A vacancy has arisen within South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (GDA) for the position of Puppy Block Supervisor.

Capacity: Permanent
Location: 126 Wroxham Road, Paulshof
Responsible to: Head of department of Kennels, Weaning and Puppy Block

Key function: Responsible for the overall supervision in Puppy Block/Weaning Block of:
• Kennel Assistants who are working in these facilities
• Maintaining strict cleaning and hygiene controls in these facilities
• Ensuring Bio Hazard protocols are followed in these facilities
• Facilitate the Socialisation Program with puppies
• The care of broods / puppies in these facilities
• Whelping broods

Key responsibilities:
• Oversee hygiene in the Puppy Block/Weaning Block
• Oversee staff who are working in Puppy Block/Weaning Block
• Oversee volunteers who are working in Puppy Block/Weaning Block
• Oversee socialisation protocols
• Oversee the physical and emotional well being of all broods and puppies in Puppy and Weaning Block
• Undertake all record keeping and administration duties in Puppy Block/Weaning Block
• Recruit, train and supervise volunteers

Essential qualities:
• Good people skills
• Experience with puppies from birth
• Knowledge of brood bitches requirements from nesting to 8 weeks prior to whelping
• Experience in whelping an advantage
• Willingness to whelp broods, irrespective of the time
• Willingness to work on weekends, public holidays and after hours
• Ability to complete monthly reports
• Must be prepared to write exams and achieve a 70% pass mark
• Must have Microsoft knowledge

Qualifications/experience:
• Must be able to communicate and write well in English
• Must have a valid driver’s license
• Must have a minimum education level of a Matric Certificate (additional education an advantage)
• Early puppy socialising experience essential
• An understanding of dog behaviour and dog health essential
• Must have a comprehensive knowledge of broods, whelpings and early puppy socialising

Persons interested in this position should email the following documents to Leigh De Beaufort LeighD@guidedog.org.za

1. A copy of their CV and qualifications
2. Letter of motivation
3. Copy of their identity document
4. A letter of recommendation from their Manager
5. A copy of their last appraisal

Applications will close on 20th May 2019

South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind reserves the right not to fill this vacancy. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant for an interview or appointment and failure to meet the minimum requirements of the post will result in the applicant automatically disqualifying themselves from consideration. Applicants who do not receive a reply within 4 weeks of submission should deem their application to have been unsuccessful.