Part time receptionist

£8.21 per hour

21 hours per week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Location – Ferne Animal Sanctuary

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Rehoming Dept for a weekend receptionist. You will be the first port of call for customers on the telephone and in person, delivering a friendly and welcoming Reception service to the Sanctuary ensuring delivery of excellent customer service. Within this role you will also deliver a comprehensive, timely and efficient administration service to the sanctuary.You will work closely alongside the other administrative and rehoming staff, reporting to the Administration Supervisor and Rehoming manager.

Due to the location it is essential you have access to transport.  Uniform will be provided.

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

Download Application Form here


Retail Assistants – Volunteers

You don’t need a reason to help animals, so why not volunteer in one of our charity shops today!

Want to improve your CV, meet new people and have fun whilst supporting the work of Ferne Animal Sanctuary? Why not consider becoming a Ferne retail volunteer?

Our Crewkerne, Chard & Ilminster charity shops, and on-site gift shop, are looking for retail assistants. Our charity shops sell a range of donated clothing, accessories and childrens toys, with our lovely little gift shop selling an array of carefully selected products and produce. We need volunteers to help us sell these fantastic products to our customers and local supporters.

As little as four hours a week volunteering in one of our retail stores could make a real difference to the lives of the animals in our care, as well as bringing fulfilment and enjoyment to you.

Please download the below Volunteer Application Form and email to or alternatively post to Volunteering Department, Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3DH.

 F.A.S Volunteer Application Form Issue 1.2 Jan 2019



Ferne Animal Sanctuary was established in 1939 to care for the animals of people who went away to war. After the war many of the owners sadly did not return and Ferne took care of the animals left with them for the rest of their lives.

Today Ferne provides sanctuary for over 300 animals at its home in Somerset. We also re-home approximately 500 cats and dogs each year.

We are looking for people who have the experience to work at Board level and we encourage applications from all backgrounds, genders and ethnic groups.

We are looking to appoint a Trustee with a legal background. Preferably with experience of working in the charity sector, however, we would welcome applications from individuals with legal expertise in any field.

If you would like to receive an information pack and details on how to apply then please email

Assistant Charity Shop Manager
£8.21 per hour
28 hours per week (Including Saturday working) – more may be available
Based largely at Honiton, occasional shifts elsewhere.
18 month contract available

Ferne Animal Sanctuary is an animal charity that looks after unwanted and abandoned domestic and farm animals for over 80 years. To support our work we currently run three charity shops in Chard, Ilminster and Crewkerne. We are now looking to recruit a full time Assistant Manager to be based largely at our new Honiton shop but with flexibility to support our Chard shop. You will be responsible for the day to day running of the shop, supported by the Charity Shops Manager based at our Chard shop.

Ideally with charity shop experience, you will have the energy and enthusiasm to drive the shop forward as well as a passion for retail. IT literate and numerate you will be comfortable with cash handling and shop performance monitoring. A driving license is essential.

To apply please download the job description and person specification from our website Send your CV to or post to Human Resources, Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3DH.

Assistant Charity Shop Manager Person Specification

Application Form

Closing Date: 15th September.