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The Volunteer Internship program at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary provides individuals with unique opportunities to advocate for and connect with farm animals, establish community with like-minded people, and acquire valuable knowledge of the various facets of animal protection. We are currently in need of both Animal Caregiver Interns and Office/Admin Interns.

As a nonprofit organization with limited funds, WFS Internships are unpaid but very rewarding!

The hard work and dedication of WFS interns is a vital part of our work. The commitment of interns helps us rescue, provide care and advocate for suffering victims of food animal production.

Interns are asked to fulfill a 40-hour per week schedule over a two to three month commitment.  However, if your availability is different or you have special timing requests, you can note this in your letter of interest when applying.  All applicants must be 18 years of age or older with a demonstrated commitment to the goals and programs of WFS.

Interns are responsible for buying and preparing their own food. For internships where housing is provided, weekly trips to the grocery store are provided for interns without vehicles.

Housing is available for up to 4-5 interns at a time .  If your application is contingent upon housing, please note this in your letter of interest. If you do not require housing, please indicate that as well.

Out of respect for the animals and the work that WFS does, all staff and interns are required to be vegan (no meat, dairy products, eggs, honey, or other animal byproducts) while on sanctuary grounds. Shared kitchen facilities are available. Food markets and restaurants are within a 5-minute drive.

Most internships are available year round. Positions are filled on an ongoing basis as applications are received. Summer positions fill quickly, so if you’re interested in these months, be sure to contact us well in advance. We also encourage you to consider an internship during non-summer months. Our need for dedicated interns from September through April is as great as ever. Due to the volume of applicants, we are only able to respond if we would like to set up an interview.

Responsibilities & Duties (Animal Caregiver Internship):

  • Animal feeding and watering
  • Barn and habitat cleaning and enrichment
  • Shelter cleaning projects
  • Assisting with animal health checks
  • Animal monitoring for special needs animals
  • Additional non-animal related tasks as needed

Qualifications (Animal Caregiver Internship):

  • Good animal behavior observation skills
  • Ability to work in harsh/all weather conditions
  • Ability to perform some strenuous labor and lifting
  • Must be able to follow detailed instructions and meet animal care schedules
  • Ability to work well with a variety of people
  • Very reliable and dependable
  • Commitment to WFS animal care policies and standards
  • Commitment to WFS organizational programs and goals
  • Flexibility and openness to a multitude of tasks

Responsibilities & Duties (Office/Admin Internship):

  • Answer phone calls from the public
  • Assist with membership/donation acknowledgments
  • Restock brochures at various locations via mail or drop off
  • Run errands and make post office runs as needed
  • Assist with other administrative tasks as needed
  • Assist the Office Manager as needed

Qualifications (Office/Admin Internship):

  • Word and Excel proficiency; knowledge of Google Docs and databases a plus
  • Familiarity with Mac OS preferred
  • General knowledge of business practices (ability to compose a proper letter, good phone manners, etc.)
  • Commitment to WFS organizational programs and goals
  • Flexibility and openness to a multitude of tasks


  • Volunteer commitment of 40 hours per week
  • Weekends and holidays may be required
  • One month minimum commitment required


  • Opportunity to learn from and interact with our shelter animal residents
  • Opportunity to learn more about non-profit administration and business practices
  • Opportunity to gain considerable knowledge of farm animal care
  • Working with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Gain experience beneficial for future employment and life



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For questions about our Volunteer Internship Program prior to filling out an application, please call 845-679-5955 during working hours or fill out our contact form. We can’t always respond to every request and will contact you if we are interested in interviewing you. Thank you for your interest in Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary!