Plumpton College
Plumpton Green, Lewes [East Sussex]
£16,454.00 - £19,884.00 Per Year, pro rata
30 Aug 2019 10:08
29 Sep 2019 23:59
Further Education
Job Level
Animals / Veterinary
Contract Type
Full Time
Organisational Type
Land-based College


Animal Management Technician

Salary: £16,454 to £19,884 (pro rata)

Location: Plumpton, Lewes BN7 3AE with occasional cover at Netherfield, Nr, Battle TN33 9QB

We are looking for a dedicated animal care technician to join our animal management team. Our established and wide ranging collection of exotic, small and large animal species is the hub of the College’s thriving animal management provision with students on courses ranging from Level 1 to BSc (Hons). The animal care technician will maintain the excellent welfare and husbandry in the Animal Care Unit, as well as assisting in the preparation for practical lessons and supervising students during routine sessions. This is a part-time role working 4 days per week including weekend and bank holiday shifts on a rota basis. 

The ideal candidate will have experience of animal welfare and husbandry and will hold an animal care qualification. They will also need to be organised, hardworking and a confident team player who is adaptable and happy to take initiative. Ideally you have experience with a wide range of exotic and companion species.

With over 3,000 students, excellent resources and a drive for continuous improvement, Plumpton College is actively seeking staff who want to make a difference and be part of this exciting phase of our development. At Plumpton College we are Ambitious & Progressive, Enterprising, Professional, Supportive and Passionate about everything we do – if you share these values and would like to be part of our growing team then we’d like to hear from you. 

As well as a competitive salary, you can also look forward to a great range of benefits including 26 days holiday plus bank holidays (as well as up to 5 efficiency closure days at Christmas), membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme and free on-site parking. This role requires a willingness to undertake some bank holiday working.  This role is a permanent contract on a full time basis.  

The technician is responsible for providing daily operational support to the Animal Management Centre and, where required, within the faculty (Animal Management, Equine, Veterinary Nursing and Adventure Education & Sport Faculty). The role includes providing specific one-to-one and small group student support within both the practical and theoretical learning environment. Primarily based at out Plumpton Campus, there may be some occasions when the technician is required to support students and staff at the Netherfield Campus.

Main Duties:

  • Maintain the Animal Management Centre and ensure good welfare/husbandry of Animal Management Centre animals under the direct supervision of the Animal Management Centre Manager.
  • Assist lecturers with the preparation of materials for classes and practical’s, as requested.
  • Supervise students carrying out routine work at the Animal Management Centre during term time and holiday periods.Deliver and manage practical classes for students in the Animal Management Centre.
  • Provide individualised one-to-one support to students with identified needs under the supervision of the Programme Manager and/or Learning Support Team.
  • Use College transport to take students to and from visits.
  • Carry out routine work at weekends in the Animal Management Centre on a rota basis, working on average one in three weekends.  This will include some bank holiday working.
  • To take registers for all classes taught and ensure that tutors are aware of any absences.
  • Maintain effective communications with other staff, including attending staff and curriculum area meetings as required.
  • Adhere to the College Safety Policy, ensuring that appropriate safety standards, including COSHH, are maintained at all times.  Compile risk assessments, co-ordinate and monitor safety inspections.
  • Participate in an annual appraisal of performance as laid down in the agreed guidelines.
  • Undertake staff development appropriate to the needs of the College and that identified by the appraisal process.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties from time to time as requested.

Quality Improvement:

  • Attend team meetings to monitor and standardise practice, share information and good practice, and plan and implement improvements.
  • Support students to participate in student forums and surveys and collate programme(s) ‘student voice’ feedback to support action planning for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure and maintain standards and quality by engaging with and using the college quality systems.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of TLA procedures to enhance the student experience and support Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
  • Be accountable for contributing to programme(s) key performance indicators (KPIs) and their improvement
  • Ensure teaching and related files are complete and up to date
  • In liaison with Programme Manager and Curriculum Manager, undertake the role of IV as required
  • Prepare for, and take a lead on, awarding organisation external quality processes with support from the Curriculum Manager/Head of Faculty
  • Contribute to the Programme Team Review, including a Quality Improvement Plan for the programme(s) allocated
  • Contribute to the programme development by providing subject specialist information.

Essential criteria for the post:

  • Minimum Level 2 in literacy and numeracy
  • Minimum Level 2 in Animal Management or a related subject
  • Practical experience and proficiency in working within an Animal Unit
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and organise own work schedule
  • Ability to properly finish all tasks to a high standard and demonstrate a commitment to Unit presentation.
  • Excellent awareness of safe working procedures and the ability to identify improvements across all tasks.
  • Able to perform practical tasks throughout the day, every working day.
  • A good understanding an empathy with young people with the ability to challenge inappropriate behaviour and set a professional example to all college users.
  • Be able to adopt a flexible approach to all tasks and working hours given the occasional unplanned animal or student emergencies that can arise.
  • Experience of working with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work unsupervised and independently manage student workers outside of normal curriculum time to ensure the effective and safe operation of the Centre.
  • Ability to record and maintain comprehensive records pertaining to student tracking, Centre operations and animal welfare
  • Be a good communicator, have good IT, literacy and numeracy skills, and ability to work as a small team with a flexible approach to work

Working Hours

Basic working hours are from 0830hrs to 1700hrs Monday to Friday but some flexibility will be required to meet the needs of the business. This is an all year round post. There will be some evening and weekend working required to support department and whole college events where there will be a requirement to attend.


The candidate appointed to the post will automatically become a member of the LGPS Scheme and pay contributions as determined by annual salary levels. The pension scheme includes life assurance cover, and the College will also pay a contribution towards your pension. There is also free car parking and a competitively priced dining room service.

Equality and Diversity:

Plumpton College is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and is dedicated to pursuing non-discriminatory policies and practices and eliminating unfair discrimination on any basis. This means that no job applicant will receive less favourable treatment than another on grounds of gender, marital status, age, racial origin, disability, sexual orientation or political or religious beliefs.

Criminal Record Check via the Disclosure Procedure:

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 gives individuals the right not to disclose details of certain old offences when asked about their criminal record as they may be defined as ‘spent’.  There are exemptions to this if the individual is offered a post which involves contact with children or regular work at an establishment exclusively or mainly for children.

The post you have applied for falls into this category and, therefore, requires a criminal background check.

If a job offer is made, you will be asked to apply for a DBS Disclosure Certificate. The Disclosure Certificate will contain details of current and “spent” convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings held on the Police National Computer, excluding certain specified old and minor offences.

The DBS Disclosure will also indicate whether information is held on government faculty lists of those individuals who are barred from working with children or vulnerable adults (if applicable).

The post-holder cannot begin employment with the College until the DBS Disclosure Certificate is received and considered by the Principal

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