Animal Carer in Penryn


Organisation Overview:
The Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary is a registered charity based in South Cornwall, UK. Founded in 1995, our sanctuary site now provides a safe home for life to over 100 donkeys, horses and ponies (primarily donkeys), all of whom have been rescued from situations of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Job Summary:
We are seeking a compassionate, hard-working individual to join our team caring for the resident donkeys and horses at our sanctuary. This is a full-time, permanent role paid at the national living wage, requiring a dedicated team player who understands, and can work with, Flicka's aims and ethos.

Required skills and experience:
Candidates must have experience working with animals - preferably in a sanctuary setting.
A strong interest in animal welfare
A good understanding of what rescue centre work entails. The care and welfare of the animals is of the utmost importance.
A full driving licence.
A flexible approach to work, with a willingness to work around priorities as they happen.
Self-motivated, with a readiness to learn and show initiative.

Desirable skills and experience:
Experience caring for, or working with, equines (particularly donkeys).
Customer service skills, for interacting with sanctuary visitors.
Public speaking experience.
Strong and effective communication skills.

Main Responsibilities:

Daily tasks to include; mucking out, feeding, removal of droppings from paddocks and leading animals to and from fields at the start and end of the day.
Assisting with the preparation and distribution of medications and special feeds.
Identifying and quickly reporting problems or illnesses to the Equine Manager.
Moving utility trucks and large farm machinery (training provided) around the site
Training, coordinating and supervising volunteers on tasks and protocols that are essential to the day to day running of the sanctuary.
General up-keep of yard and animal areas - identifying maintenance requirements and reporting to the Equine Manager.
Assist with stock take of medications, hay, straw and equine feeds as and when necessary.
Familiarity and compliance with all health and safety protocols.
You will be expected to learn to distinguish individual animals, become knowledgeable about their backgrounds and show a sensitivity to their needs.

Other responsibilities:

Although currently closed to visitors due to the current Covid-19 situation, the sanctuary is usually open to the public year-round. You will be expected to demonstrate the confidence and willingness to informally greet and chat with visitors about the animals and Flicka's work, as well leading educational talks and tours for larger groups.

You will also:

Be occasionally asked to assist with other tasks as and when needed, such as; serving in the Tea Room, site maintenance, admin and general duties.
Be required to transport rescued equines to the sanctuary, veterinary hospital or foster homes.
Help to organise and run fundraising 'Open Days' at the sanctuary.
Be expected to develop and maintain good communication with all team members and Directors.
Show that you can be flexible and adaptable in your work and able to prioritise according to tasks you have been given (with animal care being the most important).
Be expected to work five full days a week - due to the nature of the work, flexibility regarding hours (including weekend work) and days off is often required.

Responsible for:
The day to day husbandry and care of donkeys, ponies and horses; Volunteers; Work Experience students.

Responsible to:
Equine Manager/Directors

You will have an allowance of 28 days annual leave per year; to be arranged in coordination
with Directors. Bank Holidays are work days. Applicants must be UK or EU residents or have permission to work in the UK.

Please note that this role is physically demanding; candidates must be fit for the work.

Please email Claire Turnbull (using the email address provided on the Job Vacancies page of our website) with a cover letter and copy of your CV.

Ad ID:
4 weeks ago
Claire Turnbull The Flicka Foundation
Joined: Apr 2021
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