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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!

Benefits:

  • 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
  • Misc. work (filing, laundry, sweeping roadways, filling holes, animal socialization)
  • Helping with weekly animal health checks as needed
  • Assisting with other duties as needed such as helping with on-site events

Qualifications:

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


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