Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Trainee

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Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified and experienced Orientation & Mobility specialist to join our team and develop their skills as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. This is a trainee position but experienced personnel are also encouraged to apply.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide orientation & mobility services to clients as directed and required by the organisation
  • Successfully completes and demonstrates competency in GDMI modules pertaining to the assessment and training of Guide Dogs: (Guide Dog Assessment; Behaviour modification / Principles of learning; Guide Dog Training; Dog Welfare, Health Care & Husbandry; Pup Development; Kennel routines)
  • Dog assessment, training notes and location details are recorded accurately and with appropriate prioritisation
  • Liaise with all relevant staff as to the client’s needs and match them with guide dogs accordingly.
  • Prepare and present information/education sessions and workshops as required to other agencies, professional and community groups, families and individuals as required to maintain professional and referral networks in the region.
  • Locate and access appropriate resources, keep on-time scheduling, follow and maintain appropriate record keeping and reporting procedures.
  • Participate in formal technical appraisals and/or informal observations as directed by your manager.

Essential knowledge & experience:

      • Tertiary qualifications in Orientation & Mobility and experience in the field.
      • Experience and confidence handling dogs and knowledge of how they learn.
      • Valid non-restrictive Drivers Licence and access to own car.
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact sensitively with clients.
      • Willingness to obtain Working with Children Check and satisfactory National Police Check.

Desired knowledge & skills:

  • Experience in Guide Dog production and client training or similar role.
  • Passionate about working with dogs and helping those with blindness or low vision.

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