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Guide Dog Trainer, Adelaide, Australia

Job Title:

Guide Dog Trainer

Organisation Name:

Guide Dogs SA.NT


Adelaide, Australia

Contact at organisation:

Daniel Hyde, Dog Services Manager


$63,500 per annum (AU) plus superannuation and salary packaging

Job Type:

Full time

Phone Number:

011 61 8 8203 8333


251 Morphett Street Adelaide




South Australia



Postal Code:






Brief Job Description:

Apply your skills as a qualified Guide Dog Trainer to make a difference for people living with vision impairment, and their families. Join the team at Guide Dogs SA/NT and enjoy a rewarding role based in one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Job Description:



We have a unique opportunity for a qualified Guide Dog Trainer working within our growing team of specialists. Essential requirements include a recognised qualification in Guide Dog Training, as well as an understanding of canine temperament and their developmental process and a proven ability to train guide dogs.

About the role

As a Guide Trainer, you will be responsible for training and assessing the suitability of our training dogs/puppies for the Guide Dogs program against Guide Dogs SA.NT and International Guide Dog Foundation (IGDF) standards.

This role also supports and supervises Guide Dog stock and works closely with the Guide Dog Mobility Instructors and Puppy Raising Advisors. In addition, you will assist with the ongoing education of our puppy raising volunteers, including involvement in regular handling sessions.

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

About you

Ideally, you will be self-motivated and committed to building positive working relationships with your colleagues, clients and the community. This role will best suit someone who enjoys the variety and end-to-end service provision a small school has to offer.

Requirements for this role:

  • Post-qualification experience as a Guide Dog Trainer, accreditation from an International Guide Dog Federation organisation, and a current driver’s licence;
  • Assessing and training accepted dogs to a standard of readiness for allocation to clients with a vision loss;
  • Solid understanding of the principles of dog learning, and a commitment to positive reinforcement;
  • Reviewing dogs for their temperamental and physical suitability in collaboration with Guide Dogs Mobility Instructor and Dog Services Supervisor, ensuring the application of appropriate solutions;
  • A strong client and customer focus and a commitment to person-centered service practices;
  • Assisting with interview and home inspection process for volunteers to assess suitability for boarding roles;
  • 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 Behaviours of Guide Dogs South Australia & Northern Territory.

For a complete description of the role’s key responsibilities and requirements, please review the Position Description.

About Guide Dogs SA/NT

We put our clients and their families at the heart of everything we do. Every day, we empower our people to find the solutions that will make the biggest differences to achieve independence, participation, inclusion and wellbeing. We know that no two journeys are the same. So we work side-by-side with clients and their families to make their way through the road ahead, with services tailored to suit them.

Our support extends far beyond the Adelaide region to include remote and regional areas of South Australia and the Northern Territory. We support people of all ages, with different levels of vision, to achieve freedom and independence. Our life-changing Autism Assistance Dog program also improves comfort, safety and confidence for children living with autism and their families.

Our successful puppy development program provides pathways for Guide Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs, and other Assistance Dogs. A recent redevelopment provides purpose-built facilities for Puppy Development, Training and Boarding in the heart of Adelaide.

About Adelaide, South Australia

Guide Dogs SA/NT is located in the heart of Adelaide, South Australia – consistently voted one of the world’s most liveable cities. From the picturesque Adelaide Hills to our stunning coastline and world-class wine regions, the state boasts something for everyone.

The city is conveniently located on the southern coastline of Australia, with beaches, scenic hikes, and gorgeous weekend getaway destinations all within a 30 minute drive. It’s also just a short flight to Melbourne, Sydney or Perth, and the gateway to some of Australia’s most iconic outback regions.

With world-renowned educational institutions, convenient transport, an abundance of cultural and leisure activities, and the second lowest cost of living of all Australian capital cities, Adelaide promises great value without compromising on quality of life. The city strikes just the right balance between bustling and relaxed, with residents earning themselves a reputation for being warm, friendly and inclusive.

Learn more or apply now

To learn more about this opportunity, visit https://www.guidedogs.org.au/about-us/careers/current-vacancies/

To access a copy of the Position Description please click here.

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



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