Jobs & Volunteers

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Want to join a team of dedicated animal lovers and help abandoned and unwanted animals across Gloucestershire?

Vacancies at Cheltenham Animal Shelter will be published below when they become available. We will publicise these jobs on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow both accounts.

Current Vacancies

The Charity is looking to recruit for the following position:

 

A vacancy has arisen at the Shelter for a full time Senior Team Leader. The contracted hours are 38.75 per week, including alternate weekends . Flexibility to work additional hours, as required, would be helpful.

A full description of the role is below and full training will be given. The role starts with a three month probationary period and the rate of pay will reflect the skills , knowledge and experience of the successful applicant. Other staff benefits include a work place pension.

Please apply in writing with a copy of your CV to Peter Newcombe, General Manager, Cheltenham Animal Shelter or e-mail your details to gm@gawa.org.uk, with a copy to Karen Ethier, Animal Welfare Manager at karen.ethier@gawa.org.uk

The job will suit an enthusiastic, hardworking and conscientious individual who likes working outdoors. A proven track record and experience in a supervisory role is essential and experience in an animal rescue/boarding environment would be preferred.

A full clean driving licence will be required and an immediate start would be preferred, with a closing date of 21st July 2017 and interviews set for Tuesday 1st August 2017.

Please note that due to the expected high number of applicants we regret that we will be unable respond to those not invited in for an interview, but would like to thank all those that have applied.

 JOB DESCRIPTION

Title: Senior Team Leader
Responsible to:  Animal Welfare Manager
Post Objective: Working under the direction of the Animal Welfare Manager, to take responsibility for the efficient running of the kennel team staff to ensure the care and wellbeing of all the animals brought into the shelter

Main Duties:

  • Work effectively as part of the Management team reporting directly to the Animal Welfare Manager to ensure that the shelter is run in accordance with the instructions of the Board of Trustees
  • In the absence of the Animal Welfare Manager, taking on overall responsibility for the effective care, wellbeing and rehoming of all of our animals referring any issues or concerns to the General Manager.
  • Provide relevant, helpful and useful feedback on all the kennel team staff to the Animal Welfare Manager to help with the half yearly and annual appraisals of the kennel team staff and help support any training and development needs required
  • Oversee all aspects relating to the boarding and day crèche of animals, ensuring excellent customer service is offered by the Boarding staff and all of the dogs and cats in our care are fed, watered and exercised daily
  • Assist in the basic training of dogs and of the staff in training the dogs in their care
  • Be responsible for the hygiene and day-to-day administration of the kennel blocks and other buildings including Boarding , conforming to Health & Safety regulations at all times
  • Deal with cases of suspected ill treatment of animals
  • Ensure that all animals are fed and have access to fresh water at all times
  • Ensure that all dogs are exercised every day
  • Maintain animal records to ensure that all animals are in the correct location at all times
  • Report repair defects to the Animal Welfare Manager/Maintenance team
  • Prepare written and verbal reports on animals for behaviourist/trainer/Vet/Animal Welfare Manager where appropriate
  • Direct the workload of staff and report any time-keeping issues or inappropriate behaviour to the Animal Welfare Manager
  • Oversee and help to organise staff to attend home visits and ensure when these are done the staff are courteous and polite at all times
  • Promote the Animal Shelter in a positive and pro-active manner by improving systems and methods and provide an exemplary lead to staff
  • Provide excellent customer care when in contact with members of the public, officials of the local authorities and the police, and present a professional image at all times
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as required by the Animal Welfare Manager or General Manager


There are currently no other vacancies at Cheltenham Animal Shelter, but we do have plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Any future roles will be advertised here and on our Facebook page. Thank you for your interest.

Last updated: 12/07/2017

 

Volunteering

To celebrate Volunteer Week we asked some of our wonderful volunteers for their thoughts on what it means to help out at the Shelter. From the dog walkers to shop workers, you can read their answers here…

Current Volunteering Vacancies


The Charity is looking to recruit reliable volunteers to assist with the following duties:

 

Fundraising & Event Volunteers

We are looking to recruit a team of keen, reliable and enthusiastic volunteers to become part of our Community Fundraising Group. We organise a number of events and also attend store collections and community engagements throughout the year.

Tasks may include:

  • Attending fetes and fairs on our behalf
  • Manning stands and tombolas
  • Taking part in supermarket and street collections
  • Distributing leaflets and posters
  • Helping us find new supporters
  • Supporting our fundraising events

If you have any questions please do get in touch; either pop in and chat to us, call 01242 548772 or email volunteer@gawa.org.uk. Full training will be provided to successful applicants (please note references/ DBS checks may be required for some roles).

12 positions available
Closing date for applications: Ongoing

We are looking to recruit Volunteer Home Checkers to assist our kennel team in the rehoming process, by attending the homes of potential dog adopters and checking for suitability. You will be working from a very clear check list, with the opportunity to share any other observations with the Shelter, but will not be required to make decisions on the suitability of homes. Full training and ongoing support will be provided

We especially need assistance in the following locations: Forest of Dean, Hereford, Cirencester, Swindon, Tewkesbury, Evesham, Worcester, Stroud and across the Cotswolds.

You must be:

  • Polite and sociable, a people person. You will be representing the Shelter.
  • Flexible and available at short notice (usually a couple of days).
  • Good eye for detail and able to report your findings clearly, but never judgmentally.
  • Ideally you would have knowledge of CAS, our operations and working practices, to enable you to answer any questions.
  • Full driving licence.

We are hoping to build a network of home checkers across the county and while you may not be called on often, when you are it will be a huge benefit to the Shelter.

If you have any questions please do get in touch; either pop in and chat to us, call 01242 548772 or email volunteer@gawa.org.uk. Full training will be provided to successful applicants (please note references/ DBS checks may be required for some roles).

Volunteer Gardener

Cheltenham Animal Shelter is looking for a green-fingered volunteer who can spare a couple of hours a week (seasonal, as necessary) to help restore the outdoor areas of the Shelter to their former glory. Whilst we may never be Cheltenham In Bloom medallists again (Silver Gilt in 2007!) we have several garden areas that require attention.

The perfect volunteer will be an experienced gardener (but not necessarily a professional one). A full description of the voluntary role and areas requiring attention is below.

Please contact Erica Harden, Volunteer Coordinator, Cheltenham Animal Shelter on 01242 548772 or email your details to volunteer@gawa.org.uk

An immediate start would be preferred, subject to induction.

Tasks may include:

Role overview:

To maintain and develop the garden areas of the Shelter and create and care for planters and hangers around the site. An ability to source cheap/free plants would be useful although support will be given to generate public donations if needed.

Main Duties:

  • Maintaining and developing the Memorial Garden to create a sheltered, reflective space.
  • Restoring the Sensory Gardens (cat and dog) using plants beneficial to animals, and maintaining these areas.
  • Weed control and leaf raking, keeping garden areas clean and tidy.
  • Planting new trees, flowers and plants around the site to improve the aesthetic of bland areas.
  • Making sure that all garden equipment is correctly maintained and serviced.

If you have any questions please do get in touch; either pop in and chat to us, call 01242 548772 or email volunteer@gawa.org.uk

Pet Fosterer

Providing a home to an animal on a temporary basis is an incredible way to help those that really need it. We often require people to look after animals that are struggling in a Shelter environment for a number of reasons. However, being a foster home for animals is not for everyone and so we have very clear guidelines on what we require.

To learn more about fostering CLICK HERE and if it is something you feel you could do then please get in touch.

The Charity is currently full to capacity for all other animal related volunteer duties.
All volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age.

Volunteer Vacancies Last Updated: 17/03/2017

Further information about available duties

We are looking to recruit a team of keen, reliable and enthusiastic volunteers to become part of our Community Fundraising Group.

We organise a number of events and also attend store collections and community engagements throughout the year.

Volunteers will help to promote the work of the Charity throughout the community whilst raising vital funds for the Charity.

If you would like to help us with our work please email volunteer@gawa.org.uk

The Charity is looking to recruit reliable volunteers to help run the shop. Can you spare a morning or afternoon to help assist customers, sort through and organise donated items and take payments for goods?

If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers then please visit our Charity Shop page for more information