Guide Dog Mobilty Instructor

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Guide Dog Mobility Instructor:

Job Title: Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Department: Training

Reports to: Director of Training

FLSA Classification: Exempt, Full-time

Supervises: No

Created / Updated: December 2019/July 2020


The Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) is responsible for training dogs to be qualified guides and for instructing qualified clients to travel safely and effectively with those dogs to enhance their mobility. The GDMI has over three years’ experience working as an instructor for a school certified by the International Guide Dog Federation. This position will require working some weekends and holidays. During class training, an Instructor may be required to work up to twelve (12) hours in a given day.


    • Trains dogs to be responsible and effective guide dogs.
    • Instructs qualified clients to travel safely and effectively with a trained guide dog.
    • Assists with the selection of dogs for use in the program, ensures proper routine care, health care and maintenance for the dogs.
    • Must safely handle a variety of large breed dogs, weighing up to 90+ pounds, with varying strength and manageability.
    • Participates in evaluating dogs as they progress through training to class-ready status. 
    • Participates in the planning and scheduling of client training, matching dogs to clients and class training activities.
    • Maintains written and computer records, according to established procedures as set forth by the International Guide Dog Federation.
    • Provides after graduation assistance to clients – addressing questions and concerns relating to health, behavior and mobility of the working guide dog team.
    • Participates in field working, involving travel as needed, when assigned.
    • Provides training and evaluation of dogs in the Puppy Raising Program, including participating in obedience class and puppy raiser events.
    • Attends conferences as needed representing the organization.
    • Participates in admissions meetings to evaluate new and reapplying clients.
    • Willingly works with and mentors GDMI apprentices.
    • Willingly participates and represents Guide Dogs of the Desert for internal and external events, meetings and promotional activities.
  • Leadership – Maintains a positive, upbeat role in the company. Promotes and exemplifies Organization values, represents departmental objectives and interests to internal and external customers, and is accountable for responsibilities and own actions. 
  • Customer Service – Follows up on complaints, questions, and concerns; responds to internal/external customer needs in a timely and efficient manner. 
  • Teamwork – Develops and promotes teamwork and cooperation among colleagues and employees.
  • Safety – Demonstrates commitment to a healthy and safe environment and follows all safety and security policies and procedures.
  • Flexibility – Adapts to changing policies and procedures, as well as varying deadlines. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or experience 

  • Associates (AA) or Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS) from an accredited college preferred
    • Previous experience with orientation and mobility
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ previous experience as a Mobility Instructor from an accredited Guide Dog school preferred

Required Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of animal behavior, dog training skills, teaching skills
  • Ability to adhere to all safety and health policies and procedures
  • Ability to exercise professional conduct and maintain a high level of confidentiality in all duties
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional, productive and courteous relationships with staff, volunteers, donors, clients and all constituents of Guide Dogs of the Desert
  • Ability to promote positive teamwork while performing work activities requiring interacting or speaking with others and responding appropriately to constructive feedback or suggestions for improvement by a team member
  • Ability to work with a group of large dogs, providing safe and humane training and kennel environment
  • Ability to relate to, and instruct, a wide range of individuals, demonstrating patience, understanding, flexibility, and overall interest, thereby motivating clients to their highest level of abilities.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, i.e. non-traditional business hours, overnights, weekends, holidays, to accommodate the training program
  • Ability to travel when necessary for client interviews, in-home training, continued education
  • Has excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Ability to effectively present information and represent Guide Dogs of the Desert to clients, co-workers, general public

Required Technical / Certification / Licenses 

Valid California driver’s license and safe driving record 

Able to pass a pre-employment drug test and background check


This position has access to confidential information as it relates to client’s application for a guide dog which may include some or all of personal data, legal documents, and medical records.


This position may have access to company funds – use of credit card when purchasing supplies and food for class, limited to $500.00


  • Required to work outside in all weather conditions and walk distances consistent with training program needs for students and dogs
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Regularly required to walk, stand, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, talk clearly, and with have good distance, peripheral and depth perception vision, especially as it relates to observing clients and dogs in training.


Job Title: Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Date: June, 2015

How many hours are worked per day? 8 – 12

When completing this form, look at the job from a typical/average workday perspective.  

i.e., Position requires standing 1/3 of the time.

Percentage Time Designation 



< 1%








Stand : Continuously

Walk: Continuously

Sit: Occasionally

Use hands to finger, handle, or feel: Continuously

Reach with hands and arms over shoulder: Frequently

Reach with hands and arms over head: Occasionally

Climb or balance: Occasionally

Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl: Continuously

Talk or hear: Continuously

Taste or smell: Freqently

Does this job require that weight be lifted or force be exerted?  If so, how much and how often?

i.e., Position requires lifting 1/3 of the time up to 10 pounds.

Percentage Time Designation 



< 1%








Up to 10 pounds: N/A

Up to 25 pounds: N/A

Up to 50 pounds: N/A

Up to 100 pounds: Continuously

More than 100 pounds: Rarely

Does this job have any special vision requirements?  Check all that apply.

  • Close Vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
  • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)
  • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
  • Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)
  • Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)
  • Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)
  • No special vision requirements

List specific job duties that require the physical demands selected above:

Able to walk up to ten miles.

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