For more than 40 years, The Donkey Sanctuary has provided donkey assisted therapy 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 Equine Coach to join our dedicated team at The Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre, Belfast. You will plan, prepare and deliver high quality Equine Assisted Learning Activities (EAL), for individuals and groups of vulnerable children and adults, both at the centre and as part of our outreach programme. Able to demonstrate previous practical experience of working with equines, preferably donkeys, you will manage the care and welfare of the donkeys selected for the programme, in line with The Donkey Sanctuary policy and practice.
Working closely with the Equine Co-Ordinator, and possessing excellent motivational and coaching skills, you will assist with the development and training of the centre’s staff and volunteers, ensuring the effective delivery of activities in the centre – including high quality donkey care and welfare, productive and collaborative ways of working, good communication, and sharing of best practice across all teams.
An Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) or BHS stage 2 qualification or equivalent (such as The Donkey Sanctuary Higher Diploma), together with a full and valid driving licence and experience of transporting livestock is essential, as are the ability to supervise staff and work as a team, excellent communication skills, and an understanding of vulnerable children and adults. Experience of working with volunteers and with vulnerable children and adults is desirable.
If you feel you have the skills, qualifications and experience to fulfill this varied and rewarding role, and would like to be part of the evolutional program of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. This is a full-time, permanent contract, working 37.5 hours per week.
For more information about this role please download our Job Description & Person Specification and Recruitment Guidelines.
Closing date for completed applications: 12.30pm on Monday 23 April 2018.
Please download the Word document to complete your application on the computer (preferred option) or, print the PDF form to complete your application by hand.