Assistant Caregiver, Wellness

Acton, CA

Summary: Wellness Assistant Caregivers are part of a team of animal care workers, with a focus on health care assistance, animal feeding, enrichment, and wellbeing. Responsibilities also include barn and water cleaning, animal transports, and various shelter projects. Wellness Assistant Caregivers must be able to complete all tasks within those responsibilities with the ability to expand into the other areas depending on interest and experience. Assistant Caregivers should have a strong desire and ability to do hands-on shelter work and a personal commitment to rescuing and protecting farm animals. Assistant Caregivers are vital team members of our shelters, where providing quality animal care is the number-one priority.


  • Animal feeding and maintaining animal-feeding schedules
  • Animal watering and maintaining animal-watering schedules
  • Shelter cleaning projects as assigned
  • Assisting with animal health care and health checks


  • Good animal-behavior observation skills
  • Able to work in all weather conditions
  • Able to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting
  • Must be able to follow detailed instructions and maintain animal-care schedules as assigned
  • Ability to work well with a variety of people
  • Team player
  • Very reliable and dependable
  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s animal-care policies
  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s organizational programs and goals
  • One year experience at animal-care facility preferred and/or animal-advocacy volunteer history
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record required
  • Alignment with Farm Sanctuary’s values of compassion, understanding, integrity, transformation, and freedom.
  • Familiarity, commitment to, and experience with the practice of equity and social justice, and the principles embedded in Farm Sanctuary’s mission


  • Terms of employment: Full-time, non-exempt position
  • Reports to: Assistant Manager, Wellness
  • Direct reports: None
  • Location: Acton, CA
  • Pay: Starting wage is $17.50 per hour
  • Travel:  Occasional travel may be required to assist with transport for animal adoptions or rescues
  • Benefits: 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 the CALM meditation app; and access to the Nivati wellness platform
  • Additional Specifications: Work schedule varies; regular weekend and holiday availability required; evening hours may be required during summer months

Our Process:

  • Stage 1: 1 hour video call with a member of our Animal Care team
  • Stage 2: Two or three day onsite working interview
    • This is a paid skills assessment.
  • Stage 3: Job offer

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.

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.

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Tagged as: animal care, animal rescue, animal sanctuary, health

About Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming, advocate for institutional reforms, and encourage a new awareness and understanding of farm animals and the benefits of cruelty-free, plant-based living. In recent years, science has confirmed the inhumane and destructive impact of animal agriculture — a food system based on interrelated oppression and injustice.

As the founding farm animal Sanctuary in the U.S., Farm Sanctuary has rescued and provided refuge for countless survivors of the animal agriculture system. Today, at Farm Sanctuary’s Los Angeles, CA and Watkins Glen, NY Sanctuaries you will find nearly 1,000 rescued animals—each with an individual story to tell. These survivors are ambassadors, representing the billions of farm animals currently in the system. They, and others like them, have changed the hearts and minds of a generation.

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