Shelter Facilities Assistants are crucial members of a team of farm staff who are tasked with ensuring our sanctuary residents have safe and healthy living environments. Responsibilities focus primarily on barn cleaning – which is critical to the health and well-being of the animals in our care. This position is a great fit for individuals who enjoy physical labor in an outdoor setting.


Facilities Assistants focus on cleaning large-animal and/or small-animal shelter housing barns for a full, 8-hour work shift. Cleaning tasks include:

  • Scraping, sweeping, and scrubbing pen and barn floors
  • Scrubbing perches, nest boxes, feed & water pallets
  • Scrubbing walls & gates
  • Raking out all bedding straw in barns
  • Dusting and cleaning fixtures, including lighting and fans
  • Cobweb-dusting barns
  • Cleaning hospital-barn walls
  • Moving/spreading compost
  • Snow and ice removal or treatment in animal enclosures

In addition to these tasks, Farm Assistants assist with other facilities responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Grounds maintenance/landscaping work (mowing, weeding, trimming, planting, gardening)
  • General snow and ice removal
  • Large farm animal feeds
  • Building maintenance (painting, supporting maintenance staff)
  • Working with volunteers
  • Other facilities team projects as assigned


Facilities Assistants should have a strong desire and ability to work outside and perform strenuous manual labor. Facilities Assistants are vital team members of our shelters, where providing quality living environments for the sanctuary residents is the number-one priority.

  • Reliable and dependable
  • Able to work in all weather conditions
  • Able to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting (up to 60 lbs. regularly; team-lift heavier amounts regularly)
  • Able to follow direction and complete all barn-cleaning schedules as assigned
  • Ability to work well with a variety of people
  • Team player; able to work well with a variety of people
  • Pitch-in attitude, demonstrating flexibility and willingness to help team members as needed
  • Previous work or volunteer experience in a role with similar physical demands strongly preferred

The following experience and skills are helpful, but not required:

  • Previous farm or work experience at animal-care facility
  • Farm animal handling experience and skills (large and/or small animal)
  • Farm equipment knowledge & ability to drive tractors
  • CDL and/or experience driving with large animal trailers


  • Full-time, non-exempt position
  • Schedule flexibility necessary; weekends and holiday hours may be required
  • Starting wage is $17.50 per hour (ask us about our $2,000 retention bonus!)
  • Competitive benefits package, including paid holidays; personal days; vacation and sick leave; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 403(b) plan; flexible spending accounts; and long-term disability insurance

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.

Tagged as: animal care, animal rescue, animal sanctuary, operations, Veterinary

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.

Know someone interested?