Jobs & Volunteering

We are a small friendly and passionate team who are all devoted to the mission of the Sanctuary. Our staff love working at the Sanctuary so much that we rarely have vacancies to advertise, but from time to time there are situations vacant, these will be advertised below.

We also rely heavily on the support of a network of volunteers. We have many volunteer opportunities available please click here to find out more information on becoming a Holly Hedge Volunteer.


Job Description – Fundraiser

Position Full-time, permanent

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £20-25k per annum

Location: Barrow Gurney (outskirts of Bristol)

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary are looking for an experienced, highly driven Fundraiser with a passion for Animal Welfare to Plan, Implement and Develop our Fundraising strategy through a variety of income streams.

Holly Hedge is situated in a rural area of Bristol where the whole team is dedicated and motivated to provide the absolute best for every animal in their care. To reach that standard, we need a higher level of sustainable income with a great FR Person to lead the way. The successful candidate will need to inspire and encourage communities and corporate groups to support the essential work we do within the region and beyond.  Are you the person who can make the difference?

The role will range across all sectors including Community, Events, Corporates, Individuals, and the Community.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, be able to negotiate and be highly motivated in sales and marketing.

Being such a varied role, time management will be key and the ability to implement our strategy, adhering to strict targets will be essential. Applicants will be expected to have a passion for Holly Hedge, to be able to promote and inspire support within the community. Liaising with businesses, corporates and Individuals, it is essential that any candidate is confident at pitching, recruiting volunteers and be a confident public speaker. Candidates should also be IT literate, have good administrative skills, be resourceful, think creatively and be effective at problem solving.

Ideally, candidates should have a degree in Sales and Marketing, Fundraising or Events and have a minimum of 3 years experience, ideally working within either the charity sector, Corporate, Events or Community Fundraising or Sales and Marketing.

If you think you are the right person to help Holly Hedge meet its goals and aspirations, please send a CV and cover letter to


Volunteer Animal Care Assistants

This role is to assist our kennel staff with the morning cleaning, feeding, walking and socialisation for a whole day 8.30am – 4pm. This will be for a minimum of one set day per week for a minimum of 6 months due to the level of training required. We have positions for both cats and dogs, but applicants should be aware of  the physical nature of the role and have the confidence to work unsupervised.

Volunteer Weekend Coordinator

As the weekends can be our busiest time with visiting public we would love a volunteer to help our staff liaise with volunteer dog walkers, helping to choose dogs to walk, confidently harness and then collect from reception. Applicants will need to be confident with dogs and able to harness using our positive training methods. As above this will be a committed role for either a Saturday or Sunday
for a minimum of 6 months.

Volunteer Reception Assistants

Our phone lines and reception area can be a really busy place. To help us achieve  a faster rehoming process, tohelp assist the public with inquiries to the sanctuary and to assist in fundraising, we are looking for confident charismatic people who would like to volunteer for a minimum of one set day per week in our
reception. This is an exciting and varied role which would suitsomeone with previous office experience, however full training will be
given. The ability to use a computer and simple database will be essential.

Volunteering can be a brilliant gateway into the animal care industry and is ideal for those wishing to gain experience for a future career or to gain references for their CV. We are a lovely friendly team and those wishing to go beyond and help us in other ways will be rewarded with knowing what a huge difference your help will be to us and all our furry residents.

Applicants should email me at to arrange an informal interview and learn about the roles and what they would entail.