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Canine Behaviour & Training Advisor

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Location: Ash

Salary: £29,100 per annum

Hours: 40 hours per week to include some weekends and bank holidays

Contract Type: 12-month fixed term contract

Closing Date: 9th July 2024

How to Apply: Via our careers site, linked below.

Please note that this is a 12-month opportunity based at our Brands Hatch centre.

About the role:

At Battersea, we aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help. We give each one lots of love and expert care and get to know their characters and quirks so we can find them a new home that’s just right for them.

Our expert team of canine behaviourists provide behavioural support and advice to teams within Battersea, members of the public, and the rescue organisations we work with around the world. The team design and help implement behaviour modification and training plans for dogs whilst coaching members of the canine care groups through the practical day-to-day steps, assist with behavioural and welfare assessments of animals who come into our centres and are on hand to help manage and provide further support with dogs with more complex behavioural needs.

We are looking for someone to join this team as a Canine Behaviour & Training Advisor to work with our operational teams in the assessment and welfare of the dogs in our care and in the provision of behavioural training and advice for staff, volunteers, customers and external organisations.

What we can offer you:

We offer our employees a wide range of benefits to reward them for the value that they bring to Battersea, to support them in their work, to help improve their health and wellbeing, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. These include:

  • 28 days of annual leave (plus 8 days paid public holidays) per year
  • Generous pension contributions – up to 10% employer contribution
  • Free healthcare cash plan, where you can claim for a range of treatment including dental, optical, physiotherapy, chiropody and acupuncture every year
  • Annual interest-free season ticket loans
  • Discounted gym memberships and cycle to work schemes
  • Life insurance
  • Support for your professional and career development, including access to digital and in-person training programmes, a wide range of tools and resources, leadership and management training, mentoring and much more.

Working with our animals:

Working with our rescues is a very rewarding experience. Your work plays a vital role in giving our dogs and cats a chance at finding their forever home. Everyday will be different and will come with its own unique challenges. We are looking for people with the resilience and adaptability to handle all aspects of this role. It is important to note that the role does involve a lot of physical tasks which are required to provide the exceptional standards of care to our animals.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Battersea:

At Battersea, we are committed to providing equality of opportunity, and developing and supporting a diverse workforce and inclusive culture in all aspects of our organisation. We aim to ensure that this pledge, reinforced by our values, is embedded in our day-to-day working practices and our work together.

By hearing from and valuing different experiences, perspectives and contributions, we know we can provide the best expert care for every dog and cat who needs us. We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities and from members of minority ethnic communities, who we know are currently under-represented at Battersea.

As a Disability Confident Committed employer, we’re happy to discuss any support or personalisation you may need during your application and/or interview process as part of our workplace adjustments. Please contact [email protected] or 020 3887 8341.

Closing date: 9th July 2024
Interview date: TBC

If you think you’re a good fit for the role, and you’re passionate about dogs, cats and our work, then we’d like to hear from you.

For full details, please download the recruitment pack on our website.

To apply for the role, please click the button below. All applications must be submitted before the closing date advertised; we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a high volume of applications is received.