Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI)

  • Company:
    Blind Low Vision NZ
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    6 hours ago
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Blind Low Vision NZ is the leading national provider of vision rehabilitation services for people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision. Now more than ever, the opportunities are here to make a real difference for people with sight loss, and you’ll help us achieve our vision of empowering New Zealanders who are blind, deafblind or low vision, to live the life they choose. As well as supporting individuals, we seek to make big-picture change by advocating for inclusive communities and for optimal eye care services for all New Zealanders. We have a rich history stretching back to 1890 and as we continue to connect people with sight loss to expert staff and their peers, we also continue to be one of New Zealand’s most trusted and iconic not for profit organisations.Purpose of the role:To provide training, follow-up and aftercare services to guide dog handlers around the country, ensuring programmes meet the individual needs of the client and dog. Provide tuition and training to Cadet Guide Dog Mobility Instructors and Guide Dog Trainers as required.To assess, train and prepare assigned guide dogs to the standards determined by Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs and in accordance with the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF). What we are looking for:This position covers several aspects of Guide Dog Services work including training guide dogs and guide dog handlers, providing after care to Guide Dog teams, providing support to the Guide Dog Training Team, and working with Blind Low Vision NZ and community organisations throughout the country. The successful applicant will be located in Auckland, working from the Manurewa office. Regular travel throughout the North Island and, at times, the rest of New Zealand will be required.What we are looking for:A qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor from an organization accredited by the International Guide Dog FederationMinimum of two years’ post qualification experience in the guide dog fieldComputer skills and the ability to report fluently via written communicationComfort with speaking in public settingsStrong communication skillsPhysically ability to train dogs and guide dog teams in all types of weatherWillingness to represent Blind Low Vision NZ in fundraising effortsWilling to travel within New Zealand as requiredPlease note that due to current New Zealand border restrictions, temporary visa applications from outside New Zealand or a quarantine-free travel zone are currently suspended. This is a great opportunity to join an organisation that is truly passionate about helping their clients, while also offering rewarding career opportunities, great staff benefits, and a flexible work environment where possible! As we strive to be a for purpose organisation, our staff take an active interest and participate in fundraising and volunteer opportunities.To show an interest