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 resume to Ian Ashworth for future consideration. Resumes will be kept for 6 months.

  •  Puppy Program Staff

    • Are you passionate about your work and looking for a way to apply your skills and talents in a meaningful way?

      Do you have the skills to jump into an organization in the midst of exciting and transformational change?

      At Lions Foundation Canada Dog Guides (LFCDG) we help people with medical or physical disabilities lead independent lives by providing them with a dog guide at no cost to support them in their daily lives. The school is unique in offering 7 different programs serving between 150-200 new clients annually and supporting over 1100 active clients. The school operates out of our central location in Oakville, ON and a breeding and training facility in Breslau, ON. The successful candidate would be expected to work at both locations as required.

      The Opportunity:
      Reporting to the Puppy Program Supervisor, LFCDG is seeking a Puppy Program staff member to work with a passionate team responsible for all aspects of supporting our vital volunteer foster families. The Puppy Program staff member is responsible for carrying out tasks related to various Puppy Program initiatives including training and interviewing prospective foster volunteers and conducting home assessments to ascertain suitability. They are a member of a team working together to ensure all Puppy Program initiatives are delivered efficiently and effectively. The Puppy Program person attends staff meetings to collaborate with the team and coordinate and integrate responsibilities and program components with all other organizational initiatives. The Puppy Program staff member contributes to fostering a productive and empowering work environment for all team members.

      Key Responsibilities:

      Program Involvement:
      • Interviews and carries out home assessments of potential foster families within a specific assigned geographical area to ensure suitability
      • Coordinates and runs regular training classes and one-on-one training for puppies and foster families
      • Prepares and presents training material
      • Books and conducts individual assessments for puppies in the program
      • Place puppies with foster families and assist in integrating puppies into their everyday lives
      • Communicates by phone, email or in person with foster families regarding behavioural and medical issues related to individual puppies
      • Inputs into and maintains puppy files and computerized records to ensure records are up to date
      • Transports puppies to various locations as required
      • Remains up to date on current on dog training methods

      Contribution to Team Effectiveness:
      • Participates in team and staff meetings and provides ideas for improvement
      • Acts as an ambassador of the organization when dealing with foster families and other members of the public
      • Contributes to work and projects at the team level
      • Shares in handling workload for positive results
      • Assists in the breeding department including matings and whelping litters, cleaning kennels (including weekend and overnight shifts)
      • Provides any necessary kennel care for puppies and breeding females while on Dog Guides Canada property
      • Provides assistance with veterinary services as needed
      • Closely liaises with all other departments at Dog Guides Canada on puppy progress, graduation information, fund raising and development, report card, recalls, general day-to-day support, etc
      • Performs other duties as required and as requested

      You will bring to the opportunity:
      • Proven experience and/or training in puppy/dog training, socialization, handling, animal care including whelping and breeding
      • Experience or background in basic veterinary care
      • Positive attitude, able to work independently and within a team
      • Proven ability to foster positive, productive working relationships
      • Ability to lift 50 lbs. of food products and dogs weighing 40 lbs.
      • Very strong interpersonal and communication skills – both written and verbal. French language skills an asset
      • Interview skills
      • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
      • Demonstrated capacity to work in a busy and at times, noisy work environment
      • Ability to handle and work in difficult situations
      • Ability to prepare and clearly and concisely present training material
      • Ability to work well with volunteers of varying dog/puppy experience and ability
      • Valid driver’s license

    • Despite these interesting times, if you are looking for a challenging opportunity to demonstrate your operational capabilities and a place to let your innovative thinking shine, please send your resume, salary expectations and a cover letter stating why you are interested in becoming LFCDG’s next Puppy Program staff member and how your skills set you apart by October 9th to:

      shobbes@dogguides.com

      LFCDG welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Applicants will be provided accommodations during the application process if needed. We thank all applicants for their interest and advise only successful candidates will be contacted for the next steps in the application process..

  •  Head Instructor: Autism Assistance Program

    • Are you passionate about your work and looking for a way to apply your skills and talents in a meaningful way? Do you have the skills to jump into an organization in the midst of exciting and transformational change?

      At Lions Foundation Canada Dog Guides (LFCDG) we help people with medical or physical disabilities lead independent lives by providing them with a dog guide at no cost to support them in their daily lives. The school is unique in offering 7 different programs serving between 150-200 new clients annually and supporting over 1100 active clients. The school operates out of our central location in Oakville, ON and a breeding and training facility in Breslau, ON. The successful candidate would be expected to work at both locations as required.

      The Opportunity:

      Reporting to the Director of Programs and Client Services, the Head Instructor is responsible for the overall satisfaction and success of clients in the Autism Assistance (AAD) program.  This includes coordination and supervision of a group of Instructors and Apprentice Instructors by fostering a productive and empowering work environment for all assigned staff while building a team that can deliver on the assigned work and initiatives.  In addition, the Head Instructor also fulfills the job requirements of an Instructor. 

      The Head Instructor is part of the Senior Managers team and works collaboratively with other supervisory/management staff and assists the Director of Programs and client Services with aligning the overall training plans and related training initiatives and integrating them with the organization’s overall strategic plan.

      Key responsibilities:

      Program Management

      • Assists in developing and implementing training, while ensuring alignment with the organization’s overall goals and the annual budgets and program goals.
      • Assists in providing oversight of all components of the assigned Training Program(s) including investigating, solving problems and adherence to client service standards.
      • Ensures client home interviews, assessments and training classes are completed in the most effective and timely manner by all assigned staff.
      • Assesses, trains, supervises and monitors assigned dogs.
      • Trains dogs by employing various training techniques.
      • Assists with evaluation of assistance dog applicants on completion of in-home interviews and ensures applicant assessments are completed on a timely basis.
      • Prepares for and executes assistance dog placements and classes in conjunction with other staff assigned and ensures all training standards are met by all assigned staff.
      • Contributes to the development and implementation of class programs and schedules and coordinates classes based on annual operational plan.
      • Provides regular follow up with clients after placement by phone, written communication or in-home visits ensuring the highest level of client services are provided to each client and that all client communications and responses to inquiries are complete and comprehensive.
      • Builds knowledge and experience in working with the disabilities affecting assigned clients through continuous learning initiatives.
      • Contributes to and monitors policies and procedures to ensure adherence to ADI and IGDF accreditation programs.

      Leadership

      • Identifies opportunities to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of Training Program(s) and puts a focus on continuous improvement.
      • Promotes a positive and constructive working environment while assisting staff in finding solutions/dealing with conflict and guiding Instructors and Apprenticeship Instructors in dealing with difficult clients and situations.
      • Builds and maintains strategic relationships and partnerships that benefit LFCDG’s programs and services.

      Human Resources

      • Supervises all assigned Instructors including performance and development goals, assigning accountabilities, setting objectives, establishing priorities and recommending salary adjustments
      • Ensures all assigned staff on the team are fully trained on all aspects of their job and that the team is provided with all necessary tools and training to improve core expertise and continued career growth.
      • Assists in developing action plans and strategies to recruit, retain, train, mentor and motivate assigned staff on the team.
      • Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

      WHAT YOU BRING TO THE OPPORTUNITY:

      Training

      • Minimum of five years experience working in canine training and proven success as an ADI or IGDF Instructor
      • Degree in a training related program is desirable (e.g., adult education, behavioural science)
      • Recognized canine animal training accreditation (e.g., ADI or IGDF) or proven knowledge and basic experience in canine learning theories including canine behaviour, training and behaviour assessments, general dog care and safety

      Client Support/ Services

      • High level of knowledge and experience in working within the disability sector.
      • Flexibility and willingness to travel and work to conduct assessments and promote the organization
      • Successful experience in placing dogs with clients

      Management

      • Supervisory experience would be considered an asset but as a minimum, demonstrated leadership skills and ability to gain the respect of a team
      • Proven ability to foster positive, productive working relationships through evident collaboration, building and maintaining relationships with client and staff
      • Demonstrated problem-solving and reasoning skills
      • Experience working within a not-for-profit organization is preferred
      • Excellent organization and time-management skills with the ability to effectively prioritize workloads, multi-task, respond adeptly to shifting priorities and act quickly to immediate needs
      • Values continuous learning and seeks ongoing training and development
      • Strong verbal and written communication skills and positive teaching style with dogs, clients, Instructors, other staff and members of the general public
      • Comfortable and experienced with public speaking

      Technical

      • Demonstrated capacity to work in a busy and at times, noisy work environment
      • Proficient in the use of PCs; the Internet; and MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Ability to learn new software
      • Valid Driver’s License will be required 
      • Physically capable of lifting dogs up to 65 pounds, the agility to move quickly, climb stairs, operate office equipment and computers with ease, and the ability to get up and down easily while working and playing with the dogs

      Despite these interesting times, if you are looking for a challenging opportunity to demonstrate your operational capabilities and a place to let your innovative thinking shine, please send your resume, salary expectations and a cover letter stating why you are interested in becoming LFCDG’s next Head Instructor of the Autism Assistance Program and how your skills set you apart by November 20th to: glijoi@dogguides.com.
       
      LFCDG welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Applicants will be provided accommodations during the application process if needed. We thank all applicants for their interest and advise only successful candidates will be contacted for the next steps in the application process.

  •  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.