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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

Partnerships Executive (Mid-Value)

Contract Type: Permanent / Full time
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Salary: Up to £28,000
Closing date for applications: 20th August 2018 at 9am

As a professional with exceptional fundraising experience, you will join the Partnerships Team to grow income from the League’s Mid Value Donors.

Through the review and extraction of accurate data, you will lead the development and execution of informative and compelling initiatives such as mailings, for the League’s Mid-Value Donors. You will help develop innovative fundraising initiatives to grow income. You will also develop and conduct the annual communications programme with all known Legacy Pledgers.

You will have first class writing skills which will enable you to create inspiring proposals for support. You will be directly responsible for conducting analysis for Mid Value and new prospects in-line with the League’s wealth screening policy, updating the supporter database and passing these prospects to the Partnership Executive (Major Gifts & Trusts) and Partnerships Manager for further cultivation as necessary to help strengthen the Major Donor Prospect pool.

Click here to read or download the full job description.

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement clearly detailing how you meet the essential criteria of this role to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 20th August at 9am. Please note we may close this advert before the closing date should we receive sufficient applications.

Senior HR Officer

Contract Type: Permanent / Part-time (2-3 days/week)
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Salary: Up to £29,000 pro rata
Closing date for applications: 14th August 2018 at 9am

We are looking for an experienced and confident Senior HR Officer to join our small team.

You will be the first point of contact in providing high quality HR advice, query resolution and administrative support to our managers and staff on policies and procedures and to external parties, as appropriate.

To be successful in this role, you will be part or fully CIPD qualified with experience of end-to-end employment lifecycle and processes and be able to manage high volumes of administrative work and competing priorities and deadlines. Previous experience in an HR advisory role is essential. 

On a personal level, you must be confident, competent, approachable and willing to work with little supervision in a close-knit team.

In return, you will be fully supported by our HR team including our People and Culture Director and have the opportunity to gain valuable HR experience.

For more information on this role, click here to read or download the full job description.

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement, clearly detailing how you meet the essential criteria of this role to [email protected].

Closing Date: 14th August 2018. Please note we may close this advert before the closing date if we receive sufficient applications.

Digital Content Assistant

Contract Type: Fixed term for 2 months
Location: Godalming, Surrey
Salary: £14,250.60 per annum (Total salary of £2,375.10 for the two months fixed-term contract)
Closing date for applications: 30th August 2018

The Digital Content Assistant will help identify, organise and tag all the media contents of the organization and migrate them to a new cloud-based media library. This will enable the optimum use of digital assets across the organization.

Main Tasks/Duties:

  • Identify and list the location of all the digital assets (video, audio, images)
  • Find and delete duplicate and low-resolution files
  • Rename, upload and add metadata to all the contents added to the new cloud-based library
  • Delete contents from their original location to avoid duplication

Please note, due to the nature of our work, applicants should be aware that occasionally this role will involve dealing with images and video material that shows cruelty or abuse to animals.

For more information on this role, click here to read or download the full job description.

To apply, please send your CV to [email protected].

Closing Date: 30th August 2018. Please note we may close this advert before the closing date if we receive sufficient applications.

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


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!"