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Apprentice Animal Care Assistant

The RSPCA works 365 days a year, 24 hours a day rescuing all animals from all types from abuse, neglect, and injury. Our vision is a society where no animal suffers unnecessarily.  We recently launched our Generation Kind programme which is a set of ambitious, innovative projects that aim to nurture and encourage the values of kindness and compassion towards all animals within young people of today.  One of these programmes in the Generation Kind is the Apprentice Animal Care Assistant at RSPCA Block Fen. 

Some animals that come to us have been mistreated, kept in awful conditions or left without free access to food or water. They may arrive terrified and it's up to us to try and work out why and bring them round to trusting people again. We do this on a daily basis with a dedicated team that we're extremely proud of. Although the work is tough, it's hugely rewarding when the animals get the home they have always deserved.

Key Tasks:

  • Admit, care for, prepare for release, release and monitor wildlife casualties according to the standard procedures and protocols of the centre. 
  • Accurately record information and assist in the collation of statistics.
  • Carry out care and rehabilitation procedures, as defined in the centre protocols, for the benefit of injured wildlife. This involves treatment, care and monitoring all sorts of creatures (requiring different approaches).
  • Ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of all areas, including corridors, pens, aviaries, pools, treatment room, kitchen and storage areas, using if necessary specialised substances or equipment to a standard acceptable to the Supervisor/Wildlife Rehabilitation Team Manager/Vet/Clinician/ centre’s management team.
  • Assist with the functionality and maintenance of all areas and facilities including examination room, aviaries, pools, pens, kitchen and storage areas. To support with the improvement of these areas where necessary. 
  • Where appropriately trained, to ensure the medication prescribed by the veterinary officer is correctly administered, and, in his/her absence, to oversee the safe handling of drugs. This includes keeping accurate records of permissions given and calculations and administering correct dosages across all species.
  • To participate in, and contribute to, discussion in the formulation and continued improvement of rehabilitation protocols. 
  • Assist Supervisor/Wildlife Team Rehabilitation Manager/Centre Management/Vet by identifying animals in care that require moving to a different enclosure or animals that may be ready for release.
  • Assist with the releases of wildlife including the identification, surveying and preparation of release sites as well as the transportation of the animal to the release site.
  • Contribute to the identification of research projects, and to provide support and advice to other staff that are coordinating research projects, including radio-tracking in the field. 
  • Contribute to the induction, training and supervision of vocational experience students and volunteers.
  • Represent the centre at wildlife meetings where required.
  • Assist the Manager/Supervisor/Wildlife Rehabilitation Team Manager by carrying out risk assessments and safety audits and other health and safety duties as directed.  Point out safety issues identified.
  • Where appropriately trained, carry out euthanasia of wildlife casualties unable to be released or rehomed, in line with RSPCA policies.
  • Contribute towards centre fundraising activities..Other duties as directed by the Manager/Supervisor and/Vet.

While at work all staff are required to:

  • Adhere to the Society’s charitable objectives which are to promote kindness and prevent cruelty to animals.
  • Understand and comply with the Society Code of Conduct.
  • Take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts and omissions.
  • Co-operate with Society policies and procedures.
  • In addition to your normal duties, you may occasionally be required to undertake such other reasonable duties as necessary to meet the needs of the Society.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the heart of our organisation. We seek to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. 

All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team.

Employer: RSPCA

Wage: £14,942.20 (Annually)

Closing Date: 26th Aug 2019

Possible Start Date: 12th Aug 2019

Expected Duration: 18 months

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