The Shelter Department is responsible for animal rescue and care. Interns in this department are crucial to the daily functioning of the sanctuary. Whether they are cleaning barns, doing laundry, or closing in the animals at night, every day interns work with our shelter team to provide lifesaving care for the hundreds of animals we shelter. This internship provides a unique opportunity to gain experience with farm animals and learn the basics of what it takes to run a shelter.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Barn cleaning
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Shelter laundry
  • Shelter hospital cleaning
  • Assisting with animal health checks
  • Animal monitoring projects
  • Assisting with farm errands including vet trips
  • Assisting with general shelter projects


  • Ability to work in harsh/all weather conditions
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting
  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s goals and programs
  • No previous animal experience necessary


  • Volunteer commitment of 40 hours per week
  • Shelter department interns are assigned evening shelter security shifts — maximum of 3 per week
  • One- to three-month commitment required
  • Shared housing available on sanctuary premises
  • Position is available in Watkins Glen, NY


  • Opportunity to learn from and interact with our shelter animal residents
  • Living and working with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Opportunity to participate in weekly Farm Sanctuary educational presentations
  • Gain valuable experience to support interest in future nonprofit employment, especially within vegan, animal rights, and sanctuary organizations





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