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Guide Dog Mobility Instructor/Guide Dog Orientation and Mobility Instructor - Adelaide, Australia

If you are a qualified Guide Dog Orientation and Mobility Instructor or Guide Dog Mobility Instructor with ideally a minimum twelve months post-qualification experience, and you have received accreditation from an International Guide Dog Federation organisation, you may be just the person we are looking for to join our team!


Since its beginnings over 60 years ago Guide Dogs SA/NT have grown and developed successful Guide Dog, Autism Assistance Dog and other therapy dog programs.  A recent redevelopment provides purpose built facilities for Breeding, Puppy Development, Training and Boarding in the heart of Adelaide.


So, what's Australia got to offer?

South Australia hosts a beautiful coast line and wonderful vineyards, it is also the gateway to some of Australia’s most iconic outback regions.  If you want to spend your weekends on the water, the city has a number of beaches great for swimming and surfing or just hanging out and watching the sunset with the locals.


Want to get up close with some Aussie wildlife? Why not take a trip to Kangaroo Island to hang out with seals, penguins, whales and dolphins and – kangaroos!  If that isn’t your cup of tea, take a day trip out of the city to the outstanding wineries of the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley or the Clare Valley to experience and enjoy some of the best Shiraz in the world. 


Adelaide is more than a seaside destination it has some hidden gems that can make living and working in the city worth the travel. Our team is still small, but we are very excited to continue to grow so we can provide guide dog mobility services in South Australia and Northern Territory. The role will be varied and interesting and you would be working with a friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated group of people. There will be opportunities for GDMIs to travel around South Australia and the Northern Territory while providing services to our clients. Collaboration with other Guide Dogs schools may provide opportunities for travel in other areas of Australia.


The Role

The Guide Dog Mobility Instructor is responsible for the competent, professional assessment and delivery of guide dog mobility services to clients with blindness or a vision impairment. The role works within the Guide Dog Services team to evaluate and match guide dog stock with consumers. In addition, this position may provide the opportunity to assist with services on the therapy dog and autism assistance dog programs.


Requirements for this role:

Assessing and training accepted dogs to a standard of readiness for allocation to clients who are blind or have low vision;

Solid understanding of the principles of dog learning, and a commitment to positive reinforcement;

Reviewing dogs for their temperamental and physical suitability and ensure the application of appropriate solutions;

A strong client and customer focus and a commitment to person centered service practices;

Work with the Client Services Team to ensure follow up and aftercare visits are carried out in a timely manner including maintaining accurate records for clients;

Working in collaboration with other highly skilled staff across our dog facilities, puppy development and Guide Dog Mobility Instructors to ensure the success of our Guide Dogs.

A commitment to live the Values and Behaviors of Guide Dogs South Australia & Northern Territory.


A competitive remuneration package is available commensurate with skills and experience, which includes tax-free salary packaging.


We are welcoming applications for this position from individuals who may require sponsorship to work in Australia and would look to provide relocation assistance to the right international candidate.


At Guide Dogs SA/NT our reason for being is to enable a lifetime of independence, participation, inclusion and wellbeing for children and adults with vision impairment or blindness, other sensory impairment and autism through the provision of Guide Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs and Therapy Dogs, specialist services and assistive technologies.


For more information please visit our website: https://www.guidedogs.org.au/current-vacancies--4


Please submit your application and resume to: job.applications@guidedogs.org.au


Applications close 30 November 2019.  Interviews can be held in Reading, UK, Adelaide, Australia or will be conducted via skype for applicant in other regions.