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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

Head of Social Engagement

Full time
Based at our HO in Godalming

This brand new role will identify, build, engage and grow an online communities, developing a framework giving people the space and power to influence and play an active role in the League, with the aim to mobilise communities into action, be it donating, campaigning or advocacy.

You will have an excellent opportunity to develop and deliver the League’s social media and online digital strategy; combining a data driven approach with a passion for multimedia content and storytelling; and to set KPIs and analyse results and campaigns, translating qualitative and anecdotal data into recommendations.

Managing the Social Engagement Coordinator, as a team you will develop and communicate the League’s shared vision, through social channels being an advocate for the League, and engaging in online dialogues with our communities; and internally, working collaboratively with the marketing, fundraising and campaigns teams to integrate all marketing channels and deliver the campaign activities online.

You will have at least four years’ experience in a senior media/digital role with demonstrable experience of developing a successful online digital/social engagement strategy, based on testing and metrics and experience using creativity and immersion in social media. Alongside SEO, ‘Search and Social’, content management knowledge you will have strong management skills.

Our benefits include generous holiday entitlement of 28 days in addition to public holidays, excellent non-contributory 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 8th March 2020.


Office Manager

Full time
Based at our HO in Godalming

Working closely with the HR Manager, this role helps to provide League staff with the resources and development to truly make a difference to animal welfare.

We are happy to consider professionals with experience in office management, administration, HR or safety but equally open to providing training to people wishing to develop in this diverse administrative role.

You will oversee the efficient running of the office, managing contract renewals, equipment, budgets and providing an efficient welcome to visitors. You will champion the ‘Safety First’ culture and undertake regular safety checks in the organisation.

You will perform administrative duties for the CEO, including the preparation of correspondence; organising travel, accommodation and company events; expense reporting and minute taking at meetings.

This role encompasses a number of duties under the HR remit which require sensitivity and complete confidentiality. Prioritisation and organisation are vital for success in this role and in addition, you will have excellent accuracy and attention to detail. Administration experience is essential, but training can be provided on the diverse areas within this role.

Our benefits include generous holiday entitlement of 28 days in addition to public holidays, excellent non-contributory 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 1st March 2020.


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

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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!"