Become an RSPCA inspector
Do you want to be on the frontline in the prevention of animal cruelty?
The role of an RSPCA inspector can be hugely rewarding in terms of making a real difference to the well-being of animals and in educating owners who care for them. However, it’s also extremely demanding and specialised.
Things to consider
Please consider the following information before continuing with your expression of interest.
- The emphasis of the job involves working with people as well as animals. Strong people skills are essential and you will require the temperament to cope with pressure and some extremely emotional and stressful situations.
- The physical demands are intense. You will work at heights, on and from ladders and roofs. You should expect to work in confined areas, e.g. cramped roof spaces or under houses, to perform animal rescues and other duties.
- The practical aspects of the work require the lifting, carrying and moving of equipment and animals. You should consider that dogs, for example, may weigh 30-40 kg, and sheep more than 70kg. You will find yourself subjected to intermittent, highly physical activity.
- The psychological demands are challenging. Inspectors work alone, in unfamiliar areas and manage aggressive, confrontational and emotionally charged situations.
- You will regularly be required to work at weekends and evenings, and should carefully consider any interests or arrangements you may have that would be affected by working unsociable hours.
- You must hold a full driving license when you complete your application and be an experienced driver (inspectors annually drive in excess of 25,000 miles).
You will work in a disciplined, structured environment with high standards of performance. You will wear a uniform and report to senior officers of the inspectorate. You are expected to be punctual, and smartly presented.
Want to join the ranks of our uniformed inspectorate?
Our inspectors work within a disciplined, structured environment with high standards of performance.
Information for candidates
- Good standard of education and life experience
- A full, current, license to drive a car with a manual gearbox
- A good level of physical fitness
- Proven experience working as part of a team and independently
- Proven interpersonal skills – experience in the successful management of confrontational situations is essential
- Experience working with animals
- Good administrative skills
The flexibility to work unsociable hours including some evenings, weekends and public holidays
Training to be an RSPCA inspector
In order for you to qualify as an RSPCA inspector, you must successfully complete training units contained within a series of modules. These might include:
- Cert IV in Government (Investigations)
- Deception detection
- Dog training and behaviour
- First Aid for Pets
- Animal Handling
- Understanding Suicide Risk Assessment and Management
- Evidence gathering
- Compliance, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy
- Freedom of Information
- Firearms, Taser and body camera training
- Inspectorate Health and Safety
Working in confined spaces
Due to the nature of the work, a conviction (or formal caution within the past ten years) for a number of criminal offences, will mean a rejection of your application. The offences include, but are not limited to, violent crime, public order, corruption or dishonesty.
If you or your family or partner have any business or financial connection with animals, you are required to disclose it.
Expression of Interest