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Animal Collection Officer

Job title:  Animal Collection Officer 

Location: Postings available nationally  

Salary: £20,749.45 per annum, plus 4% shift allowance. This role may attract London Weighting allowance depending on the location of posting

Hours: 35 hours per week worked over a 24 hour, 7 day roster

Closing Date: Friday 1st December 2017

The RSPCA is the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales. Our purpose is to prevent cruelty, promote kindness and alleviate suffering of all animals.

We are currently looking for Animal Collection Officers to join the RSPCA, who will promote good practice and compassion towards animals and their welfare. Positions are available nationally, and candidates are required to reside within, or live within reasonable travelling time of one of the following areas:

  • South Yorkshire
  • South Shields
  • Gateshead or Chester Le Street
  • Wythenshawe/ South Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Wigan
  • Coventry
  • Banbury, Oxford
  • Stretton
  • Harrow/Barnet
  • Uxbridge/Hayes
  • NE London (inside M25)
  • Burgess Hill/Brighton
  • Reigate/Dorking
  • Kingston upon Thames/Slough
  • Bristol
  • Gosport/Portsmouth
  • Gloucester
  • Worcester

The main responsibilities of the post include:

To collect, rescue and transport animals humanely, giving first aid as required, and board in an identified, approved place of safety.

To assist Inspectors/Animal Welfare Officers with the removal, collection and transfer of animals.

This role is public facing and therefore the successful applicant must be able to deal with all areas of their work in a professional manner that upholds the RSPCA’s reputation and values, whilst positively promoting the work that the Society carries out.

The successful applicant must have/be:

  • A full valid UK Driving License.
  • A good level of physical fitness and able to swim 50 metres fully clothed within 2.5 minutes.
  • Confident in handling animals.
  • Proven experience of working both as part of a team and independently.
  • Experience working with the public in both a positive and challenging environments.
  • Proven interpersonal, organisational, and problem solving skills.
  • Good administrative and computer skills.
  • Able to read and understand written documents and keep accurate records.
  • Emotionally resilient
  • The flexibility to work unsociable hours including evenings, weekends and bank holidays

The successful applicant must be prepared to undertake a 6 week training course in a central location.

Accommodation whilst training will be provided by the Society. The course will comprise a range of technical and practical training.

NB: This position is subject to a standard disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service.

Applicants must access the candidate entry process by completing the Animal Collection Officer Preliminary Declaration: https://www.rspca.org.uk/utilities/jobs/jobvacancies/apply

Promoting kindness and preventing cruelty to animals.

The RSPCA offers excellent benefits including private healthcare, defined contribution pension scheme, childcare vouchers and an employee assistance programme.

We value diversity and encourage applications from all sections of the community.

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How to apply..

1. Download a detailed job description and application form from the downloads area below.

2. Please send your completed application to the address stated above, quoting the reference number provided.

3. Completed application forms only will be accepted, which must be received by the closing date.

4. Please note that as a charity, in order to contain costs, we are unable to acknowledge individual applications.

5. If you have not received a letter within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.



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