Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (Cadetship)

About The Role
Grow your passion and build your career with Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd (GDS). We are the only social service agency that trains and provides guide dogs to people with vision impairment. We are recruiting and training our next Guide Dog Mobility Instructor to grow our Guide Dogs Programme.

The cadetship (training) which takes about 3 years will be carried out in Singapore and Australia. You will be required to start the full-time cadetship in Singapore in October 2022, and move to Australia from March 2023 where you will continue the cadetship. You will receive full support and training as you progress through the cadetship program with us and our partnering organisation in Australia. This includes learning about the common eye conditions, training dogs according to International Guide Dog Federation Standards, matching dogs with clients, training of clients and their paired dogs, and completing the basic Orientation and Mobility course.

You will be offered full time employment with GDS and also start your 5-year bond following the successful completion of the cadetship. As a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor at GDS, you will assume a major role in advocacy, and empowering vision impaired people with independence through the use of guide dogs.

Applicants must be Singapore citizens, fully vaccinated and hold a Class 3 or 3A licence.

Please include a cover letter to support your application. Email your resume to

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews. Closing date: 10 June 2022.

Candidate Requirements

Technical Competencies:

  • At least 3 years of working experience
  • Good communication, planning and organisational skills
  • Experience in teaching, counselling, or any social service work is a bonus but not essential

Core Competencies:

  • Able to work independently and with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to connect and coach people of various ages and backgrounds
  • Physically fit and can walk at least 15 km a day
  • Comfortable with and able to handle dogs that are between 25 to 40 kg
  • Adaptable and a critical thinker

Preferred achievements / characteristics:

  • Diploma and above
  • Hardworking, team player, a person-centred individual with empathy and integrity
  • Enjoy working outdoors


Staff Guide Dog Handling Session

Last week we shared how our clients had an experiential walk with a guide dog during a guide dog information session to give our clients a more balanced view between the use of cane and guide dog. To better empathise with our clients, we the staff at Guide Dogs Singapore (GDS) too had an experiential walk ourselves with the help of our Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI), Christina. We wanted to better understand how guide dogs are handled and worked. Featured in this video is Ms. Trina, one of GDS's director undergoing a guide dog experiential walk whilst blindfolded, with Orinda, our 4 legged assistant of the day. Video description: Ms. Trina is blindfolded as she held on to Orinda's harness while GDMI Christina held on to Orinda's leash. Orinda started walking once the prompt "Forward" was given. Orinda continued guiding Ms Trina in a straight path in a carpark whilst avoiding the back of a car.

Posted by Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd on Sunday, 18 October 2020
Slightly Scarlet interview with Christina, a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor from Guide Dogs Singapore (GDS) ✨

Interview with Christina, a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor from Guide Dogs Singapore (GDS) ✨ Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between using a white cane and a guide dog? Or what's life like for a guide dog puppy? What etiquettes should you take note of when you come across a guide dog at work? Find out more in the interview Christina had with @slightlyscarletofficial team of SMU students. If you have any questions, type it in the comment section below. — Slightly Scarlet is an annual philanthropic event that strives to raise awareness for social causes. To raise funds for us, they are selling self-designed merchandise such as tote bags, gift cards and face masks. Do show your support by purchasing at! ☺️

Posted by Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd on Tuesday, 15 September 2020

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