The Position - Canine Care Assistant Supervisor 

The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs have a unique employment opportunity for a Canine Care Assistant Supervisor at our campus in Smithtown, NY (Long Island).  This position work week would be Sunday through Thursday. 

Position Summary

This position reports to the Chief Canine Care Officer.  Major responsibilities include assisting Kennel Management in organizing work schedules, and assists in training existing staff and new hires with Kennel procedures.   Handles complex kennel tasks such as taking part in improving procedures by working with team members form other departments and researching solutions with management.  Performs other Canine Care tasks including physiological care (feed, bathe, groom, and transport) to all dogs and/or puppies at the Organizations’ kennels as well as perform regular cleaning and disinfecting tasks.  Administers medication and also performs whelping room duties.  Maintains records as needed. 

Key Position Requirements: 

  • Hours: Sunday 8am to 5pm, Monday thru Thursday 7am to 4pm and have the ability to work different day and evening shifts and weekends
  • High school Diploma; preferably college level courses in animal husbandry, sciences or related fields.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to relate well with staff, volunteers and donors. 
  • Ability to communicate via email and telephone.
  • Proficient computer/phone skills (word processing, email, database use) 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including written and verbal communications with staff members and volunteers at all levels in the organization.
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced, dynamic work environment.
Physical Demands
  • Ability to restrain active dogs weighing up to 110 lbs. for up to one hour.
  • Employee is required to: stand, walk, push, pull, reach overhead and bend to the floor.
  • Exert 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or exert 1 to 20 pounds of force frequently.
Visual Acuity

Near acuity and accommodation is required for ability to see and read dog's reaction to environment, distractions, or to determine if dog is under stress; ability to read forms, documentation and computer screen.

Hearing Ability

Ability to interact with dogs, employees, students, volunteers in an informal way or giving formal instructions.

Working Environment

The employee is subject to daily outside elements, traffic, airport noise levels as well as inside kennel noise.  Employee is exposed to cleaning and antibacterial solutions in kennel.  Employee is also exposed to animal dander and hair in confined areas such as vans and kennels.

How to Apply

Please send your resume to Samantha@GuideDog.org.

Canine Care associate bathing a puppy.