We are a small friendly and passionate team who are all devoted to the mission of the Sanctuary. Our staff love working at the Sanctuary so much that we rarely have vacancies to advertise, but from time to time there are situations vacant, these will be advertised below.
We also rely heavily on the support of a network of volunteers. We have many volunteer opportunities available please click here to find out more information on becoming a Holly Hedge Volunteer.
Special Volunteers Needed: Committed Cat Lockup Volunteers for set Friday, Saturday and Sunday shifts.
Our volunteer applicants do not need to have a relevant background in animal care, we are mostly looking for interest, passion and for the individual to share the Holly Hedge values!
Due to the level of responsibility and amount of time required to get our cat lock up volunteers fully trained, you must be over 16 years old and prepared to commit to one set evening (7pm – 9pm) come rain or shine a week for a minimum of six months (this can be extended with agreement on both sides) with 2 weeks notice to be given for notice or any holidays required.
You will be expected to work alone with the support of a Holly Hedge staff member should you need it, to complete the final feeds, cuddles, litter scoops and checks of the night.
After we receive an application, we will review it and possibly invite the candidate for an informal chat if he or she may be a good fit for our volunteer role. Many of our current employees started as volunteers, but because we are a small team and our staff really enjoy their jobs, there aren’t always positions available. We consider volunteering to be an excellent professional development opportunity; however, volunteering with us does not lead directly to paid work.
Due to our location public transportation unfortunately is not a reliable enough way to get to the sanctuary and access to a car is a requirement. Should your lock up fall on a bank holiday we still expect you in, as our animals will still need caring for.
If you wish to be considered for this volunteer position please complete the online Volunteer Application Form entering “Cat Lockup Volunteer” in the “Other Roll” field and let us know why you would be suited for the role.
Volunteer Animal Care Assistants
This role is to assist our kennel staff with the morning cleaning, feeding, walking and socialisation for a whole day 8.30am – 4pm. This will be for a minimum of one set day per week for a minimum of 6 months due to the level of training required. We have positions for both cats and dogs, but applicants should be aware of the physical nature of the role and have the confidence to work unsupervised.
If you wish to be considered for this volunteer position please complete the online Volunteer Application Form entering “Volunteer Animal Care Assistants” in the “Other Roll” field and let us know why you would be suited for the role.
Volunteer Retail Assistants
We are looking for hard working enthusiastic volunteers who would like to join our friendly retail team at our Weston or Nailsea charity shops.
As part of the team, the role will include a variety of tasks from sorting donations, pricing items and operating the till.
No retail experience is necessary however volunteers must have excellent customer service skills, be willing to talk about the charity and the work we do and must be confident to use a till and handle change. Training will be given, however the role can be unsupervised at times so confidence to work alone is also essential.
This a great opportunity to gain references and retail experience and can lead to employment in the future. Hours are flexible, days range from 10am-4pm Mon-Sat and we ask that volunteers can commit to a minimum of 4 hours on one set day per week, up to full time)
Due to the nature of the role, references will be required. Please email email@example.com outlining all of the reasons you wish to volunteer and any relevant experience you may have and availability.
Volunteer Weekend Coordinator
As the weekends can be our busiest time with visiting public we would love a volunteer to help our staff liaise with volunteer dog walkers, helping to choose dogs to walk, confidently harness and then collect from reception. Applicants will need to be confident with dogs and able to harness using our positive training methods. As above this will be a committed role for either a Saturday or Sunday for a minimum of 6 months.
If you wish to be considered for this volunteer position please complete the online Volunteer Application Form entering “Volunteer Weekend Coordinator” in the “Other Roll” field.
Volunteer Reception Assistants
Our phone lines and reception area can be a really busy place. To help us achieve a faster rehoming process, to help assist the public with inquiries to the sanctuary and to assist in fundraising, we are looking for confident charismatic people who would like to volunteer for a minimum of one set day per week in our reception. This is an exciting and varied role which would suit someone with previous office experience, however full training will be given. The ability to use a computer and simple database will be essential.
If you wish to be considered for this volunteer position please complete the online Volunteer Application Form entering “Volunteer Reception Assistants” in the “Other Roll” field.
Volunteering can be a brilliant gateway into the animal care industry and is ideal for those wishing to gain experience for a future career or to gain references for their CV. We are a lovely friendly team and those wishing to go beyond and help us in other ways will be rewarded with knowing what a huge difference your help will be to us and all our furry residents.
Applicants should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an informal interview and learn about the roles and what they would entail.