Shelter Farm Assistant – Watkins Glen, NY (Temporary)

Shelter Farm Assistant – Watkins Glen, NY (Temporary)

Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Assistants are part of our Facilities Team and are tasked with ensuring clean, healthy and secure housing and enclosures for all our sanctuary residents.

Responsibilities & Duties:

Cleaning large animal and small animal shelter housing barns. Barn cleaners are assigned daily cleaning responsibilities for a full, 8 hour daily work shift day. Cleaning procedures include, but are not limited to,:

  • Raking out all bedding straw in barns
  • Scrubbing perches, nestboxes, feed & water pallets
  • Scrubbing walls & gates
  • Cobweb dusting barns
  • Cleaning hospital barn walls and flooring
  • Spreading old bedding on pastures
  • Assisting with farm maintenance as needed


  • Reliable and dependable
  • Able to work in all weather conditions
  • Able to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting
  • Ability to complete all barn cleaning schedules as assigned
  • Team player; able to work well with a variety of people
  • Perform any other tasks as assigned by supervisor
  • Previous farm or work experience at animal care facility helpful
  • Farm equipment knowledge & ability to drive tractors helpful

Job Specifications: 

  • Full time temporary position available for one month, with possibility for extension based on organizational project needs
  • Weekends and holiday hours may be required
  • Wage is $ $11.00 per hour

All interested applicants are required to complete Farm Sanctuary’s Employment Application. Instructions for sending supplemental materials will be provided within the application.

For questions or to request a copy of the employment application by mail, please contact

Position posted April 9, 2018