Dog Trainer – Recruitment and Assessor

Full time: 37.5 hours per week                 Location: Sheffield

Support Dogs are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and driven individual to join the Dog Supply Team within the Training Department.  The role involves sourcing, assessing and providing a structured training programme to the dogs that have been accepted.  A variety of locations are used to source dogs such as rescue centres, unwanted pets from family homes and breeders.  Whilst the dog is waiting to come into full time training this individual is to ensure they monitor, support and give appropriate advice to the volunteer as deemed necessary to ensure the dog is at the standard required for their intensive training to commence.  Other duties will include the recruitment and assessment of volunteers alongside ensuring the health and welfare of the dogs are consistently maintained.

The applicant will be required to lone work off site for periods of time so they must show the ability to work alone effectively, prioritise workload accordingly, use their own initiative and have excellent time management and communicational skills.  They are to demonstrate a real passion for the role, a positive attitude and show flexibility in their work.  Previous experience of training dogs, using positive based methods, a recognised qualification in animal training and a full clean driving licence are essential criteria for the post.  Previous experience of conducting behavioural assessments on dogs would be a desirable quality.

Occasional overnight duties and from time to time weekend work will be required to assist in promoting the Charity by participating in activities such as fundraising events and demonstrations.

For more information you can read a full Job Description – Dog Trainer here and read the Dog Trainer – Requirements and criteria here.

Salary band increments throughout the training period when reaching expected targets –  0-6 months – £14,625, 6-12 months – £16,082, 12–18 months – £16,809, 18 month + – £17,860

This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to be a part of training dogs to transform the lives of people with epilepsy, physical disabilities and children with autism.

If you have any queries in regards to this vacancy please contact Katie Burns, Training Manager via email  Due to the high level of interest and enquiries that are received for roles within the training department it is not possible to answer telephone enquiries.

Applicants are to send a covering letter and CV to or alternatively by post to Katie Burns, Training Manager, Support Dogs, 21 Jessops Riverside, Brightside Lane, Sheffield, S9 2RX.  Please ensure to include the following information in your covering letter and CV:

  • Explanation of why you feel that you meet the criteria of the role, using specific examples to demonstrate your suitability where possible. Include details of any training or voluntary work you may have undertaken that is relevant to the role.
  • Three referees to cover at least the past 5 years, one of these are to be your present or last employer, whichever is relevant to your current situation. Open references/character references from family/friends are not accepted.  Please ensure to provide a chronological history of your time spent since leaving education and give the reasons for leaving a position.



If this isn’t what you are looking for please ask us about voluntary positions please click here.