Assistance Dogs NI receive many enquiries about working with the Charity.
Vacancies do arise from time to time. All current vacancies are posted on this website, which is updated regularly. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to keep any application letters or CVs on file for future records. The Charity can only employ, individuals of 18 years and over.
Volunteering or applying for a job with us
Whether you apply for a job with us or to volunteer, we’ll need to collect the personal information you provide to process your application.
If you apply to work with Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland, we’ll only keep your information for the purposes of that application.
Under certain legal requirements, in line with employment and data protection law , we may undertake monitoring of recruitment statistics, We won’t disclose information to a third party without your consent, unless the disclosure is required by law, such as taking up a reference, or obtaining ‘disclosure’ from the Disclosure & Barring Service.
Further, your personal information will be held and processed so that we can contact you about future volunteering opportunities. We’ll only hold information relating to the nature of your voluntary work and we’ll delete it in accordance with our retention policies.
You will get an acknowledgement when you apply. We want to keep you informed so try to provide an outcome to all applicants within 2 weeks of the close of a vacancy. However, we are lucky to get lots of interest in our roles, which sometimes means it may take us slightly longer. It also means we are not able to give individual feedback if you are not shortlisted.
Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us, however it may prevent you from being employed in certain roles.
Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland has a duty of care to our staff, volunteers, customers and of course our dogs – we are also committed to making recruitment decisions based solely on a candidate’s ability to do the job. Spent convictions are not normally an issue except where they are for offences representing risks to the particular role in question. Convictions that can never be spent, i.e. those carrying custodial sentences of 30 months or more, may bar applicants from employment with Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland .
For more details, including which roles are subject to DBS checking (Disclosure and Barring Service), please see our DBS guide here.
It is our expectation that interviewees attend an interview at the site for which they applied for a role and as a charity we would not look to reimburse these expenses. In some exceptional circumstances we may offer to reimburse, or part reimburse expenses and where this is the case you will be notified when we confirm your interview.
Unfortunately, at this moment in time the Charity is not in a position to offer Dog Training Work Experience. Should this change these opportunities will be posted on this website. We have volunteering opportunities.
We are regularly asked for advice about how to become a Dog Trainer. We recommend that people gain as much practical experience as possible. This can be in the form of attending a local dog training school and observing the trainer, working as a kennel assistant at a boarding kennels, or voluntary work at a dog rescue centre. The more practical experience you can demonstrate you have to a prospective employer, the better.
Your nearby Dog training centres can be found via your local veterinary practice, by looking in the yellow pages, or searching the internet. Although it is not a requirement that we insist upon when advertising for Dog Trainers, a course in Animal Management can also be a useful tool. These courses tend to be run at Agricultural Colleges, so contact your nearest one to enquire whether they run these. A dog grooming course could also prove to be beneficial.
Our Dog Trainers advise that there is a lot of competition for the very few jobs that become available in this type of field. Therefore, they recommend that you are determined that being a Dog Trainer is the career for you, and that you are the right type of person for the job; remember that being a Dog Trainer often means working in all weathers, working unsociable hours, sometimes at short notice, so you must be extremely committed.
We have very few Dog Trainer vacancies that arise, but when they do they are advertised here on our website, which is updated regularly.
For certain roles where there is either regular or unsupervised interaction with children and/or vulnerable individuals and/or responsibility for financial transactions on behalf of Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland, an applicant will be asked to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or check by another relevant body i.e. Disclosure Scotland or Access NI.
We request a DBS check so that we can make informed recruitment decisions and provide the appropriate duty of care to our staff, volunteers, customers and beneficiaries.
For more details, including which roles are subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check and our policy and process for recruitment of these roles you can read our DBS Guide.