Assistant Caregiver, Environment (Watkins Glen, NY)

  • Farm Sanctuary
  • Watkins Glen, NY, USA
  • May 11, 2023
Full time Facilities General Labor Non-Profit Other

Job Description

Assistant Caregiver, Environment

Watkins Glen, NY

Assistant Caregiver, Environment Team members 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 Environment Manager and is a great fit for individuals who enjoy physical labor in an outdoor setting. Responsibilities focus on creating an environment that supports the health and wellbeing of the animals in our care. 


  • Provide animal enclosure cleaning and bedding

  • Provide environmental enrichment

  • Provide general landscaping, as well as snow removal in the winter months

  • Provide general work in support of large maintenance projects including tasks such as painting and fence maintenance 

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Environment & Transport

  • Provide assistance during after hour emergencies (as they arise)

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods standing and walking throughout sanctuary grounds. 

  • 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 activities

  • 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 willingness to help others

  • Flexible with positive attitude, willingness to pitch in where needed and as assigned

  • 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

  • Comfort with and ability to develop expertise working with all species in Farm Sanctuary’s care.

  • Proactively centers racial equity at Farm Sanctuary in all work contributes to an anti-racist culture on-site, and exhibits humility.

  • 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 $20.00 per hour

  • 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; free access to CALM meditation app and the Nivati Wellness platform

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.

Any photos or videos taken in the scope of employment and/or related to Farm Sanctuary are considered work product and intellectual property of Farm Sanctuary.

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.