Current Vacancies

Canine Animal Care Team Leader

  • Part Time role (29.5 hours with weekend work required)
  • Challenging and rewarding role
  • Hands-on!
  • Variety guaranteed
  • Maternity Leave Cover

SPCA Canterbury is one of the leading animal welfare organisations in New Zealand. We are looking for a positive and motivated Canine Team leader to join our team.


  • Develop and maintain a canine enrichment programme.
  • Ensure smooth running of the canine behaviour team.
  • Ensure that staff and volunteers are focused on achieving the mission and operational priorities of the centre.
  • Support the Operations Manager with the completion of annual staff performance reviews and 1-2-1’s.
  • Undertake animal attendant duties when required.

Qualifications & experience

  • Previous staff leadership experience is essential and/or the potential to develop staff leadership skills to a high competency level.
  • A certificate in Animal Care (or equivalent) is a minimum requirement.
  • One year's experience in the animal care/welfare industry is desirable.
  •  Experience in handling dogs, preferably in a kenneling environment.
  • Confidence in handling companion animals displaying a range of temperaments.
  • Experience in Animal drug administration.
  • 1 + years’ experience working within a retail or customer service role

The successful candidate for this role will have:

  • The ability to professionally motivate and develop staff to enhance the capability of the branch.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and have the ability to defuse conflict over the phone and in person.
  • Strong attention to detail and focus on high quality of care.
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills – Communicate effectively with customers, employees and volunteers.
  • Ability to manage confidential information with responsibility and integrity.
  • Ability to be flexible in approach to work and challenges.
  • Physically fit and able to work outside in often uncomfortable working conditions.

To register your interest in this position, please forward your covering letter and CV to; by 5pm 20th February 2017. 

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