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This role is a hands-on role for those who are looking for an opportunity to gain experience in the field of animal welfare and rescue services.  Particularly useful for gaining experience prior to application for animal welfare based studies such as Animal Care, Veterinary Nurse or Veterinary care, or for general animal care experience.

There are two variants of the role:

  • Part-time Rescue Services Assistant.  Offering a minimum 1 shift per week, typically Sundays 1pm – 6pm.  Some flexibility may be required.
  • On-Call Rescue Services Assistant.  Available to be called on at short notice to assist with rescue services, typically in an emergency situation.


Purpose

Providing support to charity management in the delivery of various aspects of the rabbit rescue & awareness service, with a particular focus on supporting rescue and adoption activity.

Tasks / Activities

Rabbit Care Assistance: Hands-on care of rabbits within the direct care of the charity, including environment cleaning, rabbit handling and socialisation and administering of medication as required.

Rabbit Rescue & Adoption Assistance:  Assist members of the public during appointments relating to the surrender/rescue of rabbits, adoptions and bonding activity.  This may involve appointments at the rescue hub or to attend with other volunteers and/or charity management on home visits.  This will involve face-to-face working with members of the public and service users.

Person Description

The volunteer placement will work from our rescue hub within the residential home of the charity directors, and therefore must be comfortable working as part of a very small team.

They must be flexible with the hours they are available as hours will vary dependent on the needs of the activities of the charity, and may require daytime, evening and weekend working as required.  Flexibility will be accommodated on both sides of the agreement in terms of working hours.
Enthusiasm is far more important than experience.  The volunteer will be given full support from the charity management team, and coaching on various tasks will be available.  Working within a team is essential, but the volunteer must also be comfortable with using their own initiative, and working solely on some tasks.

Confidence with dealing with members of the public on a 1:1 basis is essential.  Confidence in speaking publicly a major advantage.
A strong desire to achieve, learn and develop is really essential.

Due to landscaping of the working area, access steps to the site and the physical aspect of a number of the tasks, we are sadly unable to accept interest from volunteers with mobility requirements.  The volunteer must be willing to carry and handle rabbits and associated care or event equipment, which can often be quite heavy.

A passion for rabbit or animal welfare is encouraged, but no prior experience with animals is necessary for this role as full training in these aspects will be given.

A driving license would be considered an advantage, but is not essential.

Working Hours & Commitment

Part-Time Rescue Services Assistant

  • Minimum weekly shift commitment, Sundays 1pm – 6pm
  • Additional shift options available on a flexible basis for extra experience as required
  • Location: Glasgow Rescue Hub (G66 postcode area) with occasional travel

On-Call Rescue Services Assistant

  • Commit to availability as part of a flexible on-call rota system
  • When on-call, be available to attend as required within an agreed timescale (e.g. within 30 minutes)
  • Location: Glasgow Rescue Hub (G66 postcode area) with frequent travel

Development Opportunities

The charity has grown rapidly and relies solely on volunteers who offer a small amount of their time towards the charity.
A number of additional opportunities to get involved with the charity’s activities will be available, including projects, administration, events, education, vet attendance, etc.

If you have career aspirations in the animal welfare industry, the charity will strive to support your goals and will, where possible, present opportunities for you to develop appropriate skills and experience.

Whilst the charity is unable to offer any employment opportunities following the voluntary placement, we will happily support any application for employment and provide full reference on completion of the voluntary placement.

Benefits For You

  • Hands-on Animal Care  experience
  • Animal Welfare and Behaviours Knowledge & Expertise
  • Full 1:1 coaching in rabbit welfare & behaviour
  • Office Administration skills, including Microsoft Office, Desktop publishing, etc
  • Customer Service experience
  • Working in teams and as an individual, adapting to the requirements of the task

Find Out More

This role replaces a similar historical role offered in partnership with Project Scotland (now no longer available).  Volunteer Stories: Bethie & Natalie's views on Rescue Services Assistant (Project Scotland).