Animal Care Intern

  • Animal Place
  • Grass Valley, CA, USA
  • Aug 10, 2020
Intern Non-Profit

Job Description


Animal Place is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the country. Nestled on 600-acres in Grass Valley, CA, Animal Place provides refuge to hundreds of neglected farmed animals and runs educational programming such as guided tours, on-site events, and outreach campaigns.

Put your compassion into action and join us for an animal care internship! The animal care internship is a great opportunity to work with farmed animals in a sanctuary setting. This is a very physically demanding position, and involves working outdoors. In your first few weeks you will learn routine animal care, primarily cleaning and feeding. Over time, you will also work directly with staff caregivers to assist in daily medical care and proper animal handling. You should be comfortable working individually and in groups, and be comfortable communicating questions with your supervisor. This sanctuary internship is great for the individual who wants hands-on experience with farmed animals!


Intern Information:

  • Interns accepted year round for 2-month sessions
  • U.S. and International Scholarships available
  • On-site housing provided, interns provide their own groceries
  • Other requirements: Interns must be 18 years or older at the start of the internship, have or acquire health insurance valid in California, and provide a $200 refundable deposit


Intern Benefits:

  • Learning daily animal care operations
  • Getting to know our sanctuary residents as individuals and learning their behaviors
  • Hands-on care of farmed animals
  • Appropriate dietary requirements for farmed animals in a non-production setting
  • Learning from staff the medical treatments for sanctuary residents
  • Proper handling of different species
  • Working with like-minded individuals


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Cleaning and maintaining sleeping quarters, pastures, sanctuary grounds
  • Feeding animals
  • Sorting and pulling produce for the animals
  • Helping with weekly animal health checks as needed
  • Misc. work (filing, laundry, sweeping roadways, filling holes, animal socialization)
  • Assisting with other duties as needed (tabling at events when available, helping with on-site events)



  • Not afraid to get dirty
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Physically able to lift at least 40 lbs, and perform other physically demanding chores
  • Reliable, dependable, punctual
  • Comfortable communicating with senior staff
  • Ability and willingness to work in all weather conditions including consistent rain in the winter and temperatures up to 105 in the summer
  • Interest and commitment to working for farmed animals
  • Capabilities: Able to meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities document, with or without reasonable accommodation.