Jobs and Internships

Jobs

updated October 15, 2020

Please note: No phone calls or visits, please. We will not process incomplete applications, so please follow directions carefully. Interested applicants must email a current RESUME, a COVER LETTER highlighting your qualifications and detailing why you want to work at PRS, and a REQUIRED APPLICATION (link here) to melissa@peaceridgesanctuary.org


Equine Caregiver

OVERVIEW:

Equine Caregivers report directly to the Operations Manager and ensure that all our residents receive the highest level of daily, individualized care and that our facility is cleaned and maintained in a way that respects and preserves this beautiful facility we have been gifted with to do this important work.

Qualified Candidates must be used to working around equines with all sorts of temperaments and must have enough handling experience to remain safe with temperamental drafts, untrained equines, and shy equines who need patience and TLC. You must be familiar with the range of common equine diseases, conditions, and illnesses and be part of a team that manages these ailments with close attention to detail. Understanding basic medical procedures such as hoof soak outs and hoof abscess care are basic requirements for this position.

Qualified Candidates must know how to drive a tractor, side-by-side, and standard transmission truck with a trailer or be a fast and reliable learner. While the focus of this position will be caring for equines, you must respect and love all animals, including our farmed animals, even if horses are your favorite. If you take issue with our vegan philosophy, this will not be a good fit for you.

Qualified Candidates must be highly motivated to sustain a rigorous work day for the benefit of the animals in our care and the goals of the organization. Our equine rescue program is structured to balance helping as many animals as we can while maintaining an exceptional standard of daily care at the facility.

Qualified Candidates must be interested in learning, participating in educational opportunities which support position growth, and be willing to fit into a specific type of rescue ethos. If you aren’t familiar with our work, please check out our website and social media before applying. The right candidate will have at least five year handling experience with a range of horses (not just a few at home) to work with our rescues. If the majority of your experience has been developed in and around riding programs, this might not be the right environment for you. Please note, none of our horses are ridden here at the sanctuary. Our rescue is dedicated to rehabbing horses – mind, body, and spirit – not using them or promoting their use. For many in the horse community, this may be a new way of thinking about our relationship with animals, but we hope the right candidate will find this philosophy refreshing.

EQUINE CAREGIVER RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Animal feeding, watering, and administering medication
  • Barn, habitat, and sanctuary cleaning/maintenance
  • Working both independently as well as with shelter staff. interns, and volunteers
  • Reporting animal health and/or other shelter problems directly to shelter director
  • Assisting shelter director with animal health checks, health care and treatments

EQUINE CAREGIVER QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent animal behavior observation skills
  • Able to work in all weather conditions – particularly Maine winters
  • Able to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting
  • 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
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record required
  • Experience working with farmed animals is required for this position – if you don’t have experience, please consider applying for one of our internship positions

EQUINE CAREGIVER SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 40-hour a week schedule, paid hourly
  • Salary range based on experience and qualifications
  • Work schedule varies; regular weekend and holiday availability required
  • Some evening hours required every week
  • Occasional travel may be required to assist with transport for rescues
  • Eligible for on-site housing consideration based on housing availability at time of hire

APPLICATION: 

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

Please fill out this required job application and email, along with a cover letter and current resume to: melissa@peaceridgesanctuary.org

Thanks for your interest in joining the Peace Ridge Sanctuary team!  

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.


Farmed Animal Caregiver

Have you worked at an animal shelter, sanctuary, or have veterinary/tech skills or credentials? PRS is looking for an experienced animal caregiver to join our growing team!

Please note, this is a physically demanding job that involves taking care of victims of some of the worst abuse imaginable. Understanding our mission and being dedicated to improving the lives of animals is an essential qualification. Each and every day our residents are counting on our team to provide the highest level of care. This is a serious job and being punctual, trustworthy, and closely following directions is mandatory. The ability to work in all weather conditions, repeatedly lift 50 lb. grain bags and hay bales, and safely work around large animals (especially horses, cows, and pigs) is key. We are looking for people with the knowledge and experience to join our professional team and know, from past working experience, that this is the type of work they want to do long term. People who are just looking to fill time or to try something new out should not apply. While we know many people think of sanctuary work as their “dream job,” often this view is very romanticized. We say this not to discourage those without experience from considering sanctuary work, but to suggest that you consider volunteering or interning at PRS or another reputable sanctuary to see if it is a good fit for you. For this position, we will only consider those with relevant experience. Please read this post in entirety and familiarize yourself with our work BEFORE applying.

ANIMAL CAREGIVER RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Animal feeding, watering, and administering medication
  • Barn, habitat, and sanctuary cleaning/maintenance
  • Working both independently as well as with shelter staff. interns, and volunteers
  • Reporting animal health and/or other shelter problems directly to shelter director
  • Assisting shelter director with animal health checks, health care and treatments

ANIMAL CAREGIVER QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent animal behavior observation skills
  • Able to work in all weather conditions – particularly Maine winters
  • Able to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting
  • 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
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record required
  • Experience working with farmed animals is required for this position – if you don’t have experience, please consider applying for one of our internship positions

ANIMAL CAREGIVER SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 40-hour a week schedule, paid hourly
  • Salary range based on experience and qualifications
  • Work schedule varies; regular weekend and holiday availability required
  • Some evening hours required every week
  • Occasional travel may be required to assist with transport for rescues
  • Eligible for on-site housing consideration based on housing availability at time of hire.

APPLICATION: 

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

Please fill out this required job application and email, along with a cover letter and current resume to: melissa@peaceridgesanctuary.org

Thanks for your interest in joining the Peace Ridge Sanctuary team!  

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.


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.