Guide Dog Mobility Instructor for the visually impaired, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cork

  • Full Time
  • Cork
  • Posted 2 months ago

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cork

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor for the visually impaired, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cork
Job Title: Guide Dog Mobility Instructor for the visually impaired

Department: Technical Training Team

Reports to: Guide Dog Program Manager

Hours: 39 hours per week

Location: National Headquarters and Training Centre, Model Farm Road, Cork.

Contract term: Permanent or 2 Year Fixed Term

Purpose of Role

The Guide Dog Mobility Instructor provides specialist training of Guide Dogs for the visually impaired. The training provided ensures the dogs achieve the required standard graduate to working status to provide our Clients with greater independence and mobility in all aspects of their lives. The Guide Dog Mobility Instructor also provides specialist training and aftercare support to the visually impaired Clients of our Guide Dog Programme. The training and support provided ensures the safety and proper working of the created partnership.

Kay Responsibilities

  • Carry out required preliminary assessments.
  • Prepare selected dogs according to the pre-determined programme to ensure that dogs are supplied within desired timeframe and quality standards. This includes ensuring dogs are class ready and appropriately matched to the needs of the identified visually impaired clients.
  • Conduct client classes both on-site at IGDB Headquarters and in their own localities to teach the clients how to utilize their dog as a mobility aid to aid in their orientation and safety.
  • Works with the Technical Lead in planning and completing all post-class, follow up and aftercare Client visits in a timely manner. This includes maintaining and documenting accurate records.
  • Identifies temperamental and behavioural issues and ensures the application of appropriate solutions. Highlights all health issues and promptly refers them to be reviewed.
  • Works with the Technical Lead and team to ensure strong, confident Guide Dog partnership matches. Reports all appropriate matches and details to the Client Service Administrator in the approved timeframe to ensure Clients are informed of any call to class in a timely manner.
  • Maintains accurate and up to date records for dogs in their charge. Maintain regular and appropriate communication with Puppy Raisers to update on the dog’s progress to ensure that they will be suitable for aiding a visually impaired Client upon the completion of their training.
  • Supports a ‘one team’ approach and builds effective relationships with all stakeholders such as supporting fundraising initiatives.
  • Assists in training new staff, students, Puppy Raisers, Apprentices, Guide Dog Mobility Instructors and others, as required and assigned.
  • Compliance with agreed reporting processes to maintain accurate data and quality control standards.
  • Any other duties as outlined by your line manager from time-to-time.

In addition to these key accountabilities, you may also have ownership for one or more key processes which will be communicated to you via your manager and/or the Performance Management framework.

Experience, Education and Skills


  • Qualified Guide Dog Instructors only: Qualified instructor (G.D.M.I. or G.D.O.M.I.) from an accredited body with a proven track record of delivering key outputs.
  • Proven track record for consistently meeting and exceeding goals and delivering a superior level of job performance.
  • Very strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Strong team player, excellent communication skills and solution focused.
  • Competent in Microsoft Office and great attention to detail.


  • Animal care qualification or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline such as psychology.
  • Qualified in teaching or mentoring in an associated field.
  • Practical experience working with dogs within either dog care or training environment.
  • Evidence of continued professional development to enhance knowledge and experience relevant to the role.
  • Experience of a least one aspect of the disability sector.

Special Conditions

  • Full clean driving license essential.
  • Must be eligible to work in Ireland and EU or willing to complete the work permit application process
  • Full Garda (Police) Vetting including any time spent overseas.
  • Physically able to complete the work required and perform tasks that require manual handling techniques such as lifting, pulling, pushing, etc.
  • Physically able to work outdoors all year round in all weather conditions (as approx. 50% of role will be completed outdoors).
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends and unsociable hours as required and an acceptance of the need to travel nationwide as part of the role. Please note that you will be required to work approximately 12 weeks per year (a maximum of 3-week duration per incidence) away from the centre where you will need to stay overnight depending on location.

Please apply with an up-to-date CV and cover letter.

The closing date for applications is 13.01.2023

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is an equal opportunities employer.

Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term, Permanent

Salary: €35,942.00-€41,332.00 per year


  • Additional leave
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Employee assistance program
  • On-site parking
  • Relocation assistance
  • Sick pay

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