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Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Delta (Vancouver), British Columbia, Canada



British Columbia Guide Dog Services, is a registered charity that provides professionally trained Guide Dogs to blind and visually impaired individuals who reside in Canada’s two western provinces of provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.


BC & Alberta Guide Dogs is seeking a qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) to fill a permanent, full-time position, based in our Delta, BC office.


Position Summary:

The successful applicant must possess the following:

  • GDMI qualification from a member agency of the International Guide Dog Federation.
  • Minimum of one year post GDMI graduate experience. 
  • Hold a valid drivers license.

      In addition, it is desirable that the candidate can demonstrate:

      • Strong organizational skills.
      • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
      • Ability to work as part of a team and independently on class. 
      • Enjoy travel, as we do domiciliary class training.

      Key Job Duties and Responsibilities:

      1. 1.     Guide Dog Training:

      Within specific timescales, assess and professionally train dogs in accordance with BC & Alberta Guide Dogs standards.


      1. 2.     Client Assessment and Interviewing:

      Regularly select Guide Dog clients by interviewing and assessing applicants, deciding their suitability and accurately identifying specific matching needs for successful outcomes.


      1. 3.     Matching:

      Within specific timescales, match the most compatible client and dog, ensuring that client needs and BC & Alberta Guide Dog standards are met.


      1. 4.     Team Training:

      Within specific timescales, plan, organize and deliver practical and theoretical training to clients to meet their individual needs and BC & Alberta Guide Dogs

      standards, in accordance with quality and production targets.  We pride ourselves in producing a well-finished team supported by highly personalized training.


      1. 5.     Aftercare/Support Services:

      Regularly provide clients with aftercare and other services in accordance with BC & Alberta Guide Dogs standards and in the client’s own environment.  This is done on a routine basis and, as a priority, in response to emergency situations.


      1. 6.     Apprentice/Training Assistants Supervision and Training:

      GDMI’s are expected to take an active role in the training of Apprentices/Training Assistants.  Within specific timescales, plan and deliver practical and theoretical training to meet their individual needs and BC & Alberta Guide Dogs standards.  This involves managing workloads and assessing work performance and conduct.


      1. 7.     Communication/Administration:

      Maintain accurate records by providing verbal and written/electronic information about clients, dogs and Apprentices/Training Assistants in a timely way.



      Salary Range:  $49,160 to $81,000 annually, depending on experience, based on 40 hours per week.


      Benefits Package:  A comprehensive benefits package, including medical insurance, dental insurance, extended medical insurance, visioncare, life and AD&D insurance and employee critical illness insurance.


      How to Apply:

      Please contact Bill Thornton via email at: william.thornton@bcguidedog.com


      All interested parties, regardless of outcome, shall be treated with the utmost of confidentiality.