Pet Jobs for teens

Discussion in 'Animal Jobs & Working with Animals' started by CrazyRescuedBorderCollie, Mar 27, 2014.


  1. CrazyRescuedBorderCollie

    CrazyRescuedBorderCollie PetForums Junior

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    I'm 15 and am looking to getting some work experience or just experience in all, in the past I've looked after neighbours cats when they've been on holiday and been paid for it, stables around me don't really allow anyone under 16, nowadays people don't really trust teens to walk their dogs naturally, I'm hard working and willing to do anything. Enquired at local wildlife centre and they are 50/50 on teens as well, I'm not bothered about the pay side of it because I'm more devoted to the animals then the money. What I want to know whether there are any ideas to jobs that would hire a 15YO even just a few hours a week, I'm home schooled so I can do any time during the days or weekends.
     
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    LaceWing PetForums Senior

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    Create a flier and go around the neighborhood putting them on door handles. You can't put them in a mail box because legally they'd need a stamp. Figure out a pay rate, one that is lower than other dog walkers/babysitters in your area. So if the going rate is L12, charge L6. Ask your previous customers if you can use them as a reference.
     
  3. simplysardonic

    simplysardonic Commander of a tiny, furry army
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    Have you tried the seal & bird rescue at Bacton?

    My son has been volunteering there for his work experience & although he's 16 now, he was 15 when he started last year :)
     
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    catpud PetForums VIP

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    Have you tried rescue centres? Most won't allow somebody under 16 to walk dogs and so on, but some are happy to let slightly younger teenagers help with socialising cats and cleaning out small animals.

    Others will say that you can volunteer there - even walking dogs, so long as you take an adult along with you, so might be worth asking about their policies when it comes to volunteers.

    Another good one is veterinary surgeries - they may let you watch some of the procedures, and clean and set up cages before animals arrive. There may even be other things that they are willing to let you do.
     
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    ILOVECHICKENS PetForums Newbie

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    I am 14 and home educated too! :Joyful
     
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    Picklelily PetForums VIP

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    How about trying your local wildlife trust to get some experience and your name generally known. My son started this way helping on the nature reserves just doing the digging, weed clearing etc although he wasn't interacting with animals he saw lots of wildlife. The experience at the wildlife trust then helped him get some work experience at a seal sanctuary as he had references etc. As you are homeschooled you can apply to sealife centres and zoos once you are 16 for their work experience courses.