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New Arrivals Groom (1029)

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  • Salary:
    £22,008 per annum
  • Poscity
  • Poscountry
    United Kingdom
  • Area:
    Equine Operations
  • Vacancy Type:
  • Full or Part Time?:
    Full Time

The Donkey Sanctuary is 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.

Upon arrival at The Donkey Sanctuary, all animals spend a minimum of six weeks at the New Arrivals Unit. Vaccinations, weights, farriery, worming and dental details are updated before the animals then join the resident herds at our farms and Donkey Assisted Therapy Centres. Strict Bio-security measures are in place in order to minimise the risk of the spread of infection between groups.

We are now have an excellent opportunity for a professional and highly self-motivated individual, with excellent equine and animal husbandry skills and experience, to join our New Arrivals team. This is a varied and interesting role, which plays a critical part in settling the donkeys into their new environment, and calls for the ability to work unsupervised whilst strictly maintaining all New Arrivals procedures and protocols.

Principal duties and responsibilities will include –

  • Providing care through routine observation, feeding, medicating, grooming, weighing and worming the unit’s donkeys, mules, ponies and hinnies
  • Assisting with New Arrivals routines such as farriery, dentals, veterinary examinations, vaccinations, de-lousing and maintaining all New Arrivals procedures and protocols
  • Providing care for donkeys with special, additional and behavioural needs and requirements
  • Operating machinery, mucking out, feeding and bedding up of barns and stables and distributing hay, haylage and bagged feedstuffs
  • Ordering, preparing and administering medications under veterinary advice
  • Supporting the New Arrivals Manager in maintaining a safe working environment by risk assessment and following Health and Safety regulations and by maintaining bio-security
  • Providing feedback on a daily basis to the New Arrivals Manager on matters such as donkey health and feeding regimes, and liaising with other staff to facilitate the smooth running of the New Arrivals Unit.

Confidence in  managing and handling donkeys and mules that require a variety of additional needs, including relinquishments and private donkeys, and competency in working with farm machinery and equipment, are essential, as are good communication, team working, prioritising and problem solving skills. General farming knowledge and experience of administering medication to equines is desirable.

If you feel you have the qualities, skills and experience to fulfil this rewarding and 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. Based in Sidmouth, Devon – an area of outstanding natural beauty – this is a full-time, permanent contract starting as soon as possible, working 37.5 hours per week, 08.30-16.30, with weekends and early shifts as part of the New Arrivals team rota..

Closing date for completed applications: Monday 4 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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The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth
The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Sidmouth, Devon, United Kingdom, EX10 0NU
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