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Shelter Project Intern

The Shelter Department is responsible for animal rescue and care. Interns in this department are crucial to the daily functioning of the sanctuary. Whether they are cleaning barns, doing laundry, or supporting shelter staff, interns assist our animal care team in providing lifesaving care for the hundreds of animals we shelter. This internship provides a unique opportunity to gain experience with farm animals and an understanding of the day-to-day operations of an animal sanctuary. While intern responsibilities may vary depending on the time of year and shelter needs, below is what one can typically expect from the internship. 

Responsibilities & Duties:
  • Cleaning cages, food and water bowls, medical supplies, and floors in the animal hospital
  • Feeding animals in the animal hospital
  • Mucking out barns and putting down fresh bedding for the animals
  • Assisting with grounds maintenance projects, as needed, including but not limited to repairing fences, painting, and raking 
  • Washing scrubs, towels, and blankets used in the animal hospital
  • Supporting staff during animal health checks
  • Monitoring wellness of animals in the animal hospital
  • Assisting with farm errands including supply runs and vet transports 

  • Adaptability and willingness to perform a variety of tasks 
  • Ability to maintain an enthusiastic, positive attitude
  • Ability to work in harsh/all weather conditions
  • Capacity to perform strenuous physical labor and consistently lifting 50 pounds
  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s mission, goals, and values
  • Commitment to equity and social justice
  • No previous animal experience necessary

  • Intern commitment of 40 hours per week
  • Pay is $12.50 an hour
  • Three-month commitment required
  • Shared housing on sanctuary premises provided, but not required
  • The position is available in Watkins Glen, NY

  • Opportunity to learn from shelter staff and interact with our nonhuman residents
  • Live and work with individuals who share a passion for animal rights
  • Opportunity to participate in weekly Farm Sanctuary educational presentations
  • Gain valuable experience to support interest in future nonprofit employment, especially within vegan, animal rights, and sanctuary organizations

Farm Sanctuary is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or age.