Staff Vacancy

Thursday, 5th March 2020

Kennels Assistant on one year fixed term contract.

We are seeking to recruit a new kennel assistant to complement our team who care for homeless, abandoned and ill-treated dogs here in Glencaple. The duties will be many and varied.

See job description below. Those wishing to apply should please send a CV with a covering letter to the Manager via email at or post to DGCRC, Dovecotewells, by Glencaple DG1 4RH.


Closing date 20th March, 5.00pm.



Job Description

Title:  Centre Assistant – 1yr fixed term contract (to commence asap)

Responsible to:  Centre Manager



Working hours

45 hours a week over five days. Rota to include weekend days as necessary, and Bank Holidays by rotation.


Salary and holiday entitlement

28 days annual leave per annum inclusive of Bank Holidays. Salary £19,750 p.a. 


Essential qualifications

Current, clean driving licence. Own transport essential due to rural location

Preferred qualifications 

In possession of or working towards a recognised animal care qualification


Essential experience/attributes

1. Previous experience of dogs (employment or training in an animal-welfare oriented environment preferred but not essential)

2. Sound knowledge of practical animal care.

3. Ability to work under pressure.

4. Administration skills including computer literacy, use of social media, money-handling.

5. Customer Care.




The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, hard-working and reliable, possessing a love of dogs and an understanding of the care they require. S/he will be good-humoured and enjoy working in a close-knit team. He/she will also enjoy working with people, and will possess an ability to cope with the often distressed or demanding people that visit the Centre in a sympathetic but assertive way.

Honesty, integrity, and commitment to the charity’s aims are absolutely essential.



Centre Assistant Duties include:


Day to day care of the dogs on site under the instruction of the Centre Manager. 

Duties will include cleaning feeding, exercising, grooming, administering treatment, training etc 

Monitoring each dog’s health, wellbeing and behaviour.

Telephone and reception duties as instructed by the Centre Manager.

Keeping accurate records including admissions, adoptions, medical records, and monies handled.

Dealing with visitors to the Centre including matching potential adopters to dogs.

Encouraging and monitoring volunteers working at the Centre. 

Transporting dogs to the Centre’s vet in Dumfries and elsewhere as required.

Ensuring the Charity’s Policy as determined by the board of Directors is adhered to.