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Want to put your compassion into action and join a dedicated team of activists and animal lovers at Animal Place sanctuary? Check out our job openings!

Adoption Coordinator

Organization: Animal Place is a nonprofit sanctuary for farmed animals and an education/advocacy organization. It operates two shelters in northern California. Its headquarters is located on 600-acres in Grass Valley, (60 miles north of Sacramento) with a Rescue & Adoption Center in Petaluma. This position will be working out of the Petaluma site.

Position Objectives: To find permanent placement for hens rescued from the egg industry, various other farmed animals, and dogs. To expand and maintain adoption outreach and database. Assist with animal care duties as necessary. Travel and host adoption events, as needed. 

Job Title: Adoption Coordinator

Job Status: Part-Time, Petaluma, CA

Reports to: Animal Care and Property Manager

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Secure placement for adoptable animals
  • Screen adoption applicants
  • Interview potential adopters
  • Perform site inspections, as needed
  • Outreach and engagement with animal shelters to grow Flock Partner program
  • Communicate with all potential & approved adopters
  • Maintain adopter database
  • Coordinate adoptions onsite and offsite
  • Coordinate and run adoption events
  • Coordinate transport of animals as needed
  • Develop and keep adoption ads/sites up to date
  • Collaborate with programs department to advertise adoption events accordingly
  • Assist with placement of farmed animals not in Animal Place custody
  • Monitor California shelters for farmed animals needing placement
  • Communicate with partnering shelters and sanctuaries
  • Assist with various animal care duties as needed
  • Assist Animal Care and Property Manager as needed


  • Strong communication skills
  • Volunteer or employment work in adoption management preferred
  • Strong people skills
  • Comfortable communicating on the phone
  • Enjoys interacting with the public
  • Comfortable managing sensitive situations, including declining prospective adopters
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Experience and familiarity with Google Drive
  • Comfortable and confident working collaboratively in a group setting and individually
  • Comfortable working remotely or in an office setting
  • Flexible schedule, including working adoption events on weekends
  • Skilled at managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines
  • Comfortable handling or learning to handle chickens, sheep, goats, and other farmed animals.
  • Strong interest in promoting veganism and animal rights, specifically farmed animals

Salary: TBD based on experience – evaluate in 3-mos with potential pay increase 

How to apply: Send resume and cover letter to humanresources@animalplace.org with Adoption Coordinator in subject line.


Full-time Animal Caregiver, Live-In

Immediate Supervisor: Animal Care Director

Position: The Animal Caregiver assists in the care of the 350+ animals (pigs, chickens, cows, turkeys, sheep, goats, rabbits, Donkeys) living at the sanctuary under supervision of the Animal Care Director. Animal Caregivers are responsible for the cleaning, feeding, and medical care of the animals.  See below for specific responsibilities and duties.


  • Animal feeding/watering and maintaining animal feed schedules
  • Daily animal health care and maintaining treatment records
  • Daily cleaning duties and maintaining the shelter areas
  • Aiding with weekly species health checks
  • Training and supervising shelter interns and volunteers
  • Assisting with veterinary visits and setting up treatment protocols
  • Completing shelter office projects as assigned
  • Maintaining sanctuary grounds


  • Passionate about working for and with farmed animals
  • Previous farmed animal sanctuary experience required (1-2 years)
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Good animal behavior and observation skills
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, including cold/wet weather (average low is 35F) and hot summers (average high is 95-100F)
  • Able to lift 50 pounds and perform strenuous/manual labor. Large portion of this position is cleaning barns, restocking supplies such as feed bags(50lbs), and working with other animal care staff to move straw and hay bales weighing up to 100lbs.
  • Works well with a variety of people
  • Strong communication and listening skills
  • Able to follow detailed verbal and written instructions and meet time sensitive demands
  • Able to learn and process new information quickly
  • Team player and self-motivator
  • Comfortable dealing politely with the general public
  • Committed to Animal Place’s mission and a desire to be a part of the Animal Place family
  • Willing to work on weekend/holidays/varying shift times
  • Able to maintain varied shift times. Early shifts beginning as early as 5am and late shifts ending as late as 9:30pm. Each caregiver is on a variety of these shifts each week.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record (subject to verification) Ability to drive Animal Place vehicles including trucks, cargo vans, and stock trailers is required for this position.

On-site Housing
Additional live-in responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • On-call 2-3 days a week, on-call must remain on the property overnight
  • Covering shifts as needed
  • Being available for emergency situations when not on shift
  • Able to handle emergency situations independently

Salary: $13-14/hr DOE, performance review after 3 months

Hours/Days: 40 hours/week, days off vary; schedule subject to change at any time, required to work weekends and most holidays. Shift times vary, opening shifts start as early as 5am, closing shifts end as late as 9:30pm, every caregiver is on a variety of these shifts each week.

Benefits Package: Health insurance, vacation, and some paid holidays

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume via email to Humanresources@animalplace.org, send resume in the body of email do not send attachments
In subject line, write Full-Time Animal Caregiver application.

Faxes cannot be accepted. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing