Working at Southeastern Guide Dogs
At Southeastern Guide Dogs, we’re working hard on behalf of our extraordinary dogs, transforming lives. Our employees, volunteers, and interns share our mission mindset, where service and caring are woven into our culture.
“It’s an honor to be a part of changing lives every day!”
– Susan Wilburn, Director of Admissions and Graduate Services and Southeastern Graduate
Southeastern Guide Dogs, Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014 Nonprofit of the Year, has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) and Assistance Dogs International (ADI). Founded in 1982 in Palmetto, Florida, the organization employs the latest in canine development and behavior research to create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and extraordinary guide dogs. Southeastern Guide Dogs serves more than 400 graduates across the U.S. and continues to place more than 100 dogs each year into careers benefiting people with visual impairments, and veterans. The charity provides all of its services free of charge and receives no government funding.
Location and Campus
Our main campus is located on 33 landscaped acres in Palmetto, Florida, just off I-75 and I-275 and easily accessible from Sarasota, Bradenton, St. Petersburg, and Tampa.
Our facilities include a student center, the Isaac and Margaret Barpal Veterinary Center, the puppy kennel, the Keith G. Hirst Canine Assessment Center, the training kennel, and the gift shop.
“I’m proud to be a link in the chain providing independence and confidence to the visually impaired population.”
–Raymond Hurley, Certified Trainer
Benefits and Features
When you work at Southeastern Guide Dogs, you’ll join the 120+ employees and 350+ campus volunteers making a genuine difference in the lives of our visually impaired students, graduates, and veterans. You’ll also enjoy these added benefits:
• The organization contributes to a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Employees may also contribute to a retirement plan.
• Our full-time employees enjoy a competitive paid time off (PTO) package including PTO, holidays, and your birthday.
• We employ about 120 employees and welcome 350 volunteers on our 35-acre, park-like campus that includes a cafeteria.
• We are a dog-friendly workplace, and upon approval, many staff members bring personal dogs to work.
Areas of Employment
Our organization is growing and we may be hiring in these areas:
Direct dog contact:
• Puppy Kennel
• Training Kennel
• Veterinary Center
Administrative/Student Center areas:
What you need to know to apply:
• Apply online. At Southeastern Guide Dogs, our employees must be adept at communicating in our digital environment. Therefore all applications must be submitted directly through our website. Applications or resumes submitted by other methods—fax, email, mail, or hand delivery—will not be considered at this time. Thank you.
• Please be patient. After applying for a posted position, please understand that we carefully review each candidate, and we will respond with a phone call or email once your application has been reviewed. We appreciate your patience as we are currently processing a high volume of applications, so please wait to hear from us. Due to the number of applications, we are not able to process or respond to follow-up phone calls or emails at this time.
How to Apply
Our Culture of Respect
At Southeastern Guide Dogs, we affirm our commitment to respect the individual and the organization as follows:
• To treat team members, volunteers, donors, students, graduates and other key stakeholders with respect and dignity, regardless of status within the organization.
• To demonstrate the highest professional standards; engage in open, honest and fair conduct in all business relationships; and adhere to all applicable laws and regulations.
• To not discriminate based on race, color, creed, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, or other protected classes; and to immediately report incidents of discrimination to the Human Resources Department or the Chief Executive Officer.
• To not engage in unlawful harassment, including sexual, verbal, physical and visual harassment; and to immediately report incidents of harassment to the Human Resources Department or the Chief Executive Officer.
• To abide by all safety rules and practices and to assume responsibility for taking the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and others; and to immediately report accidents and unsafe practices and conditions to the Human Resources Department or the Chief Executive Officer.