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Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (Qualified) - St Albans, UK

Please note: we reserve the right to close any of our vacancies early.

This is not a Trainee opportunity.

Vacancy Details


Contract Type: Permanent

Location: St Albans         

Hours: 35 Hours per week

Working pattern: Core hours of 9am-5pm Monday to Friday but flexibility required

Interview dates: To be confirmed

Salary: Starting Salary of £27,472 to £29,091 per annum


As this role requires an Enhanced Disclosure check the start date for the successful candidate will only be confirmed upon receipt of the check. 


Key information: This position is for individuals who are qualified as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, recognised by the International Guide Dog Federation. We currently have 4 vacancies for this role, and can be flexible about where the successful candidates are placed between Maidstone, London, Redbridge and St Albans.


We are welcoming applications for this position from individuals who may require sponsorship to work in the UK and may be able to assist with relocation for the right international candidate.


Are you a qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor who would like to enable people with sight loss to get out and about through their partnership with a guide dog?


The Guide Dog Mobility Instructors role is central to the delivery of the core guide dog service. As a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, you will deliver specialist services as a part of a rehabilitation programme through existing or new guide dog owner partnerships. You will provide specialist assessments and a staged mobility plan, tailored to meet personal needs and expectations in relation to guide dog mobility.  


It's a really exciting time to join Guide Dogs as we continue to roll out our Standardised Training for Excellent Partnerships (STEP) programme, which uses the principles of positive reinforcement to teach our dogs everything they need to learn to be successful and happy in their lives. 


Would you like to be part of our team?


In your application, you will need to evidence, using specific examples, how your skills and experience meet the criteria laid out in the person specification, within the Job Description below.


For more information on this role, the requirements and our benefits package, please see the documents attached below. 


How to apply: Applications can be made using the online application form. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications.  https://jobs.guidedogs.org.uk/wrl/pages/vacancy.jsf?latest=01000891


Where will you be working?


About the team Our friendly team of 28 staff work out of the St Albans office with an Outreach Mobility Team in Woodford Green. We have around 180 guide dog owners at any time. We cover Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.


St Albans St. Albans is situated in Herfordshire and is a city in the commuter belt north of London, England. It has a thriving cultural life, with regular concerts and theatre productions held at venues across the city.


Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire and Essex are amongst some of the most beautiful places to live and have the best of all worlds boasting beautiful countryside as well as some of the prettiest beaches in England. For those that enjoy a more urban lifestyle there are plenty of towns and historic market towns to choose from.


St Albans City station is served by Thameslink on a frequent and fast rail link to central London. Suburban services stop at all stations on the route, while express services are non-stop to London St Pancras International (St Albans City station to St Pancras International – 18 minutes). Trains run north to Harpenden, Luton, Luton Airport Parkway and on to Bedford.



Working at Guide Dogs


Working at Guide Dogs is much more than just a job. Through the values that guide our work, we make a real difference, and change lives. 


We believe that well-being at work is about creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows all employees to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and for Guide Dogs.


As a member of staff, we offer you a wide range of benefits to suit your individual needs. These include; 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays (rising to 28 days after 3 years' service), flexible benefits package and a defined contribution group personal pension plan. 




Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome, and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from disabled people as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invite to interview for all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.




Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.