Livestock Checker - Canterbury & Swale Area

Location: Canterbury Area, Kent
Our livestock play a huge part in looking after our nature reserves. Their grazing is essential in providing places for our wildlife to live. All our livestock need checking every day to ensure they are healthy, safe and happy. As a Livestock Checker you will help us keep our animals safe by checking on them once a week on a day allocated to you. Full training on how to behave around livestock and what to look out for will be provided.

Position details



Overview of the role

All livestock checks should take place before 12 noon and during daylight hours. Kent Wildlife Trust’s Health & Safety policies specifically state no lone working in the hours of darkness. All checks should aim to be completed by mid-day. All sites are different both in size and variety of animals to seek out and find. The average is about 1 hour, not including travel time, but some sites like Oare Marshes routinely take 2 hours or more.


Oare, South Swale, Wraik Hill, Broadham, Fox’s Cross and South Blean.

A day in your life might include...

The time it takes to complete welfare checks varies greatly from day to day. Training will take place outside in small, COVID compliant groups and for this reason we may require you to attend on a separate day and location to the one you have applied for.

Days and times we would like you to be available 

1-2 days per week. As some sites have livestock for only a short period it would be preferable if you were able to check multiple sites in this area. This volunteering role is rota based and therefore a level of flexibility is desirable but not essential.

Benefits to volunteering and training opportunities

Livestock checker induction training - Tuesday 6th July and Saturday 10th July 2021. Access to beautiful nature reserves, reasonable travel expenses paid.

Experience and skills required

Please bear in mind this role requires training prior to starting, a smart phone and a high level of commitment due to the animal welfare implications. Often the livestock checkers are required to travel to remote sites therefore, suitable transport is essential.

Want to know more?  

Please contact us at or call on 01622 662012.