Equine Welfare Assistant (part time)

Application close date:January 20, 2019

Interviews to be held:January 28, 2019

Do you want to make a positive difference to equine welfare by working for one of the UK’s leading rescue charities?

We are seeking Part Time Welfare Assistants to join our team of dedicated staff, passionate about the welfare of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. These positions involve working 3 days a week, including weekend working.

We have positions working Saturday & Sunday plus one week day, and positions working one weekend day plus two week days available.

The ideal candidate will have practical experience with Elderly Equine, Laminitis or other specialist areas of equine care .

Job Description

Liase With:

All employees and Sub- Contractors on site.
Visitors and supporters of the charity.

Working Hours: 22.5

Annual Salary / Pay Per hour: National Minimum Wage starting salary with opportunity for progression (plus an attractive staff benefits package and plenty of training and development opportunities)

Main Purpose of the Job:

To work under the guidance of a Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader, to provide all aspects of the day to day care of the equines on the farm and to develop, where appropriate, specialist skills in order to assist with the longer-term planning and care of the herds and individual horse needs.

Main Duties:

The duties below outline the general duties which could be expected of all Equine Welfare Assistants. EWAs are encouraged to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in caring for and handling the animals and, in some cases to become specialists in specific areas. The differing levels of responsibility are set out in our Skills Passport and Grade Descriptions.

Equine Care
• Carry out feeding and foraging regimes for equines stabled and those field kept.
• Conduct health and wellbeing checks of equines on the yard, reporting any concerns or abnormalities to the Team or Deputy leader.
• Carry out weighing and body condition scoring assessments on a routine basis.
• Grooming, trimming and clipping equines on a regular basis or when necessary.
• Administering medication and treatments, as directed by the Veterinary Consultant or Team Leaders.
• Communicate information in various forms. Verbal, written and computerised.

Equine Handling
• Handle all equines with care and compassion, being mindful of your own safety and the safety of others and the general public.
• Support and restrain equines for routine checks and administration of treatments.
• Assist in the safe loading and unloading of equines from equine transport.
• Progress handling plans for individual equines with support from the handling team or Team leader.

Cleaning Tasks
• Maintain the safety and cleanliness of stables, barns, all weather pads and paddock areas. Including control of poisonous plants.
• Maintain all staff, work areas and work related equipment to a high standard.
• Management of horse manure on the yard and surrounding fields manually and with tractors.

Welfare Tasks
• Assist in the handling and movement of equine herds around the farm.
• Contribute to welfare rescues and collections, when necessary.
• Support the team with FWEC collection and Bransby Horses worming procedures.

Other duties
• Drive company vehicles in the execution of your duties, both on the farm and on public roads. A driving license is required.
• Operate small tractor and trailer on the farm site. In house training will be provided.
• Any other duties deemed necessary to assist the Charity in the Welfare of Equines.
• Ensure an efficient service and follow the “Supporter Experience Charter”.
• Develop relationships with other departments as required and work together for the benefit of the charity.
• Deal with confidential and sensitive information appropriately following Data Protection and GDPR procedures at all times.

Health and Safety
• You are to be mindful at all times of your own Health and Safety and that of others.
• Read, understand and observe the requirements of Health and Safety Policy and Procedure at all time.
• Caring for large animals is a very physical activity and the role involves bending, lifting and performance of other labour intensive tasks. The person carrying out this role must therefore be physically fit and able to maintain a suitable level of fitness to enable them to perform their job effectively.

person Specification

Education & Qualifications

An industry recognised Level 2 Equine Qualification is the minimum entry requirement

Experience & Knowledge

Good practical experience of working with horses over a minimum of one year.
Practical experience with elderly equine, laminitis or other specialist areas of equine care

Application / Interview
Skills and Competencies

Good verbal and written communication skills are important for reading instructions, dispensing medication, keeping records and communicating with colleagues and the public.

Competence in all aspects of practical equine care such as grooming, handling, feedling and cleaning

Practical skills in recognising and diagnosing common ailments and administering medication are desirable and will need to be learnt on the job

The ability to drive is not a pre-requisite but it is essential for the majority of our EWAs to be drivers

The ability to follow instruction and work with a high level of attention to detail is essential

Being a good team player who is flexible and willing to carry out the full range of duties, share information and support others in their work is essential.

Application / Interview
Personal Attributes

The ability and willingness to carry out physically strenuous work and to work outdoors in all weather conditions
Willingness to work out of contracted hours, when required
Able to promote a professional image of the charity at all times
Willingness to learn and complete mandatory and equine related training