Shelter Facilities Assistant – Watkins Glen, NY

Shelter Facilities Assistant –
Watkins Glen, NY

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.

Responsibilities & Duties:

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, nestboxes, 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

Qualifications:

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
  • 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

Job Specifications:

  • Full-time, non-exempt position
  • Schedule flexibility necessary; weekends and holiday hours may be required
  • Starting wage is $12.00 per hour
  • 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

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 humanresources@farmsanctuary.org.

Position posted February 2, 2019