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Guide Dog Trainer, Canada

Job Title:

Qualified Guide Dog Trainer

Organisation Name:

CNIB Foundation


Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada

Contact at organisation:

Diane Bergeron


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Job Type:

Phone Number:



CNIB Guide Dogs Canine Campus – Carleton Place, Ontario


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Postal Code:

K7C 0N7





Brief Job Description:

Qualified Guide Dog Trainer – Full time position

Job Description:


Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI)
CNIB Guide Dogs Canine Campus – Carleton Place, Ontario
Full time position

People with sight loss often say having a guide dog is a transformational experience that provides mobility, safety, and confidence. We believe everyone who would like to have a guide dog should have that opportunity. At CNIB Guide Dogs, we raise, train, and match dogs with Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Do you want to be part of the fantastic team that makes it all possible?

We are looking for a Guide Dog Trainer to join our newly established Guide Dog training team in delivering a thorough and best in class program. We've done our best to highlight the job and our team below, but the best parts of working with CNIB Guide Dogs can't be fully captured on a couple pages! To learn more about us, check us out at  CNIB Guide Dog Program.


What you'll do

  • Carry out a preliminary assessment of our future guide dogs and effectively deliver a pre-determined training program
  • Work closely with our future guide dogs to identify any temperamental and behavioral issues, and identify appropriate solutions; identify and refer all health issues
  • Work with and support the team in adapting training for new staff, students, puppy walkers, and Guide Dog Mobility Instructors

We want to hear from you if you have

  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal English
  • Demonstrated aptitude for dog handling
  • Ability to undertake the physical demands of the role, including walking long distances with a range of dog breeds, ages, and temperaments
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office
  • Legal eligibility to work in Canada
  • Proficiency in the use of Salesforce an asset
  • Knowledge of dog handling, training techniques, basic dog care and first aid an asset
  • Personal or professional experience relating to blindness and sight loss is considered an asset

Interested in this role? Applying is easy!

To apply, email Diane Bergeron at Diane.Bergeron@cnib.ca, including the job title in the subject line. Be sure to include a resume and a brief paragraph letting us know why you want to join our CNIB Guide Dogs team.

Our diversity is our strength – we take pride in our inclusive workplace and are committed to recruiting and selecting in a fair, transparent, and accessible way. If you require an accommodation at any stage of the recruitment and selection process, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs. 

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Why work at the Canine Campus?

Everything you need to keep evolving in your career. The CNIB Guide Dogs Canine Campus is a 158-acre home to our future guide dogs. Our facility has dog pods, an examination room, food prep area, and plenty of space for indoor/outdoor training. Our training facility provides everything you need to take your career to the next level. Here, we empower you to continuously learn, grow, and build a meaningful career that truly excites you.

Live, work, and play in beautiful Carleton Place. 30 minutes away from Downtown Ottawa, Carleton Place sits on the tranquil Mississippi River, boasting stunning streetscapes, picturesque trails, and a gorgeous waterfront.

Make a difference every single day. With CNIB Guide Dogs, you will be welcomed into an inclusive culture that celebrates a unique blend of expert training, advocacy, the highest standards, and a person-centric approach to guide dog partnerships. Working and learning with an amazing team of staff and volunteers, you will create life-changing experiences for Canadians living with sight loss.

 About Us

Life is a beautiful, wonderful, complex thing. Life with sight loss should be no different. At CNIB, we're on a mission to change what it means to be blind, and we're not slowing down. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Our work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors, and partners from coast to coast to coast. We think big, take risks, embrace change, and ask questions. We're inviting you to be part of the conversation.

We are committed to creating and fostering an inclusive culture and we welcome applications from diverse candidates, including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, women, candidates with disabilities, and candidates of colour. We strongly encourage applications from applicants with sight loss. Direct lived experience would be considered a definite asset.

At CNIB, we are relentlessly passionate about what we do. We are in our second century of smashing societal barriers and stigmas through innovative programs and powerful advocacy. We are a collaborative, empowered team that drives achievement and equality. If that sounds like your cup of tea, let's talk.



Posting Date:

October 1, 2020

Closing Date:

Open until the right candidate is found!