About Your Opportunity: As members of Farm Sanctuary’s Experience Team, Sanctuary Guides assist with all aspects of our Sanctuary experience. This role is an integral part of the  Experience Team, providing onsite support and serving as an ambassador for the organization. As a public-facing role, this position is expected to be knowledgeable, welcoming, and courteous to our diverse audience. The Sanctuary Guide position offers a unique opportunity to work with a team of committed staff and volunteers focused on advocating for farm animals. This position is an excellent opportunity to gain skills and experience in animal advocacy work and considerable knowledge of issues around animal agriculture.


  • Create an inclusive, safe, and inviting guest experience for visitors and members
  • Greet guests, proactively engaging with visitors,  providing information and way-finding
  • Conduct public and special VIP tours with provided script
  • Work alongside Wellness and Environment teams to maintain animal resident and guest safety and comfort
  • Support Sanctuary Shop operations
  • Daily upkeep of the Sanctuary Center
  • Complete daily opening and closing procedures
  • Assist with onsite Sanctuary events and outreach projects
  • Provide administrative assistance as needed
  • Provide daily reports to Manager, Sanctuary Experience, Acton
  • Provide Environment team with support, as needed – with responsibilities including but not limited to – cleaning animal enclosures, performing general grounds work, and participating in day-to-day animal enrichment projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Professional and gracious in high volume situations
  • Extensive knowledge of farmed animal and vegan issues
  • Effective communication, public speaking, and outreach skills with various audiences
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment
  • Efficient organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Team player and collaboration skills when working with colleagues
  • Willingness and ability to perform physical labor and moderate lifting
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record, preferred
  • 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

We are looking for the best fit for each of our roles, regardless of the type of education or companies in your background, so we encourage you to apply even if your skills and experiences don’t exactly match the job description.

Job Specifications:

  • Terms of employment: Regular, non-exempt, seasonal position
  • Reports to: Manager, Sanctuary Experience
  • Pay: $17.50 per hour
  • Direct reports: None
  • Location: Acton, CA
  • Benefits: Competitive benefits package, including eligibility to participate in Farm Sanctuary’s 403(b) and medical insurance plan; free access to the CALM meditation app; and access to the Nivati wellness platform
  • Additional Specifications:
    • The time commitment for this position is from August – December  2023, with potential for permanent hire. If the position application is available online, the position remains open.

Our Process:

Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their applications at the earliest opportunity to maximize their chances of consideration. If you are advanced in the process, the following stages would be:

  • Stage 1: 30-minute phone interview with our Talent Acquisition Manager
  • Stage 2: 45-minute virtual interview with our Senior Sanctuary Guide
  • Stage 3: 30-minute virtual interview with our Manager, Sanctuary Experience
  • Stage 4: Reference Checks

Farm Sanctuary is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where all employees are respected, valued, and feel a sense of belonging. We work hard to provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type. We take our duty seriously to protect employees with regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

We believe that our prioritization of diversity, equity, and inclusion is a strength and essential to achieving our mission. A diverse workforce brings many perspectives, ideas, and experiences, leading to more creative and effective solutions to our complex issues. By embracing diversity and creating an inclusive environment, we foster a culture of belonging where innovation and growth can thrive. We are dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our organization, including hiring and recruitment practices, employee development and training, and interactions with the communities we serve. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are core components in fulfilling our mission of rescuing and protecting farmed animals from cruelty, and we are committed to creating a culture of respect, civility, and compassion for all.

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.

Any photos or videos taken in the scope of employment and/or related to Farm Sanctuary are considered work product and intellectual property of Farm Sanctuary.

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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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