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.

  •  Puppy and Breeding Program

    • Duties and Responsibilities:

      • Interviewing and carrying out home assessments of potential foster families
      • Coordinating and running regular training classes for puppies and foster families
      • Booking and conducting individual assessments for puppies in the program
      • Communication with foster families regarding behavioural and medical issues
      • Keeping puppy files and computerized records up to date
      • Assisting in the breeding department including matings and whelping litters (including weekend and overnight shifts)
      • Provide any necessary kennel care for puppies and breeding females while on Dog Guides Canada property
      • Providing assistance with veterinary services as needed
      • Closely liaising with all other departments at Dog Guides Canada on pups progress, graduation information, fund raising and development etc.
      • Performing other duties as required

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • Must have proven experience and/or training in puppy/dog training, socialization, animal care including whelping and breeding
      • Experience or background in basic veterinary care
      • Positive attitude, able to work independently and within a team
      • Very strong interpersonal and communication skills
      • Show initiative and ability to prioritize tasks and complete within a set time frame
      • Demonstrated organizational skills
      • Valid driver’s license
      • French language skills would be an asset

      Available:

      As soon as possible

      Location:

      Oakville and Breslau locations

      Schedule:

      Mon – Fri, 8.00am – 4.30pm, some evening and weekend work

      To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter to Sam Hobbes, Puppy Program and Breeding Coordinator, at shobbes@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.