The oldest and largest animal welfare charity in the country is looking for new animal rescue officers across the country – and most importantly, the charity wants to attract people from diverse backgrounds.
RSPCA rescuers have a unique place in society, cemented in their frontline work during the pandemic, not only helping animals but the people who care for them.
It’s a challenging role and requires someone with resilience, who is happy to deal with members of the audience in tricky situations as well as a love for animals and a thirst to learn new skills.
RSPCA Inspection Chief Dermot Murphy said: “As someone who started my career in an entry-level position, I know what an exciting opportunity for good. candidate.
“It’s a demanding job, but it can be very, very rewarding.
“This year we have broadened our admission requirements, it doesn’t matter if you have a degree or a GCSE – all that matters is that you are willing to work hard, be trustworthy and most of all be trustworthy. want to make a difference in the lives of animals.
“The RSPCA is approaching its 200th anniversary in 2024 and throughout our history times have changed.
“We always work in communities but we do not reflect the people we work with and that is why I have made it my mission and the mission of all my staff to make sure that we are representative of all communities, including including all religious backgrounds, ethnically diverse communities, the LGBTQ + community and communities with disabilities.
Recent RSPCA rescues this year have included an owl stuck in an extractor fan in Yorkshire, a badger asleep in construction machinery in the West Midlands, several squirrels trapped in bird feeders and a corn snake slipping into the plumbing of toilets in London.
The training of animal rescue officers is as unique as the job – you can expect to abseil down a mountain, swim 50m fully clothed and take water rescue training to be part of this fantastic team.
Animal rescue officers can be called to all kinds of locations, so applicants have no fear of heights or cramped spaces and – of course – no allergy to animals.
We recognize that our staff must reflect and understand the communities in which we work, and therefore we actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, regardless of age, gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, parental or relationship status.
Everyone at the RSPCA should live by their core values - compassion, commitment, integrity, expertise and being a source of inspiration.
Successful applicants will go through a year of training, there is an online video of what to expect. To apply, please visit the RSPCA website
The RSPCA will be hosting two webinars on our work and the work of our Animal Rescue Officers and why we made it our mission to become a more diverse organization.
These webinars are open to individuals or organizations from religious communities, ethnically diverse communities, the LGBTQ + community and communities with disabilities and young leaders.
January 11, 2022 5 p.m. https://meet.google.com/ova-rbvk-vdb
January 13, 2022 5 p.m. https://meet.google.com/uvp-mbvi-ksr
We have over 24 positions across England and Wales – see details on how to apply from January 10th.
To help the RSPCA continue to save, rehabilitate and relocate animals in desperate need of care, please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.