Animal Keeper Companion

Askham Bryan College (York)

£21,786 (Annual)

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Askham Bryan College is a specialist land-based college based across the North of England with centres in York, Middlesbrough, Saltaire, Wakefield and Newcastle.



We offer a wide-ranging curriculum to our Further Education students, including Arboriculture, Horticulture, Agriculture, Animal Management, Countryside and the Environment, Engineering, Equine, Floristry, Motorsport, Professional Tree Surgery, Outdoor Adventure Sport, Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness and Uniformed Public Services.


We currently have an exciting opportunity for a dog school activities co-ordinator to join our dog school and boarding team here at our York campus. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is capable of working with others and is responsible, passionate and knowledgeable about the overall animal management sector and has an enthusiastic approach to animal husbandry and welfare.



Reporting to the Kennel and companion manager. Responsibilities include the day-to-day care and management of the companion section, general cleaning, feeding, maintenance, record keeping of the animal species and supervising students on work placement.



This role also encompasses the development of our brand-new Dog School activities! As the activities co-ordinator, you will be responsible for creating and delivering quality activities centred around canine enrichment and welfare, we have both indoor and outdoor facilities including our training area and secure compound to facilitate these. Examples of activities include: Dog birthday parties, socialising sessions, assisting with conferencing, courses and events. We are looking for a creative and innovative candidate that will develop new ideas and drive these activities forward.



Applicants should be educated to at least a level 3 in an animal related subject, and a degree in an animal related subject would be advantageous.



In return, you will receive a generous holiday allowance, ample free parking, canteen facilities and a range of employee benefits as well as the opportunity to work within spectacular grounds.



For more information, please refer to the Job Description and person specification.


Main Purpose of the role


To assist the organisation of the animal science and conservation department and overseeing the care and welfare of the animals under the direction of kennel and companion manager/duty manager.
To assist with the day-to-day routine husbandry and maintenance duties for the companion, dogs, cats and pet animals as Askham Bryan college.
To assist in the running, growth and development of the commercial activities of the animal science and conservation department (Main focus companion section). Leading on the dog school socialising sessions, room hire and short courses, while developing and implementing other additional services.

Key Tasks / responsibilities:

All tasks to be carried out in a consistent manner with the corporation’s culture.



Responsible for the day-to-day care and welfare of animals and organisation of the animal science and conservation department under the direction of the kennel and companion manager/duty manager.
To carry out routine maintenance of the animal collection and assist with the development/maintenance of grounds, enclosures and buildings.
Liaise with the Curriculum team leader and members of the teaching staff to ensure that resources are available, and provision is made to meet the requirements of the curriculum.
Support the development of commercial activities to generate income and raise the profile of the companion section.
Responsible to produce display material and maintenance of accurate records within delegated area.
Supervise students whilst in the animal science and conservation department or out at partner sites and monitor and report duties.
Attend meetings, shows, events and open days etc., as required and contribute to various onsite activities and events.
Support the wider centre teams and facilities where deemed appropriate.
To undertake any other duties relevant to the post as directed by the kennel and companion manager/duty manager.
Co-operate in the College Appraisal Scheme and subsequently agree an Action Plan and implementation deadlines. Actively participate in self-development activities to facilitate continuous improvement
Support all management staff maintaining premises, the estate, resources and Centres by reporting problems; following and enforcing good behavioural practices in order that the working environment can be maintained in a cost effective and efficient manner. Be vigilant when on College or Centre premises, promoting security of buildings and contents
Support lecturing and Student Services staff in facilitating the best behaviour and performance of our learners, by challenging undesirable behaviour as appropriate and reporting more serious concerns to a relevant member of staff

Key Interfaces


Act in a friendly and business-like manner in welcoming and assisting the total range of customers and clients at the College or Centre

Supporting College Goals and Values


In addition to the particular requirements and characteristics of individual roles, all people employed by Askham Bryan College are expected to actively support the achievement of the College’s goals and, at all times, both internally and externally, to behave in a manner consistent with the College’s mission and values.



This means:

Performing your role and delivering your service in a way that helps the College achieve its strategic objectives and annual development and improvement plans - taking account of available resources and national developments.
Promoting the image of the College as one that is committed to the highest standards of delivery and service.
Sharing the College’s commitment to safeguarding and prioritising the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and demonstrating it in your day to day work.
Sharing and prioritising the effective implementation of the College’s Equality and Diversity Policy.
Promoting and implementing best practice in Health and Safety,

Safeguarding Statement


The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and partners to share this commitment. The Governors and Staff at Askham Bryan College regard each learner as a unique individual and therefore seek to support learner development in ways, which will foster security, confidence and independence. We recognise that high self-esteem, peer support, a secure College environment and clear lines of communication with trusted adults helps all young people and adults particularly those at risk or suffering abuse. These are regarded as central to the wellbeing of the individual and are therefore seen to be an intrinsic part of all aspects of the curriculum and ethos.


Specific measures relating to pre-employment checks:


We may undertake online searches on internet activity as part of our pre-recruitment checks.
We ask applicants for details of any convictions and cautions, regardless of whether these have been deemed as “spent”. It is a condition of employment that applicants provide these details.
We undertake Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks for prospective employees. Please note that it is an offence to apply for a regulated role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity involving children or vulnerable adults.


Note on “regulated activity”: You are engaging in a regulated activity if you:

Will be responsible, on a regular basis in a school or college, for teaching, training instructing, caring for or supervising children or vulnerable adults;
Will be working on a regular basis in a specified establishment, such as a school, or in connection with the purposes of the establishment, where the work gives opportunity for contact with children or vulnerable adults; or
Engage in intimate or personal care or healthcare or any overnight activity, even if this happens only once.




Part-time

Askham Bryan College (York)

North Yorkshire

£21,786 (Annual)

Ends on 11 Mar 2024

13 days ago