Animal lovers needed to help the RSPCA in ‘frontline welfare’ jobs

November 24, 2017
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If you love animals and think you have what it takes to ensure their welfare, the RSPCA could have the dream job for you.

There are 24 vacancies at the charity nationwide, for those who want to help rescue injured animals and help abused or abandoned pets.

The new staff will be joining about 100 RSPCA animal collection officers (or ACOs) who work across England and Wales, responding to welfare concerns from the public.

And the UK’s oldest and largest animal charity hopes dedicated animal-lovers will join their cohort of rescuers working on the frontline of animal welfare.

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Are there vacancies in Surrey?

The RSPCA need an animal collection officer to be based in the Reigate and Dorking area.

There is also vacancies in neighbouring Kingston, and Gosport/Portsmouth, Hampshire.

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Dermot Murphy, RSPCA assistant director of inspectorate, said: “Our ACOs are absolutely vital to the RSPCA’s overall work and our efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome or release animals in need.

“We have an extremely dedicated workforce made up of ACOs, animal welfare officers and inspectors who rescue around 130,000 animals every year.

“But the RSPCA can only fulfill this important role thanks to the commitment and passion of our staff and we’re now on the look-out for 20 more animal-lovers to join the team and help us, help them.”

What does the job entail?

The officers support the charity’s inspectors and help rescue tens of thousands of animals every year.

ACOs are responsible for:

  • Collecting, rescuing and transporting animals
  • Giving first aid as required
  • Assisting inspectors
  • Working with pet owners and the public to improve welfare for animals

What skills do I need?

Applicants must have:

  • A full, valid UK driving licence
  • A good level of physical fitness
  • Confidence handling animals
  • Experience working with the public and as part of a team
  • Emotional resilience
  • Flexibility to work unsociable hours

If successful, candidates will undertake a five-week training course before hitting the road.

Should I apply?

The charity is expecting thousands of applications for the coveted posts but warns that the job is extremely physically and emotionally demanding.

“When we advertised for 24 new inspectors to join our training programme earlier this year we had over 4,000 applications so we’re expecting a huge number for these roles too,” Mr Murphy – who worked as an RSPCA ambulance driver, inspector and chief inspector in London for 16 years – added.

“Anyone considering this job needs to apply with their eyes wide open.

“It is not easy and you need to be strong mentally and physically to cope with the role.

“But for the right person, this could be the chance of a lifetime to get their dream job working on the frontline to improve animal welfare.”

Where else are the jobs based?

The charity has the following vacancies to fill across the country:

South Yorkshire (two officers)

South Shields, Tyne Wear (one)

Gateshead or Chester Le Street, Tyne Wear (one)

Wythenshawe / South Manchester (one)

Wigan, Greater Manchester (one)

Liverpool, Merseyside (one)

Coventry, West Midlands (one)

Banbury, Oxford (one)

Stretton, Rutland (one)

Harrow / Barnet, London (one)

Uxbridge / Hayes, London (one)

North East London (inside M25) (one)

Kingston upon Thames / Slough, London (one)

Burgess Hill / Brighton, East Sussex (one)

Reigate / Dorking, Surrey (one)

Kingston /Slough (one)

Bristol (one)

Gosport / Portsmouth, Hampshire (one)

Gloucester (one)

Worcester (one)

For more information on the role and recruitment process, see the RSPCA job vacancies online. Applications close on December 1 2017.

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Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/animal-lovers-needed-help-rspca-13944114


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