Animal Caregiver

  • Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
  • High Falls, NY
  • Aug 12, 2019
Full time Other

Job Description

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is expanding our Caregiving Team and seeking a Full-Time Animal Caregiver 

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary envisions a peaceful world rooted in respect and justice for all living beings.  We rescue farmed animals and give them care and sanctuary, connect animals with people to advance veganism, and advocate for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements.

At the heart of our mission is the hands-on work of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farmed animal refugees, advocating for animal rights, and educating the public about these issues. Located in New York state’s Hudson Valley region 90 minutes from New York City, the area boasts a rich cultural and artistic heritage, offering a rare mix of rural and cosmopolitan resources.  We host thousands of visitors every year between our event, tour, and volunteer programs.

Animal Caregivers are responsible for the feeding, watering, administration of medications, and monitoring the physical and emotional well being of over 400 farm animals. You will be part of a team that performs health checks and health maintenance (i.e. hoof and claw trims), maintains health records, supervises interns and volunteers, cleans buildings, unloads hay, and interacts with the public on tour days and at special events. This is hard work, yet rewarding work, with a lot of support from interns and volunteers in a great work environment.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

Opening and Closing routines:
-Feeding, watering and opening all houses and barns
-Administering  AM & PM medications to all residents
-Closing up all houses and barns according to weather related needs
-Making sure all residents are safe for the night
-Administering medical treatments and health maintenance
-Responsible for properly maintaining clean housing, water and bedding
-Supervising/training volunteers and interns
-Participate in proper record keeping: vigilant observation and documentation of residents for changes in behavior or condition of any kind and prompt reporting
-Enforcing all rules and protocols for visitors and volunteers on the property in a respectful manner


Required Skills:
-Ability to adapt to constantly changing situations, such as emergency transport/vet visits/injured animals/direct rescues
-Must be a reliable team player
-Must be physically (and mentally) able to do all tasks in any weather, including lifting up to 50 pounds


Required Credentials and Experience:
-Previous experience in direct animal care, preferably including farmed animals
-Commitment to mission of the organization
-Clean driver’s license

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may be required to perform other related duties to meet the on-going needs of the organization.

The Animal Caregiver will work at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary’s new site in High Falls, New York, 90 minutes from NYC in the beautiful Hudson Valley region.  This is a full-time, year-round, benefits-eligible position. Schedule includes weekend and evening hours.  This is a non-exempt position that reports to the Shelter Director. Competitive compensation and benefits, including health insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays and paid time off.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and three references