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Animal Care Intern – Vacaville, California

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Animal Place is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the country. Nestled on 600-acres in Grass Valley, CA, we provide permanent refuge to hundreds of neglected farmed animals. In addition to providing sanctuary, Animal Place operates our one-of-a-kind Rescue Ranch facility, a 60-acre adoption center that places thousands of needy farmed animals into permanent homes.

Put your compassion into action and join us for a Rescue Ranch internship! Your paid, residential internship will be a memorable experience spent working hard at our Rescue Ranch in Vacaville, CA.

Private, furnished housing is provided (including utilities, laundry, bedding, and household necessities), but food and transportation to/from Rescue Ranch are not. Rescue Ranch is a vegan facility and all staff, interns, and visitors are required to act accordingly while on the property.

8 or 12-week internships available throughout the year beginning in October 2015!

Compensation: $200/month + private, furnished housing & utilities

Internship Benefits:

+Learning about daily animal care operations

+Providing hands-on care for farmed animals

+Learning the medical treatments for rescued residents

+Instruction on proper handling of different species

+Information on appropriate dietary needs of farmed animals in a non-production setting

+Getting to know our rescued residents as individuals with unique personalities and behaviors

+Working with like-minded individuals

Duties & Responsibilities:

+Feeding animals

+Cleaning and maintaining barns, pastures, sanctuary grounds

+Helping with animal health checks as needed

+Misc. work (filing paper, laundry, animal socialization, filling holes, cob-webbing, etc.)

+Assisting with other duties as needed (tabling at events when available, assisting with large-scale animal rescues)


+All applicants must by 18 years or older by start of internship

+Proof of medical insurance required

+Not afraid to get dirty

+Comfortable working individually

+Physically able to lift at least 40 lbs, and perform other physically demanding chores

+Reliable, dependable, punctual

+Able to proficiently speak and read English

+Comfortable communicating with senior staff

+Ability to work in a variety of weather conditions including rain in the winter and up to 105 degree temperatures in the Summer.

+40 hours a week for a minimum of 8 weeks (exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis, particularly in the Fall and Winter months)

+Interest and commitment to working with and for farmed animals

Fill out an application by visitinghttp://animalplace.org/get-invovled-sanctuary-internships/.