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Animal Care Attendant - Live out



£14,400 PER ANNUM


Due to recent expansion, a fantastic opportunity has arisen for an Animal Care Attendant at the Sanctuary.   

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 and maintaining a high standard of hygiene. 

It is essential you hold a Qualification in Animal Care or have recent equivalent experience working in an Animal Care environment.

Due to the location and role it is essential you have a full driving licence and access to transport.  You will be paid for half an hours rest period in the morning and take a one hour unpaid lunch break. Full uniform will be provided.

For full details of the vacancy please download a person specification, equal opportunities form and an application form from our website  

Please email your completed application form to  or post to Human Resources, Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3DH.

Please be aware CV applications it will not be considered.   Late applications will not be accepted.

Closing Date: 26th February 2016


14 hours per week  

£7.27 per hour

Reports to Head of Trading

Purpose of the Job

To support the Sanctuary’s Retail Department and external Charity Shops with the smooth running of stock control and stock rotation between retail outlets. Reporting to the Head of Trading, you will also be responsible for collecting donations from members of the public throughout  Devon, Dorset & Somerset. You will have excellent communication skills and a polite and professional manner. You will be driving within a 50 mile radius (On rare occasions and due to the need of the Sanctuary this may be further). 

Key tasks and responsibilities;

  • Collecting goods from donors throughout the local area

  • Loading and unloading the vehicle between all retail sites

  • Planning your route thoroughly to ensure deliveries are made on time

  • Recording mileage and fuel purchased

    The ideal candidate for the Van Driver position will have the following skills & experience:

  • Full clean driver’s license & good driving record

  • The ability to work alone and within time constraints

  • A patient and polite attitude towards other road users

  • Good spoken and written communication skills


The Sanctuary reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post-holder at any time according to its needs.Job Descriptions only reflect 80% of a role and are not an exhaustive list of duties.  You will be expected to carry out other activities that are within the scope of the role.

Applications will be subject to a clear DBS check.


Closing Date: 25 Feb 2016.

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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

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Ferne Animal Sanctuary
Chard, Somerset
TA20 3DH

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01460 65214

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