The Donkey Sanctuary Equine Coach


You will plan, prepare and deliver high quality Donkey Facilitated Learning Activities (DFL), both to assist the development of staff and volunteers, and to individuals and groups of vulnerable children and adults at the centre or as part of our outreach service, maintaining records and evaluating the impact of our work. You will collaborate with the Centre Manager and Equine Co-Ordinator to motivate and provide leadership and day to day supervision to the team, ensuring effective ways of working, encourage good communication, collaborative working and sharing of good practice across all teams.

Possessing previous practical experience of working with equines, you will be responsible for the promotion of the centre’s donkeys’ physical and emotional well-being and welfare, overseeing all aspects of donkey care, husbandry, and training, and ensuring that the very highest standards are maintained in line with The Donkey Sanctuary policy and practice. An EAL/DFL or BHS stage 2 qualification or equivalent, together with high standards of equine care, is essential, as are excellent communication and supervisory skills, a full and valid driving licence, and experience of transporting livestock. Experience of working with volunteers, and with vulnerable children and adults is desirable.

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.