What are the benefits?
- Lots of contact with a variety of domestic animals including dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and also livestock (large and small), pocket pets and domestic birds
- Great opportunity to learn about the care and health requirements of domestic animals
- Time to play and interact with the animals in your care
- Opportunity to gain new skills and learn about the animal care industry
- Becoming part of a friendly new community
What are the tasks? The position is hands-on and includes:
- The daily cleaning of the animals' pens which involves removing dirty bedding, hosing or wiping out enclosures, sweeping and scooping up of poop, cleaning litter trays, and providing clean bedding and toys
- Hygiene control – ensuring appropriate sanitisation and hand-washing, and avoiding cross contamination – and ensuring that the animals remain stocked up with food, water, bedding and toys.
- Assistance with ensuring the Animal Care Campus environment is presentable, and general tidying up.
- Providing enrichment to the animals under your care by walking them around the campus
- Playing and spending time with all animals and providing them opportunities to interact with other animals, toys and people where appropriate.
- Taking bins full of soiled linen/towels/bedding to the laundry and collecting clean bedding/towels etc to take back to your area.
- Undertake general laundry duties as part of each shift, including loading dirty laundry into the machines, loading and/or taking clean washing out of the dryers, and folding all clean items.
- Following RSPCA philosophy of positive reinforcement with all animal interactions.
Please read the Essential Capabilities of an Animal Care Volunteer document for further information on the types of tasks you may be asked to do in an Animal Care Assistant role.
What skills and characteristics do I need?
- Confidence in working with domestic animals and/or willingness to learn more about how to work with animals in a shelter situation
- Able to cope with increased noise levels and have the ability to hear if an animals is in distress or giving warning signs of fear
- Be able to fulfil all of the above tasks independently
- Be physically fit (able to lift 10kg) and able to stand for long periods. This role can be very fast-paced, due to this our volunteers need to able to manage their own time effectively
- A high level of manual dexterity with the ability to multitask
- Attention to detail and able to accurately follow instructions
- Enjoy working in a team environment
- Excellent communication skills
- Hard working and committed to the RSPCA
The Animal Care Assistant role is a rewarding role, however it can be very demanding. To help potential volunteers to fully understand the role requirements, we have created the Essential Capabilities of an Animal Care Volunteer document. Before you apply for this role, please read the Essential Capabilities of this role, available on our website.