Assistant Caregiver, Wellness (Watkins Glen, NY)

  • Farm Sanctuary
  • Watkins Glen, NY, USA
  • Mar 17, 2023
Full time General Labor Non-Profit Other Veterinary Services

Job Description

Assistant Caregiver, Wellness

Watkins Glen, NY

Summary: Wellness Assistant Caregivers are part of a team of shelter workers who are assigned one of four animal care areas each day: barn cleaning, animal feeding and watering, shelter projects, or animal health care assistance. Animal Care workers must be able to complete any of the four areas assigned and complete all tasks assigned within these animal care areas. Assistant Caregivers should have a strong desire and ability to do hands-on shelter work and a personal commitment to rescuing and protecting farm animals. Assistant Caregivers are vital team members of our shelters, where providing quality animal care is the number-one priority.


  • Animal feeding and maintaining animal-feeding schedules

  • Animal watering and maintaining animal-watering schedules

  • Shelter cleaning projects as assigned

  • Assisting with animal health care and health checks



  • Good 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 a variety of people

  • Team player

  • Very reliable and dependable

  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s animal-care policies

  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s organizational programs and goals

  • One year experience at animal-care facility preferred and/or animal-advocacy volunteer history

  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record required

  • Alignment with Farm Sanctuary’s values of compassion, understanding, integrity, transformation, and freedom. 

  • Familiarity, commitment to, and experience with the practice of equity and social justice, and the principles embedded in Farm Sanctuary’s mission



  • Terms of employment: Full-time, non-exempt position

  • Reports to: Assistant Manager, Wellness

  • Direct reports: None

  • Location: Watkins Glen, NY

  • Pay: Starting wage is $17.50 per hour

  • Travel:  Occasional travel may be required to assist with transport for animal adoptions or rescues

  • Benefits: 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; free access to the CALM meditation app; and access to the Nivati wellness platform

  • Additional Specifications: Work schedule varies; regular weekend and holiday availability required; evening hours may be required during summer months

Our Process:

  • Stage 1: 1 hour video call with a member of our Animal Care team

  • Stage 2: Two or three day onsite working interview

    • This is a paid skills assessment.

  • Stage 3: Job offer

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. 

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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