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The League Against Cruel Sports is a UK animal charity which defends animals against persecution in the name of sport. We investigate illegal and cruel practices such as fox hunting, dog fighting and bird shooting. We educate the public, journalists and politicians so that they understand the truth behind cruel sports. And we protect animals at our wildlife sanctuaries and through our campaigning work.

As a team, we share the same passion – to stop animal cruelty in the name of sport. We are a tight-knit team and we work hard within a fun, relaxed environment. We also offer something many employers don’t – an office full of friendly dogs!

We are based in the lovely Surrey town of Godalming, which hosts plenty of shops and a beautiful river walk five minutes from the office. Some of our staff spend time in our London office which is located close to Westminster where a lot of our work is carried out.

We stand by our values, which all staff have agreed on.

League staff members at the charity


Current vacancies

Supporter Care Volunteer

Flexible hours
Unpaid voluntary position (travel expenses provided)
Based at our Head Office in Godalming, Surrey

We have exciting opportunity to volunteer at the League Against Cruel Sports Head Office.

As a League volunteer you will be part of the movement dedicated to ending hunting, shooting and animal fighting. Every single member of staff, from volunteers to the CEO, plays a vital role in achieving our goal to protect animals.

Our head office in Godalming is where our supporter-driven work is carried out. You will work side by side with staff from Marketing & Fundraising, Policy Communications & Campaigns, Finance, HR and Intelligence. You will have the opportunity to hear first-hand about the work we do.

Working with the Supporter Care Team you will be using your skills to process income, respond to communications and ensure the delivery of excellent supporter care for our highly valued supporters.

Our staff is populated not only by passionate people, but also by a team of friendly dogs who will provide a warm welcome and assist you with your duties!

The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain’s leading charity working towards a kinder society where persecuting animals for ‘sport’ is in the past.

Redefining what is acceptable and inspiring change, we were instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act 2004. Driven by compassion and empowered by knowledge, we manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife, carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals, and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties.

United, we will end animal cruelty in the name of ‘sport’.

Download the volunteering description. To apply, please send your CV along with a letter of interest to [email protected]The closing date for applications is 8th November. Please note we may close this position before the closing date should we receive sufficient applications.


Trustees

Join a forward-thinking and passionate team of Trustees:

The League Against Cruel Sports is looking for two new Trustees to join its Board. You would be part of a united force, committed to driving forward our mission to protect our wildlife from cruel ‘sports’ now and in the future.

Now is a fantastic time to join the team, with redefined strategic objectives, highly motivated staff and dedicated supporter and member base – our influential charity is leading the way towards creating a kinder society where persecuting animals for ‘sport’ is in the past.

We will:

  • end hunting with dogs
  • end shooting of animals for sport
  • end fighting of animals for sport
  • win the hearts and minds of a broader audience

As a Trustee, you will support the League’s CEO and senior management team to remain focused on delivery and be a critical friend ensuring robust governance is in place. You will be part of an energetic team that develops new initiatives for the charity, helping to protect more animals.

We are particularly keen to appoint individuals who have expertise in the animal welfare sector; however, if you don’t, please don’t rule yourself out. As long as you are at least 18 years old and you share our mission, have the ability to think creatively, contribute strategically, be constructively critical and work collaboratively we would like to hear from you.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying, please read the job description to ensure you are aware of what the role involves.

If you think you could join our Board and would like to apply, please send your covering letter and CV to [email protected].

Closing date 20th October 2019.


Communications Officer

Full time
£25,000 – £28,000 per annum, dependent on experience
Based at our HO in Godalming

Are you a media or public relations officer looking to work in a busy communications team committed to making a real difference in animal welfare?

We are looking for a communications officer to join our team, you will be as comfortable contributing to the planning of communications activities as you are picking up the phone to journalists. You will be dealing with local and national journalists, as well as contributing to the campaigns planning that directly helps the League achieve its vision.

You will be responsible for drafting a range of targeted communications materials and their distribution, measuring how effective they have been in passing our key messages on to our stakeholders.

This role suits someone who has demonstrable experience in a media, communications or public relations team and is looking for the next challenge and a chance to hone their skills.

You will work closely with the rest of the policy, campaigns and communications team, as well as key individuals in other teams within the League Against Cruel Sports working to win the hearts and minds of a broader audience.

Excellent verbal and written skills and the ability to manage priorities and deadlines are a must for this busy and varied role.

Our benefits include generous holiday entitlement, excellent pension scheme, discounts on shopping and cinema, working in a dog friendly office, most importantly working with a passionate and committed team.

The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain’s leading charity working towards a kinder society where persecuting animals for ‘sport’ is in the past.

Redefining what is acceptable and inspiring change, we were instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act 2004. Driven by compassion and empowered by knowledge, we manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife, carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals, and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties.

United, we will end animal cruelty in the name of ‘sport’.

Download the job description. To apply, please send your CV to [email protected]. The closing date for applications is Sunday 20th October 2019.


BUTTERFLY SURVEYOR

Volunteering roles
League Against Cruel Sports sanctuaries

We have an exciting opportunity to volunteer at one or more of our beautiful sanctuaries based in Exmoor, Dartmoor and the Quantock Hills.

A safe haven for many animals, you will encounter an abundance of wildlife at our sanctuaries; including rare butterflies such as Small pearl-bordered Fritillary and Clouded Yellow.

Using your wildlife identification skills, you will conduct a survey that identifies and records the butterfly (and moth) species present. A crucial role in shaping future sanctuary management plans, your results will also be fed back to the Butterfly Conservation.

Working with the Head of Conservation & Education, this is a fantastic chance to learn more about conservation, develop new skills, meet like-minded people and spend time in the outdoors surrounded by an abundance of wildlife living free from persecution.

The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain’s leading charity working towards a kinder society where persecuting animals for ‘sport’ is in the past.

Redefining what is acceptable and inspiring change, we were instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act 2004. Driven by compassion and empowered by knowledge, we manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife, carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals, and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties.

United, we will end animal cruelty in the name of ‘sport’. 

Download the volunteering description. To apply, please send a letter of interest to [email protected].


BIRD SURVEYOR

Volunteering roles
League Against Cruel Sports sanctuaries

We have an exciting opportunity to volunteer at one or more of our beautiful sanctuaries based in Exmoor, Dartmoor and the Quantock Hills.

A safe haven for many animals, you will encounter an abundance of wildlife at our sanctuaries; including the bird species Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler and Woodcock.

Using your wildlife identification skills, you will conduct a survey that identifies and records the bird species present at our sanctuaries. A crucial role in shaping future sanctuary management plans, your results will also be fed back to the BTO.

Working with the Head of Conservation & Education, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about conservation, develop new skills, meet like-minded people and spend time in the outdoors surrounded by an abundance of wildlife living free from persecution.

The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain’s leading charity working towards a kinder society where persecuting animals for ‘sport’ is in the past.

Redefining what is acceptable and inspiring change, we were instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act 2004. Driven by compassion and empowered by knowledge, we manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife, carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals, and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties.

United, we will end animal cruelty in the name of ‘sport’. 

Download the volunteering description. To apply, please send a letter of interest to [email protected].


GENERAL VOLUNTEER

Volunteering roles
League Against Cruel Sports sanctuaries

We have an exciting opportunity to volunteer at one or more of our beautiful sanctuaries based in Exmoor, Dartmoor and the Quantock Hills.

A safe haven for many animals, you will encounter an abundance of wildlife at our sanctuaries as help provide the much-needed maintenance and upkeep support.

With a love for wildlife, you will undertake various tasks such as building much needed bird, bat and dormouse boxes, coppice areas of hazel, restore Baronsdown’s butterfly garden and so much more. This truly is a fantastic opportunity to help create an environment where wildlife can continue to flourish.

Working with the Head of Conservation & Education, this is a chance to learn more about conservation, develop new skills, meet like-minded people and spend time in the outdoors surrounded by an abundance of wildlife living free from persecution.

The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain’s leading charity working towards a kinder society where persecuting animals for ‘sport’ is in the past.

Redefining what is acceptable and inspiring change, we were instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act 2004. Driven by compassion and empowered by knowledge, we manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife, carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals, and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties.

United, we will end animal cruelty in the name of ‘sport’. 

Download the volunteering description. To apply, please send a letter of interest to [email protected].


MAMMAL SURVEYOR

Volunteering roles
League Against Cruel Sports sanctuaries

We have an exciting opportunity to volunteer at one or more of our beautiful sanctuaries based in Exmoor, Dartmoor and the Quantock Hills.

A safe haven for many animals, you will encounter an abundance of wildlife at our sanctuaries; including foxes, stags and hares.

Using your wildlife identification skills, you will conduct a survey that identifies and records the mammal species present at our sanctuaries. A crucial role in shaping future sanctuary management plans, your results will also be fed back to the Mammal Society.

Working with the Head of Conservation & Education, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about conservation, develop new skills, meet like-minded people and spend time in the outdoors surrounded by an abundance of wildlife living free from persecution.

The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain’s leading charity working towards a kinder society where persecuting animals for ‘sport’ is in the past.

Redefining what is acceptable and inspiring change, we were instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act 2004. Driven by compassion and empowered by knowledge, we manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife, carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals, and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties.

United, we will end animal cruelty in the name of ‘sport’. 

Download the volunteering description. To apply, please send a letter of interest to [email protected].



Here at the League we are

  • Compassionate: We are committed to creating a world that is caring towards animals and people.
  • Credible: We rely on evidence and have years of expertise.
  • Courageous: We have the confidence to challenge those engaged in killing animals for sport.
  • Collaborative: We unite with others to achieve a common goal.
  • Catalysts for Change: We create the opportunities that make change happen.

If you share our views, our passion and our values, then why not consider joining us?

Working for the League – a personal account

League


Mark McCormick spent four years working with the League Against Cruel Sports, first as a Public Affairs officer in Northern Ireland, and later as our Head of Campaigns. This is his view on working for the League:

"It is not every day that you get to work on campaigns that stop the Government in their tracks, influence companies to implement animal-friendly policy, bring about debates in Parliament or mobilise thousands and thousands of people to take action for animal protection. At the League that is pretty much your daily routine!

The League is a dedicated, active and compassionate charity that consistently and unashamedly punches well above its weight. You get to work on campaigns that affect real, tangible and positive change for animal protection. Going home each day knowing that you have worked on campaigns that for instance stopped the Government from weakening the Hunting Act (on two occasions!), helped get driven grouse shooting debated in Parliament for the first time, convinced travel companies to stop promoting bullfighting and ferry companies to stop transporting live pheasant chicks for shooting…

Being a part of all that, playing such an active role in the animal protection movement - there is nothing like it to be honest, an absolute privilege. Job satisfaction indeed!

Now I will be honest. You are also constantly up against an abusive and vociferous opposition in the form of those who support hunting and shooting, their friends in the media and supporters on social media. Some might see it as a negative to the job but for me it is actually a positive thing. Because when the proponents of animal cruelty are attacking you… well, you know you must be doing something right!

And of course the dog-friendly office policy is just wonderful and for me essential because when working for the League you will end up seeing some really awful footage and imagery of animal cruelty. Seeing those images can be tough, very tough. But knowing that there are some sweet and loving dogs in the office that just want to play and show their love unconditionally makes it all okay and can really brighten your day. And they are a consistent reminder of why we do what we do… it’s all for the animals!"