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(last updated April 15, 2022)

Current Open Position – click on the links below to read job descriptions and apply

Evening Animal Caregiver

Animal Caregiver

Barn Cleaner

For Future Consideration


Peace Ridge Sanctuary is a non-profit animal protection organization dedicated to improving the lives of all animals – farmed animals, equines, companion animals, and wildlife. We run multiple state-licensed, GFAS-accredited, world-class animal shelters in midcoast Maine that are home to over 450 animals at any given time. We pride ourselves on our superior animal health care and farm management practices. If you are looking to join a hard-working, dedicated team of animal advocates, check out of open listings below.


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EVENING ANIMAL CAREGIVER

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Evening Animal Caregivers help ensure that all our residents receive the highest level of daily, individualized care by providing an important last caregiver shift of the day. This position is for someone who works independently, though other staff are always on site for emergency care 24 hours a day.

This position is part-time  (20-30 hr./wk.); 4-6 hours each evening starting at 5pm; the time needed may vary from season-to-season and/or day-to-day, but you should plan on taking anywhere from 4 to 6 hours each evening to complete all the required tasks. NOTE: If full-time work is preferred, this schedule can be adjusted to start earlier in the afternoon to help with caregiving/cleaning tasks before the evening shift begins. Because the sanctuary residents need care each day, scheduling typically includes weekend and holiday time, but staff are given the same regular schedule to follow each week. Below is an overview summary of the job description and requirements.

Evening Animal Caregiving

  • Animal Health – providing one last health check on the animals (eyes on each individual); doing careful head counts for each area; doing extra checks on animals you are told are “on watch;” promptly reporting any potential concerns
  • Animal Food – checking food levels and topping off hay and other foods (per instructions); providing special feeds as directed
  • Animal Water – ensuring that all the animals have access to plenty of clean water each night; checking buckets/troughs to make sure they are clean and full; cleaning buckets/troughs if needed; topping off waters; making sure water heaters are working properly (seasonal)
  • Animal Safety – carefully following any protocols for animals who need to be “put to bed” or have other special needs; shutting in barns for the night (per instruction for each species/herd/flock, changes seasonally); closing barn doors and checking lights; ensuring all gates/doors are safely latched; promptly reporting any concerns

Other Responsibilities

  • Cleaning – spot cleaning animal habitats, medical cages, etc. as directed
  • Shared Spaces – light janitorial duties; helping to keep common spaces clean and hygienic; bringing garbage and recycling to dumpsters
  • Other Tasks – setting things up to ensure morning care crew has what they need to start the day on the right foot; other tasks and duties as directed

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Previous animal care and/or tech experience is preferred, but not necessarily required if the above requirements can be successfully met
  • Must have excellent animal observation skills
  • Must have willingness to learn about best care practices
  • Must keep impeccable notes to use as a resource during their shifts, show a very strong motivation to work with an attention to detail, and follow instructions perfectly after proper training
  • Must be able to precisely follow detailed instructions and ask questions as needed
  • Must be able to perform strenuous physical activity throughout your shift, including repeatedly lifting 50lb. grain bags, hay bales, and water jugs
  • Must be punctual, reliable, dependable, trustworthy, trainable, and able to communicate effectively and respectfully with team members and managers and respond to feedback in a constructive way
  • Must have a positive attitude and willingness to work in a challenging environment
  • Must have the ability to adapt to changing situations, including emergencies, as things don’t always go as planned working with animals
  • Must be physically (and mentally) able to perform all assigned tasks in any weather conditions, including harsh winter weather, summer heat, heavy rain, etc.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, be able to drive a van and/or pickup as well as a utility vehicle (after proper training)
  • Must have a cell phone in good order to communicate via. text or phone during shift
  • Commitment to the mission of the organization and understanding of our vegan philosophy

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. Apply Online Today!

No phone calls or visits, please. Questions? Email melissa@peaceridgesanctuary.org 


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ANIMAL CAREGIVER

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PRS Animal Caregivers specialize in either Farmed Animal or Equine Care – please specify in your application if you would like to apply for one specific position 

Animal Caregivers help ensure that all our residents receive the highest level of daily, individualized care and that barns and habitats are cleaned and maintained in a way that ensures hygienic and dignified living. Because the sanctuary residents need care each day, scheduling typically includes weekend and holiday time. Below is an overview summary of the job description and requirements. Please note, staff may be assigned other tasks and duties as needed to meet the ongoing needs of the sanctuary. 

Daily Animal Care

  • Health Checks – performing overview health checks on animals daily (am/pm); performing detailed health checks as directed; carefully monitoring animals for health or behavioral changes or problems; promptly reporting any issues or concerns; filling out animal incident reports
  • Feeding & Watering – following all feeding schedules/plans; cleaning all feed bowls before each meal; ensuring fresh water at all times; washing/bleaching buckets/troughs regularly; checking heated buckets working and water is warm/ice-free in the winter
  • Minerals & Supplements – providing minerals & supplementation, as trained and directed
  • Special Care & Medical Protocols – performing or assisting with medical protocols, as directed
  • Medical Appointments – Assisting with veterinary/farrier appointments; transporting small animals to veterinary appointments as needed
  • Enrichment – providing enrichment for animals, as directed
  • Maintaining Animal Records – participating in proper and thorough records keeping, as directed

Daily Habitat Maintenance

  • Barn Cleaning – animal caregivers help participate in daily barn cleaning with an eye to detail
  • Pasture/Habitat – habitat and pasture pickup is part of daily cleaning
  • Landscaping – participating in landscaping tasks, as assigned
  • Tack Spaces – keep tack spaces organized and tidy at all times – no garbage
  • Trash Removal – remove all trash from areas, including strings/bags, etc.
  • Equipment/Tool Maintenance – keep equipment/tools in good working order; clean waste of shovels/rakes; keep vehicles clean (inside & out); report all damage
  • Visiting Season – cleanliness is important every day, but especially during our June-October visiting season when we are operating as a model for animal care

Other Responsibilities

  • Animal Intakes – assisting with animal rescues, transport, intake exams as directed; setting up for new intakes; following quarantine/biohazard practices as directed
  • Team Training – assisting with training new staff/interns/volunteers, as directed
  • Supplies – picking up shavings/grain deliveries and other supplies, as requested
  • Shared Spaces – helping to keep common spaces clean and hygienic
  • Self-Sufficiency/Team Building – problem solve when you can; help fellow team members
  • Research – continue learning independently; keeping up to date on all required reading

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Previous experience working, interning, or volunteering in a sanctuary, high-capacity shelter, veterinary setting, or similar environment is strongly preferred
  • Must have excellent animal observation skills & willingness to learn about best care practices
  • Must be able to perform strenuous physical activity throughout your shift, including repeatedly lifting 50lb. grain bags, hay bales, and physically restraining animals
  • Must be able to precisely and carefully follow detailed instructions and ask questions as needed
  • Must be a team player who works well with others but can also work independently
  • Must be punctual, reliable, dependable, and able to communicate effectively and respectfully with team members and managers and respond to feedback in a constructive way
  • Must have a positive attitude and willingness to work in a challenging environment
  • Must have the ability to adapt to changing situations, including emergencies, as things don’t always go as planned working with animals
  • Must be physically (and mentally) able to perform all assigned tasks in any weather conditions, including harsh winter weather, summer heat, heavy rain, etc.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Commitment to the mission of the organization and understanding of our vegan philosophy

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. Apply Online Today!

No phone calls or visits, please. Questions? Email melissa@peaceridgesanctuary.org 


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BARN CLEANER

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Barn Cleaners ensure that our facility is cleaned and maintained in a way that ensures hygienic and dignified living for each of our rescued residents. Because the sanctuary residents need care each day, scheduling typically includes weekend and holiday time. Below is an overview summary of the job description and requirements. Please note, staff may be assigned other tasks and duties as needed to meet the ongoing needs of the sanctuary. While this is a full-time position, those looking to work part-time will also be considered

Job Responsibilities

  • Barn, habitat, sanctuary cleaning/maintenance, and yardwork
  • Using tractors, farm trucks, 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 directed
  • Jumping on other physical tasks as needed/requested

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Must be able to perform strenuous physical activity throughout your shift, including repeatedly lifting 50lb. grain bags, hay bales, and having the stamina and endurance to perform physical tasks throughout a full shift
  • Must be able to precisely and carefully follow detailed instructions and ask questions as needed
  • Must have a willingness to help us uphold our high standards of barn/habitat cleanliness
  • Must have a positive attitude and willingness to work in a challenging environment
  • Must be comfortable working around large animals (horses, cows, pigs, donkeys, goats, sheep)
  • Must understand that working with animals at PRS requires patience and kindness
  • Must be a team player who works well with others but can also work independently
  • Must be punctual, reliable, dependable, and able to communicate effectively and respectfully with team members, be able to take direction from female managers, and respond to feedback in a constructive way
  • Must have the ability to adapt to changing situations, including emergencies, as things don’t always go as planned working with animals
  • Must be physically (and mentally) able to perform all assigned tasks in any weather conditions, including harsh winter weather, summer heat, heavy rain, etc.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Commitment to the mission of the organization and understanding of our vegan philosophy

This job isn’t for the faint of heart, but for those who want to help rescued animals thrive, this can be a very fulfilling job. If hired, 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 outdoor habitats every shift, with the aid of a tractor, side-by-side, or a wheelbarrow. Other physical labor such as stocking barns with supplies will be required. This is a physically demanding job. Apply Online Today!

No phone calls or visits, please. Questions? Email melissa@peaceridgesanctuary.org 


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FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION

We are always interested in hearing from qualified candidates with farmed animal and/or equine caregiving experience, shelter/sanctuary experience, veterinary/tech backgrounds and credentials, and/or nonprofit experience. If you would like to be considered for future jobs as new positions open up, please complete the application below for us to keep on file.

Fill Out an Online Application for Us to Keep on File for Future Hires

No phone calls or visits, please. Questions? Email melissa@peaceridgesanctuary.org 


LOOKING TO INTERN OR VOLUNTEER?

Please check out our internship and volunteer opportunities if you would like to get involved or follow the directions below to submit your information for consideration when future positions open up.


Thank you for your interest in joining the PRS 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 any other classifications that are protected under applicable federal or state anti-discrimination law.