Dog Trainer
Full time
37.5 hours per week        Location: Sheffield

Salary – £16,403.70, raising to £18,217 upon successful completion of training

Support Dogs are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and driven individual to join the Dog Supply Team within the Training Department.  The role can involve sourcing and assessing dogs but mainly will be providing a structured training programme for dogs that have been accepted for assistance dog work; working closely with current volunteers who foster the dogs overnight and at weekends; recruiting and assessing new volunteer foster carers and ensuring the health and welfare of the dogs are maintained.

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.

The ideal applicant will be an effective team player and also have the ability to work alone.  You will demonstrate a real passion for the role, a positive attitude and show flexibility within your work.  Previous experience of training dogs, using positive based methods, and a full clean driving licence are essential criteria for the post.

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Job description – Dog trainer

Job Requirements and Criteria 

This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to be part of training dogs and working with people to transform the lives of people with epilepsy, physical disabilities and children with autism.  Over time there could also be the opportunity for the right person to progress from Trainer to Instructor (with a starting salary of £18,360).

If you have any queries in regards to this vacancy please contact Katie Burns, Training Manager via e-mail

Applicants should 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, including details of any training or voluntary work that you have undertaken that may be relevant to the role.
  • Three referees to cover at least the past 5 years, one is to be your present or last employer whichever is relevant to your current situation.  Open references/character references from family and/or friends will not be accepted.
  • Please ensure that you provide a chronological history of your time spent since leaving education, giving reasons for leaving a position.  Ensure to record any periods of study or voluntary work.

Closing date – 10am on Friday 16th February 2018
Interview date – week commencing Monday 26 February 2018
Applicants will be shortlisted following this interview and invited for a second practical assessment.
Practical assessment – week commencing 19 March 2018. Please ensure you are able to attend during these times if shortlisted.

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