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Shelter Director — FILLED

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary envisions a peaceful world rooted in respect and justice for all living beings.  We rescue farmed animals and give them care and sanctuary, connect animals with people to advance veganism, and advocate for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements.

At the heart of our mission is the hands-on work of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farmed animal refugees, advocating for animal rights, and educating the public about these issues. Located in New York state’s Hudson Valley region 90 minutes from New York City, the area boasts a rich cultural and artistic heritage, offering a rare mix of rural and cosmopolitan resources.  We host thousands of visitors every year between our event, tour, and volunteer programs.


This is a key leadership position at a leading farm animal sanctuary that is growing fast. Duties include supervising the animal caregiver staff, managing animal health and treatments, collaborating as a leader with other departments, and overseeing animal adoption, intake and placement.


  • Manage animal caregiver staff of seven to eight employees
  • Oversee animal care, including schedules and charting, health checks, feed and supply ordering, and maintenance of medical database
  • Coordinate medical needs of animals from vet visits to animal transportation
  • Work with veterinarians, trainers, and prosthetists to develop treatment protocols
  • Research new treatment options for various conditions
  • Budget for caregiving department
  • Assess and execute rescue and intake, as well as placement and adoptions
  • Supervise and support intern and volunteer coordinators and their programs
  • Collaborate with and/or provide support to the other departments


  • Previous farm animal experience
  • At least two years managerial experience
  • Minimum two years’ experience at animal care facility
  • Excellent time management and communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills; proven ability to manage multiple priorities and projects in fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to work well with a variety of people internally and partners externally
  • Team player able to monitor and report on all shelter staff duties
  • Commitment to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary’s animal care policies and organizational programs and goals
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record required


  • This is a national search; relocation stipends are possible and living within 30 minutes of the Sanctuary in High Falls, New York is essential.
  • Full-time, exempt / salaried position
  • Schedule will include some evening, weekend and holiday hours
  • The job requires significant physical work in weather extremes
  • Occasional travel may be required to assist with animal transport or to represent the Sanctuary at events and conferences
  • Competitive compensation and benefits, including health insurance and paid time off

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and three references to Jeff Lydon, Managing Director:

We regret that the number of applicants allows us to respond only to the candidates we are interviewing. No phone calls please.

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is an equal opportunity employer, committed to values of diversity and inclusion.