Date Posted: 20:43:18 2023-04-26
Location: Watkins Glen, NY, USA
Contact Person: Christopher Kokotajlo
Company/Business Name: Farm Sanctuary
Animal Care Intern
Watkins Glen, NY
The Animal Care team is responsible for providing daily medical care and enrichment to our rescued residents. Animal Care interns are crucial members of a dedicated team helping provide exceptional care to the non-human animals of Farm Sanctuary. An Animal Care intern’s responsibilities can range from supporting caregivers in daily health treatments and feedings, as well as assisting with barn cleaning and grounds maintenance. They also receive opportunities to learn about veterinary-based care practices and ethical sanctuary-based research. All of these responsibilities are critical to providing lifesaving care and creating an environment for our residents to thrive. Animal Care interns also have a unique opportunity to create an independent project throughout their three month internship which allows them to explore other areas of Sanctuary work, depending on interest and experience.
• Feeding residents in animal hospital and on the sanctuary grounds
• Monitoring wellness of animal hospital residents
• Cleaning cages, floors, and food and water bowls in hospital
• Assisting in daily enrichment activities
• Participating in animal health checks led by caregivers or on-site veterinarian
• Washing scrubs, towels, and blankets used in the animal hospital
• Cleaning animal enclosures and giving fresh bedding for the animals
• Participating in larger grounds maintenance projects as needed, such as repairing fences, painting, and raking
• Currently pursuing or interested in a career in animal care
• Capacity to perform strenuous physical labor, stand or walk for extended periods of time, and work in all weather conditions
• Be able to work independently
• Efficient time management skills
• Detail-oriented and ability to maintain good communication
• Ability to maintain a positive and respectful attitude
• Animal experience is preferred, but not required
• Alignment with Farm Sanctuary’s values of compassion, understanding, integrity, transformation, and freedom
• Familiarity, commitment to, and experience with the practice of equity and social justice, and the principles embedded in Farm Sanctuary’s mission
• Attend weekly Farm Sanctuary education workshops that include presentations, staff Q&As, team building exercises, and hands-on learning opportunities
• Gain beneficial work experience in nonprofit employment, especially within vegan, animal rights, and sanctuary organizations
• Make strong professional connections and references
• Gain valuable insight about farmed animal care, rescue, and education
Terms of employment: Full-time, non-exempt position
Reports to: Intern Coordinator, Animal Care
Location: Watkins Glen, NY
Pay: $14.00 per hour
Communal housing on sanctuary premises provided and preferred, but not required.
Each intern is provided with their own bedroom and a shared bathroom.
Companion animals are not permitted.
Eligibility to participate in Farm Sanctuary’s 403(b) and medical insurance plan
• This position requires a commitment of three months (September 7th through December 2nd)
• Interns who demonstrate strong performance during their internship may be eligible for a three-month extension, subject to available headcount at the time.
• Valid driver’s license preferred.
Stage 1 (May 15-19): 30-minute phone screen
Stage 2 (May 22-26): 30-minute video interview
Stage 3 (May 26-30): Reference checks
Stage 4 (June 2): Job offer
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.
The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Any photos or videos taken in the scope of employment and/or related to Farm Sanctuary are considered work product and intellectual property of Farm Sanctuary.
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