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Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor - Palm Springs, California

The Guide Dog Mobility Instructor is responsible for training dogs to be qualified guides and instructing qualified clients to travel safely, efficiently and effectively with those dogs to enhance their mobility. This position will require working some weekends and holidays. During class training, a GDMI may be required to work up to 12 hours on a given day.



1.    Train dogs to be responsible, efficient and effective guide dogs.

2.    Instruct qualified clients to travel safely and effectively with a trained guide dog.

3.    Assists with the selection of dogs for use in the program, ensures proper routine care, health care and maintenance of the dogs.

4.    Must safely handle a variety of large breed dogs, weighing up to 70 pounds with assistance.

5.    Participates in evaluating dogs as they progress through training to class-ready status.

6.    Participates in the planning and scheduling of client training, matching dogs to clients and class training activities.

7.    Maintains written and computer records, according to established procedures as set forth by the International Guide Dog Federation

8.    Participates in graduate support services, involving travel as needed, when assigned.

9.    Participates in admissions meetings to evaluate new and reapplying clients.

10.    Willing to work with, and mentor, GDMI apprentices.

11.    Willingly participates and represents Guide Dogs of the Desert for internal and external events, meetings, and promotional activities.

12.    Performs other duties as may be assigned.



High school graduate or GED

Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Experience working in the guide dog industry

Experience working for a non-profit organization is a plus


Qualified applicants, please send resume to nterrones@gddca.org