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Donkey Welfare Adviser (1051)

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  • Salary:
    €36,747 per annum
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    Full Time

The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland (DSI) works as part of an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys and mules worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.

We now have an excellent opportunity for a proactive and flexible equine professional to join our Welfare team in Ireland as Donkey Welfare Adviser. With a high level of equine knowledge, and significant experience of working with equines (specifically donkeys and mules) you will respond to donkeys in need within the counties of Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow, whilst acting proactively to grow and support a quality Rehoming scheme, and providing a range of high quality training and learning interventions.

Your duties within this multifunctional and rewarding role will include –

  • Taking appropriate action to prevent donkeys and mules suffering; anticipating and taking preventative steps to avoid cruelty, distress or poor treatment by educating, supporting and informing a number of audiences in the care and welfare of donkeys and mules
  • Working effectively with groups from diverse backgrounds to inform and share best practice and model good practice to raise standards, informing and educating to improve the care and welfare of donkeys and mules
  • Gathering objective evidence in a professional and effective manner to underpin action and to provide sound evidence as required, both orally and in writing
  • Identifying and reporting on welfare cases and providing case studies and images for fundraising and communication purposes
  • Supporting the development of new initiatives including charity shops, donkey clubs and local rehoming networks as well as identifying creative and collaborative initiatives to promote and raise awareness of the charity
  • Growing the number of Guardian homes in the area by considering creative opportunities and engaging with the public to promote the benefits of the rehoming scheme to both equines and people
  • Providing expert information, support and advice to Guardian homes when required, as well as expertise in all aspects of donkey and mule care, welfare and behaviour
  • Delivering training to a number of audiences, including Guardian homes, members of the public and others in a style suitable to the audience using all available resources in order to provide high quality, informative and impactful training which can be evaluated and which demonstrates “making a difference”.

A demonstrable understanding of equine behaviour and proven practical delivery of this in the field, together with knowledge of legal practicalities and application of relevant animal welfare legislation, is essential, as are advanced IT, communication and presentation skills. A working knowledge of photography and social media, a confidence in public speaking, previous experience in attending at court and presenting in this arena and a knowledge of legal process and evidence giving (and/or a willingness to undertake this area of work) is desirable.

If you feel you have the qualities, skills and experience to fulfil this vital role, and would like to be part of the evolving programme of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. This is a full-time, permanent contract working 40 hours per week on an annualised hours basis, with flexibility required to work evenings, at weekends and on public holidays in order to meet the demands of the role. The post holder will be expected to live within, or within a short distance of, the counties specified.

Closing date for completed applications: Sunday 10 July 2022.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a Disability Confident Employer.

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.

Please note: The Guaranteed interview scheme is only applicable to candidates who consider themselves to have a disability applying for roles based within the United Kingdom.

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