Providing Dog Guides to Canadians with Disabilities
Careers
Thank you for your interest in Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. For those who want to do meaningful work and go home at the end of the day knowing they've made a difference, there are few places as fulfilling as at Dog Guides.

  •  Interested in a career as a Dog Guide Instructor/trainer?

    • If you are interested in becoming an instructor please send us your resume. We keep all applications on file for 6 months. Should a position open, we will contact you. 

      Many of our training staff have already been working at Dog Guides Canada as kennel staff or in our puppy program. We have also recruited people that have assisted as volunteers. 

      Occasionally there are vacancies for an Apprentice Instructor. This is a full time paid position and consists of three, twelve month contracts. During this time, apprentices learn to train dogs to high skill levels, learn about and work with people with a wide variety of disabilities and develop expertise in all aspects of dog care. Our instructors are also committed to work some evenings and weekends, including overnight travel throughout Canada. In addition, they are required to do public speaking at events and presentations. At the end of three years, an apprentice graduates as a highly trained and professional Dog Guide instructor with a long and fulfilling career. 


      If you have:
      • proven experience working with adults or children with disabilities,
      • excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing. French speaking is an advantage,
      • experience working with, or training animals and can relate well to dogs,
      • are physically fit, since the job is physically demanding and involves working outdoors in all weather with strong active dogs.
      • ability to cooperate with co-workers, work as part of a team as well as unsupervised,
      • show initiative and problem solve in high stress situations
      • a full driving license and are able to work at our Oakville and Breslau locations

      Please send your résumé to for future consideration. Résumés will be kept for 6 months.

  •  Full Time Career Change Program Coordinator (6 month Contract)

    • Anticipated start date: As soon as possible

      The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is hiring a Career Change Program Coordinator to join our team. Career Change dogs are those which have been released from our programs due to temperament, and/or health reasons, and dogs that are retiring from a working environment that we are looking to adopt to wonderful families.

      We are looking for a dynamic and detail oriented individual with previous experience in animal care, customer service, and dog behaviour/handling. The right candidate must be able to assess dog temperament and adoptive family needs to determine the best match for adoption. Educating families regarding canine veterinary terminology and the needs of each dog as an individual is paramount to this position. The successful candidate will foster a team approach, be dedicated to excellent communication internally all departments, and externally with foster families and potential adoptive applicants.

      The Career Change Program Coordinator position is a full time, 6 month term contract, with the potential to become permanent. Reporting to the Kennel Supervisor, the role of the Coordinator works closely with many departments including the Director of Program Development, Veterinary Clinic Coordinator, Puppy Program, and Client Services to manage the process of adoption. This position will require travel between the Oakville and Breslau facilities to perform assessments, host meet and greets, and finalize adoptions.

      Role:
      The Career Change Program Coordinator is responsible for the management of the Career Change Program for The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides at both the Oakville and Breslau locations. This position will require travel between locations and flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

      ·  Utilizing and updating the adoption application process
      ·  Correspondence between departments, foster families, and adoption applicants in a timely manner
      ·  Processing general and direct adoption applications
      ·  Working closely with the Director of Program Development to assess dogs for transition into the Career Change Program.
      ·  Working closely with the Veterinary Clinic Coordinator to address the health requirements of the dog prior to adoption
      ·  Assessing the temperament of the dog to best address its needs in a home
      ·  Managing email and telephone correspondence
      ·  Dog handling
      ·  Assisting with the transition of dog to new home
      ·  Maintenance of dog and applicant files
      ·  Administrative support to other departments as required
      ·  Kennel attending duties as required
      ·  Client Services

      Key Competencies/Requirements:
      ·  Excellent interpersonal skills
      ·  Excellent critical thinking skills
      ·  High level of communication, oral and written
      ·  Ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment
      ·  Ability to maintain a safe and orderly work environment
      ·  Ability to maintain confidentiality
      ·  Ability to complete tasks and assignments independently
      ·  Ability to travel between locations as needed
      ·  Ability to lift 50lbs
      ·  Valid G2 drivers license with a clean abstract
      ·  Vulnerable sector police background check

      Qualifications:
      ·  Education: minimum post-secondary or equivalent
      ·  Animal care: minimum 2 years
      ·  Dog behaviour and training background: minimum 2 years
      ·  Customer service: minimum 2 years
      ·  Program management experience an asset
      ·  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs
      ·  Working knowledge of Constant Contact program an asset

      To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume by:
      12:00pm on Friday, February 14th, 2020 to Pauline Covi, Kennel Supervisor, at pcovi@dogguides.com



  •  VOLUNTEER POSTING: Photographer

    • We are looking for motivated volunteer photographers who are able to join us for photoshoots and events on a regular basis. These photoshoots would take place throughout the week and on occasional weekends at (or near) the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides training facility in Oakville, ON. The ideal candidate(s) must be able to work independently and within a team environment.

      Volunteer Description

      • Analyze and decide how to compose a subject
      • Use various photographic techniques and personal equipment
      • Capture subjects in commercial-quality photographs
      • Enhance the subject’s appearance with natural or artificial light
      • Use photo enhancing software

      Volunteer Requirements

      • Maintain a digital portfolio, often on a website, to demonstrate work
      • Show initiative and ability to prioritize tasks and complete within a limited time frame
      • Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to detail
      • Excellent communication skills - both verbal and written
      • Flexible availability – able to accommodate daytime, evening, and weekend shifts/events
      • Police background and vulnerable sector check is required
      • Comfortable with dogs

      For more information, or to apply to this position, contact Maria
      mgalindo@dogguides.com ,

      Please ensure the subject line of your email reads “Volunteer Photographer Application”. We thank all those who apply but will only be contacting candidates of interest.