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updated October 15, 2019

WE’RE HIRING! Come work at one of the largest animal shelters in New England and have a positive impact in the lives of rescued farmed animals and equines!


Animal Caregiver (APPLICATION REQUIRED) – Full Time or Part Time

We’re looking for a hard-working individual to join our animal care team! Peace Ridge Sanctuary has a current position opening for a FULL-TIME ANIMAL CAREGIVER. Animal caregivers report to our shelter director to ensure quality animal care. This is a physically demanding job – if you question whether or not you have the physical endurance or stamina to do this type of work, please do not apply. We are looking to hire someone who deeply believes in the mission of our organization – we are a vegan, high-capacity animal shelter focusing on rescuing farmed animals and equines from cruelty and neglect situations – if you are unfamiliar with our work, please review our website before applying. This is an animal rights organization – we operate from a place of deep awareness about the ongoing war on animals that our species perpetuates. If this is a statement that resonates to you, this may be a good fit for you – if it doesn’t resonate, it likely will not be a good fit. We are looking for someone who wants a long term position doing this type of work. If you are just looking to fill time between jobs or looking for something to do until the right thing comes along, this job is not for you, so please do not apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Animal feeding, watering; washing/cleaning food bowls and water troughs
  • Barn, habitat, sanctuary cleaning/maintenance, and yard work
  • Working both independently as well as with shelter staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Reporting animal health and/or other problems directly to shelter managers
  • Assisting shelter managers as needed with animal care and other tasks

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent animal behavior observation skills
  • Able to work in all weather conditions – particularly harsh Maine winters
  • Able to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting (including 50 lb. grain bags)
  • Must be able to follow detailed instructions
  • Team player with the ability to work with others, but also able to work independently
  • Able to take direction, respond to constructive feedback, and talk through issues
  • Very reliable and dependable – maintaining our animal care schedules is essential
  • Positive attitude, which is fundamental for this type of work
  • Commitment to Peace Ridge Sanctuary’s animal care policies
  • Commitment to Peace Ridge Sanctuary’s organizational programs and goals
  • Experience working with farmed animals is strongly preferred for this position – if you don’t have experience, please consider applying for an internship position

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Full time position, paid hourly
  • Schedule includes 5 work days per week and 2 days off
  • Some weekend work and evenings required
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Background checks & reference checks required
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record required

If you sound like the right fit for this job, we would love to hear from you. Please note, to be considered for this job, we REQUIRE A COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM, CURRENT RESUME, AND COVER LETTER which we will review BEFORE inviting you to interview. No phone calls, please. Your cover letter should address why you are interested in this position and why you believe you are a good fit.

REQUIRED APPLICATION FORM: http://www.peaceridgesanctuary.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Staff-Position-Application-1.pdf.Please be sure to fully complete this application. Incomplete forms will not be reviewed.

Please email you Application, Cover Letter, and Resume to Melissa@peaceridgesanctuary.org.


Barn Cleaner (APPLICATION REQUIRED) – Full Time or Part Time

Come work at one of the largest animal shelters in New England and have a positive impact in the lives of rescued farmed animals and equines! PLEASE READ ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE APPLYING – INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.

This job isn’t for the faint of heart. This is the kind of job (farm work) where you’ll be expected to show up on time for each shift ready to work hard. The majority of your time will be spent cleaning multiple animal barns and habitats every shift, with the aid of a tractor or a wheelbarrow (tractor may not always be available for all work). Other physical labor such as stocking barns with supplies will be required. This is a physically demanding job. If you question whether or not you have the physical endurance or stamina to do this type of work, please do not apply. We are looking for someone who is hardworking, drama-free, respectful, kind to those they work with, and kind to animals that wants a good job doing good work. This is also the kind of job where you won’t have to bring home any stress or work at night.

Please note, we are looking to hire someone who wants a long term position doing this type of work. If you are just looking to fill time between jobs, or looking for something to do until the right thing comes along, this job is not for you.

Responsibilities

  • Barn, habitat, sanctuary cleaning/maintenance, and yardwork
  • Using tractors, farm truck, wheelbarrows, and other tools to perform daily tasks
  • Stocking/moving 50 lb. grain bags, shavings, hay bales, etc.
  • Working both independently as well as with shelter staff as needed
  • Jumping on other physical tasks as needed/requested by shift lead

Qualifications

  • Able to work in all weather conditions – particularly harsh Maine winters
  • Able to repeatedly perform strenuous physical labor and lifting
  • Must have the stamina & endurance to do a full-time, physically demanding job
  • Must be able to follow detailed instructions
  • Must have a willingness to help us uphold our high standards of barn/habitat cleanliness
  • Team player with the ability to work with others, but also able to work independently
  • Able to take direction from female managers and respond to constructive feedback
  • Very reliable and dependable – maintaining our schedules is mandatory
  • Positive attitude and willingness to work in a challenging environment
  • Comfort working around large animals (horses, cows, pigs, donkeys, goats, sheep)
  • Understanding that working with animals at PRS requires patience and kindness
  • Understanding of Peace Ridge Sanctuary’s organizational programs and goals
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record required
  • Past experience driving a tractor/farm equipment is strongly preferred
  • Past experience doing physically demanding work is strongly preferred

Specifications

  • Work schedule: Option for either full time (40 hrs.) or part time (24 hrs. min) worked in 8 hour shifts from 9am-5pm on set schedule. Half hour paid lunch included.
  • Weekend and Holiday work will likely be required.
  • Competitive compensation package including one week paid vacation for full-time.
  • Background checks required

It is important for applicants to understand our work at Peace Ridge. We are a high-capacity animal shelter focusing on rescuing farmed animals and equines from cruelty and neglect situations. We are also a vegan organization. While we do not require people applying for this barn cleaning job to share our vegan philosophy, we do require that interested applicants understand our work and are respectful of our mission. Our top priority is giving our animals the best quality of life possible here. We have very high standards for barn/habitat cleanliness which our barn cleaners are tasked with upholding. Being comfortable, respectful, kind, and safe in our interactions with animals is necessary.

If you sound like the right fit for this job, we would love to hear from you. Please note, to be considered for this job, we REQUIRE A COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM (see link below) which we will review before inviting you to interview. No phone calls, please. Email your completed application form along with any questions to: melissa@peaceridgesanctuary.org

REQUIRED APPLICATION FORM: http://www.peaceridgesanctuary.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Staff-Position-Application-1.pdf


Internships

Whether you need to secure an internship for high school or college credit, or want to design an internship for self-education, we would love to work with you to make this happen.

Internships have a learning criteria created by the potential intern with our director. All internships require working around the animals. Internships usually cover areas including animal care, veterinary protocol, nonprofit management, and humane education, but interns can bring their specifics to us and we can usually make something exciting happen!

Limited housing may also be available for the duration of the internship.

For more information and to complete an application, visit each link below:


Peace Ridge Sanctuary is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, color, gender (including gender identity or expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religion, physical or mental disability, genetic characteristics, protected medical condition, military status or other classifications that are protected under applicable federal or state anti-discrimination law.