Careers for RSPCA NSW
Assessment and Rehabilitation Trainer

Sydney Shelter  
Employment Type:
FP - Full-Time Permanent  
Assessment & Rehabilitation

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New South Wales is Australia's preeminent animal welfare organisation. We provide a strong voice for animals experiencing cruelty and neglect. The RSPCA is committed to the care and welfare of animals, providing extensive professional facilities, including fully equipped veterinary hospitals and our state-wide shelter network, with dedicated staff located throughout NSW to care for animals.


RSPCA NSW is seeking a motivated and energetic Animal Trainer to assist our Assessment and Rehabilitation Team on a full-time basis. Reporting to the Assessment and Rehabilitation Manager, you will be responsible for conducting behaviour assessments on incoming animals, as well as assisting with the development and implementation of our environmental enrichment and behaviour modification programs for animals in RSPCA NSW care. You must possess exceptional communication skills and the ability to work well in a team environment.


This is a full-time position, covering full time hours and will require you to work regular weekends and some public holidays based on seven-day rotating roster (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.).

On a day-to-day basis, you will:


  • Conduct behaviour assessment on incoming animals
  • Observe and monitor animals for signs of behavioural concerns
  • Develop and implement rehabilitation plans
  • Update and maintain animal records
  • Provide advice to staff members, foster carers, volunteers and members of the public
  • Attend home visits when required to conduct behaviour assessments
  • Provide pre- and post-adoption support and training
  • Assist Assessment and Rehabilitation Manager with staff training
  • Participate in animal surrender or animal adoption when required
  • Administer medications

To be successful in this role, candidates will need the following skills and experience:

  • Tertiary qualifications in canine behaviour, assessments, training, rehabilitation or equivalent (essential)
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies (essential)
  • Previous experience in performing dog assessments (advantageous)
  • Extensive knowledge of dog behaviour, socialisation and positive reinforcement training techniques
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Developed animal handling skills to capture, restrain, medicate
  • Demonstrated experience in animal rehabilitation and modification
  • Relationship management skills
  • Current C class drivers’ licence
  • Ability to lift 20 kilograms
To be considered for this role, please submit your resume and a cover letter in one document via the Career Page on our website or  clicking SEEK Apply link.

Application closes 10 December 2019.