Animal Welfare Technician

Job Description

We are seeking to appoint an Animal Welfare Technician to join our team of support and teaching staff who are responsible for developing the skills and unlocking the potential of young people who are at risk of permanent exclusion from their educational setting.  This is a chance to work in a new and exciting provision providing a bespoke curriculum to match each individual learners needs. 

The role will involve day to day animal husbandry and welfare of the animals and supporting the APEX West in its overall responsibility for the health and welfare of the animals in its care and assisting the Head of Apex West in ensuring that the animals within the centre, crops, machinery and equipment used by the provision are maintained to a functional, secure and safe standard.

The position is part time working 21 hours a week.

There will be a rota system to ensure that animals are cared for, fed, watered and suitably bedded up and that crops are tended to outside of normal school hours (a rota that includes weekends and a varying daytime shift pattern)

The role will also involve providing support that enables students to access the curriculum and make good progress - this will involve working alongside children and supporting during practical lessons with small groups of approximately 2/3 students under the direction of the Head of APEX West.

This role provides the opportunity to make a life changing difference to individuals.

Successful candidates will be educated to at least GCSE (or equivalent) grade C in English and maths and will be committed to building strong relationships with others and putting the students first.

Closing date for applications: Midnight, Thursday 1st August 2024.

We believe in hiring for potential and this means that we value individuals for the knowledge skills and experience that they have developed in every aspect of their lives.  If you don’t feel that you meet all of the criteria listed in the person specification, we would still encourage you to apply.

We care about our staff and provide a number of benefits in addition to salary including a positive and supportive working environment, employer pension contribution of at least 23%, generous annual leave entitlement for all-year round staff, on-site gyms, free parking, access to a retail discounts platform and Employee Assistance Programme.  Helping you achieve a good work life balance is important to us. Lots of our colleagues work flexibly including part time hours and/or job shares and we are happy to discuss these opportunities with you. 

We truly believe that diversity of thought, culture, background and perspective secure the best outcomes for our students.  We strive to build teams that represent our local communities and welcome applications from individuals who identify as members of an under-represented group and in particular individuals who identify as BAME, disabled or LGBT.  We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust is dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share its commitment.  Our mission is that all children achieve. A criminal disclosure check will be requested for any applicant who is offered a position.