Job title: Equine Groom
Location: Gonsal Farm Equine Centre, SY5 7ET
Salary: circa £18,000 + 4% Shift Allowance
Closing date: 10:00 Tuesday 28th September 2021
Are you looking for a new opportunity to make a real difference to animals’ lives? Do you have a passion for working with horses and ponies? If so, we can’t wait to hear from you!
RSPCA Gonsal Farm Equine Centre are recruiting a Groom to join the RSPCA team on a permanent basis.
We work to prepare previously mistreated and neglected equines for adoption. We are looking for a Groom with the confidence to work with a wide range of horses and ponies, including youngsters and those with behavioural problems. You’ll need experience of breaking and schooling and the ability to ride to a high standard. We’re also looking for someone to provide the daily care for all of the equines at the centre including general Yard duties.
What you’ll be doing as an RSPCA Equine Groom:
Health checking and assessing horses
Lunging, long reining backing and riding
General yard duties whilst maintaining high standards
Meeting potential adopters
Responsible for own Health and Safety
NVQ level 2 or 3 in Equine care/BHS qualifications or equivalent
In depth knowledge and experience of equine care and husbandry
Some backing schooling/rehabilitation experience, preferably with problem equines
Good communication skills
Good literacy skills
Excellent team player skills
How to apply:
To apply, please complete our online application form quoting reference GM9798 by 10am Tuesday 28th September 2021.
Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to close the advert early once sufficient submissions are received.
All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team.
Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the heart of our organisation.
You’ll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales.
We value and recognise our employees’ contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:
35 hours standard working week, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days with service; a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme; access to private healthcare scheme; support for professional development after qualifying period and access to our employee assistance programme. We also offer free parking on site.
The RSPCA has two Equine specialist centres covering England and Wales. All of the horses and ponies will have come into our care as welfare cases. Some of them will have needed a lot of rehabilitation work.
Leybourne Animal Centre is a 23 acre site used for the rehabilitation and rehoming of domestic animals. In addition to this we are also a temporary holding centre for wildlife casualties. All the animals here have been admitted as they have had a welfare need identified by our RSPCA Inspectors, Animal Rescue Officers and Animal Centre Staff.
At Gonsal Farm Equine Welfare and Rehabilitation Centre we can care for up to 50 horses and ponies at a time. We only take equines brought to us by our RSPCA inspectors so all the horses and ponies in our care have been victims of cruelty or neglect.