Animal Encounters Officer

United Kingdom
Competitive salary
10 Oct 2018
14 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job title: Animal Encounters Officer

Location: Brooks Farm

Salary: Scale 3 £19,442 - £20,798 - Inclusive of London Weighting

Duration: Full Time, Permanent, (Wed – Sun)

The School

Capel Manor College is the only College in London that aims to deliver outstanding and inspirational land-based learning opportunities across the Greater London region. Our most recent Ofsted report rated the College “good” with good effectiveness of leadership and management. Aspiring to excellence, the College has an excellent reputation for quality, is financially strong and has continuous growth in student numbers. Fundamental to the College’s forward-thinking strategy is support for the environment and food supply in Greater London and the southeast.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced encounters officer for Brooks Farm. The post-holder will take responsibility for the College’s day-to-day routine care of the College’s animal stock in accordance with the animal welfare policy to include cleaning out of accommodation, provision of feed, water, bedding, nesting material, and daily health checks. A key requirement is to coordinate and supervise college students and volunteers carrying out practical duties in animal areas at weekends as well as coordinating and supervising animal interactive education sessions, taster days and activities for prospective students in liaison with schools. This also includes coordinating and supervising animal interactive sessions for the public at weekends.

Day-to-day duties

The Animal encounters officer will be assisting academic staff within the School, supervising students and providing technical assistance and advice as required. You will also be supporting students in the finding of work experience placements and complete records relating to routine animal care, reporting any abnormalities or problems to Line Manager as appropriate. Part of the role also involves ordering feed, bedding and other consumables for all centres as required in consultation with Line Manager as well as storage, security and stock control of such consumables. You will ensure high standards of hygiene and cleanliness in all animal areas and associated storage and service areas.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience required

The successful Animal encounters officer will hold a Level 2 qualification or higher in an animal care discipline and have experience of caring for a range of rodents, exotic animals, birds and farm-stock on a day-to-day basis. You will also have experience of working with the public, demonstrating good principles of “Customer Care”, good knowledge of correct hygiene and cleaning procedures for Animal Unit and associated areas as well as awareness of Health and Safety issues with regard to own duties and the Animal Unit.

Closing date: 15th October 2018

Interviews: 24th October 2018

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