Dog Care Specialist

Company Details

Name: Woodgreen Pets Charity

Address: Kings Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, PE29 2NH

Job Details

Job location: Cambridgeshire | East of England

Role: Animal Care

Position: Full time

Salary: £20,000 to £24,999

Closes in: 5 days (Sunday 11 December 2022)

Job Description:

Our vision is a world where all pets are well cared for in loving homes for life. To achieve this, we not only provide care for pets in need, but also help people be the best pet owners they can be.

Our Dog Care team are looking to recruit an experienced Dog Care Specialist to support and implement a high-quality provision for dogs in our care.

As Specialist you will work alongside Carers, Managers, and other Specialists, to implement a high-quality care provision by overseeing and supporting dogs' welfare, training, and rehoming journeys.

The successful candidate will be able to make a real difference by mentoring and developing staff to ensure dogs are cared for to a high-quality level, as well as recognising and delivering training and behavioural interventions to enrich the lives of dogs on site and increase chance of success in a new home.

The key responsibilities of this role would be;

  • Act as a subject matter expert to support successful assessment, training, and rehoming of dogs
  • Create and implement positive reinforcement-based behaviour modification plans for dogs with more complex needs, and pass these on to fosterers, adopters, and carers as needed.
  • Support the Team Managers and Section Manager in ensuring the department helps as many pets as possible whilst maintaining a balanced population and maximising dog welfare and rehoming
  • Provide hands on training and mentoring to Carers and volunteers; giving effective feedback and imparting the skills and knowledge needed to Care for dogs

This role requires an individual to be approachable and have a desire and ability to motivate, inspire, and develop others, showing strong communication skills with a positive outlook. Our Dog Care Specialists are required to have and maintain a high level of species-specific knowledge and use this to coach and support Dog Carers, handle and train dogs to improve their welfare and rehomability, and support the management team in decision-making for dogs. They also act as a role model, imparting the values and ethos of the charity to all team members.

The successful applicant will have significant experience of dog training, behaviour and handling, and working in a Dog Care environment - ideally in a rehoming centre context.

The working pattern for this role would include every other weekend.

The starting salary for this position would be £22,140 - £27,060 per annum depending on experience.

To apply for this role please submit your CV and a Covering Letter outlining why you feel that you would be the best candidate for this role. Applications without a covering letter may not be considered.

This vacancy may close earlier should we receive high volumes of applications.  Interviews may commence prior to the closing date.

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