Guiding Eyes for the Blind is known for embracing every person connected with the school as a family member and for the collective spirit of its staff. We offer challenging and fulfilling career paths for those who are passionate about our work and mission. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and a dog-friendly work environment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Available Position(s)


Qualified Guide Dog Instructor

Position Summary: 

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a leading New York-based guide dog school and proudly accredited member of the IGDF, seeks a Qualified Guide Dog Instructor to join our team of talented trainers. Our mission is to create and support life-changing connections between people and dogs, and this position will play an integral role in both training our exceptional dogs and matching them with people with vision loss so that they can experience all of life’s adventures together.

The position will be based in our Yorktown Heights office, 40 miles north of New York City.

Key Requirements:

  • 4 years guide dog training experience
  • Manage and train a string of up to 8 dogs in a 5 month period
  • Willing to travel as needed
  • Walk up to 8 miles a day
  • Motivated team player

Please send letter of interest and resume, including salary expectations, to Janine Petroro at jpetroro@guidingeyes.org.


Whelping Kennel Technician (Part Time)

Position Summary: 

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is looking for a part time whelping kennel technician to provide a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs and puppies, including monitoring the birthing process to ensure health and safety of pups and adults.

Hours for the position are Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm and Saturday 11:00am – 7:30pm. In the event of a whelp or critical care issue on a Saturday, will be required to spend the night caring for the brood and newborn pups.

The position is based at the Canine Development Center in Patterson, NY.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs and puppies including but not limited to bathing, feeding, check overs, nail clipping, ear cleaning, and medicating according to established policies and procedures.
  • Monitor birthing process to ensure health and safety of the pups and adults. Perform whelping procedures, assisting brood whenever necessary. Handle all post whelp clean-up, care and treatments.
  • Time management of workload through the use of computer task list.
  • Maintain accurate records utilizing point of entry system.
  • Perform assigned medical treatments, vaccines, preventatives, sub-q fluids, tube feeding, ICU use and care, according to standard procedures.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, kennel facilities and assigned grounds.
  • Effectively work with pups in early obedience and socialization.
  • Work with volunteers and general public who are interacting with the Whelping Kennel providing support, guidance and recognition.
  • Must be detail oriented, have good judgement and be able to multitask.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Jennifer White, Whelping Kennel Manager at jwhite@guidingeyes.org.


Whelping Kennel Technician (Full Time)

Position Summary: 

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is looking for a full time whelping kennel technician to provide a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs and puppies, including monitoring the birthing process to ensure health and safety of pups and adults.

Hours for the position are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday (four days at 7 am – 3:30 pm; one day at 11 am -7:30 pm).  In the event of a whelp or critical care issue on your scheduled night shift, will be required to spend the night caring for the brood and newborn pups.

The position is based at the Canine Development Center in Patterson, NY.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs and puppies including but not limited to bathing, feeding, check overs, nail clipping, ear cleaning, and medicating according to established policies and procedures.
  • Monitor birthing process to ensure health and safety of the pups and adults. Perform whelping procedures, assisting brood whenever necessary. Handle all post whelp clean-up, care and treatments.
  • Time management of workload through the use of computer task list.
  • Maintain accurate records utilizing point of entry system.
  • Perform assigned medical treatments, vaccines, preventatives, sub-q fluids, tube feeding, ICU use and care, according to standard procedures.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, kennel facilities and assigned grounds.
  • Effectively work with pups in early obedience and socialization.
  • Work with volunteers and general public who are interacting with the Whelping Kennel providing support, guidance and recognition.
  • Must be detail oriented, able to follow instruction, have good judgement and able to multitask.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Jennifer White, Whelping Kennel Manager at jwhite@guidingeyes.org.


Training School Instructor Assistant (Two Open Positions)

Veterinary/Training School Kennel

Position Overview: 

An Instructor Assistant performs all daily kennel cleaning and maintenance duties according to established guidelines; provides a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs; participates in canine enrichment programs; communicates effectively with volunteers, co-workers and the general public.

The position reports to the Training School Kennel Manager is based in the Yorktown Heights, NY location.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs including but not limited to bathing, feeding, check-over’s, ear cleaning, and medicating according to established policies and procedures.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, kennel facilities and assigned grounds according to established protocols.
  • Assist Training and Veterinary department staff on a variety of tasks.  Maintain ears and weights as assigned.
  • Time management of workload through the use of (white board, calendar, what’s happening).  Demonstrate initiative to accomplish assigned tasks and meet Kennel needs as a team player.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records utilizing point of entry system.
  • Effectively handle dogs in obedience and socialization.   Monitor and control dogs in community run.
  • Work with Kennel volunteers providing support, guidance and recognition. May conduct tours and provide assistance during graduations.  Interact with the general public in a professional and courteous manner.

Qualifications:

  • Physically able to lift and control 50-pound dogs and withstand up to two hours of repetitive bending, stooping, kneeling and squatting on concrete surface.
  • Some personal, volunteer or professional experience in handling and/or training dogs required.
  • Must be able to work daily with bleach and other cleaning agents.
  • Must be able to regularly lift and carry portable dog crates and dog pens weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Basic computer skills required.
  • College Degree preferred or minimum of 3 years of dog training experience.
  • Well organized, team player.
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends and holidays as assigned.
  • Valid NY driver’s license.

Please submit your resume to Janine Petroro, jpetroro@guidingeyes.org.

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