Job Vacancies

We have a number of vacancies within our charity for:
- Puppy Coordinator
- Support Dog Trainer
- Client Services Coordinator

Please click or scroll down for more information about these roles

Development Manager
Assistance Dog UK, the  voluntary governance organisation of 8 assistance dog charities in the UK is also currently recruiting for a Development Manager. You can learn more about this role on their website  www.assistancedogs.org.uk/about/

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Puppy Coordinator
Full time – 37.5 hours per week
Location – Sheffield

Salary - £18,025 rising to £20,600 upon successful completion of training

 Support Dogs have a very exciting new role available within the training department and are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and driven individual to join our expanding training team.  The successful applicant will be responsible for the selection of Support Dogs puppies and should provide a structured training programme for them while they are under their care.  This will also include the overseeing of how they progress and the ability to highlight any concerns that may arise within this time to management.   The role will also involve working closely alongside our valued volunteers, ensuring they are receiving excellent support, regular training sessions and are given advice as and when required. 

Other duties within this role will include the recruitment, assessment and training of new volunteers.

The applicant will be required to work off site for periods of time so they must show the ability to work alone effectively, use their own initiative and have excellent time management and communication skills.  Previous and proven experience of working with puppies, within a professional capacity, such as planning and conducting puppy training classes to a group of people is an essential quality for this role.  All applicants are to have a full clean driving licence. 

Occasional overnight duties and from time to time weekend work will be required to assist the Charity by participating in activities such as fundraising events and demonstrations.

Job_Description_-_Puppy_Co.pdf 

Requirements_and_criteria_-_Puppy_Co.pdf

Due to the high level of interest and enquiries that are received for roles within the training department it is not possible to answer telephone enquiries. Applicants are to send a covering letter and CV to [email protected] or alternatively by post to Katie Burns, Training Manager, 21 Jessops Riverside, Brightside Lane, Sheffield, S9 2RX. 

Please ensure to include the following in your covering letter and CV; Explanation of why you feel that you meet the criteria of the role, using specific examples to demonstrate your suitability where possible.  Include details of any training and/or voluntary work you may have undertaken that is relevant to the role. 

Three referees (if applicable) to cover at least the past 5 years, one of these is to be your present or most recent employer, whichever is relevant to your current situation.  Open references/character references from family/friends are not accepted.  Please also to ensure you provide a chronological history of your time spent since leaving education and give the reasons for leaving a position.

Please be aware this is a two stage interview process.  Interviews will be arranged as and when successful candidates are identified.



Support Dog Trainer
Starting salary £17,061, raising to £18,947 upon successful completion of training
Full time 37.5 hours per week.                                                                   Location: Sheffield

Support Dogs are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and driven individual to join the Dog Supply Team within the Training Department.  The role can involve sourcing and assessing dogs but mainly will be providing a structured training programme for dogs that have been accepted for assistance dog work; working closely with volunteers who foster the dogs overnight and at weekends, recruiting and assessing new volunteer foster carers and ensuring the health and welfare of the dogs are maintained. 

Occasional overnight duties and, from time to time, weekend work will be required to assist in promoting the Charity by participating in activities such as fundraising events and demonstrations.

The ideal applicant will be an effective team player and also have the ability to work alone.  You will demonstrate a real passion for the role, a positive attitude and show flexibility within your work.  Previous experience of training dogs, using positive based methods, and a full clean driving licence are essential criteria for the post.  

This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to be part of training dogs and working with people to transform the lives of people with epilepsy, physical disabilities and children with autism. 

Job_description_Trainer.pdf

Requirements_and_criteria_Trainer.pdf

Applicants should send a covering letter and CV to [email protected] or alternatively by post to Katie Burns, Training Manager, Support Dogs, 21 Jessops Riverside, Brightside Lane, Sheffield, S9 2RX. 

Please ensure to include the following information in your covering letter and CV;

Explanation of why you feel that you meet the criteria of the role, using specific examples to demonstrate your suitability where possible, including details of any training or voluntary work that you have undertaken that may be relevant to the role. 

Three referees if applicable) to cover at least the past 5 years, one is to be your present or last employer whichever is relevant to your current situation.  Open references/character references from family and/or friends will not be accepted.  Please ensure that you provide a chronological history of your time spent since leaving education, giving reasons for leaving a position.  Ensure to record any periods of study or voluntary work.

Interview date – TBC

Applicants will be shortlisted following this interview and invited for a second practical assessment.

All interviews will be held at Support Dogs Training Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire



Client Services Coordinator

Full time 37.5 hours per week, £22,278.90 per annum

Location – Sheffield

Support Dogs are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and driven individual to join the training department.  The role will consist of the assessing and acceptance of applicants.  It will also involve overseeing our teams who have graduated, ensuring all teams receive an annual aftercare, giving advice, support and extra training if and when required in conjunction with prepping and supporting teams for the retirement process to begin. 

The applicant will be required to lone work off site for periods of time, so must show the ability to work alone effectively, prioritise workload accordingly, use their own initiative and have excellent time management and communication skills.  They are to demonstrate a real passion for the role, a positive attitude and show flexibility within their work. 

Previous experience of training dogs, using positive based methods, and a full clean driving licence are essential criteria for the post.  Desirable qualities are experience/recognised teaching qualification, awareness in varying disabilities and a recognised qualification in animal training/behaviour.  For further criteria please refer to requirements and criteria.

Occasional overnight duties and from time to time weekend work will be required in order to both fulfil the role and assist in the promotion of the Charity participating in fundraising events/demonstrations.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to be a part of training dogs to transform the lives of people with epilepsy, physical disabilities and children with autism.

Job Description

Person Specification

If you have any queries in regards to this vacancy please contact Katie Burns, Training Manager, via email [email protected].  Due to the high level of interest and enquiries that are received for roles within the training department it is sadly not possible to answer any telephone enquiries.

Applicants are to send a covering letter and CV to [email protected] or alternatively by post to Katie Burns, Training Manager, Support Dogs, 21 Jessops Riverside, Brightside Lane, Sheffield, S9 2RX.  Please ensure to include the following information in your covering letter/CV –

  • Explanation of why you feel you are suited to the role, using specific examples to demonstrate your suitability.
  • Include any training and/or voluntary work you have undertaken/participated in that is relevant to the roles requirements.
  • Three referees (if applicable) to cover at least the past 5 years, one of these is to be your current/previous employer, whichever is relevant to your situation. Should you not have a current/previous employer please explain how you have been spending your time while not in employment.  Open references/character references from family or friends are not accepted.
  • A chronological history of your time spent since leaving education, giving reasons for leaving a position.

Please note this vacancy has a two stage interview process, an initial interview which will include a short practical and a further practical assessment for shortlisted applicants.  All interviews/assessments will be held in Sheffield.  Dates will be confirmed should you be shortlisted.

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