, social media and/or phone calls to ensure they have adequate information and understanding of GDA Puppy Raiser responsibilities and GDA Puppy Raising guidelines
  • Re-home dogs to appropriate homes as needed in collaboration with Canine Development Manager
  • Coordination and training of Area Leaders, including plan and conduct a yearly Area Leader training
  • Attend monthly Puppy Raiser meetings on a regular rotation
  • Coordinate, schedule, and attend regular fundraising, public speaking events and community outreach
  • Maintain accurate up to date records of Puppy Raisers in database management programs including Salesforce and Cornerstone
  • Manage and handle puppy sitting requests in emergency situations
  • Handle and plan the IFTs including catering, certificates, and notices regarding which career track the dog will be selected for
  • Attend graduations, notify Puppy Raisers of dogs graduating in a timely manner, hold a meeting prior to graduation with Puppy Raisers with dogs graduating, prepare certificates
  • Notify Puppy Raisers of dogs being career change, track change, retired and deceased  
  • Manage inventory of supplies for department
  • Travel, nights and weekends required
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time, indoors and outdoors in all types of weather
  • Ability to bend and kneel to the floor for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift 50lbs., and up to 80 lbs. with assistance; must possess the physical strength to lift healthy, potentially strong, large breed dogs
  • Ability to exert 20 to 50 pounds of force including pushing or moving objects
  • Ability to push, pull, and reach overhead
  • 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 tolerate elevated noise levels – barking dogs
  • Working in a kennel environment with multiple dogs
  • Interactions with all types of people/personalities

Qualifications:

  • 18+ years of age
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable
  • High school graduate or GED; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Management experience preferred
  • Multi-tasking and organizational skills a high priority
  • Experience recruiting and managing high volume of volunteers highly desired
  • Basic understanding of canine behavior and health care
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent presentation, teaching and public speaking skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Excel, Word), SharePoint, Cornerstone, and experience with CRM database management programs such as Salesforce preferred
  • Work well as part of a team and in a team environment

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

Registered Veterinary Technician

Job Purpose:

Under the direction of the Veterinarian, help ensure that GDA’s Veterinary Department operates safely and efficiently and that all dogs have their needs met in a timely and competent manner. 

Essential Functions:

  • Performs venipuncture, catheterizations, laboratory tests, fluid therapy, and other supportive care for patients of the Veterinary Department 
  • Takes radiographs and maintains digital files for patients in the system. Also prepares x-rays for OFA and Penn Hip assessments
  • Assists the Veterinarian in the treatment of dogs
  • Maintains anesthesia in patients during procedures and manages patient recovery
  • Maintains inventory and medical supplies
  • Maintains radiology badges according to state requirements
  • Sterilizes instruments, surgical gowns, and equipment for surgical and dental procedures
  • Supervises the Vet Assistant in the performance of procedures as directed by the Veterinarian
  • Responsible for proper and timely medical record keeping and data entry for patients
  • Assists team members with handling phone calls, emails, scheduling, restraining dogs, dispensing medications and other tasks as needed
  • Responsible for ensuring that all equipment in the Veterinary Department is maintained in proper working order, is cleaned on a regular basis, and is turned off at end of day as needed
  • Cleans countertops, x-ray area and equipment, surgery suite, sinks, and floors in the Veterinary clinic and maintains a clean and professional appearance 
  • Assists the team in cleaning recovery room as needed
  • Performs procedures as directed by the Veterinarian
  • Working weekends, nights, holidays, and/or early mornings may be required  
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and up to 80 lbs. with assistance
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to use hands and arms in handling, positioning, and manipulating different items and dogs
  • Ability to push, pull, reach overhead, bend, and kneel
  • Ability to wear protective gear including masks, gloves, goggles, boots
  • Visual acuity required to see and read dog’s behaviors, printed documents, and computer screen
  • Hearing ability required to interact with dogs, staff, clients, and volunteers  
  • Ability to work in a kennel environment with multiple dogs
  • Ability to tolerate elevated noise levels
  • Ability to tolerate multiple interruptions
  • Ability to work in small areas

Qualifications:

  • 18+ years of age
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Registered Veterinary Technician, licensed to practice in California required
  • 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
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365, SharePoint, Outlook, Excel; experience with veterinary software such as Cornerstone a plus
  • Multitasking and organizational skills a high priority
  • Detail oriented with the ability to prioritize
  • Experience in a non-profit environment a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Work well as part of a team and in a team environment

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

Full-Time Trainer

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 to: 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






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 2022 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.