Guide Dogs Harness

Make a career of caring

Since 1960, Guide Dogs Queensland has been a leader in the provision of quality mobility services to blind or vision impaired Queenslanders of all ages.

We have a wide range of unique career opportunities at Guide Dogs Queensland. Our organisation grows each year and includes professional staff positions, as well as an administration team tasked with looking after our finances, fundraising, marketing and communications and human resources functions.

There are two sides to our Client Engagement department – Canine Services and Client Services.

Positions in our Client Services unit include: Orientation and Mobility Instructors, Guide Dog Mobility Instructors, Counsellors, Cadet Orientation and Mobility Instructors, Rehab Carers and administration staff.

Positions in our Canine Services unit include: Canine Care Attendants, Puppy Development Supervisors, Guide Dog Trainers and administration staff.

Being part of the Guide Dogs team means you’ll enjoy a busy and friendly work environment that celebrates achievements and encourages your career development.

Work experience

Thank you for your interest in work experience with us. Unfortunately Guide Dogs Queensland does not host work experience programs for students. For people over 18, please visit our volunteer page for more information on how you can volunteer in our programs at Guide Dogs Queensland.

Current Vacancies

Senior Marketing Coordinator (12month Maternity Leave cover)

Guide Dogs Queensland (GDQ) is seeking a full-time Senior Marketing Coordinator to join our team on Brisbane’s north side. This is a 12 month maternity leave contract, subject to operational needs.

This position works within the Marketing & Communications team. The team is a fast paced, dynamic team focussed on promoting and marketing the fundraising campaigns, products and services of GDQ to a wide range of stakeholders.

This position will plan, coordinate and execute effective direct mail and digital fundraising campaigns, regular giving campaigns, acquisition campaigns and run donor focussed events to maximise GDQ’s presence and fundraising ability in the community, while excelling in donor care and engagement.

Our successful candidate will have proven work experience and qualifications in marketing or public relations and can hit the ground running.

To view the position description please click here.

 To apply, please forward your CV and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) which addresses your suitability for this role to the HR team at:

Brittany Gunst
Email: [email protected]

Applications close on the 19th October 2018

Please note that due to the high number of applicants for the position, only those who are successful in gaining an interview will be contacted after the closing date.

Guide Dog Trainer

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced Guide Dog Trainer to join our Client Engagement team at Guide Dogs Queensland (GDQ), based from our head office in Bald Hills.

The successful applicant will train Guide Dogs Queensland’s dogs to the Outcome Standards determined by the IGDF and GDQ for placement with a blind or vision-impaired client within the Client Services Unit. This position will also supervise all Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) Cadets that are training dogs to the Outcome Standards determined by the IGDF and GDQ.

This position requires regular travel within an allocated region on an operational basis.

Key selection criteria:

  • Must hold a Guide Dog Trainer qualification in accordance with IGDF requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, as well as independently, assuming responsibility for nominated tasks and job requirements.
  • Demonstrated commitment and dedication to departmental and organizational goals and objectives.
  • Excellent computer and technological skills; in particular with respect to using Microsoft Windows and the Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • The ability to manage the physical demands and requirements of the job and complete the tasks and duties as stated above, including comfort while walking at a moderate to fast pace under blindfold.
  • Skills in behaviour modification and/or recognition of changes in dog behaviour.
  • The ability to interact with the public and stakeholders daily in a professional and friendly manner.
  • Current Open Driver’s license.
  • Commitment to the values & ethos of GDQ

To view our position description, please click here.

To apply, please submit your cover letter (maximum of two pages) addressing how you meet the above selection criteria, plus your CV and email to the HR Team at:

Seamus Baldwin
Email: [email protected]

Applications close at COB on the 21st October 2018

Please note that due to the high number of applicants for the position, only those who are successful in gaining an interview will be contacted after the closing date.

GDMI Cadetship

EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITY!

  • Are you looking for an extremely rewarding career where you can make a difference working with people in your community?
  • Would you like to work as a specialist Guide Dog Mobility Instructor helping Queenslanders with low and no vision lead independent and fulfilling lives?

Then we have the opportunity for you!

Our highly sought after cadetships to become a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) are currently available.

Our cadetship program requires a mix mode of study over approximately 3 years. Cadets complete practical on-the-job learning, incorporating skill development in working with people with blindness and working closely with our dog colony. A mix of theory, exams, skills checks and assignments round out the program. GDMIs need to be able to effectively work with people with disabilities to train and instruct them in guide dog mobility.

Candidates who successfully complete the cadetship can be employed all over the world as Guide Dog Mobility Instructors.

This interesting career opportunity would suit applicants who possess existing qualifications in allied health, animal, education or human services related fields.

Applicants must have experience raising a minimum of 3 Guide Dog puppies or proven experience training working dogs.

For more information and to view a position description, please click here.

To apply please complete the following task as part of your application:

Provide a covering letter no more than 2 pages in length addressing the following criteria

  • Why you want to work with Guide Dogs QLD
  • How your skills, knowledge and experience will assist you in being successful in this cadetship role
  • What value you will bring to GDQ

Please also include a copy of your CV.

Only applications which address all criteria will be considered in progressing to selection stage.

Please email applications to the HR Team at:

Brittany Gunst
[email protected]

Applications close 19 October 2018.  

Please note that due to the high number of applicants for the position, only those who are successful in gaining an interview will be contacted after the closing date.

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GMDI) to join our Client Engagement team at Guide Dogs Queensland (GDQ), based from our head office in Bald Hills.

The successful applicant will work alongside a team of skilled health professionals providing support to people who have low or no vision across all age groups in Queensland. Your professional input will complement existing services to provide a holistic approach in enabling clients to participate independently, confidently and safely in daily life.

You will be committed to a person centred approach to working with people with low or no vision and bring excellence, enthusiasm and experience to the role.

This position requires regular travel within an allocated region on an operational basis.

Key selection criteria:

  • IGDF Accredited Guide Dog Mobility Instructor qualification or other qualification deemed equivalent by Guide Dogs Queensland.
  • Proven and demonstrated skills in the use of up to date orientation and mobility techniques and strategies.
  • Experience in assessing clients and dogs, and training dogs up to matching standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and as an effective member of a team to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated excellence in time management, organisational and problem-solving skills.
  • Commitment to professional development and quality assurance.
  • An Open Drivers Licence.

To view our position description, please click here.

To apply, please submit your cover letter (maximum of two pages) addressing how you meet the above selection criteria, plus your CV and email to the HR Team at:

Seamus Baldwin

Email: [email protected]

Orientation and Mobility Instructor

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced full-time Orientation and Mobility Instructor to join our client engagement team at Guide Dogs Queensland (GDQ).

Our Orientation & Mobility (O&M) service provides O&M to blind & vision impaired adults and children throughout Queensland.  Additionally the applicant will have involvement in a range of camps and training programs that GDQ runs for adults and children each year at our head office in Brisbane.

The successful applicant will work alongside a team of skilled health professionals providing support to people who are blind or visually impaired. Your professional input will compliment existing services to provide a holistic approach in enabling clients to participate independently, confidently and safely in daily life.

You will be committed to a person centred approach to working with people with low or no vision and bring excellence, enthusiasm and experience to the role.

This position requires regular travel within an allocated region on an operational basis.

Key selection criteria:

  • Tertiary qualifications and experience in the field of Orientation and Mobility.
  • Current Open Drivers Licence.
  • Experience in working with clients who have a vision impairment.
  • A high level of integrity and a strong work ethic.
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills including working with people who have limited communication ability.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Well-developed problem solving skills.
  • The capacity to build rapport and negotiate with a wide range of people from varied backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently, obtain supervision, support and debriefing as required.
  • Good judgement and the ability to apply appropriate boundaries to professional relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to be outcome focussed and flexible to changing circumstances and work priorities.
  • Mature and professional in approach and presentation.

To view our position description, please click here.

To apply please forward your CV and covering letter (no more than 2 pages) addressing the above selection criteria and how you’d be a great fit in our team:

Brittany Gunst
[email protected]

Please note that due to the high number of applicants for the position, only those who are successful in gaining an interview will be contacted.

Occupational Therapist (Gold Coast)

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced full-time Occupational Therapist to join our team at Guide Dogs Queensland, based at our Gold Coast office.

The role is instrumental in supporting our blind and vision impaired clients to participate effectively, efficiently, independently, confidently and safety in fundamental activities of everyday life.

The successful applicant must be enthusiastic and dynamic and be interested in working within an inter-disciplinary team to deliver therapies to both adults and young people who are blind or vision impaired.

This position whilst based in the Gold Coast requires regular travel within an allocated region on an operational basis.

This position requires applicants to hold a current Open driver’s licence.

Key selection criteria:

  • Applicants must hold an Occupational Therapy degree.
  • Be registered with a professional industry body e.g. AHPRA, OTA.
  • Have experience of more than 3 years working as an OT in people’s home environments.
  • Be able to effectively prioritise tasks and work under minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

To view our position description, please click here.

To apply please forward your CV and a covering letter addressing the above selection criteria and how you’d be a great fit in our team to Seamus Baldwin:

Email: [email protected]

Or post to:

Human Resources Team

Guide Dogs Queensland

PO Box 5301, Brendale Qld 4500

Applications close COB Friday 14 September 2018.

Please note that due to the high number of applicants for the position, only those who are successful in gaining an interview will be contacted after the closing date

Occupational Therapists (Brisbane)

An exciting opportunity exists for two Occupational Therapists to join our Client Engagement team at Guide Dogs Queensland (GDQ).

We are looking for one part-time (minimum two days per week) and one full-time OT, both roles providing OT support to GDQ for client programs. Successful applicants will be supporting Queenslanders with low or no vision to assist them to maintain their independence within their home and successfully participate in activities of daily life.

This position whilst based in Brisbane may require regular travel within an allocated region on an operational basis and applicants must hold a current Open driver’s licence.

Key selection criteria:

  • Applicants must hold an Occupational Therapy degree.
  • Be registered with a professional industry body e.g. AHPRA, OTA.
  • Have a current First Aid Certificate.
  • Be able to effectively prioritise tasks and work under minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

To view our position description, please click here.

To apply please forward your CV and a covering letter addressing the above selection criteria and how you’d be a great fit in our team:

Brittany Gunst
[email protected]

Or post to:
Human Resources Team
Guide Dogs Queensland
PO Box 5301, Brendale QLD 4500

Applications close COB Friday 14 September 2018.

Please note that due to the high number of applicants for the position, only those who are successful in gaining an interview will be contacted.

Occupational Therapist (Townsville)

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced fulltime Occupational Therapist to join our team at Guide Dogs Queensland, based at our Townsville office.

The role is instrumental in supporting our blind and vision impaired clients to participate effectively, efficiently, independently, confidently and safety in fundamental activities of everyday life.

The successful applicant must be enthusiastic and dynamic and be interested in working within an inter-disciplinary team to deliver therapies to both adults and young people who are blind or vision impaired.

This position whilst based in Townsville requires regular travel within an allocated region and to Brisbane on an operational basis.

This position requires applicants to hold a current Open driver’s licence.

Key selection criteria:

  • Applicants must hold an Occupational Therapy degree.
  • Be registered with a professional industry body e.g. AHPRA, OTA.
  • Have experience of more than 3 years working as an OT in people’s home environments.
  • Be able to effectively prioritise tasks and work under minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

Applicants who can demonstrate capacity to work alone in regional communities and be supported from head office will be highly regarded.

To view our position description, please click here.

To apply please forward your CV and covering letter (no more than 2 pages) addressing the above selection criteria and how you’d be a great fit in our team:

Seamus Baldwin: [email protected]

How to apply

To apply for a position advertised through this site you will need to follow the instructions attached to each position.

Applications for positions need to include your resume and a covering letter briefly addressing the position selection criteria from the position description.

Please include your email address and daytime or mobile number in your application.

Unsolicited applications

We do not accept unsolicited applications. We only accept applications for advertised positions.

Please contact us to find out more about working with Guide Dogs Queensland.