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.


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.


Current vacancies

Charity Shop Manager, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Full-time (35 hours per week), permanent, starting salary £17,500-£19,500 pa (depending on experience)

The DHT opened its first charity shop in 2015.  In a first for a national charity, it is a vegan charity shop. Our shop manager is relocating and we need an exceptional shop manager who can build on her excellent work and make the most of an exceptional opportunity.

We are looking for a dynamic individual with proven retail charity experience, who lives and breathes enthusiasm and passion for charity retail. We need someone with excellent leadership skills, who has the ability to articulate the mission and ideals of the DHT and act as our ambassador. We need a highly motivated self-starter who can function without constant supervision.   

The DHT shop manager will:

    • be responsible for the day-to-day management of the shop; online sales; generating donations; merchandising; record keeping; cash handling; and crucially - recruiting, training, motivating, managing and supporting a team of volunteers.
    • be familiar with generating and processing donated stock.
    • have experience in retail charity management, being able to work under pressure and prioritise a changing workload.
    • have the ability to drive sales and achieve income targets.
    • have experience in using an EPOS system with good computer skills essential.
    • have a good knowledge of health and safety best practice.
    • be numerate, organised and resourceful in building links/support within the local community.
    • be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised


The ideal applicant will be personable, hands on and committed to achieving the highest retail standards. Good communication and customer service skills are essential.

Closing date:  03 February. Interviews 08 & 09 February.  

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

Job description and person specification



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