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Equine Assistant (0994)

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  • Salary:
    £20,963 per annum
  • Poscity
  • Poscountry
    United Kingdom
  • Area:
    Equine Operations
  • Vacancy Type:
  • Full or Part Time?:
    Full Time

For many years The Donkey Sanctuary has promoted the self-development of children and adults through the benefits of being in the presence of donkeys. We offer Donkey Assisted Activities (DAA) at our Donkey Assisted Therapy (DAT) centres, including Donkey Facilitated Learning (DFL), Donkey Management Programme (DMP) and Wellbeing with Donkeys (WWD). These ground-based activities support the development of people’s life skills and wellbeing, helping individuals to better deal with challenges in everyday life, while also promoting positive attitudes towards donkeys.

Do you have a passion for Donkeys? Would you like to help make a difference?

We have an excellent opportunity for a proactive, flexible and friendly individual to join the dedicated team based at The Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre, Manchester. As Equine Assistant you will care for the centre’s donkeys and will assist in the provision of donkey assisted activities for vulnerable children and adults, both on and off The Donkey Sanctuary sites.

Within this varied and rewarding role, your principal duties and responsibilities will include –

  • Feeding, grooming and caring for the centre’s donkeys
  • Maintaining a high standard of cleanliness throughout the centre including stables, arena and pastures, and maintaining tack equipment and fodder and bedding stocks.
  • Championing good donkey welfare by ensuring the care and welfare of all donkeys is maintained to a high standard, including observing signs of ill health/potential ailments, treating where appropriate, and Work alongside internal & external equine professionals such as the vet and farrier when required
  • Assisting in the training of donkeys under the guidance of the Equine Co-Ordinator and provide input into shaping plans where appropriate
  • Supporting and assisting with donkey-facilitated activities
  • Taking responsibility for all aspects of outreach visits, including the loading and unloading and the supervision of donkeys
  • Assisting with promotional activities both in and outside the centre, including supervision of volunteers and work experience students.

Experience of working with equines (preferably donkeys), together with experience of working with vulnerable children and adults, is essential, as are good communication, customer service, team working and IT skills and a full, valid driving licence. Experience of transporting livestock and a BHS Stable Management certificate are 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 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, including weekend work as part of the team rota. The working pattern will be agreed between the line manager and post-holder.

Closing date for completed applications: Wednesday 25 May 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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Green Fold, Abbey Hey, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom, M18 8RJ
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