Vacancies

We currently have two current vacancies

  • Puppy Coordinator
  • Dog Trainer – Recruitment and Assessor
  • Assistance Dog Instructor – Maternity cover

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Puppy Coordinator
Full time
37.5 hours per week        Location: Sheffield

Salary – £17,500 rising to £20,000 upon successful completion of training

Support Dogs have a very exciting new role available within the training department and are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and driven individual to join our expanding training team.  The successful applicant will be responsible for the selection of Support Dogs puppies and should provide a structured training programme for them while they are under their care.  This will also include the overseeing of how they progress and the ability to highlight any concerns that may arise within this time to management.   The role will also involve working closely alongside our valued volunteers, ensuring they are receiving excellent support, regular training sessions and are given advice as and when required.

Other duties within this role will include the recruitment, assessment and training of new volunteers.

The applicant will be required to work off site for periods of time so they must show the ability to work alone effectively, use their own initiative and have excellent time management and communication skills.  Previous and proven experience of working with puppies, within a professional capacity, such as planning and conducting puppy training classes to a group of people is an essential quality for this role.  All applicants are to have a full clean driving licence.

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

For more information you can read a full Puppy Coordinator advert the Puppy Coordinator requirements for the role and also Job description here Puppy Coordinator JD

If you have any queries in regards to this vacancy please contact Katie Burns, Training Manager via email katie.burns@supportdogs.org.uk.  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 katie.burns@supportdogs.org.uk or alternatively by post to Katie Burns, Training Manager, 21 Jessops Riverside, Brightside Lane, Sheffield, S9 2RX.  Please ensure to include the following 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 and/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 is to be your present or most recent employer, whichever is relevant to your current situation.  Open references/character references from family/friends are not accepted.  Please also to ensure you provide a chronological history of your time spent since leaving education and give the reasons for leaving a position.

Closing date – 10 November 2017

Initial interviews will be taking place week beginning 20 November so please ensure that you are available during this time.  Further to the initial interview applicants will be shortlisted to attend a second practical based assessment.  Dates for this will be confirmed.

 


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 communication 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 katie.burns@supportdogs.org.uk.  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 katie.burns@supportdogs.org.uk 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.

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Assistance Dog Instructor – Maternity cover

Full time 37.5 hours per week                    Location: Sheffield                          Starting salary – £18,000 raising to £21,000 upon successful completion of training

PLEASE NOTE – This post is to cover maternity leave and will be on a fixed-term contract, there may be the possibility of extending the contract thereafter.

Support Dogs are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and driven Assistance Dog Instructor to join our forward thinking Training Department.  The role involves working with clients, with a variety of disabilities, on a one to one basis during all stages of the application and training process through to post qualification.

The applicant will be required to 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 communication 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 and instructing clients using reward based methods and a full clean driving licence are essential criteria for the post.

Occasional overnight duties from time to time will be required to both carry out home placements, visits, assessments of potential clients/applicants and also to assist in promoting the Charity such as fundraising events and demonstrations.

For more information you can click to read the Instructor post advert and info – maternity cover and the Instructor post JD – maternity cover

If you have any queries in regards to this vacancy please contact Katie Burns, Training Manager via email katie.burns@supportdogs.org.uk.  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 katie.burns@supportdogs.org.uk or alternatively by post to Katie Burns, Training Manager, Support Dogs, 21 Jessops Riverside, Brightside Lane, Sheffield, S9 2RX.

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