Animal Care Assistant (4382)
Address: Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, RH13 9RS
Job location: Sussex | South East
Role: Animal Care
Position: Full time
Job title: Animal Care Assistant
Location: Leybourne Animal Centre
Salary: Circa £18,000 per annum plus 4% shift allowance
Hours: Full Time (35 hours)
Closing date: 10:00 Monday 2nd August 2021.
We’re looking for an Animal Care Assistant to join our passionate team at Leybourne Animal Centre on a permanent full time basis.
Leybourne Animal Centre opened in 1996 and has the capacity to care for over 50 dogs in our kennels and up to 72 cats in our cattery, we also have a small animal house which caters for just about everything else! This can include ferrets, rodents, birds and even sometimes farm animals. We are also a temporary holding centre for wildlife casualties and have an equine rehoming unit
As an Animal Care Assistant you will be providing care for all animals in the Centre, establishing good customer relations with members of the public and RSPCA staff and maintaining administration and health and safety procedures in use.
Our vision is a society where no animal suffers unnecessarily. Some animals that come to us have been mistreated, kept in awful conditions or left without free access to food or water. They may arrive terrified and it's up to us to try and work out why and bring them round to trusting people again. We do this on a daily basis with a dedicated team that we're extremely proud of. The work can be tough, both physically and emotionally but very rewarding.
What you’ll be doing:
Cleaning of animal accommodation for all animals to the required standard set by the RSPCA
Preparing and providing food and water for all animals in the centre’s care
Performing regular health checks on all animals and giving medical treatments as prescribed by the centres consulting Veterinary Surgeon
Attending to the needs of the individual animals, including exercise/socialisation and grooming for all domestic animals.
Communicating with supporters/adopters, staff and volunteers both face to face, by phone and email
Completing all relevant animal paperwork and updating the centre's computer data base for all animals at the centre
What you’ll have:
Previous experience of domestic animal care and handling from working in the animal care / welfare industry
Experience working within a team and with minimal supervision
Sound communication and customer care skills
IT literacy skills
A full, current driving licence
What’s in it for you:
You’ll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales.
We value and recognise our employees’ contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:
35 hours standard working week, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days with service; a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme; access to private healthcare scheme; support for professional development after qualifying period and access to our employee assistance programme.
How to apply:
To apply, please complete our online application form quoting reference ACA4832 by the closing date of Monday 2nd August 2021.
Early applications are encouraged, we reserve the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications are received.
All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team.
We strongly believe in being an innovative, diverse, and inclusive organisation and recognise that diversity in all of our people will help achieve that purpose and our mission more effectively. We actively encourage and seek applications from a wide diversity of candidates and in particular welcome applications from minority ethnic, black, and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at the RSPCA.
Ending cruelty, promoting kindness and alleviating suffering to animals.
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