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Jobs at Hopefield

Learning Placements

We are excited to be recruiting candidates for the second booking of Learning Placements. Due to the popularity and number of applications we received for the first round, we will be looking to keep these rolling back-to-back. The next placements will start on Monday 29th June 2020, and end on Friday 23rd October 2020.

Our Learning Placements are a unique 4-month placement with learning opportunities including the care and husbandry of animals, and general running of the sanctuary.

The scheme is based on gaining practical experience in a role assisting with all aspects of animal husbandry and working with rescued animals. In addition, you will learn about the day-to-day running of the sanctuary. Classes will be planned at two-week intervals, in the form of small group learning sessions and activities. These sessions will be coordinated and run by our Managers, and Education Officer.

This placement will be open to 3 candidates who will be on a monthly rota, so will spend one month on each section (equine, farm, exotics, and the final month on a unit of your choice).

Topics to be covered will include:

  • The role of sanctuaries
  • Day-to-day running of a sanctuary, including management
  • Animal enrichment
  • Enclosure design
  • Animal health and record-keeping
  • Animal diets
  • Education and animal welfare including the 5 animal freedoms
  • Action learning sets - employability, CV, interview skills, reflective learning etc.

Throughout your placement:

  • You will receive monthly reviews to help you develop
  • You will be given the chance to learn about, and spend time with, any reasonable area of the sanctuary that where you feel it will benefit your future career e.g. working with our Education Officer, working with the public.
  • You will have the opportunity to build a portfolio of evidence that will help you obtain a future position in animal care.
  • You will be supplied with a uniform which must be returned at the end of the placement in reasonable condition

On completion of the placement you will receive a certificate of completion or merit, and an in-depth reference that will go a long way to helping you secure future employment.

Applications must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be aged 18 or over
  • Willing to be at the sanctuary 5 days a week
  • No experience necessary, but must be willing to work and have a passion for animals

Please note - this placement is unpaid, but you can claim £5 per day towards your travel costs. This opportunity does not come with lodging, nor does it guarantee a job with us upon completion, but we will look favourably towards hard-working students who complete the placement, when a position does become available. 

To apply, please email a copy of your CV, along with a cover letter explaining why you want to complete our Learning Placement, to