To coordinate, oversee, maintain, and promote the health of the Sanctuary residents through diet formulation, quality care, and preventative, supportive, and medical treatments. The Director of Animal Care:

  • Coordinates routine health exams, vaccinations, and deworming for residents
  • Determines feeding, enrichment, and cleaning requirements for residents and oversees animal care shifts
  • Oversees training and management of all animal care staff/volunteers
  • Actively fosters a culture of strong communication and reliability of the animal care team
  • Serves as the point of contact for animal care questions and concerns
  • Oversees the sanctuary’s animal health database, e.g. Shelter Manager
  • Oversees animal hoof and tusk care
  • Oversees fecal examinations for residents
  • Oversees veterinary/medical supplies inventory
  • Collaborates with offsite veterinarian(s) when required


  • Animal Health Manager (full time)
  • 3-4 Animal Care Interns, including a Lead Intern and an Animal Health-focused Intern (full time)
  • Special Care Coordinator (part time)
  • Feeding, Hoof Care, and Fecal Analysis volunteers (weekly/biweekly)


  • Direct supervision by Executive Director
  • Collaborates with other Directors, especially the Director of Operations, as well as the Recruitment Manager

Additional Information


  • Private onsite accommodation
  • Gain experience with farmed animals, learn about ruminant anatomy and large and small animal medicine, shadow veterinarians, develop leadership skills, and more
  • Create relationships with like-minded individuals through partnerships in the sanctuary community
  • Lots of quality time with our 90+ residents and 10+ onsite staff members
  • Team appreciation events and activities throughout the year
  • Flexible working hours


  • One-Year commitment
  • 2-4 week trial and training period
  • Approximately 30 hours/week, with 2 full days off each week


The Director of Animal Care has their own private housing provided onsite. We are completely off-grid, so staff must be conservative with electricity and water usage.

Applicants must be appropriately licensed to drive a car in the U.S. If you do not have your own vehicle, we try to make the sanctuary van available for staff to grocery shop and explore the island one day per week.

We do not allow any smoking or excessive drinking, and no animal products onsite out of respect for our rescued cows, pigs, chickens, goats, etc. Food is not provided with this position and will be one of your only expenses while staying with us, though we do receive frequent food donations to the sanctuary.

Please note: We require all live-in staff members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including boosters if eligible) before arrival at the sanctuary.

Our team:

We are a completely volunteer-run organization, and at this time there are no paid positions available. We sincerely appreciate the time our staff members and other volunteers generously donate to caring for the animals and supporting our cause, and hope that you feel well compensated by the love they will shower you with every day.


About Magical Creatures Sanctuary

Magical Creatures is a nonprofit farm animal sanctuary located in Laupahoehoe on the beautiful Hamakua coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Our purpose is to prevent cruelty to animals by rescuing animals from situations that are abusive, dangerous, or neglectful, and to provide sanctuary for rescued animals. Due to the 2018 volcanic eruptions, our little sanctuary grew fast overnight! It is now home to over 90 animals, including goats, sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, and cats. We have a mix of feral and domestic animals, from babies to great big (600 lbs!) pigs. Each and every one loves attention and will be super excited to welcome you to the sanctuary!

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