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Thank you for your interest in working for Ferne Animal Sanctuary. We have the following vacancies:



2 ANIMAL CARE ATTENDANTS - one live in, one live out.


£14,400.00 PER ANNUM

Ferne Animal Sanctuary has been saving the lives of unwanted and abandoned domestic and farm animals for over 70 years.    The Sanctuary which is open to the public is set in 51 acres of beautiful countryside, including a conservation area, nature trail, picnic areas and restaurant.

Reporting to the Animal Care Manager you will be responsible for the care, welfare and enrichment of Sanctuary animals. Duties will include for example feeding, grooming, administering treatments, micro chipping and maintaining a high standard of hygiene. 

It is essential you hold a Qualification in Animal Care or have the equivalent experience working in an Animal Care environment. We are looking for two attendants: ideally one will have equine experience whilst the second will be an all-rounder with a range of animal care experience. Both attendants will have to work on all sections across the sanctuary.

One of the successful applicants will be required to reside on the Sanctuary premises under a service occupancy agreement.  A contribution will be required towards the cost of utilities.  Bank Holiday and Weekend working will be part of the rota. The other successful applicant will live out.

Due to the location and role it is essential you have access to transport and the ability to travel.  For full details of the vacancy please download a job description here and an application form here.

Please email your completed application form to  or post for the attention of Animal Care, Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3DH.

Please be aware CV applications it will not be considered.   Late applications will not be accepted. Due to the volume of applications that we receive, if you do not hear from us within four weeks, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Closing Date: 29th May.   Interview dates: 4th and 5th June

We also have spaces for volunteers - please click here for more details. 

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Ferne Animal Sanctuary has been saving the lives of unwanted and abandoned animals for over 70 years.
Your support will mean this vital work can continue.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary strives to provide care and refuge for unwanted domestic & farm animals. The Sanctuary rehomes dogs & cats within a 30 mile radius of Ferne. Some horses & ponies are available for permanent loan; all other animals remain at the Sanctuary for the rest of their lives. We rely entirely on donations & legacies to continue its work. Some of the animals come to Ferne because they have been neglected or are no longer wanted. Others come to us because of circumstantial changes of their owners. All animals are given the care, attention & TLC they need to enjoy a happy life while they are at Ferne.

Charity Number 245671 | VAT Number 124428433

Postal Address :
Ferne Animal Sanctuary
Chard, Somerset
TA20 3DH

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Telephone :
01460 65214

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