Job Vacancies

Senior Farm Animal Carer

  • Full-time, 5 days a week
  • Wages: To be discussed

This is a brilliant chance to join our dedicated, passionate team, working with our incredible rescued farm animals including cows, pigs, alpacas, birds, goats, & sheep.

2 years' previous employment working with farm animals is essential for this position.

To apply, please email a copy of your CV to along with a cover letter detailing your previous experience.

Temporary Animal Care Assistant (6 week placement)

  • Days & Hours: 5 days a week (on a rota), 9am - 4pm
  • Wages: National Minimum Wage
  • Immediate start

This is a great opportunity for the right person to work with a wide variety of amazing rescue animals. Hopefield has been running for over 35 years and is now home to 500 animals that have been saved from neglect, abuse, and misuse.

A general working day with us would include tasks such as feeding, watering, mucking out / cleaning enclosures, administering medication, providing enrichment, helping get ready for opening to the public, and much more!

Experience of working with animals is essential, and equine experience would be beneficial.

To apply, please email a copy of your CV to along with a cover letter detailing your previous experience.

Animal Sanctuary Manager

  • Days & Hours: 5 days a week (hours TBC)
  • Wages: To be discussed

This is a great opportunity for the right candidate, and is incredibly rewarding being able to see the transformation in animals that have been through so much in their previous lives, now living happily and care-free at the sanctuary. Hopefield has expanded a lot over the last 10 years and now feel it’s time to
add to further strengthen our management team. The sanctuary is likely to split sites if our landlords get planning permission, so would like to train someone up to potentially run one of the sites in the future.

Animal Sanctuary Manager Application Form

Animal Sanctuary Manager Job Description

Please email completed application form to


Events & Fundraising Committee

We’re looking for volunteers to join our Events & Fundraising Committee!

We’re always pleased to welcome volunteers, with or without experience, but we do ask that you have a friendly attitude and willingness to get involved.

Get in touch with our Events Officer for more information

Animal Care Volunteers

We're looking for dedicated volunteers who are passionate about animals to help within our busy sanctuary in Essex. Hopefield has been running for 28 years, and we currently have over 500 rescue residents in our care, from horses, goats, pigs, and rabbits, to more exotic animals like raccoons, reindeer, reptiles, and meerkats.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain some valuable experience with animals, and of course, help a local charity.

We're a short walking distance from Brentwood High Street, so easily accessible by public transport.

  • You will be helping with the day-to-day animal care. This will include cleaning, watering, feeding, grooming and maintaining animal enclosures.
  • You may be required to assist with treating sickly animals and assisting when the vet comes.
  • You will be responsible for keeping your work areas clean and tidy, especially when we're open to the public.

Please note that it is an essential health & safety requirement that all volunteers wear steel toe cap boots or shoes.

Volunteers must be age 16+

General Animal Care Application Form

For all enquiries regarding volunteering, please email