Animal Care Sanctuary Internship

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Animal Care Sanctuary Internship
Grass Valley, California

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. In addition to permanent sanctuary, Animal Place operates Rescue Ranch, a 60-acre adoption center placing needy farmed animals into permanent homes.

Put your compassion into action and join us for an animal care sanctuary 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!

Interns accepted year round
2-3 month internships available starting March 2018 (start dates available every month from March-December 2018).
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

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

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.

We also offer an Animal Advocacy Internship (see website for more information). If you have questions about Animal Place's Internship Program, please email our Intern Manager at  [email protected]


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