Local Job Vacancy - Tommy in the pic is resting to help with recruitment and training!

We have a part time dog walking and pet sittting vacancy in Swad - can everyone share around and show their friends so we might find someone good who needs some work - not many hours now but these will go up. We pay above the min wage for this post.

Job spec

Dog walker and pet sitter and adventure facilitator

The job

Going for a walk with Stan’s Pals is the high point of a dog’s day. Forget holding a lead and trotting round the block! Our walks are mini adventures filled with good things to sniff, games to play and lots of love. Our walkers become the dog’s new best friend and provide opportunities for social interaction, mental stimulation and bucket loads of fun. We need someone who can accompany the dogs on their adventures and ensure they remain safe and happy.

You will always be required to pick up and bin dog poo – every single time they do it, and they do poo a lot! Stan’s Pals feels this is VERY important and we even offer to help on occasion when people don’t pick up after their own dog.

There will be training and an intensive induction as we introduce the new starter to our dogs and the rest of the team and our working methods. Hours are fairly flexible and will increase for the right applicant – initially it will be around 3 to 6 hours a week increasing as experience grows. Hours can be fitted around school hours if this is required.

We also visit pets in their own homes while owners are on holiday and this give a very varied working life. This includes cleaning out pet’s homes, giving food and water and spending quality time and ensuring they have all the social interaction needed.

The person

Our new team member will have lots of experience with dogs and an ability to communicate and interact and build relationships with them. You will need to be physically fit as we walk a lot of miles during the course of a working day and when pet sitting we sometimes have to lift heavy items, bags of feed or cages etc. 
Ideally you will have a qualification in animal welfare and hands on experience with other animals. Being able to drive would also be an advantage as we cover a wide area.

You will be calm in a crisis and able to work independently or as part of a team - we do sometimes work alone. You need to be able to abide by our rules as these have been put in place to protect the animals we work with and our team, you will also be good at following instructions. It is vital that you are able to multi task.

It is very important that you understand it is essential to put the needs of the animal before your own– for instance we have to carry on and visit the dogs who are home alone and waiting for us no matter how bad the weather becomes and on occasion we have walked through heavy snow fall to ensure the dogs in our care still got a visit.

You will have your own mobile phone and be easy to contact. You will also have a Facebook profile (or be prepared to set up one) as we use Facebook messenger a lot to communicate as a team.

The company

Stan’s Pals Ltd work mainly in the Swadlincote area walking dogs, offering training support and pet sitting for a wide variety of animals when owners are away. We have been working this area for around five years and have a small team who are very committed to ensure we always give the very best level of care possible. We do some work in Burton and Ashby as well and have a large group of lovely dogs (and other animals) who depend on us and our services. We also currently have some exciting expansion plans which will result in further employment opportunities very soon.

To apply

Email Tina at Stanspals@gmail.com with a CV and full details of why you think you are the person to join our dogs on their adventures and visit our pets. Include full contact details. 
Initial interviews will be an informal chat and then there will be a practical session out and about with some of the dogs we work with for those who are short listed. Formal references will be needed and you will need to supply contact numbers for at least three referees.


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