Shelter Facilities Assistant

  • Farm Sanctuary
  • Watkins Glen, NY, USA
  • Sep 29, 2021
Full time Construction Facilities General Labor Non-Profit Skilled Labor

Job Description

Shelter Facilities Assistants are crucial, valued members at Farm Sanctuary who are tasked with ensuring our Sanctuary residents have safe and healthy living environments on our 275-acre site. This position reports to the Facilities Supervisor and is a great fit for individuals who enjoy physical labor in an outdoor setting. Responsibilities focus primarily on barn cleaning – which is critical to the health and wellbeing of the animals in our care - but also includes general maintenance and repair, grounds keeping, and farm maintenance projects. 


  • Provide equipment and facility maintenance, general repair, and cleaning including tasks such as painting, fence repair, scrubbing and sweeping barn facilities, and raking out all bedding straw in barns 
  • Provide general grounds work including tasks such as general cleaning, mowing, landscaping, planting, snow/ ice removal, and other related tasks
  • Provide general labor including, but not limited to, assisting in facility repair and maintenance, picking up and moving supplies, event support and other such related duties
  • Dusting and cleaning fixtures, including lighting and fans
  • Moving and spreading compost
  • Gardening around the farm such as mowing, weeding, trimming, and planting
  • Grounds and building maintenance (plumbing, electrical, general contracting)
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Facilities Supervisor,  Director of Shelter Operations or CEO

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods standing and walking throughout facilities
  • Must be able to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting (up to 60 lbs. regularly; team-lift heavier amounts regularly)
  • Must be able to bend, lift, push, stoop, stretch, climb, and crawl and other strenuous maintain equipment and buildings
  • Must be able to regularly perform work in a variety of weather conditions; almost all work is done in outdoor setting that is not climate controlled


  • Must meet physical requirements
  • Must be a team player and demonstrate a positive attitude and willingness to help others
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Must be able to communicate with others in a respectful and productive manner 
  • Able to follow direction and complete all tasks  as assigned
  • Preferred qualifications, but not required:
    • Previous farm or work experience at an animal-care facility
    • Farm animal handling experience and skills (large and/or small animal)
    • Farm equipment knowledge & ability to drive tractors and trailers (CDL a plus!)


  • Full-time, non-exempt position
  • Starting wage is $17.50 per hour; with eligibility for retention bonus(es) within the first year of employment
  • Work schedule is 5 eight hour shifts per week; candidates must have flexibility to work any day of the week; regular weekend and holiday availability is required
  • Occasional travel may be required to assist with transport for animal adoptions or rescues
  • Competitive benefits package, including 13 paid holidays; generous paid time off; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 403(b) plan; flexible spending accounts;  long-term disability insurance and free access to CALM meditation app. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

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Farm Sanctuary is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or age.