Animal Care Sanctuary Internship

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Animal Place is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the country. Nestled on 600-acres in Grass Valley, CA, Animal Place provides refuge to hundreds of neglected farmed animals. In addition to permanent sanctuary, Animal Place's Rescue Ranch is a 60-acre adoption center, placing needy farmed animals into permanent homes.

Put your compassion into action and join us for an animal care sanctuary internship! Your residential, live-in internship will be a memorable experience spent working hard at our sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA or Rescue Ranch in Vacaville, CA.

Housing is provided, but food and transportation to/from the internship are not.

Eight-week or longer internships are available throughout the year beginning in January 2015! Openings for the Spring and Summer are filling up, so get your application in now.

Internship Benefits:
*Learning about daily animal care operations
*Providing hands-on care for farmed animals
*Learning the medical treatments for sanctuary residents
*Instruction on proper handling of different species
*Information on appropriate dietary requirements for farmed animals in a non-production setting
*Weekly enrichment activities designed to promote personal growth and animal advocacy skills
*Getting to know our sanctuary residents as individuals with unique personalities and behaviors
*Working with like-minded individuals

If you have questions about the Internship Program, please email our Intern Manager at

Please fill out an application on our website at:


*Feeding animals
*Cleaning and maintaining sleeping quarters, pasture, sanctuary grounds
*Helping with weekly animal health checks as needed
*Sorting and pulling produce for the animals
*Misc. work (laundry, animal socialization, filling holes, cob-webbing, bottle feeding babies, etc.)
*Interns are assigned evening shelter security shifts, maximum of 3 per week
*Assisting with other duties as needed (tabling at events when available, helping with on-site events, assisting with large-scale animal rescues)


*All applicants must by 18 years or older by start of internship
*Not afraid to get dirty
*Comfortable working individually
*Physically able to lift at least 40 lbs, and perform other physically demanding chores
*Reliable, dependable, punctual
*Comfortable communicating with senior staff
*Comfortable living in communal housing
*Ability to work in all weather conditions including consistent rain in the winter and up to 105 degree temperatures in the Summer. (We also occasionally have hail and snow in the winter.)
*40 volunteer hours a week for a minimum of 8 weeks (exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis, particularly in the Fall and Winter months)
*Interest and commitment to working with and for farmed animals

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