Jobs and Volunteering

The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) has a clear and defined vision to fund and support non-animal biomedical research across a wide range of disciplines to advance scientific knowledge for the benefit of human health. The DHT research programme does not simply fund biomedical research projects without the use animals but actively advances non-animal approaches to ensure that the most human relevant results are obtained. We have made enormous progress over the last 40 years, however there is still much to do to meet our objectives.


The DHT Team

Our team is composed of highly knowledgeable, experienced and professional individuals motivated to help us deliver our key aims and to drive our organisation forward. We recruit highly talented individuals who align to our vision and values and are willing to go that extra mile. Our team share a number of attributes irrespective of role, which include: great team working ability, self-motivation, target and delivery focus, pride in delivering high quality work and of course respect and consideration to both humans and animals alike.



Apprentice Deputy Charity Shop Manager

Dr Hadwen Trust, Hitchin, Herts

30 hours per week over 5 days. Starting salary £99 per week (£5,148 per annum).

Opening hours are 9am-5pm, Monday-Saturday. 

The DHT opened its first charity shop in August 2015.  Our shop is a charity shop with a difference as we only accept and stock goods that are vegan. We need a special Deputy Shop Manager to make the most of this very exciting and unique apprenticeship.

We are looking for a dynamic individual who would like to begin their career in charity retail. We need someone who feels confident that they can develop their leadership and management skills, and who also has the ability to articulate the mission and ideals of the DHT and act as our ambassador. 

Our Apprentice Deputy Shop Manager will work closely with an experienced full-time Shop Manager. 

The Apprentice Deputy DHT Shop Manager will:

  • support the shop manager in the day-to-day management of the shop; merchandising; record keeping; cash handling; and crucially recruiting, training, motivating, managing and supporting a team of volunteers.
  • help to generate and process donated stock.
  • be able to work under pressure and prioritise a changing workload.
  • have the ability to drive sales and achieve income targets.
  • have good computer skills.
  • be numerate, organised and resourceful in building links/support within the local community.


The ideal applicant will be personable, hands on and committed to achieving the highest retail standards. Good communication and customer service skills are essential, as is a commitment to the ethos of the DHT.

Full training will be provided. This is a Retail Level 2 programme (first year), with the possibility of progression onto the Retail Management programme once established (second year).   

Closing date: 11 September 2015 (5pm).  

Job description.

Please send a comprehensive CV and a covering letter explaining why you are the right person to take on this challenge to:



Have you got some time to spare? Would you like to feel a real sense of achievement, learn new skills and further the work of the Dr Hadwen Trust? If you do, we would like to hear from you whether you are old, young, male or female!

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a very special way of helping us and can be extremely rewarding. Volunteering for the DHT will allow you to gain new skills and experiences, be part of a team, meet inspiring people and help in our pro-active work to save lives, both human and animal. You will make a difference.


Do I need any special skills?

No. Anyone can volunteer. We welcome those with a variety of skills, experience or backgrounds and any amount of time you can give either in our shop or office will be appreciated, even if it is only a couple of hours a week.

To find out what you can do, please see get involved.



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