On this page you can find a selection of full and part-time jobs from across our member organisations. If you need more information about a role please contact the recruiting organisation directly.

ADUK Members work to the highest international assistance dog training and welfare standards. If you’re interested in finding out more about starting a career in assistance dog training you can visit our general information pages.

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Aftercare Instructor, East Midlands

Employer: Canine Partners

Job Title: Aftercare Instructor

Job Location: East Midlands

Salary: £20,065 to £25,082 (Depending on experience)

Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week

Job Description:

Are you a talented dog trainer or behaviourist looking to utilise your skills within the charity sector? This could be the role for you.

Canine Partners’ mission is to change the lives of disabled people using expertly trained dogs to improve physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

To help us create amazing partnerships, we need amazing people. Canine Partners has an exciting opportunity for an Aftercare Instructor to join our expert Aftercare team on a fixed term basis to cover a period of maternity leave for a minimum of 12 months.

This is an incredible role at a prominent assistance dog charity where your role will be a part of our essential work that transforms lives every day.

What you will do:
You will be out in the community supporting our clients (partners) who have been partnered with an assistance dog with on-going/refresher training, providing instruction, and conducting health & welfare reviews. You will play a vital role in supporting our partnerships to be long-lasting, happy and healthy. You will also use your expertise to mentor our Aftercare Assistants.

What we’re looking for:
• Strong knowledge of dog training and behaviour
• Ability to communicate at all levels with a wide range of people
• Record keeping and report writing skills
• Basic ICT skills (MS Office, internet, email)
• Full UK driving licence and use of appropriate vehicle for work or ability to travel significant mileage in line with delivering the requirements of the role
• Understanding of human medical conditions as they relate to the canine partnership
• Experience of providing training.

Ideally, you will have experience of training dogs using positive reward based methods.

Most importantly you will be passionate about the transformative impact that our assistance dogs provide to our beneficiaries.

We can offer you:
• Generous annual leave allowance
• Employer matched pension scheme
• Charity Sick Pay
• Life assurance
• Employee assistance programme
• Wellbeing portal
• Discounts on goods and retail vouchers and cash back on purchases from eating out, entertainment, supermarkets, clothing and travel
• Dog friendly offices

This role can be based from our Midlands Training Centre (near Osgathorpe, Leicestershire) or home based to travel to surrounding counties including Shropshire, West Midlands, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Derbyshire. We will provide the use of a charity vehicle and fuel card, along with a laptop and phone for use in this role.

1st Interview: Either 25, 26, 27 July via video call
2nd Interview: Either 01, 02, 03 August, on site at our Midlands Training Centre (Osgathorpe, Leicestershire)

We are a disability confident committed employer and welcome diversity, promote equality and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Application Deadline: 17 July 2022

Application Details: Please apply online via our website with a CV together with a cover letter that demonstrates your suitability for the role.

Website Link: https://caninepartners.livevacancies.co.uk/#/job/details/101

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Aftercare Assistant, Home based (South Wales, Avon & Bristol)

Employer: Canine Partners

Job Title: Aftercare Assistant

Job Location: Home based (South Wales, Avon & Bristol)

Salary: £18,688 to £23,360 per annum pro rata to £7,475 to £9,344 (depending on experience)

Hours: 15 hours per week (2 days)

Job Description:

Are you a talented dog trainer or behaviourist looking to utilise your skills within the charity sector? This could be the role for you.

Canine Partners’ mission is to change the lives of disabled people using expertly trained dogs to improve physical, emotional and social wellbeing.  

To help us create amazing partnerships, we need amazing people. Canine Partners has an exciting opportunity for an Aftercare Assistant to join our expert Aftercare team. 

This is an incredible role at a prominent assistance dog charity where your role will be a part of our essential work that transforms lives every day.

What you will do:

You will be out in the community supporting our clients (partners) that have been partnered with an assistance dog with on-going/refresher training, providing instruction and health & welfare reviews. You will play a vital role in supporting our partnerships to be long-lasting, happy and healthy. 

What we’re looking for:

  • Strong knowledge of dog training and behaviour 
  • Ability to communicate at all levels with a wide range of people 
  • Record keeping and report writing skills 
  • Basic ICT skills (MS Office, internet, email) 
  • Full UK driving licence and use of appropriate vehicle for work or ability to travel significant mileage in line with delivering the requirements of the role 
  • Understanding of human medical conditions as they relate to the canine partnership 
  • Experience of providing training

Ideally, you will have experience of training dogs using positive reward based methods. 

Most importantly, you will be passionate about the transformative impact that our assistance dogs provide to our beneficiaries.

We can offer you:

  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Employer matched pension scheme 
  • Mileage expenses (40p per mile)
  • Charity Sick Pay 
  • Life assurance 
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Wellbeing portal
  • Discounts on goods and retail vouchers and cash back on purchases from eating out, entertainment, supermarkets, clothing and travel 
  • Dog friendly offices

This role is home based to travel to surrounding areas including: South Wales, Bristol and Avon. 

Application Deadline: 17th July 2022

Application Details: Please apply online with a CV together with a cover letter that demonstrates your suitability for the role. 

Website Link: Aftercare Assistant job – Home based (South Wales, Avon & Bristol) – Canine Partners (livevacancies.co.uk)

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Veterinary Surgeon, Reading

Employer: Guide Dogs

Job Title: Veterinary Surgeon

Job Location: Reading

Salary: Starting at £50,000 per annum + excellent benefits including RCVS Fees and CPD allowance

Hours: 35 hours per week (part-time available)

Job Description:

Our clinical veterinary team helps people with sight loss to live the life they choose by providing clinical services to all Guide Dog dog stock in the team location. This includes our breeding dogs, puppies, training dogs, and working guide dogs. The clinical veterinary team will be headed up by the Veterinary Surgeon, who will be supported by a Senior Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Nurse and Pharmacy Assistant, all working at our on-site practice facilities.

The Veterinary Surgeon will primarily be responsible for all clinical care provision to our Guide Dog stock within our clinical care unit.

This role is 9am to 5pm and we will consider applications from candidates seeking full or part time hours, with working hours distributed Monday to Friday. This role does not include an out of hours element.

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people. Additional benefits include RCVS membership fees reimbursement and CPD allowance.

More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.

We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.

Application Deadline: 10th July 2022

Application Details: Via the Guide Dogs website

Website Link: https://guidedogs-career.talent-soft.com/job/job-veterinary-surgeon_845.aspx

Employer: Canine Partners

Job Title: Aftercare Instructor

Job Location: East Midlands

Salary: £20,065 to £25,082 (Depending on experience)

Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week

Job Description:

Are you a talented dog trainer or behaviourist looking to utilise your skills within the charity sector? This could be the role for you.

Canine Partners’ mission is to change the lives of disabled people using expertly trained dogs to improve physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

To help us create amazing partnerships, we need amazing people. Canine Partners has an exciting opportunity for an Aftercare Instructor to join our expert Aftercare team on a fixed term basis to cover a period of maternity leave for a minimum of 12 months.

This is an incredible role at a prominent assistance dog charity where your role will be a part of our essential work that transforms lives every day.

What you will do:
You will be out in the community supporting our clients (partners) who have been partnered with an assistance dog with on-going/refresher training, providing instruction, and conducting health & welfare reviews. You will play a vital role in supporting our partnerships to be long-lasting, happy and healthy. You will also use your expertise to mentor our Aftercare Assistants.

What we’re looking for:
• Strong knowledge of dog training and behaviour
• Ability to communicate at all levels with a wide range of people
• Record keeping and report writing skills
• Basic ICT skills (MS Office, internet, email)
• Full UK driving licence and use of appropriate vehicle for work or ability to travel significant mileage in line with delivering the requirements of the role
• Understanding of human medical conditions as they relate to the canine partnership
• Experience of providing training.

Ideally, you will have experience of training dogs using positive reward based methods.

Most importantly you will be passionate about the transformative impact that our assistance dogs provide to our beneficiaries.

We can offer you:
• Generous annual leave allowance
• Employer matched pension scheme
• Charity Sick Pay
• Life assurance
• Employee assistance programme
• Wellbeing portal
• Discounts on goods and retail vouchers and cash back on purchases from eating out, entertainment, supermarkets, clothing and travel
• Dog friendly offices

This role can be based from our Midlands Training Centre (near Osgathorpe, Leicestershire) or home based to travel to surrounding counties including Shropshire, West Midlands, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Derbyshire. We will provide the use of a charity vehicle and fuel card, along with a laptop and phone for use in this role.

1st Interview: Either 25, 26, 27 July via video call
2nd Interview: Either 01, 02, 03 August, on site at our Midlands Training Centre (Osgathorpe, Leicestershire)

We are a disability confident committed employer and welcome diversity, promote equality and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Application Deadline: 17 July 2022

Application Details: Please apply online via our website with a CV together with a cover letter that demonstrates your suitability for the role.

Website Link: https://caninepartners.livevacancies.co.uk/#/job/details/101

Employer: Canine Partners

Job Title: Aftercare Assistant

Job Location: Home based (South Wales, Avon & Bristol)

Salary: £18,688 to £23,360 per annum pro rata to £7,475 to £9,344 (depending on experience)

Hours: 15 hours per week (2 days)

Job Description:

Are you a talented dog trainer or behaviourist looking to utilise your skills within the charity sector? This could be the role for you.

Canine Partners’ mission is to change the lives of disabled people using expertly trained dogs to improve physical, emotional and social wellbeing.  

To help us create amazing partnerships, we need amazing people. Canine Partners has an exciting opportunity for an Aftercare Assistant to join our expert Aftercare team. 

This is an incredible role at a prominent assistance dog charity where your role will be a part of our essential work that transforms lives every day.

What you will do:

You will be out in the community supporting our clients (partners) that have been partnered with an assistance dog with on-going/refresher training, providing instruction and health & welfare reviews. You will play a vital role in supporting our partnerships to be long-lasting, happy and healthy. 

What we’re looking for:

  • Strong knowledge of dog training and behaviour 
  • Ability to communicate at all levels with a wide range of people 
  • Record keeping and report writing skills 
  • Basic ICT skills (MS Office, internet, email) 
  • Full UK driving licence and use of appropriate vehicle for work or ability to travel significant mileage in line with delivering the requirements of the role 
  • Understanding of human medical conditions as they relate to the canine partnership 
  • Experience of providing training

Ideally, you will have experience of training dogs using positive reward based methods. 

Most importantly, you will be passionate about the transformative impact that our assistance dogs provide to our beneficiaries.

We can offer you:

  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Employer matched pension scheme 
  • Mileage expenses (40p per mile)
  • Charity Sick Pay 
  • Life assurance 
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Wellbeing portal
  • Discounts on goods and retail vouchers and cash back on purchases from eating out, entertainment, supermarkets, clothing and travel 
  • Dog friendly offices

This role is home based to travel to surrounding areas including: South Wales, Bristol and Avon. 

Application Deadline: 17th July 2022

Application Details: Please apply online with a CV together with a cover letter that demonstrates your suitability for the role. 

Website Link: Aftercare Assistant job – Home based (South Wales, Avon & Bristol) – Canine Partners (livevacancies.co.uk)

Employer: Guide Dogs

Job Title: Veterinary Surgeon

Job Location: Reading

Salary: Starting at £50,000 per annum + excellent benefits including RCVS Fees and CPD allowance

Hours: 35 hours per week (part-time available)

Job Description:

Our clinical veterinary team helps people with sight loss to live the life they choose by providing clinical services to all Guide Dog dog stock in the team location. This includes our breeding dogs, puppies, training dogs, and working guide dogs. The clinical veterinary team will be headed up by the Veterinary Surgeon, who will be supported by a Senior Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Nurse and Pharmacy Assistant, all working at our on-site practice facilities.

The Veterinary Surgeon will primarily be responsible for all clinical care provision to our Guide Dog stock within our clinical care unit.

This role is 9am to 5pm and we will consider applications from candidates seeking full or part time hours, with working hours distributed Monday to Friday. This role does not include an out of hours element.

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people. Additional benefits include RCVS membership fees reimbursement and CPD allowance.

More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.

We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.

Application Deadline: 10th July 2022

Application Details: Via the Guide Dogs website

Website Link: https://guidedogs-career.talent-soft.com/job/job-veterinary-surgeon_845.aspx

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Health & Welfare Assistant, Banbury

Employer: Dogs for Good

Job Title: Health & Welfare Assistant

Job Location: Banbury

Salary: £10 per hour

Hours: Part Time, 30 hours per week

Job Description:

Monday to Friday, 6 hours a day
Working a shift of 7.30am – 1.30pm or 1.30pm – 7.30pm
Salary £10 per hour
Based at The Frances Hay Centre, Banbury

The Charity is seeking a part time Health & Welfare Assistant. Duties for this role include the following:

• Clean the kennels and runs
• Monitor and review feeds according to dietary needs
• Groom, bath and weigh the dogs as required
• Carry out regular physical examinations of the dogs
• Carry out environmental enrichment
• Communicate on dog Health and Welfare matters to assist staff members and stakeholders
• Keep up to date records on the dogs’ progress throughout their training period

If you need to discuss this role, please email Caroline Jones, Health & Welfare Team Leader on caroline.jones@dogsforgood.org

Accompanying dogs in the charity’s vehicles is part of the job, so a full driving licence is preferred but where applicable, we will work with the chosen candidate to find alternative solutions where reasonable adjustments are required.

Please note we cannot employ anyone under 18 years of age.

Please complete an Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and return both forms to Sarah Knight, Office Manager, Dogs for Good, The Frances Hay Centre, Blacklocks Hill, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2BS or via e-mail, sarah.knight@dogsforgood.org

Application Deadline: 12pm on Monday 4 July 2022. First Interviews for this role will take place on Monday 11 July 2022. Second Interviews for this role (if required) will take place on Monday 18 July 2022. These dates cannot be altered, so please ensure you are available for interview.

Application Details: Via the Current Vacancies page on the Dogs for Good website

Website Link: Health & Welfare Assistant – Dogs for Good

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Dog Training Instructor, Luton and Hitchin area

Employer: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Job Title: Dog Training Instructor

Job Location: Luton and Hitchin area

Salary: £20,838.84 – £25,176.47

Hours: 35 hours per week

Job Description: Applications are invited for the position of Dog Training Instructor. This position will be based in and around the Luton and Hitchin area.

Working as a Dog Training instructor you will be fully responsible and accountable for overseeing the entire training lifecycle from puppyhood to the moment they qualify as a Hearing Dog. This is a highly rewarding role where you can directly impact a person’s life.

We are looking for a self-motivated and positive individual with practical and theoretical experience in dog training and behaviour, with skills in teaching, mentoring and coaching people. The ability to develop and train dogs using the skills of our volunteers is essential so we are looking for someone who finds value in working with both people and dogs and is driven by the overall goal to help train more dogs for deaf people.

You will need resilience and a high degree of efficiency to be a successful Dog Training Instructor. Preferably be educated to degree level or equivalent in the relevant subject area. If this sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in working with us in this varied and immensely rewarding job, please contact Kayla Mackenzie for an application form.

Registered charity in England and Wales (293358) and in Scotland (SC040486)

Application Deadline: 8th July 2022

Application Details: If you are interested in working with us in this varied and immensely rewarding job, please contact Kayla Mackenzie for an application form on 01844 348165 or email recruitment@hearingdogs.org.uk

Website Link: Dog Training Instructor (hearingdogs.org.uk)

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Corporate Partnership Fundraiser, Great Horwood, Milton Keynes

Employer: Medical Detection Dogs

Job Title: Corporate Partnership Fundraiser

Job Location: Great Horwood, Milton Keynes

Salary: £28,000 to £31,000 per annum depending on experience

Hours: Permanent, Full time, 37.5 hours per week with some evening and weekend work

Job Description:

Corporate fundraising is vital to our ability to train life-saving assistance dogs and further our bio-detection research as we receive no statutory funding and rely on the generosity of our many donors and supporters. We are keen to enhance our profile by supporting individual and corporate organisations at a national level through our charity of the year programme. We also wish to grow our supporter base through challenge event participation by enhancing the supporter journey and maximising income.  

Application Deadline: Open until position filled

Application Details: If you feel you have the skills and experience we are looking for, please review the full online job description for further details.

Website Link: https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/about-us/careers/

Employer: Dogs for Good

Job Title: Health & Welfare Assistant

Job Location: Banbury

Salary: £10 per hour

Hours: Part Time, 30 hours per week

Job Description:

Monday to Friday, 6 hours a day
Working a shift of 7.30am – 1.30pm or 1.30pm – 7.30pm
Salary £10 per hour
Based at The Frances Hay Centre, Banbury

The Charity is seeking a part time Health & Welfare Assistant. Duties for this role include the following:

• Clean the kennels and runs
• Monitor and review feeds according to dietary needs
• Groom, bath and weigh the dogs as required
• Carry out regular physical examinations of the dogs
• Carry out environmental enrichment
• Communicate on dog Health and Welfare matters to assist staff members and stakeholders
• Keep up to date records on the dogs’ progress throughout their training period

If you need to discuss this role, please email Caroline Jones, Health & Welfare Team Leader on caroline.jones@dogsforgood.org

Accompanying dogs in the charity’s vehicles is part of the job, so a full driving licence is preferred but where applicable, we will work with the chosen candidate to find alternative solutions where reasonable adjustments are required.

Please note we cannot employ anyone under 18 years of age.

Please complete an Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and return both forms to Sarah Knight, Office Manager, Dogs for Good, The Frances Hay Centre, Blacklocks Hill, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2BS or via e-mail, sarah.knight@dogsforgood.org

Application Deadline: 12pm on Monday 4 July 2022. First Interviews for this role will take place on Monday 11 July 2022. Second Interviews for this role (if required) will take place on Monday 18 July 2022. These dates cannot be altered, so please ensure you are available for interview.

Application Details: Via the Current Vacancies page on the Dogs for Good website

Website Link: Health & Welfare Assistant – Dogs for Good

Employer: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Job Title: Dog Training Instructor

Job Location: Luton and Hitchin area

Salary: £20,838.84 – £25,176.47

Hours: 35 hours per week

Job Description: Applications are invited for the position of Dog Training Instructor. This position will be based in and around the Luton and Hitchin area.

Working as a Dog Training instructor you will be fully responsible and accountable for overseeing the entire training lifecycle from puppyhood to the moment they qualify as a Hearing Dog. This is a highly rewarding role where you can directly impact a person’s life.

We are looking for a self-motivated and positive individual with practical and theoretical experience in dog training and behaviour, with skills in teaching, mentoring and coaching people. The ability to develop and train dogs using the skills of our volunteers is essential so we are looking for someone who finds value in working with both people and dogs and is driven by the overall goal to help train more dogs for deaf people.

You will need resilience and a high degree of efficiency to be a successful Dog Training Instructor. Preferably be educated to degree level or equivalent in the relevant subject area. If this sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in working with us in this varied and immensely rewarding job, please contact Kayla Mackenzie for an application form.

Registered charity in England and Wales (293358) and in Scotland (SC040486)

Application Deadline: 8th July 2022

Application Details: If you are interested in working with us in this varied and immensely rewarding job, please contact Kayla Mackenzie for an application form on 01844 348165 or email recruitment@hearingdogs.org.uk

Website Link: Dog Training Instructor (hearingdogs.org.uk)

Employer: Medical Detection Dogs

Job Title: Corporate Partnership Fundraiser

Job Location: Great Horwood, Milton Keynes

Salary: £28,000 to £31,000 per annum depending on experience

Hours: Permanent, Full time, 37.5 hours per week with some evening and weekend work

Job Description:

Corporate fundraising is vital to our ability to train life-saving assistance dogs and further our bio-detection research as we receive no statutory funding and rely on the generosity of our many donors and supporters. We are keen to enhance our profile by supporting individual and corporate organisations at a national level through our charity of the year programme. We also wish to grow our supporter base through challenge event participation by enhancing the supporter journey and maximising income.  

Application Deadline: Open until position filled

Application Details: If you feel you have the skills and experience we are looking for, please review the full online job description for further details.

Website Link: https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/about-us/careers/

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Head of Fundraising, Great Horwood, Milton Keynes

Employer: Medical Detection Dogs

Job Title: Head of Fundraising

Job Location: Great Horwood, Milton Keynes

Salary: £50,000 per annum 

Hours: Permanent – Full time – 37.5 hours per week

Job Description:

To support Medical Detection Dogs (MDD) in maximising revenue to fund its work throughout the UK. The role is pivotal to the growth and success of the charity.  The purpose is to lead and develop all of the charity’s fundraising activities. You will be instrumental in the development and implementation of the fundraising strategy. Playing a key role in planning and setting the annual fundraising income and expenditure budgets, you will work to achieve and exceed the income targets.  

Bringing your own skills as a fundraising practitioner, you will lead a high-performing team of specialist fundraisers to achieve significant growth in our fundraising income so that Medical Detection Dogs can continue to develop its vital work.  

Application Deadline: Open until position filled

Application Details: If you feel you have the skills and experience we are looking for, please review the full online job description for further details.

Website Link: https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/about-us/careers/

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Support Advisor, Saunderton, Buckinghamshire

Employer: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Job Title: Support Adviser

Job Location: Saunderton, Buckinghamshire

Salary: £20,657.32 increasing to £21,919.70 on successful completion of probation

Hours: 35 hours per week

Job Description:

Purpose: “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People trains hearing dogs and provides hearing loss services – because nobody with hearing loss should feel alone.”

  • Provide advice, guidance, and signposting so people with hearing loss can get the help they need
  • Support people with their hearing loss and look at solutions within our services to assist them.
  • Help applicants learn and prepare for having a hearing dog
  • Work collaboratively to match applicants to hearing dogs and plan for their placement
  • Support the work of our charity with kindness, dedication, flexibility and teamwork

Headline tasks

  • Work closely with colleagues to provide our full range of services, to support people through the practical and emotional challenges they encounter due to their hearing loss
  • Develop trusting relationships with beneficiaries
  • Continually develop your understanding of hearing loss, the activity of service providers in the sector, statutory services, and technology, to improve your effectiveness in role
  • Work directly with clients through the application process including assessing their needs and helping to match them with a hearing dog if this service is suited to them
  • Collaborate with colleagues in dog operations, quality assurance and partnership support to create robust placement plans that meeting the applicant and dog’s needs
  • Capture and share stories that celebrates our work and raises awareness of hearing loss


Desired candidate
The successful candidate will be excellent working with people. They have well developed skills and capability in building trusting working relationships and they are effective coaching others. They are caring, patient and values-driven in their actions and decision making. They can manage a highly varied and challenging workload with a positive attitude and are comfortable communicating at all levels. They communicate with hearing awareness.

Person specification

Previous experience

Experience in training and coaching others
Skills, abilities and knowledge

Hearing awareness knowledge
Working independently and as part of a group
Assessing risk
IT skills
Attitude and approach

Excellent communication skills
Ability to work in a kind, supportive and inclusive way
Diplomatic yet able to take decisive action
Personal attributes

Warm and empathetic
Well organised with attention to detail
Able to manage many competing priorities
Manage stress proactively and productively
Additional requirements

Able to travel to locations throughout the UK as needed
Able to stay overnight on work travel

The following are preferable areas of knowledge, but can be learned in role:

  • Dog handling and training
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The roles and rights of assistance dogs
  • A broad awareness of disabilities and health conditions, and how these can affect someone’s mental and physical wellbeing


You will undergo training to a set level of deaf awareness and communication as required by the charity.

Closing date for this role is 5pm 1st July – if you’d like further information then please contact Kayla Mackenzie.

Important to note – This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This is in relation to the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults. Applicants will therefore be required to disclose all convictions (spent and unspent), cautions, warnings and reprimands and any relevant non-conviction information. The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure Check under the terms of the Police Act 1997 (Part V).

Application Deadline: 5pm, 1st July 2022

Application Details: If you’d like further information or an application pack, then please contact Kayla Mackenzie on recruitment@hearingdogs.org.uk or 01844348165

Website Link: https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/careers/roles/Support_Advisor/

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Community Fundraising Manager, Sheffield

Employer: Support Dogs

Job Title: Community Fundraising Manager – Full Time (maternity cover, 1 year contract)

Job Location: Sheffield

Salary: £26,000

Hours: 37 hours per week

Job Description:

Support Dogs trains and provides specialist assistance dog to give 100% reliable advance warning of epileptic seizures; to help children with autism to stay safe and better engage with the world around them. Our disability assistance dogs bring independence and a better quality of life for those with physical disabilities including MS, Cerebral Palsy and Fibromyalgia.

Founded and entirely based in Sheffield our charity has grown significantly over recent years. The demand for our work is overwhelming, with requests for support increasing ten-fold over the past few years. Support Dogs provides all of its services free of charge and relies entirely on voluntary donations for funding.

We are recruiting for maternity cover for our Community Fundraising Manager role. This will be a one-year fixed contract.

The Community Fundraising Manager coordinates activity across a broad range of income streams. Managing and developing fundraising income, opportunities and relationships through individual giving, community groups and challenge events with a high focus throughout on donor care.

To succeed in this role, the post holder should be organised and able to cope with conflicting deadlines. Creative and a great communicator who is able to write persuasively and able to speak publicly to potential supporters. You will have a good knowledge and experience of fundraising. Working closely with the Fundraising Manager and our wider fundraising team, you will be a real team player and able to help the charity in reaching and bring income in from a range audiences.

Applicants are to send a covering letter and CV to danny.anderson@supportdogs.org.uk

Please ensure to include details of relevant experience, and an explanation of why you feel that you meet the criteria of the role, using specific examples to demonstrate your suitability.

Application Deadline: 9am Friday 8th July

Application Details: Applicants are to send a covering letter and CV to danny.anderson@supportdogs-org-uk Please ensure to include details of relevant experience, and an explanation of why you feel that you meet the criteria of the role, using specific examples to demonstrate your suitability.

Website Link: https://www.supportdogs.org.uk/vacancies#instructor

Employer: Medical Detection Dogs

Job Title: Head of Fundraising

Job Location: Great Horwood, Milton Keynes

Salary: £50,000 per annum 

Hours: Permanent – Full time – 37.5 hours per week

Job Description:

To support Medical Detection Dogs (MDD) in maximising revenue to fund its work throughout the UK. The role is pivotal to the growth and success of the charity.  The purpose is to lead and develop all of the charity’s fundraising activities. You will be instrumental in the development and implementation of the fundraising strategy. Playing a key role in planning and setting the annual fundraising income and expenditure budgets, you will work to achieve and exceed the income targets.  

Bringing your own skills as a fundraising practitioner, you will lead a high-performing team of specialist fundraisers to achieve significant growth in our fundraising income so that Medical Detection Dogs can continue to develop its vital work.  

Application Deadline: Open until position filled

Application Details: If you feel you have the skills and experience we are looking for, please review the full online job description for further details.

Website Link: https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/about-us/careers/

Employer: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Job Title: Support Adviser

Job Location: Saunderton, Buckinghamshire

Salary: £20,657.32 increasing to £21,919.70 on successful completion of probation

Hours: 35 hours per week

Job Description:

Purpose: “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People trains hearing dogs and provides hearing loss services – because nobody with hearing loss should feel alone.”

  • Provide advice, guidance, and signposting so people with hearing loss can get the help they need
  • Support people with their hearing loss and look at solutions within our services to assist them.
  • Help applicants learn and prepare for having a hearing dog
  • Work collaboratively to match applicants to hearing dogs and plan for their placement
  • Support the work of our charity with kindness, dedication, flexibility and teamwork

Headline tasks

  • Work closely with colleagues to provide our full range of services, to support people through the practical and emotional challenges they encounter due to their hearing loss
  • Develop trusting relationships with beneficiaries
  • Continually develop your understanding of hearing loss, the activity of service providers in the sector, statutory services, and technology, to improve your effectiveness in role
  • Work directly with clients through the application process including assessing their needs and helping to match them with a hearing dog if this service is suited to them
  • Collaborate with colleagues in dog operations, quality assurance and partnership support to create robust placement plans that meeting the applicant and dog’s needs
  • Capture and share stories that celebrates our work and raises awareness of hearing loss


Desired candidate
The successful candidate will be excellent working with people. They have well developed skills and capability in building trusting working relationships and they are effective coaching others. They are caring, patient and values-driven in their actions and decision making. They can manage a highly varied and challenging workload with a positive attitude and are comfortable communicating at all levels. They communicate with hearing awareness.

Person specification

Previous experience

Experience in training and coaching others
Skills, abilities and knowledge

Hearing awareness knowledge
Working independently and as part of a group
Assessing risk
IT skills
Attitude and approach

Excellent communication skills
Ability to work in a kind, supportive and inclusive way
Diplomatic yet able to take decisive action
Personal attributes

Warm and empathetic
Well organised with attention to detail
Able to manage many competing priorities
Manage stress proactively and productively
Additional requirements

Able to travel to locations throughout the UK as needed
Able to stay overnight on work travel

The following are preferable areas of knowledge, but can be learned in role:

  • Dog handling and training
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The roles and rights of assistance dogs
  • A broad awareness of disabilities and health conditions, and how these can affect someone’s mental and physical wellbeing


You will undergo training to a set level of deaf awareness and communication as required by the charity.

Closing date for this role is 5pm 1st July – if you’d like further information then please contact Kayla Mackenzie.

Important to note – This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This is in relation to the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults. Applicants will therefore be required to disclose all convictions (spent and unspent), cautions, warnings and reprimands and any relevant non-conviction information. The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure Check under the terms of the Police Act 1997 (Part V).

Application Deadline: 5pm, 1st July 2022

Application Details: If you’d like further information or an application pack, then please contact Kayla Mackenzie on recruitment@hearingdogs.org.uk or 01844348165

Website Link: https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/careers/roles/Support_Advisor/

Employer: Support Dogs

Job Title: Community Fundraising Manager – Full Time (maternity cover, 1 year contract)

Job Location: Sheffield

Salary: £26,000

Hours: 37 hours per week

Job Description:

Support Dogs trains and provides specialist assistance dog to give 100% reliable advance warning of epileptic seizures; to help children with autism to stay safe and better engage with the world around them. Our disability assistance dogs bring independence and a better quality of life for those with physical disabilities including MS, Cerebral Palsy and Fibromyalgia.

Founded and entirely based in Sheffield our charity has grown significantly over recent years. The demand for our work is overwhelming, with requests for support increasing ten-fold over the past few years. Support Dogs provides all of its services free of charge and relies entirely on voluntary donations for funding.

We are recruiting for maternity cover for our Community Fundraising Manager role. This will be a one-year fixed contract.

The Community Fundraising Manager coordinates activity across a broad range of income streams. Managing and developing fundraising income, opportunities and relationships through individual giving, community groups and challenge events with a high focus throughout on donor care.

To succeed in this role, the post holder should be organised and able to cope with conflicting deadlines. Creative and a great communicator who is able to write persuasively and able to speak publicly to potential supporters. You will have a good knowledge and experience of fundraising. Working closely with the Fundraising Manager and our wider fundraising team, you will be a real team player and able to help the charity in reaching and bring income in from a range audiences.

Applicants are to send a covering letter and CV to danny.anderson@supportdogs.org.uk

Please ensure to include details of relevant experience, and an explanation of why you feel that you meet the criteria of the role, using specific examples to demonstrate your suitability.

Application Deadline: 9am Friday 8th July

Application Details: Applicants are to send a covering letter and CV to danny.anderson@supportdogs-org-uk Please ensure to include details of relevant experience, and an explanation of why you feel that you meet the criteria of the role, using specific examples to demonstrate your suitability.

Website Link: https://www.supportdogs.org.uk/vacancies#instructor

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ADUK Chair of Trustees, Remote with limited England wide travel

Employer: Assistance Dogs UK (ADUK)

Job Title: Chairperson

Job Location: Remote, with limited England wide travel

Salary: Unpaid voluntary position, all reasonable travel and expenses covered

Hours: 5 – 7 hours per month (varying)

Job Description:

ADUK is seeking a new Chair of Trustees to lead the charity in an exciting period of development.

Our new Chair will work with the ADUK board and Development Manager to ensure ADUK develops its presence and influence, whilst continuing to work as an effective umbrella body and hub for assistance dog-related information and good practice.

Over the last 18 months, ADUK has invested time and expertise in ensuring that it is operationally robust and is now at a stage where it can build its external presence with the support of a dynamic and experienced leader. 

In particular, the board is seeking a new Chairperson with extensive experience in the Animal Welfare or Disability Sector in order to expand the charity’s knowledge and reach, and further ADUK’s charitable objects.

ADUK is a coalition of internationally accredited assistance dog charities, all of whom are passionate about working to the highest standards of assistance dog training and welfare and support for assistance dog users.  ADUK currently has ten member organisations and six candidate organisations (organisations that are working towards international accreditation).

ADUK’s board members have historically been elected from the membership but, as the charity continues to develop, the board is keen to include new perspectives from a range of new trustees. 

ADUK values diversity in all aspects and strives to provide an environment where everyone can be themselves. We welcome applications from ADUK member trained assistance dog users, and from people with a variety of backgrounds, skills, views, and access requirements. 

Essential Experince and Skills include:  

  • Experience as a chair, trustee, or in a leadership role.
  • Experience in the animal welfare or disability sector.
  • Knowledge of the wider voluntary sector.
  • Experience in effective partnership management and collaborative working across diverse organisations.

Application Deadline: July 20th.

Application Details: For a full role description and for details of how to apply, Download the Chairperson Pack.

To apply send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are suitable for this role to vicky.worthington@assistancedogs.org.uk

Online interviews followed by being invited to observe a range of meetings.

Assistance Dog Trainer, Congleton, Cheshire, plus work off site within mainland England, Scotland, and Wales.

Employer: Autism Dogs CIC

Job Title: Assistance Dog Trainer

Job Location: Based in Congleton, Cheshire. Required to work off site, anywhere within mainland England, Scotland, and Wales, including overnight stays.

Salary: Competitive hourly wage

Hours: Permanent contract, 35 hours/week. 7-hour shifts on both weekdays and weekends (days to be confirmed),with occasional overnight duties.

Job Description: Do you have experience in Assistance Dog Training and would like to work in a new, unique environment? We are currently seeking a caring, committed and hard-working individual to join our Training team at our base in Congleton.

The Opportunity

Our team provides a high standard of training for all of our Assistance Dogs in Training, and qualified Assistance Dogs. Through this role, you would gain amazing experience training our dogs through a varied and rewarding role in the company. The successful candidate will work within our training team to assist with the training of our Assistance Dogs in Training, providing training support to our existing teams, and providing training to our autistic clients and their families.

The role will include a variety of training, which includes but is not limited to: basic obedience training, behavioural training, public access training, advanced task training, and client training.

Essentials for the role
• 2+ years of experience training Assistance Dogs.
• Educated to degree level in a relevant subject area.
• Within a reasonable travelling distance of Congleton.
• Full UK Driving Licence.

Desirables for the role
• Experience delivering training to disabled clients.
• Member of AAII (Animal Assisted Intervention International)
• Member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants

Personal skills
• Self-motivated
• Enthusiastic
• Organised
• Willingness to continue to learn
• Honest
• Reliable
• Interpersonal skills

About us

Autism Dogs is a Community Interest Company driven and motivated by our love of dogs and our passion for helping autistic people.

Autism is a spectrum condition meaning that although autistic people share common difficulties, these are experienced in different ways. All autistic people have difficulties in social interaction, social communication, and social imagination. Autistic people can also face difficulties in sensory sensitivities, high anxiety, and restrictive and repetitive behaviours. By adding the wonderful benefits of a highly-trained dog into the life of an autistic person, we hope to improve their independence, and enable them to develop new skills and gain greater social confidence.

We are a unique, charitable company that provides Assistance Dogs for autistic children and adults. We are the first and only Assistance Dog Programme accredited by the National Autistic Society, a member of Assistance Dogs International and Assistance Dogs UK, a full member of the aaii and SCAS, supporting member of the ABTC, a Disability Confident Employer, and a pre-approved training school for Assistance Dog for British Airways. One of our Founders and Training Director, Andrew Preston, is 1 of only 4 Kennel Club Accredited Instructors for Assistance Dogs in the UK.

Application Deadline: Ongoing until suitable candidate is found.

Application Details: Please email abigailshort@autismdogs.co.uk for an application form

Website Link: Vacancy – Assistance Dog Trainer | Autism Dogs CIC

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Instructor, Banbury

Employer: Dogs for Good

Job Title: Instructor

Job Location: Banbury

Salary: Up to £22,000 per annum (depending on experience)

Hours: 35 hours per week

Job Description:
The Instructor is the key role tasked with building the relationship between a client and their dog in order to help realise the client’s independence and life aspirations without compromising the needs of the dog.  It is a fantastic opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds who have a variety of needs, personalities, and personal experiences, and to help them unlock their potential through their partnership with one of our Assistance Dogs.  It is also an opportunity for applicants to fulfil their dream of teaching, working with and maintaining the wellbeing of a wide range of dogs specifically supported to become life changing Assistance Dogs.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Assessing clients in their homes to understand their physical needs and suitability for an Assistance Dog.
  • Participate in the matching process of client to dog.
  • Deliver a specialist client focused service to existing and new partnerships, providing teaching and coaching to help our clients realise their full potential with a dog.
  • Participate in continued teaching and evaluation of our dogs throughout their life by providing ongoing support and guidance to our clients. 

Full training, equipment and uniform will be provided.

The role will involve regular travel to clients within England and Wales and will require the successful applicant to occasionally work outside of core hours to meet the needs of our clients and their dogs.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be able to demonstrate credible experience and / or qualifications working with physically disabled adults and children.
  • Have proven experience in understanding and resolving dog behaviour and be able to coach others to achieve solutions and goals.
  • Be well organised and disciplined in their approach to achieving goals.
  • Be able to work with a high degree of personal responsibility.
  • Have the ability to work independently and as part of a Team.
  • Have the skills to develop relationships with colleagues, clients and supporters of the Charity.

Ideally, candidates will already be working in a similar role for an AD(UK) or ADI member organisation, although this is not an essential requirement for the role.

Application Deadline: Noon on Wednesday 29 June 2022. First interviews will be held on Thursday 7 July 2022. Second interviews will be held on Thursday 14 July 2022. Please ensure that you are available for interview on these dates as they cannot be changed.

Application Details: If you are interested in this role, please complete an Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and send them both to Sarah Knight, Office Manager, Dogs for Good, The Frances Hay Centre, Blacklocks Hill, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2BS or via e-mail, sarah.knight@dogsforgood.org.

Website Link: https://www.dogsforgood.org/about-us/current-vacancies/instructor/

Employer: Assistance Dogs UK (ADUK)

Job Title: Chairperson

Job Location: Remote, with limited England wide travel

Salary: Unpaid voluntary position, all reasonable travel and expenses covered

Hours: 5 – 7 hours per month (varying)

Job Description:

ADUK is seeking a new Chair of Trustees to lead the charity in an exciting period of development.

Our new Chair will work with the ADUK board and Development Manager to ensure ADUK develops its presence and influence, whilst continuing to work as an effective umbrella body and hub for assistance dog-related information and good practice.

Over the last 18 months, ADUK has invested time and expertise in ensuring that it is operationally robust and is now at a stage where it can build its external presence with the support of a dynamic and experienced leader. 

In particular, the board is seeking a new Chairperson with extensive experience in the Animal Welfare or Disability Sector in order to expand the charity’s knowledge and reach, and further ADUK’s charitable objects.

ADUK is a coalition of internationally accredited assistance dog charities, all of whom are passionate about working to the highest standards of assistance dog training and welfare and support for assistance dog users.  ADUK currently has ten member organisations and six candidate organisations (organisations that are working towards international accreditation).

ADUK’s board members have historically been elected from the membership but, as the charity continues to develop, the board is keen to include new perspectives from a range of new trustees. 

ADUK values diversity in all aspects and strives to provide an environment where everyone can be themselves. We welcome applications from ADUK member trained assistance dog users, and from people with a variety of backgrounds, skills, views, and access requirements. 

Essential Experince and Skills include:  

  • Experience as a chair, trustee, or in a leadership role.
  • Experience in the animal welfare or disability sector.
  • Knowledge of the wider voluntary sector.
  • Experience in effective partnership management and collaborative working across diverse organisations.

Application Deadline: July 20th.

Application Details: For a full role description and for details of how to apply, Download the Chairperson Pack.

To apply send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are suitable for this role to vicky.worthington@assistancedogs.org.uk

Online interviews followed by being invited to observe a range of meetings.

Employer: Autism Dogs CIC

Job Title: Assistance Dog Trainer

Job Location: Based in Congleton, Cheshire. Required to work off site, anywhere within mainland England, Scotland, and Wales, including overnight stays.

Salary: Competitive hourly wage

Hours: Permanent contract, 35 hours/week. 7-hour shifts on both weekdays and weekends (days to be confirmed),with occasional overnight duties.

Job Description: Do you have experience in Assistance Dog Training and would like to work in a new, unique environment? We are currently seeking a caring, committed and hard-working individual to join our Training team at our base in Congleton.

The Opportunity

Our team provides a high standard of training for all of our Assistance Dogs in Training, and qualified Assistance Dogs. Through this role, you would gain amazing experience training our dogs through a varied and rewarding role in the company. The successful candidate will work within our training team to assist with the training of our Assistance Dogs in Training, providing training support to our existing teams, and providing training to our autistic clients and their families.

The role will include a variety of training, which includes but is not limited to: basic obedience training, behavioural training, public access training, advanced task training, and client training.

Essentials for the role
• 2+ years of experience training Assistance Dogs.
• Educated to degree level in a relevant subject area.
• Within a reasonable travelling distance of Congleton.
• Full UK Driving Licence.

Desirables for the role
• Experience delivering training to disabled clients.
• Member of AAII (Animal Assisted Intervention International)
• Member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants

Personal skills
• Self-motivated
• Enthusiastic
• Organised
• Willingness to continue to learn
• Honest
• Reliable
• Interpersonal skills

About us

Autism Dogs is a Community Interest Company driven and motivated by our love of dogs and our passion for helping autistic people.

Autism is a spectrum condition meaning that although autistic people share common difficulties, these are experienced in different ways. All autistic people have difficulties in social interaction, social communication, and social imagination. Autistic people can also face difficulties in sensory sensitivities, high anxiety, and restrictive and repetitive behaviours. By adding the wonderful benefits of a highly-trained dog into the life of an autistic person, we hope to improve their independence, and enable them to develop new skills and gain greater social confidence.

We are a unique, charitable company that provides Assistance Dogs for autistic children and adults. We are the first and only Assistance Dog Programme accredited by the National Autistic Society, a member of Assistance Dogs International and Assistance Dogs UK, a full member of the aaii and SCAS, supporting member of the ABTC, a Disability Confident Employer, and a pre-approved training school for Assistance Dog for British Airways. One of our Founders and Training Director, Andrew Preston, is 1 of only 4 Kennel Club Accredited Instructors for Assistance Dogs in the UK.

Application Deadline: Ongoing until suitable candidate is found.

Application Details: Please email abigailshort@autismdogs.co.uk for an application form

Website Link: Vacancy – Assistance Dog Trainer | Autism Dogs CIC

Employer: Dogs for Good

Job Title: Instructor

Job Location: Banbury

Salary: Up to £22,000 per annum (depending on experience)

Hours: 35 hours per week

Job Description:
The Instructor is the key role tasked with building the relationship between a client and their dog in order to help realise the client’s independence and life aspirations without compromising the needs of the dog.  It is a fantastic opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds who have a variety of needs, personalities, and personal experiences, and to help them unlock their potential through their partnership with one of our Assistance Dogs.  It is also an opportunity for applicants to fulfil their dream of teaching, working with and maintaining the wellbeing of a wide range of dogs specifically supported to become life changing Assistance Dogs.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Assessing clients in their homes to understand their physical needs and suitability for an Assistance Dog.
  • Participate in the matching process of client to dog.
  • Deliver a specialist client focused service to existing and new partnerships, providing teaching and coaching to help our clients realise their full potential with a dog.
  • Participate in continued teaching and evaluation of our dogs throughout their life by providing ongoing support and guidance to our clients. 

Full training, equipment and uniform will be provided.

The role will involve regular travel to clients within England and Wales and will require the successful applicant to occasionally work outside of core hours to meet the needs of our clients and their dogs.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be able to demonstrate credible experience and / or qualifications working with physically disabled adults and children.
  • Have proven experience in understanding and resolving dog behaviour and be able to coach others to achieve solutions and goals.
  • Be well organised and disciplined in their approach to achieving goals.
  • Be able to work with a high degree of personal responsibility.
  • Have the ability to work independently and as part of a Team.
  • Have the skills to develop relationships with colleagues, clients and supporters of the Charity.

Ideally, candidates will already be working in a similar role for an AD(UK) or ADI member organisation, although this is not an essential requirement for the role.

Application Deadline: Noon on Wednesday 29 June 2022. First interviews will be held on Thursday 7 July 2022. Second interviews will be held on Thursday 14 July 2022. Please ensure that you are available for interview on these dates as they cannot be changed.

Application Details: If you are interested in this role, please complete an Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and send them both to Sarah Knight, Office Manager, Dogs for Good, The Frances Hay Centre, Blacklocks Hill, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2BS or via e-mail, sarah.knight@dogsforgood.org.

Website Link: https://www.dogsforgood.org/about-us/current-vacancies/instructor/