Animal Welfare Assistant, 9 Month Fixed Term Contract - Torbay

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200629 AWA Torbay
Animal Welfare
Full Time
Fixed Term Contract

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Animal Welfare Assistant, Torbay rehoming centre
Fixed term until March 2021, full time

We are one of the UK’s leading rehoming organisations for animals. We support sick, injured and homeless pets and care for more than 40,000 animals every year through our rehoming, veterinary and education programmes.

Our rehoming centre in Torbay opened in 1988 and our facilities accommodate small species, cats and kittens so we certainly are kept on our toes with our furry friends!

What is the role?
We are currently recruiting for an Animal Welfare Assistant to work as part of our team delivering a first class customer experience, answering queries and matching and rehoming pets effectively and by presenting a professional and friendly approach both face to face and on the telephone.

Our Blue Cross team members will be passionate about animal welfare and have a desire to help pets and people. We are looking for success orientated individuals who will thrive on the challenge of working in a Blue Cross rehoming centre.

To be successful in this role our Animal Welfare Assistants must have animal handling experience from either a paid role or a volunteering opportunity. Previous experience is important to us in finding the right candidate. We are looking for individuals who have studied in animal care and husbandry or have experienced it in previous roles. If you are unsure as to what experience, we are looking for then please give us a call on 0300 777 1550 and we would be more than happy to talk it through with you.

What is required?
We are looking for people with the following:

• Valid manual driving licence, this role requires a significant amount of van driving
• Paid or voluntary employment with domestic animals (excluding pets)
• Working with members of the public in a customer service environment
• Administrative skills, including computerised systems
• Experience of working to strict health and safety procedures
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
• Good literacy and numeracy skills

It would also be great if you had:

• Paid or voluntary employment in an animal welfare environment
• Experience of cash handling

This is a full-time role working full time of 42 hours per week on a locally agreed rota including weekends & bank holidays. Due to the nature of the work of Blue Cross, and this post, it will be necessary to exceed these hours when the workload demands.

For successful candidates the interview process consists of a virtual interview with hiring managers over Skype for business. Those shortlisted from the interview process will be invited to the centre for a second practical based assessment involving cleaning and feeding our pets onsite, adhering to government social distancing guidelines and our safe working procedures.

To read more about the benefits Blue Cross has to offer, please click on the 'What We Offer' tab or paste the following into your browser:

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.

Salary: £15,910 – £18,500 per annum
Grade: 5.1
Closing Date: 13th July 2020
Interview Dates: Week Commencing 20th July 2020