***Application Deadline: Friday, February 9th @ 12pm EST***

Summary: As a member of Farm Sanctuary’s Experience Team, the Events & Experience Intern assists 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 Events & Experience Intern position offers a unique opportunity to live and 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. Successful candidates will bring a welcoming and warm demeanor, a strong sense of hospitality, and have a sincere connection to animal advocacy. This position includes a daily rotation of responsibilities: planning and executing events; providing and leading tours to guests of the sanctuary, greeting guests upon arrival, and supporting the Sanctuary Shop and B&B program.


Sanctuary Experience

  • Create an inclusive, safe, and inviting guest experience for visitors and members
  • Greet guests, proactively engaging with visitors, providing information, and way-finding
  • Tour assist Sanctuary Guides with public and private tours.
  • Support Animal Care and Site Operations teams to maintain animal residents safety and comfort
  • Support safety between guests and animal residents
  • Support Sanctuary Shop including but not limited to staffing the shop, restocking items, facilitating transactions with visitors, maintaining cleanliness and organization of the shop
  • Support the Bed & Breakfast operations as needed
  • Maintain daily upkeep of the Sanctuary Center
  • Complete daily opening and closing procedures


  • Provide administrative and onsite assistance with event planning and execution
  • Respond to event inquiries via Zendesk and telephone
  • Assist with maintaining inventory of event supplies
  • Assist with ordering of collateral materials
  • Update event timelines and assist with project management using Asana
  • Research viable in-kind vendors and maintain in-kind prospect list for strategic solicitation throughout the year.
  • Help with the solicitations of in-kind donations of food, beverages, etc. by preparing in-kind outreach letters and following up on requests via email and phone calls.
  • Assist with coordination of onsite micro vegan markets


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Must enjoy guest experience work and possess the ability to be professional and gracious in high volume situations
  • Knowledge of farmed animal, vegan, and social justice  issues
  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s mission and pursuing a vegan lifestyle
  • Strong communication, public speaking, and outreach skills
  • Must be able to work independently, take initiative and exercise good judgment
  • Ability to easily communicate with various audiences
  • Strong prioritization and organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Must  be a team player and collaborate well with colleagues
  • Willingness and ability to perform physical labor, moderate lifting, and work in varying weather conditions
  • Comfortable around large farmed animals
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays
  • Must be dependable
  • 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

Program Perks:

  • Attend weekly Farm Sanctuary education workshops that include presentations, staff Q&As, team building exercises, and hands-on learning opportunities
  • Gain beneficial work experience in nonprofit employment, especially within vegan, animal rights, and sanctuary organizations
  • Make strong professional connections and references
  • Gain valuable insight about farmed animal care, rescue, and education


  • Terms of employment: Full-time, seasonal, non-exempt position
  • Reports to: Manager, Sanctuary Experience
  • Location: Watkins Glen, NY
  • Pay: $15.00 per hour
  • Accommodations: 
    • Communal housing on sanctuary premises provided and preferred, but not required.
    • Each intern is provided with their own bedroom and a shared bathroom.
    • Companion animals are not permitted.
  • Benefits:
    • Eligibility to participate in Farm Sanctuary’s medical insurance plan starting the second month of the internship.
  • Additional Specifications:
    • This position requires a commitment of three months (June 3rd through August 30th)
    • Valid driver’s license preferred.

Our Process:

  • Stage 1: Virtual interview with a member of our Sanctuary Experience team
  • Stage 2: Virtual interview with your on-site supervisor
  • Stage 3: Reference checks
  • Stage 4: Job offer

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.

Tagged as: advocacy and outreach, animal sanctuary, education, event management

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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