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Shelter Assistant

Organizational Description

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary rescues farmed animals and gives them care and sanctuary, connects animals with people to advance veganism, and advocates for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements. We welcome visitors to come and meet animals who are most commonly exploited, abused, and killed in animal agriculture. Our animal residents are given lifelong sanctuary and are treated with respect as individuals. By giving farmed animals the chance to live their lives with dignity and by sharing their stories, we advocate for veganism and aim to reduce suffering for all.

And we are expanding our team!

Job Overview

The Shelter Assistant is full-time, year-round, non-exempt position (hourly) and reports to the Shelter Manager. Some weekend and evening hours are possible.

Key Responsibilities

The Shelter Assistant assists in overseeing interns and volunteers, cleaning and maintaining barns, coops, and grounds, assists with animal treatments, opens and closes barns and coops, and transports animals.

  • Assists in overseeing the work of interns and volunteers
  • Helps with cleaning and maintaining barns, coops, pastures, and grounds
  • Assists with animal treatments and health chcks
  • Assists with feeding, watering and medicating animals
  • Opens and closes barns and coops
  • Transports animals
  • Other duties as needs and opportunities emerge.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications

  • Comfort around farmed animals
  • Ability to coach people and give clear instruction with customer service in mind
  • Tractor and truck-and-trailer experience, or willingness to learn
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Experience working with farmed animals a plus
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Clean driver’s license
  • Commitment to Woodstock Sanctuary’s mission


This position involves heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds and working outdoors in any weather.

Competitive pay and excellent benefits, including paid holiday, paid vacation, and good health insurance with optional dental and vision, 401k, and life insurance.

To apply: Please send resume or work history and a brief letter of introduction to

No phone calls please. We regret that the number of applications make it so that we can only respond to those candidates chosen for interviews.

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is an equal opportunity employer, committed to values of diversity and inclusion. We are an actively anti-racist organization. BIPOC individuals are encouraged to apply.