The Donkey Sanctuary has established recruitment processes that are designed to help managers ensure they are equipped to attract and recruit amazing people through a fair and transparent selection process. All our roles have a job profile which will give you details on the role, and a Person Specification which will detail the essential skills and knowledge we are looking for. This is used as a basis for selecting applicants for interview and appointing the successful candidate.
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To ensure that we conduct a fair and transparent process we ask all applicants to complete an application form. When applying for a role, take your time, try to prepare your application a few days before the closing date and review your application thoroughly before submitting your interest.Our application form is broken into the following sections:
So you have secured an interview - Congratulations!
A good interview involves more than just how you answer the interview questions. First impressions matter and it is important that you’re able to present yourself appropriately, so:
You’ll almost certainly be asked specific questions about The Donkey Sanctuary, so make sure you’ve done your homework by browsing our website for more information.
There are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up at interview. You should prepare answers about your personal strengths, qualities and skills, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job. Take time to review the job description and your application.
Plan your route, and allow extra time for any unexpected delays, ensure you have everything you need to take with you ready the night before, and bring evidence of your right to work in the UK.
Understandably you may be nervous, however first impressions count. Focus on the positives to help you relax, you have been invited to the interview for a reason, we believe from your application you have the required skills. Let your personality shine through and demonstrate you are genuinely interested in the role by being attentive and listening to the interviewer. This will also help you compose your answers, and remember to breathe!
Answer all questions clearly and concisely, evidencing your most relevant qualifications, skills, experiences and achievements. It is perfectly acceptable to pause before answering a question to give yourself thinking time, or to seek clarification if, at first, you are unsure what the question means. When answering, don’t speak too quickly.
At the end of your interview, you will be invited to ask any questions you may have. You should prepare some questions for your interviewer that will demonstrate your interest in the position and your understanding of the role.
The way in which we conduct interviews may vary depending on the level of the role, and where you might be based. Usually interviews are conducted face-to-face, but potentially could be held via Skype. dependant on location.
The interviewing panel will be looking to measure each candidate against the criteria set out in the job profile.
As part of the recruitment process you may also be asked to undertake a practical exercise, or deliver a presentation. You will always be told in advance if you are asked to complete any form of assessment. These assessments are designed to give you the best opportunity to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experiences in relation to the position.
As part of the application process we normally ask you to identify two referees of which one should be your current or most recent line manager. For each reference, a contact name, telephone and email are mandatory. You should also indicate whether your referees can be contacted before interview. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references.
The Donkey Sanctuary commitment to equality and diversity applies to everything we do.
We view Diversity as a description of the visible and invisible differences that exist between people, such as, gender, race, ethnic origin, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, age, economic class, language, religion, nationality, education, and family/marital status. We recognise that these visible and non-visible differences between people can also lead to differences in experiences, values, attitudes, ways of thinking, behaving, communicating and working.
In order to implement and monitor our commitment to Equal Opportunities and Diversity, we kindly ask applicants to fill in our Equal Opportunities Form. Note that some questions are mandatory, and others are voluntary. All (except date of birth) contain the option 'I do not wish to disclose'.If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck with your application.
We value our employees, and firmly believe that our people should work in an environment where their hard work and dedication is recognised and rewarded. As an employee of The Donkey Sanctuary in the UK, you will enjoy:
* Located at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth.
Note to applicants under 18 years of age
Section 2 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 places a requirement on young persons in England between 16 and 18 to be in one of:
Full-time education or trainingTraining under an apprenticeship*Full-time occupation that has a prescribed level of relevant training or education (as defined in the ESA 2008).
The Donkey Sanctuary does not currently offer any full-time training or occupations which meet the prescribed level of relevant training or education for the purposes of the Education and Skills Act 2008.
We are required to ensure that applicants between 16 and 18 have made appropriate arrangements for training or education prior to entering into relevant contracts of employment. Relevant contracts of employment include those requiring at least 20 hours work per week.
Please ensure you are legally able to carry out the advertised role before applying.
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*Apprenticeship opportunities are advertised on our jobs page.
Yes, if the post is not exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We only ask applicants to disclose convictions which are not yet spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If you are not sure whether your convictions are spent, please contact Nacro (Niacro in Northern Ireland) for further advice.
The DBS check enables us to make safer recruitment decisions by confirming that appointed candidates are suitable for certain work, particularly that involving children or vulnerable adults. Roles that require DBS clearance (Access NI in Northern Ireland) will be advertised as such.
We do offer these types of opportunities.
For work experience please see our work experience page for additional details.
We also offer apprenticeships and these will be advertised under our current opportunities page
Please see our Volunteer pages for details on how to become a volunteer.
Unfortunately, we do not reimburse interview expenses.
When completing your application, it is crucial that you cover the essential criteria, which will be found within the personal specification section of the Job Description. You should state here what you believe makes you suitable for this position, providing supporting evidence of your skills, experience and relevant qualifications. This may be based on your personal and work experience (including any voluntary work), education and training. It is these criteria that applicants are scored against at the shortlisting for interview stage.
We pride ourselves on providing a fair and robust recruitment process for all applicants, and we anonymise all applications before sending to the Hiring Manager to review. To assist us with this can you please ensure you put no identifying information in the “Why do you want to work for The Donkey Sanctuary” and “How do you meet the essential criteria” sections of your application.
However, you can sign up for Job Alerts if there are no suitable vacancies at the time.
By 11.59 pm on the advertised closing date.
We are committed to equality of opportunity, and actively encourage diversity and inclusion, while opposing all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. The Donkey Sanctuary is proud to have been awarded the ‘Disability Confident Employer’ symbol, awarded by Department for Work and Pensions because it demonstrates the positive approach we have to providing equal opportunities to people with disabilities and providing them with access to training, support and career development when they are employed here.We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the ‘minimum criteria’ for the post (the minimum criteria means the essential criteria as set out in the job description for the post) and provides a completed the ‘Guaranteed Interview Scheme’ form. You must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required for each essential criteria, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. Applications will be assessed on a level playing field and candidates that have applied under the scheme will need to score a minimum of 50% against the essential criteria at shortlisting to obtain an interview. Please see our “Guaranteed Interview Scheme” form for further details.
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