Animal Attendant - Livestock (casual)


Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Part time

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Jan 15

This job is no longer accepting applications.

Contract: Casual role 

Hours of Work: Casual basis (as required)

Location: SPCA Christchurch Centre 

About the role: 

The casual livestock role is to provide cover for planned and unplanned leave, as well as providing support during our busy times in our livestock area, where we have a variety of livestock animals needing care. 

This role provides to the physical health and behavioural needs of all animals housed in the Centre as rostered to ensure that they are provided with the five freedoms outlined in the Animal Welfare Act 1999.  

This is a busy role, where no two days will be the same, the successful candidate will need to be self-motivated, technologically savvy, energetic, passionate about providing positive welfare outcomes for animals and show a high level of initiative.  

What we can offer you 

  • Make an actual difference for New Zealand’s animals 
  • Work with highly passionate people 
  • Onsite parking 

What we need from you

  • Qualifications or relevant experience in the Livestock or production animals/welfare industry is required 
  • Experience in handling Equines, preferably in a rescue/rehabilitation environment 
  • Confidence in handling Livestock animals displaying a range of temperaments 
  • Experience in Animal drug administration 
  • A sound understanding of animal behaviour – normal v abnormal 
  • An understanding of Contagious and Zoonotic diseases is desirable 
  • Hold a full licence and have the ability to drive a manual vehicle competently. The ability to tow a trailer is desired. 
  • Ability to work effectively without supervision and effectively prioritise daily tasks 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – communicate effectively with customers, volunteers and other employees. 
  • Demonstrated strengths in accuracy, precision and attention to detail. 
  • Ability to manage confidential information with responsibility and integrity. 
  • Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability (will include flexibility of hours) 
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development. 
  • Be proactive and be able to manage stress. 
  • Customer focused 
  • Ability to manage stress and handle emotional situations while retaining empathy 
  • Ability to work in the field which requires physical fitness, and all weather conditons 

Who we are:  

SPCA is one of the best loved and most respected charities in New Zealand, with a proud history of helping animals in need and advocating for animal welfare since 1872. To find out more about us, go here

Does this sound like the ideal role for you? If you match the above criteria, please apply now! Applications without a cover letter stating why you feel you are suited to this role, will NOT be considered. 

Applications close on 26th January 2022

SPCA strongly encourages all new employees to have the Covid-19 vaccination. 

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