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Animal Care Internship

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The animal care internship is a great opportunity to work with farmed animals in a sanctuary setting. This is a very physically demanding position, and involves working outdoors. In your first few weeks you will learn routine animal care, primarily cleaning and feeding. Over time, you will also work directly with staff caregivers to assist in daily medical care and proper animal handling. You should be comfortable working individually and in groups, and be comfortable communicating questions with your supervisor. This sanctuary internship is great for the individual who wants hands-on experience with farmed animals!


  • Learning daily animal care operations
  • Getting to know our sanctuary residents as individuals and learning their behaviors
  • Hands-on care of farmed animals
  • Appropriate dietary requirements for farmed animals in a non-production setting
  • Learning from staff the medical treatments for sanctuary residents
  • Proper handling of different species
  • Working with like-minded individuals

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Cleaning and maintaining sleeping quarters, pastures, sanctuary grounds
  • Feeding animals
  • Sorting and pulling produce for the animals
  • Helping with weekly animal health checks as needed
  • Misc. work (filing, laundry, sweeping roadways, filling holes, animal socialization)
  • Assisting with other duties as needed (tabling at events when available, helping with on-site events)


  • Not afraid to get dirty
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Physically able to lift at least 40 lbs, and perform other physically demanding chores
  • Reliable, dependable, punctual
  • Comfortable communicating with senior staff
  • Ability and willingness to work in all weather conditions including consistent rain in the winter and temperatures up to 105 in the summer
  • Interest and commitment to working for farmed animals
  • Capabilities: Able to meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities document, with or without reasonable accommodation.

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