The Donkey Sanctuary is one of the UK’s largest international animal welfare charities; currently supporting projects in over 35 countries worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.
We now have an excellent opportunity for an equine specialist to join our Research and Operational Support Department. Covering a period of maternity leave, you will oversee all equine behaviour activities and will provide a high level of technical expertise and advice. Working with the Programme Support Team, you will champion awareness of, and practical skills in, high quality equine behaviour knowledge, ensuring that excellence in donkey and mule behaviour is at the core of programmatic support work. You will identify and agree accepted levels of competency in donkey and mule behaviour using a competency framework approach, and develop and facilitate the training of front-line donkey welfare staff in behaviour so that they work to the very highest ethical and agreed professional standards.
Possessing experience of working internationally and in marginalized communities, and able to travel independently, you will provide direct technical assistance to international projects, either as an individual on a short term assignment or as part of a team providing short term technical assistance as part of a wider programme. You will monitor developments in the equine behaviour field at global level to ensure that The Donkey Sanctuary’s behaviour activities are informed by, and in line with, wider emerging trends and developments.
An MSc or higher qualification in animal science, equine science, animal behaviour, animal welfare or equivalent together with specialist interest in equine behaviour is essential, as are an excellent working knowledge of donkey and mule behaviour and welfare in a variety of contexts globally, a willingness and ability to work with and handle a range of equids, and demonstrable leadership, planning, training and project management skills and experience.
If you feel you have the qualifications, skills and experience to fulfill this varied and rewarding role, and would like to be part of the evolutional program of change currently taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. Based in Sidmouth, Devon – “an area of outstanding natural beauty” – this is a full-time, fixed term contract starting as soon as possible until 30 April 2019.
For more information about this role please download our Application Pack.
Closing date for completed applications: 12.30pm on Wednesday 9 May 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.