Animal Caregiver

Website Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary is seeking committed and experienced individuals to join our animal care team. Shelter caregivers work closely with shelter management to ensure quality animal care, proper handling, proper disease diagnosis, and maintenance of all animal feeds and watering schedules. This position offers a unique opportunity to work with a variety of large and small animals in a sanctuary setting where individualized care is the top priority.

Responsibilities

  • Animal feeding/watering and maintaining animal feeds schedule
  • Daily animal health care and treatments
  • Weekly animal health checks/individual checks of each species
  • Animal health care projects as assigned, including feed ordering, medications and medical supply ordering, database, and animal charting
  • Shelter cleaning projects; maintaining hospital/treatment areas
  • Training and supervising animal caregiver assistants, shelter interns, and volunteers
  • Reporting animal health and/or other shelter problems directly to shelter manager
  • Research new treatment options for various conditions
  • Work with veterinarians to develop treatment protocols, etc.

Qualifications

Shelter Caregivers should have a strong desire and ability to do hands-on shelter work and a personal commitment to rescuing and protecting farm animals.

  • Excellent animal behavior observation skills
  • Able to work in all weather conditions
  • Able to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting
  • Must be able to follow detailed instructions and maintain animal care schedules as assigned
  • Ability to work well with variety of people
  • Team player and able to monitor and report on all shelter staff duties
  • Very reliable and dependable
  • Positive attitude
  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s animal care policies
  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s organizational programs and goals
  • Previous animal experience is required
  • Minimum two years’ experience at animal care facility; volunteer history at animal advocacy organization(s). (Individuals who do not meet this minimum requirement may apply for our Shelter Caregiver Assistant position.)
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record required

Specifications

  • Full-time, non-exempt position
  • Work schedule varies; regular weekend and holiday availability required
  • Some evening hours required during summer months
  • Occasional travel may be required to assist with transport for animal adoptions or rescues

BENEFITS

Competitive benefits package, including paid holidays; personal days; vacation and sick leave; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 403(b) plan; flexible spending accounts; and long-term disability insurance.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

None specified

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

No requirement

HOW TO APPLY

All interested applicants are required to complete Farm Sanctuary’s Employment Application. Instructions for sending supplemental materials will be provided within the application.

For questions or to request a copy of the employment application by mail, please contact humanresources@farmsanctuary.org.

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