Calling all dog lovers – you can now get paid £23k a year to play and cuddle with puppies


Guide Dogs is looking for a new Canine Science Assistant to join their team and the successful applicant will have the incredibly difficult task of playing with puppies all-day

Two labrador puppies looking at the camera. One is black and one is golden, and they are both laying down on some grass. They both have toys in their mouths.
Your job will involve giving guide dog puppies the very best start in life (stock image)

If you love dogs, then you might want to check out this listing for what could quite possibly be the world’s best job.

Guide Dogs, a UK charity working to train guide dogs to help those living with sight loss, is currently recruiting for a Canine Science Assistant, who will be tasked with playing with and cuddling adorable puppies as part of their role.

The successful applicant will be paid between £20,599 and £23,173 pro-rata per annum and will work for the charity four days a week.

If you manage to land the 12-month contract, you’ll be working at the charity’s National Centre in Leamington Spa and will be responsible for giving guide dog puppies the very best start in life and setting them up to become a successful guide dog.

The successful applicant will get to play with puppies every day (stock image)


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But if the job sounds perfect for you, you’ll need to be quick – as applications close on Sunday, December 5.

Helen Whiteside, Chief Scientific Officer at Guide Dogs, said: “As well as providing other services to enhance the lives of people with sight loss, Guide Dogs breeds and trains more than 1,000 dogs every year.

“The Canine Science Assistant will support the development and execution of our vital research into dog behaviour, health and wellbeing. This important role will be centred around the wellbeing of our puppies: getting to know them, interacting, and engaging with them as they grow up into happy, healthy guide dogs.

“We’re excited to see the applications and look forward to offering this dream position to a lucky candidate with exceptional research experience.”

The role will be focused on providing support for dog behaviour assessments, and key activities will include getting to know the puppies at seven weeks old, checking in on them as they grow up with their puppy raisers, and meeting up with them as adults to check up on their progress.

The Canine Science Assistant will also support the team with data collection, data entry and project admin.

Unfortunately, just being a dog lover won’t be enough to secure you this sought-after position – as you’ll also need to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the role.

Candidates must have experience of working with or handling animals as well as a degree in a science or animal behaviour related subject – although you can apply without a relevant degree if you have at least two years’ experience working with animals.

Applicants also need to have excellent organisational, time management and computer skills, as well as good knowledge of relevant research methodologies, practices, and ethics.

Guide Dogs actively encourages applications from all sections of the community, including people with disabilities who meet the essential criteria for the job.

If you’re interested in applying for the position, you can do so on the Guide Dogs Careers page.

Candidates with accessibility issues can contact Guide Dogs’ Recruitment Team on 0118 983 8837 or [email protected]

If you want to help Guide Dogs continue its life-changing work in another way, please consider sponsoring a puppy or volunteering to be a puppy raiser.

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