You would make a great Community Education Officer

Community Education Officers are responsible for educating the public about cats’ five welfare needs, the importance of neutering and responsible pet ownership.

They recruit, train and support regional teams of volunteers who then deliver talks to the local community. They speak to many different groups, including schools and community groups of all ages

They also work closely with local authorities and education partnerships.

  • Recruiting, training and supporting volunteer speakers who give talks to schools and community groups of all ages
  • Delivering talks to a range of audiences
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with local schools and community groups

You’ll need a degree or equivalent qualification, or substantial relevant experience. Experience of giving talks to multiple audiences and working in a volunteering environment are important too.

Talking to others. A large part of the role is getting out and about and speaking to the community – you’ll need the ability to build strong relationships and have excellent communication skills.

What's the best thing about being a Community Education Officer?

Helping the cat owners of tomorrow understand how to meet cats’ five welfare needs and the importance of neutering as well as getting to meet lots of new people out in our communities.

Want to volunteer for Cats Protection?

Volunteering could be a great way to gain valuable experience in animal welfare. It could also give you the opportunity to try a range of different activities to see what you’d like to focus on in the future.


We’re lucky enough to have over 10,000 volunteers working across Cats Protection, focusing their efforts on every aspect of the organisation. From rehoming cats and looking after them in our centres and branches, to fundraising in our charity shops and running events across the country – they are integral to the work we do.

For many roles, you must be over the age of 18 to volunteer with Cats Protection. If you’re keen to learn more, head to our volunteering section or find your local branch to see how you can help them.