Job Info

Location: RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre - Durham
Salary: Circa. £18,000 per annum plus 4% shift allowance
Hours: Full time - 35 hours
Closing Date: 26th October 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed

Organisation: RSPCA
Contact Details: Complete the online application form quoting ref G7180
Job Description:

Job title: Equine Groom
Location: Felledge Equine Centre, Chester Moor DH2 3BF
Salary: Circa. £18,000 per annum plus 4% shift allowance
Hours: Full time - 35

Closing date: 10:00 Tuesday 26th October 2021

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Groom to join our team at the RSPCA Felledge Centre in County Durham on a permanent basis.

Our Centre carries out specialist rehabilitation work so that the horses and ponies in our care become trusting, well behaved and - where possible - able to be ridden, to give them the best chance of finding a new home with perfectly matched owners. As a Groom, your role is vital to provide care for Equines in the Centre and to contribute and support their rehabilitation.

We are looking for a Groom with the confidence to work with a wide range of horses and ponies, including youngsters and those with behavioural problems. You’ll have experience of breaking and schooling and the ability to ride to a high standard, as well as the ability to provide the daily care for all of the equines at the centre including general Yard duties. You must be able to ride ponies from 13hh.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Following the Centre's equine training procedures to start a horse including lunging, long reining, backing and riding.
  • Day to day care of a variety of equines at the Centre, ensuring their welfare needs are met and all Health and Safety measures and procedures are observed and adhered to.
  • Feeding, grooming, general health care, cleaning of facilities, handling/groundwork, assisting farriers and veterinary surgeons.
  • Taking an active role in the adoption of equines from the Centre, including undertaking assessments, promoting equines and providing excellent customer service when in contact with members of the public and prospective adopters.
  • Maintaining records and administration procedures relating to the care and adoption of equines.
  • Assisting with other areas of the Centre when required, including fundraising and domestic animal care.

You’ll have:

  • NVQ Level 2 or 3 in Equine Care, BHS Stage 2 or above or equivalent
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of equine care and husbandry
  • Experience training/rehabilitating equines, preferably experience handling equines with behavioural issues
  • Experience with backing and schooling
  • Competent riding ability
  • Able to ride 13hh upwards
  • Good communication skills
  • Customer care experience - desirable

What’s in it for you:

You’ll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales.

We value and recognise our employees’ contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:

35 hours standard working week, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays; a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme; access to private healthcare scheme and access to our employee assistance programme. We also offer free parking on site.

How to apply:

To apply, please visit to complete our online application form quoting reference G7180 by the closing date of 10:00 Tuesday 26th October 2021.

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to close the advert early once sufficient submissions are received.

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

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