Equine Centre Manager – RSPCA Gonsal Farm Equine Centre, Shropshire

Are you an experienced operational and equine manager? Would you like to bring your skills and knowledge to help rehabilitate and rehome equines for the largest animal welfare charity in the country?

Located in 186 acres of beautiful Shropshire countryside, our Gonsal Farm Equine Centre provides a safe haven for horses in need of care, rehabilitation and a new home.

We take in horses and ponies of all ages and sizes, from companions to ridden, and we work hard to build a bond and gain their trust so they can go on to live purposeful, fulfilling and happy lives.

You can visit our social media pages to find out more about what we do here.

We are looking for an Equine Centre Manager to provide overall management of the centre, staff, volunteers and equines. This is a busy, varied and extremely rewarding role where you will be responsible for:

  • Managing and training staff and volunteers in line with RSPCA policy.
  • Preparing budgets and monitoring expenditure.
  • Maintaining a high standard of equine welfare.
  • Overseeing the overall maintenance, health, safety and security of the centre.
  • Fundraising, communications and media management.
  • Liaising with colleagues (such as the Inspectors and veterinary professionals) on matters of policy and procedure, and contributing to working parties.
  • Providing excellent customer care and acting as an escalation point for complaints.
  • Overseeing equine training plans and assessments to prepare them for rehoming in liaison with senior members of centre staff.
  • Assessing and verifying level 2 or 3 qualifications in training young equines.

For more information please refer to the job description.


What we are looking for in you…
  • British Horse Society Stage 3/ Level 3 Diploma in Equine Management or equivalent.
  • Qualification in equine coaching/instructing.
  • Varied work experience with equine health, behaviour and handling.
  • In-depth knowledge of breaking/schooling and rehabilitation of equines, including those with behavioural issues.
  • Experience of taking sole charge of a Yard.
  • Experience of supervising and leading others.
  • Financial management and budgeting experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to work under pressure and organise your own workload.
  • Full manual driving licence.
  • Ability to tow a horse trailer/drive a horsebox or willingness to learn within one year of accepting the post.
  • Able to provide night-cover in the event of staff absence or an emergency.

Please ensure you address how you meet the above criteria in your CV and/or supporting statement.


Why work for the RSPCA?

It’s an exciting time to join us in the decade of our bicentenary as we focus on our Strategy to 2030. The RSPCA works 365 days a year, rescuing all animals of all types from abuse, neglect, and injury.

We think this is a great role and offer our staff the following benefits to recognise their contribution:

  • 25 days annual leave on entry, rising after 5 years’ service.
  • Additional day off around Christmas.
  • Generous pension scheme.
  • Associated life assurance and group income protection scheme.
  • Access to healthcare cash plan.
  • Employee assistance programme.
  • Charity worker discounts across a variety of retailers.

We review applications as they are received, so early submissions are highly encouraged. We reserve the right to close this advert once sufficient applications have been screened and progressed.

All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing Team – resourcingteam@rspca.org.uk.

We strongly believe in being an innovative, diverse, and inclusive organisation and recognise that diversity in all of our people will help achieve that purpose and our mission more effectively. We actively encourage and seek applications from a wide diversity of candidates and in particular welcome applications from minority ethnic, black, and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at the RSPCA.

  • Salary: £42,183 to £49,627
  • Location type: Site worker
  • Work Location: Gonsal Farm Equine Centre
  • Vacancy Type : Permanent
  • Closing Date: 30 August 2023
  • Hours:  Full time (35 hours per week), between 08.15-16.30,  including bank holidays and weekends.


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