Monday, 23 April 2018

Learner Guide Dog Mobility Instructor at SA Guide-Dog Association 2018

At the South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind we have a Learner Guide Dog Mobility Instructor opportunity for a graduate.

The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind was founded in 1953 by Gladys Evans and a temporary training centre was rented at No 1, Glamorgan Road, Parkwood. after she returned from England with her famous guide dog, Sheena.

Job description
  • Assessing of dogs for their suitability to be trained as a guide dog.
  • Training of suitable dogs to work as guide dogs.
  • Care of the dogs that are in training.
  • Instructing owners in the safe and effective use of a working dog.
  • Supporting guide dog owners and their dogs throughout the dogs working life.
  • Support and education of puppy raisers.
  • Support of the marketing department.
Key responsibilities:
  • Training of guide dogs to required standard within a set period of time.
  • Interviewing and assessing guide dog applicants, existing clients, and puppy raisers.
  • Recommendation of acceptance for training, where appropriate.
  • Training of accepted applicants and their dogs either from their homes (within South Africa), at GDA Johannesburg or at GDA Cape Town branch, in both theoretical and practical education.
  • Education and support of Puppy Raisers with regards to the socialisation and care of pups.
  • Organise and conduct post class/routine/emergency aftercare for clients.
  • Conduct emergency visits to puppy raisers if required.
  • Accurate and timeous recording keeping.
  • Support of the marketing department and participation at marketing events after hours and on weekends.
Essential qualities:
  • Good people skills (empathy for people who are differently-abled).
  • Able to cope with the emotional demands of the position.
  • Ability and willingness to undertake public speaking engagements on behalf of the association.
  • Willingness to work on weekends and after hours.
  • Available to travel and work with clients (within South Africa) for up to 35 days consecutively.
  • Physically fit and prepared to assist clients in a physical manner.
  • Must be able to walk 15 km per day.
  • Must be prepared to write tests and exams and achieve a 70% pass mark.
  • Must be able to communicate in English and Afrikaans.
  • Must have a valid drivers licence.
  • Must have a minimum education level of a matric certificate (additional education an advantage).
  • Dog training experience is essential.
  • Puppy socialising experience an advantage.
  • Clicker training experience an advantage.
  • An understanding of dog behaviour and dog health an advantage.
  • Completion of a COAPE course an advantage. 
Remuneration: To be discussed 
Benefits: Provident Fund, Medical Aid after probation period
Location: Paulshof, Sandton
Education level: Matric
Job level: Junior/Mid
Type: Permanent
Reference: #20180416__LGDMI

Persons interested in this position are requested to submit the following documents to Manda Ndhlovu at

1.A copy of their CV and qualifications. Contactable references essential.
2.Letter of motivation.
3. Copy of identity document.

South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind reserves the right not to fill this vacancy. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant for an interview or appointment and failure to meet the minimum requirements of the post will result in the applicant automatically disqualifying themselves from consideration. Applicants who do not receive a reply within four weeks of submission should deem their application to have been unsuccessful.

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