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Assistant yard manager job vacancy
04 Sep
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Assistant yard manager job vacancy

Assistant Yard Manager/Volunteer Coordinator

Job Description

Join our team:

Hope Pastures rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys. Based in Leeds and open free of charge every day, we’re also a centre for the community – a place where people, irrespective of background and ability, can meet the animals, volunteer and learn how to contribute to the community.
A small charity, with a highly committed team of volunteers, trustees and staff, we have few overheads and 95p of every £1 donated to us is spent directly on the animals.
As the sanctuary grows, we now need an Assistant Yard Manager/Volunteer Coordinator to join our team and help to ensure the smooth-running of the yard.

Job Title:

Assistant Yard Manager/Volunteer Coordinator


30 hours a week comprising Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday.
Hourly rate £8.50

Purpose of role to:

1. Ensure all Hope Pastures on site equines are given the highest quality of care.
2. Supervise staff and volunteers in the absence of the Yard Manager.
3. Ensure the site is safe and secure at all times for animals, humans and the environment, adhering to Hope Pastures Health and Safety policies.
4. Recruit an appropriate number of volunteers to supplement the yard team and be responsible for their induction and training.

Responsible to:

The Yard Manager

You will work with the Yard Manager to:

1. Assess the health and behaviour of new arrivals, planning their quarantine and feed requirements.
2. Give, or direct others to give, daily care and routine health checks to all residents.
3. Build and sustain good working relationships between staff and volunteers, addressing any issues in a timely manner.
4. Organise the task rota and yard routine on a daily basis.
5. Regularly review the health, well-being and routine of all equines, taking action when appropriate.
6. Recruit, induct, train and supervise a sufficient number of volunteers to augment the yard team, particularly in the winter months, ensuring they add benefit to the team.
7. Work with visiting professionals such as vet, dentist, farrier, physio, nutritionist etc, ensuring schedules are met for such requirements as vaccinations and worming.
8. Ensure the yard is safe, tidy and accessible when children’s parties, pony days and similar activities are held on site, including making a pony or ponies available to take part in these activities when required.
9. Meet and greet visitors on site, particularly in the absence of Visitor Centre volunteers.
10. Assist in identifying suitable people/homes to enable our equines to be rehomed whenever possible, freeing up space at the Sanctuary for further rescues.

Essential Skills, Experience and Competencies:

• Experience of working with equines and ideally equines with behavioural problems or health issues
• Ability to work effectively as a member of a small team
• Experience of working with volunteers
• Good communication skills
• Honest, discreet and trustworthy
• Full driving licence (an ability to drive our 3-ton horsebox would be an advantage)

All Hope Pastures’ Team Members Should:

• Uphold Hope Pastures’ values and behave professionally
• Value equality and diversity and espouse those ideals at work
• Take part in training as required for the role
• Take responsibility for one’s own personal development
• Co-operate with colleagues, encourage positive working relationships and foster a culture of respect and consideration
• Take responsibility for your own and others’ health and safety
• Comply with governance and confidentiality requirements
• Work within Hope Pastures’ agreed on policies and procedures


The role will be mainly based at Hope Pastures main site.
Working hours will require flexibility to meet the Sanctuary’s needs.
This job description reflects the current requirements of the post. As duties and responsibilities develop this may be reviewed. The role is currently for a 12 month period but may become permanent.
The post-holder will need to be self-motivated and capable of working alone, as well as part of a small, cohesive team.

How to apply:

Please download and fill in the JOB APPLICATION FORM from the link below, then post to: Alyson Wort, Hope Pastures, Weetwood Lane, Leeds LS16 5PH or scan and email to Alyson Wort:
Applications to be received by close of business on Friday 29th September.

What will make you stand out? Your understanding and commitment to Hope Pastures’ work, aims and objectives.
Your desire to work in a team with like-minded people to improve the lives of the animals we care for and the people who visit us.

Get your form here…

Yard assistant manager Job Application form 2017