Employment


Employment with Guide Dogs Tasmania:

Our dogs change lives, and our people tell the stories and create the opportunities for that to happen. Our people are proud to say they work here. They support each other to be their best. They trust each other to do their best. They deliver.

Guide Dogs Tasmania has two offices – in Hobart CBD and Invermay (Launceston).

Our staff work across the state and administrative functions are located in Hobart. We are a small, dedicated, professional team of instructors, engagement and development staff and volunteers.

Currently, we have no positions available within the Guide Dogs Tasmania team.

Employment with VisAbility:

Connection, empathy and opportunity are key drivers of innovation and meaningful progress. Visit the Work For Us page at VisAbility to check for opportunities.

 

 

Orientation and Mobility Specialist (O&M Specialist) / Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialist

O&M Specialists work with clients of all ages who are blind or have low vision and who may also have other disabilities. Some large organisations may have teams of specialists working primarily with children or with clients who have neurological vision loss but the majority of O&M Specialists need to be able to communicate with, assess and train individuals across the lifespan. Services are generally provided one-to-one with clients in their home, school, workplace or local community.

The role of an Orientation and Mobility Specialist is best suited to those people who are:

  • Compassionate
  • Patient
  • Understanding
  • Fit and active
  • Able to drive and travel
  • Able to read maps and have a good sense of direction
  • Flexible
  • Practical problem-solvers
  • Able to work with children and adults of all ages and backgrounds who are blind and vision impaired
  • Eager to learn and who enjoy stimulating and challenging work

O&M Teachers are dual qualified as O&M Specialists and special education teachers who work primarily with clients aged 0-18 and are employed by State Government Education Departments.

Orientation and Mobility courses are a Post Graduate level qualification. There are currently no courses offered in Tasmania. Prior to undertaking training as an O&M Specialist, you must have obtained at least an undergraduate qualification in a related area. This may be a Bachelor of health science, teaching, psychology or similar.

Courses Available:

La Trobe University, (VIC) Bundoora Campus
Graduate Diploma in Orientation and Mobility
1 year full time

Griffith University, (QLD), Logan Campus
Masters of Human Services
1 year full time

University of Newcastle,
Renwick College North Rocks Campus
Master of Special Education: Sensory Disability

Massey University, New Zealand, Palmerston North Campus
Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation with an endorsement in the Rehabilitation of the Vision Impaired (O&M)
1 year full time

Graduate Certificate in Vision Impairment (Orientation and Mobility)
Vision Australia – Enfield, NSW
1 year full time

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) / Guide Dog Trainer

A Guide Dog Mobility Instructor works primarily with adult clients. Their role includes: training dogs; assessing clients to determine their eligibility for a Guide Dog; liaising with Orientation and Mobility Specialists; matching dogs with client applicants; conducting intensive training with clients when they are matched with a new dog; assessing the ongoing health and care of guide dogs; and providing ongoing support, training and advice to Guide Dog handlers throughout the working life of the dog. GDMIs are also involved with Puppy Raising programs which involve: selecting Puppy Raising volunteers; conducting one-to-one and group training sessions and teaching all aspects of puppy/dog healthcare and training.

The role of a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor is best suited to those people who are:

  • Very fit and active
  • Able to drive and travel
  • Able to demonstrate assertive leadership skills
  • Interested in training dogs to a high skill level, in accordance with international Guide Dog standards
  • Interested in all aspects of dog breeding, care and training
  • Compassionate
  • Patient
  • Flexible
  • Practical problem-solvers
  • Able to work with clients of all ages and backgrounds who are blind and vision impaired
  • Eager to learn and who enjoy stimulating and challenging work

The role of a Guide Dog Trainer is primarily to train several dogs at a time, not to work directly with vision impaired clients.

Guide Dog Mobility courses are a Post Graduate level qualification. Prior to undertaking training as a GDMI, you must have obtained at least an undergraduate qualification in a related area and undertake an Orientation and Mobility course. Further training is usually conducted as part of a cadetship within a Guide Dog organization which has senior staff qualified to deliver the training to comply with International Guide Dog Federation standards.

Many non-government organisations in Australia and overseas that provide services for people who are blind or vision impaired employ Orientation and Mobility Specialists. They may be part of a multi-disciplinary team or be the primary specialist working with clients if O&M is the only service offered.

Organisations providing Guide Dog services employ both O&M Specialists and Guide Dog Mobility Instructors. Depending on the size of the organization, they may also employ Guide Dog trainers. Some larger Guide Dog organisations have their own breeding program and employ staff in their kennels.