For more than 40 years, The Donkey Sanctuary has provided donkey assisted activities for children in the UK and overseas. Over the past four decades the programme has evolved to enable the provision of interactive, psychosocial, Donkey Facilitated and Equine Assisted Learning Programmes that utilise mutually enriching interaction sessions aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of donkeys and critical life skills of vulnerable people.
We have an excellent opportunity for an Equine Assistant to join our team based at Leeds. You will care for the donkeys in line with current policy and practice and assist in the provision of donkey assisted activities for young people and adults to develop key life skills through donkey and human interaction.
Main duties and responsibilities will include feeding, grooming and caring for donkeys, maintaining a high standard of cleanliness throughout The Donkey-Assisted Therapy Centre including stables, arena and pastures. Good communication is important as you will observe signs of ill health/potential ailments and will liaise with internal and external equine professionals that include vets and farriers. Assist in the training of donkeys under the guidance of the Equine Co-Ordinator and provide input into shaping plans when appropriate. You will be involved with the supervision of donkeys as well as assisting with promotional activities both in and out of The Donkey Sanctuary, including the supervision of volunteers, donkeys and work experience students.
If you feel you have the qualities, skills and experience to fulfil this varied, rewarding and vital role, and would like to be part of the evolving program of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. This is a full time permanent contract working 37.5 hours per week over a 7 day rota including weekends.
Closing date for completed applications: Wednesday 23 June 2021.
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.
Human Donkey Interaction - The Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre, Leeds