Practical Instructor in Animal Care




Gunnersbury Park - Acton


£23,042-£27,364pa inclusive of London Weighting. Salary based on Business and Learning Support scale

Closing date:

02 April 2023

Full Time, Permanent

36 hours, 52 weeks per year             

Gunnersbury Park


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Practical Instructor in Animal Management at Gunnersbury Park working directly with our students and animals.


The successful candidate will be able to carry out the day-to-day routine care of the College’s animal stock to include cleaning out of accommodation, provision of feed, water, bedding, nesting material, and daily health checks. Provide a range of different demonstrations and technical instruction to students undertaking practical animal care from entry level to level 3 and HE. Carrying out practical assessments of students in line with awarding body requirements completing all necessary records. Supervising and allocating tasks for college students carrying out practical duties in animal areas. Completing records relating to routine animal care, reporting any abnormalities or problems to Supervisor/Line Manager as appropriate. Maintaining high standards across all the colleges’ animal stock areas complying with relevant legislations, DEFRA, BALAI. Ordering feed, bedding and other consumables as required in consultation with Line Manager. 

The ideal candidate will have a level three qualification or higher in an animal care discipline, and a range of current experience caring for reptiles, rodents, birds, and a range of livestock animals. A large proportion of this role will be based at our farm, so confidence and good depth of knowledge in livestock husbandry and handling are essential. Alongside this the ideal candidate will be confident and have skills in handling and carrying out basic preventative care on livestock e.g. foot trimming, worming, foot dipping. It is essential to have Knowledge of correct hygiene and cleaning procedures for Animal Unit and associated areas. Awareness of Health and Safety issues with regard to own duties and the Animal Unit/Farm.

What’s in it for you?

We offer the opportunity to help develop your skills and knowledge in a friendly team environment, plus a range of benefits including a career average pension scheme (LGPS), employee assistance programme and full access to Capel Gardens.

Equality, diversity and inclusion
We are committed to creating and promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce that better reflects the wider community we support. We particularly welcome applicants from groups currently under-represented in senior roles, including females, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), people with disabilities and from the LGBTQ community.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of our students and expect everybody working for the College to share this commitment.  We actively seek DBS clearance checks for applications of employment as part of our safeguarding procedures.

Closing Date:      2 April 2023

Interview Date:  TBC

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