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Closing date: Wednesday 17th July 2024

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Horse Care & Welfare Education Officer

Closing Date for Applicants:
Wednesday 17th July 2024

Horse Care & Welfare Education Officer

Full Time - 35 hours per week

Salary: £28,000

Closing Date - 5pm 17th July 2024

We also offer 26 days’ annual leave (+ public holidays) on starting, matched pension contributions up to 5%, enhanced pay when taking leave as your family grows, income protection insurance, a health-cash plan and a wide range of wellbeing and mental health support services.

Location: Our office is based near Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, and we’re typically working from there 3-4 days a week with some limited flexibility to work remotely.

Hours: Our usual full-time hours are 35 a week – with an early finish on a Friday! We offer other flexible work options, such as compressed hours, which we’re happy to discuss.


The ethos of The British Horse Society is to improve the care and welfare of horses through education and support enabling a proactive approach to improving the lives of horses. You will be responsible for the continued development of our existing horse care and welfare projects including the development of new resources to support the work of our Horse Care & Welfare Field Officers and volunteer Advisers. You will work closely with other welfare charities and organisations and be able to communicate with all sectors of the equine community.


What you’ll be doing:

  • Plan, prepare and deliver content for a BHS stand at conferences. Promote the resources and support schemes the BHS has that supports our industry.

  • Acting as a key ambassador to the organisation and promotion of our work with regards to Horses in Society and our social licence to operate and to increase new and existing supporter engagement.

  • Ensuring educational resources remain current, engaging, are supported by peer-reviewed evidence-based science and take into consideration different learning styles.

  • Working in partnership with external stakeholders and the BHS Marketing & Communications team, plan and deliver dedicated horse care ‘Awareness Weeks’. Liaise with relevant BHS departments to maximise engagement throughout the equine community.

  • Delivering online and in-person presentations such as to students, equine owners or at a conference.

What you won’t be doing:

  • Struggling to find ways to develop your skills and knowledge

  • Wondering what to do next

  • Have the same day twice

This is a great role for you if:

  • Have exceptionally strong equine knowledge and practical experience (equivalent to at least BHS Stage 3 care) with a particular focus on the well-being of the horse, acceptable care and welfare standards, and good knowledge of fat scoring horses (also known as body condition scoring).

  • Have the ability to sympathetically handle confrontational or distressing situations.

  • Have excellent presentation skills, and comfortable delivering talks to the public and external organisations.

  • Have knowledge of animal welfare legislation.

  • You want to work in an organisation that supports you to bring your full, authentic self to work and is working really hard to be a beacon of inclusion in the equestrian sector.

Other information

The British Horse Society is committed to achieving equity for all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse workforce because, in our view, diversity enables better organisational outcomes. We also believe that a more inclusive workplace, where people of different backgrounds work together, ensures better outcomes for all employees.

We therefore strongly encourage suitably experienced people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

Only suitable candidates will be contacted directly about this position, and we will not store or process the data of candidates for longer than is necessary for the recruitment process.

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