Jobs & Volunteering

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.



Position Part-time, Initial 3 month contract

Hours: 8 hours per week

Salary: Minimum Wage

Location: Barrow Gurney (outskirts of Bristol)

We are looking to recruit a part time cleaner with the overall responsibility to ensure our offices, public meeting areas and staff/volunteer room is kept clean and hygienic.

This position will be split over 4 days 8am-10am daily, ideally on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.

As we are an Animal Sanctuary we do have dog residents who will stay in some of our offices and reception areas. The successful applicant will need to be confident and happy to work around dogs particularly and the occasional kitten! Dog hair is to be expected!

Please note this is a 3 month temporary contract with the possibility of the role being extended.

Own transport is essential due to our location and lack of public transport routes.

Please email with a CV and cover letter.


Position Full-time, permanent

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £21-28k per annum

Location: Barrow Gurney (outskirts of Bristol)

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary are looking for an experienced, highly driven Fundraiser with a passion for Animal Welfare to Plan, Implement and Develop our Fundraising strategy through a variety of income streams.

Holly Hedge is situated in a rural area of Bristol where the whole team is dedicated and motivated to provide the absolute best for every animal in their care. To reach that standard, we need a higher level of sustainable income with a great FR Person to lead the way. The successful candidate will need to inspire and encourage communities and corporate groups to support the essential work we do within the region and beyond.  Are you the person who can make the difference?

The role will range across all sectors including Community, Events, Corporates, Individuals, and the Community.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, be able to negotiate and be highly motivated in sales and marketing.

Being such a varied role, time management will be key and the ability to implement our strategy, adhering to strict targets will be essential. Applicants will be expected to have a passion for Holly Hedge, to be able to promote and inspire support within the community. Liaising with businesses, corporates and Individuals, it is essential that any candidate is confident at pitching, recruiting volunteers and be a confident public speaker. Candidates should also be IT literate, have good administrative skills, be resourceful, think creatively and be effective at problem solving.

Ideally, candidates should have a degree in Sales and Marketing, Fundraising or Events and have a minimum of 3 years experience, ideally working within either the charity sector, Corporate, Events or Community Fundraising or Sales and Marketing.

If you think you are the right person to help Holly Hedge meet its goals and aspirations, please send a CV and cover letter to


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 Warden 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.


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.


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 to arrange an informal interview and learn about the roles and what they would entail.