For more than 40 years, The Donkey Sanctuary has provided donkey assisted activities for children in the UK and overseas.  Over the past four decades the programme has evolved to enable the provision of interactive, psychosocial, Donkey Facilitated and Equine Assisted Learning Programmes that utilise mutually enriching interaction sessions aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of donkeys and critical life skills of vulnerable people.

We now have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Equine Coach to join our team at The Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre, Manchester. You will plan, prepare and deliver high quality Donkey Facilitated Learning Activities (DFL), both to assist the development of staff and volunteers, and to individuals and groups of vulnerable children and adults at the centre or as part of our outreach service, maintaining records and evaluating the impact of our work. You will collaborate with the Centre Manager and Equine Co-Ordinator to motivate and provide leadership and day to day supervision to the team, ensuring effective ways of working, encourage good communication, collaborative working and sharing of good practice across all teams.

Possessing previous practical experience of working with equines, you will be responsible for the promotion of the centre’s donkeys’ physical and emotional well-being and welfare, overseeing all aspects of donkey care, husbandry, and training, and ensuring that the very highest standards are maintained in line with The Donkey Sanctuary policy and practice. An EAL/DFL or BHS stage 2 qualification or equivalent, together with high standards of equine care, is essential, as are excellent communication and supervisory skills, a full and valid driving licence, and experience of transporting livestock. Experience of working with volunteers, and with vulnerable children and adults is desirable.

If you feel you have the qualifications, skills and experience to fulfil this varied, rewarding and vital role, and would like to be part of the evolving program of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. This is a part-time, permanent contract starting as soon as possible, working 22.5 hours per week.

Closing date for completed applications: 12.30pm on Wednesday 13 February 2019.

For more information about this role please download our Job Description and Person Specification. Please download the Word document to complete your application on a computer (preferred option) or, print the PDF form to complete your application by hand.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a Disability Confident Employer.

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.