Starting salary – £18,000 raising to £21,000 upon successful completion of training

Full time 37.5 hours per week                   Location: Sheffield

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 disabilities from all stages of the application and training process, through to post qualification as Assistance Dog partnership.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced instructor to be a part of training dogs to transform the lives of people with epilepsy, physical disabilities and children with autism.

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 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.

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If you have any queries in regards to this vacancy please contact Hannah Wright, Assistant 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 Hannah Wright, Assistant 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 most recent 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.

Closing date – unspecified

Successful applicants will be invited to interview. Successful candidates at interview will then be invited back for practical assessments.

All interviews and assessments will be held at Support Dogs Training Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Dates to be confirmed.

Please try our Volunteer Page for more information about how you can make a difference to the lives of children with autism and adults with epilepsy and disability.