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Volunteer Barn Cleaner- Animal Care

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Barn Cleaner – Level 1, Mentored

Location: Animal Place’s Main Sanctuary, Grass Valley
Objectives: Help animal care staff and interns with farm and animal barn chores

Training and Supervision: Attend Animal Care Volunteer Orientation, reports to volunteer mentor during training, reports to Animal Care Supervisor upon graduation from mentoring program


  • Daily cleaning duties: learn how to maintain animal quarters for potbellied pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, and rabbits
  • Maintaining shelter areas: learn what is involved in maintaining the animal care component of a sanctuary (i.e. storing feed, moving bales of straw and hay, doing laundry, sorting produce, scrubbing feed and water bowls, cleaning perches).


  • Interest in working for and with farmed animals
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Able to lift 20 pounds and perform strenuous/manual labor
  • Works well with a variety of people
  • Able to follow detailed instructions and meet time sensitive demands
  • Able to learn and process new information quickly
  • Committed to Animal Place’s mission and a desire to be a part of the Animal Place community

Time Commitment: minimum of two 4-hour shifts per month for three months

Shifts: Mon-Sun, 8:30am-12:30pm, sign up on volunteer mentoring calendar

Benefits: Knowing you are helping to keep animals happy and healthy while keeping the sanctuary clean!