POSITION TITLE:  Guide Dog Apprentice Instructor
Status: Full time 
Reports To:  Program Education Manager
Salary: $24.03 per hour
Overall Summary: 
Join our team and embark on a transformative journey as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Apprentice! Under the mentorship of our esteemed Program Education Manager or an expert Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, you will play an instrumental role in shaping the lives of those with visual impairments.
As an Apprentice, you will have the unique opportunity to master the art and science of training impeccable “class-ready” guide dogs and teach clients to confidently navigate the world with their new canine companions. Our hands-on program will empower you to build safe and effective guide dog teams, making a lasting impact on the lives of those you serve.
Your learning journey will span three fulfilling years, where you will be immersed in rigorous educational and practical coursework, designed to hone your skills as an exemplary instructor. Throughout your apprenticeship, you'll be evaluated through quizzes, quality assurance blindfold testing with your trained dogs, and comprehensive final exams, encompassing written, practical, and oral assessments.
With a program that surpasses the educational standards set by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International, you can rest assured that you will be receiving top-tier training that will equip you to make a real difference.
If you are passionate about making a positive impact, dedicated to continuous learning, and eager to join a supportive team that values your growth, apply to be a part of our Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Apprentice program today. Let's change lives together!

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Displays and applies emotional intelligence.
Prefer two or more years of college level courses in animal husbandry, animal science, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, orientation and mobility, or other allied fields.
Must have a valid driver’s license in good standing and be able to travel throughout the US to perform home placements or aftercare visits.
Must have authorization to work in the United States. 
Must have or obtain passport for international travel when required. 
Must be willing to attend training seminars and receive additional certifications in the assistance dog field.
Self-starter with ability to lead others and work independently.
Work weekends, evenings and holidays including overnights in student residence or on the road as needed. 
Be able to drive a car, large van, or bus and climb into a van to load and unload dogs. 

Physical Demands: 
Must safely handle a variety of large breed dogs, weighing up to 85 pounds with varying strength and manageability. Able to pick up a dog, weighing up to 85 lbs, in an emergency. Exert up to 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally and regularly exert up to 10 pounds of force. Able to withstand repetitive bending, stooping, kneeling, and squatting without stress. Able to stand, push, pull, reach overhead and bend to the floor. Able to walk a minimum of 8 miles per day without stress in a variety of weather conditions including heat and cold temperatures. Able to work dogs with different guiding speeds ranging from 2.5 mph to 4.5 mph.

Visual Acuity: 
Near acuity and accommodation are required for ability to see and read dog’s reaction to environment and distractions. Ability to watch students give physical cues to the dog and coach accordingly. Ability to read forms, documentation, and computer screen.

Hearing Ability:
Ability to interact with dog, trainers, students and volunteers either in an informal way or giving formal instruction through seminar and training exercises. Ability to hear above traffic and other outside noises.

Working Conditions: 
The employee is subject to daily outside elements including working in rain and snow, traffic, subway, train station, elevator, escalator, airport/ flying, and noise levels inside a kennel. Employee is exposed to cleaning and antibacterial solutions in kennel.  Employee is also exposed to animal dander and hair in confined areas such as vans and kennels.

Additional Information:
We offer competitive wages, a comprehensive benefits program which includes an outstanding 403(b) plan, tuition reimbursement and generous paid time off.
How to Apply:
To apply, please email your resume to Employment@GuideDog.org with the subject line, "Guide Dog Apprentice Instructor."