JOIN OUR LIFESAVING TEAM
Founded in 2001, Peace Ridge Sanctuary is a nonprofit animal advocacy and conservation organization running multiple shelters for farmed animals, equines, and dogs in Brooks, Belfast, and Freedom, Maine. We’re looking for strong, kind, reliable people who want to grow with the organization and help support our mission of actively rescuing animals from cruelty, neglect, and other emergency situations. If you want a job helping animals, read more about us, our open position(s), and what we’re looking for below.
What you’ll find here – World-class shelters run with the highest ethic. Over 500 wonderful, deserving farmed animals, equines, and dogs rescued from some of the worst conditions imaginable, now living their best lives. Beautiful properties, meticulously maintained barns and habitats, and a positive work environment. A team of strong, kind people who are committed to helping animals. Meaningful work.
- Farmed Animal Caregiver – Brooks, ME
What does an animal caregiver’s day look like – Animal caregivers are tasked with keeping our rescued animals happy and healthy. While no two days will be exactly alike, every day will be focused on making sure all of the needs of our residents are met. Typical tasks include feeding and watering, health checks, medical protocols, preventative and special care, barn and habitat cleaning, assisting with veterinary and farrier appointments, maintaining medical records, enrichment, and associated tasks. Other tasks, such as helping fellow team members, preparing for new rescues, training interns or volunteers, participating in on-site events, etc. will be assigned on an as-needed basis. In the high-capacity shelter world, flexibility is key to making sure all the necessary tasks are completed each day, so ideal candidates are organized, detail-focused people who can also be flexible and make adjustments when needed.
What We’re Looking For
We’re looking for people who are strong – Regardless of the position, sanctuary work requires physical, mental, and emotional strength. Whether you’re slinging 50 lb. grain bags and hay bales, catching and holding animals for medical care, setting up coral panels for an emergency rescue, cleaning barns, doing pasture pickup, or working outside in any given weather conditions, we’re looking for people with stamina and grit who don’t mind putting in an honest day’s work to help animals live their best lives.
We’re looking for people who are kind – The animals are our family here and we are looking for people who will prioritize the animals’ health, safety, and love them like we do. Sometimes the animals don’t always cooperate the way we want them to, but that is ok, this is their home, so we’re looking for people who will be patient and kind. Even though we’re often working independently, we’re a team, so being kind and respectful of fellow staff and managers is essential. Our ideal candidates ask questions when needed and are easy to communicate with.
We’re looking for people who are reliable – Every day, the animals are counting on us to take care of them, so we’re looking for people who show up on time and work to meet each day’s goals.
We’re looking for people who want to grow with us – For animal caregiver positions, we’re always looking for people with experience in a high-capacity shelter, sanctuary, or veterinary setting, though we consider serious candidates who don’t yet have experience on a case-by-case basis for assistant caregiver positions. Barn cleaning positions are a great way to get your foot in the door, gain experience, and potentially grow to take on caregiving responsibilities. Regardless of where you’re starting, we’re looking for people who want to keep learning, keep getting better, and want to grow with the organization. We’re looking to invest in the right people long term and we’re looking for them to invest in Peace Ridge long term. What does long-term mean to us? At least a year, (hopefully longer!), so if you’re a job hopper, looking for a short-term gig, or just wanting to try something new out, please don’t apply.
Peace Ridge is a nonprofit, mission-driven organization. We strive to pay a living wage and support our team while they do this meaningful work, but candidates should understand nonprofit the nonprofit world is inherently different than the for-profit world. Here is some more information to consider:
- Full-time candidates are preferred; part-time candidates will be considered, but please note on the application if you’re looking for part-time work only
- The work schedule remains consistent from week to week
- The typical full-time/hourly schedule is 8am – 4pm, five days a week (paid ½ hour lunch); if you’re assigned tasks aren’t completed, you’ll need to work later that day, but we try to keep hourly schedules to 8 hour workdays
- Weekend and holiday work will be required
- Paid vacation and sick time is offered to full-time employees
- Starting pay is $17 an hour with yearly raises based on performance
- Staff must be respectful of our vegan mission
Because we’re always looking for new hires to become long-term team members who can help us help more animals, we want to make sure that you’re a good fit for us, and we’re a good fit for you. Here are the typical steps of our hiring process:
- You fill out our required job application form (linked below)
- If it seems like a potential match, we’ll set up a preliminary phone call
- If you’re still interested and we are too, we’ll interview in person
- We’ll look to you to give us written feedback by email after the interview
- While not always required, paid working interviews are often the last interview step to give you a better sense of the workload and job before making a final decision
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.
For Future Consideration:
Interested in working at Peace Ridge Sanctuary, but don’t see a job opening that applies to you? We’re always ready to review applications from experienced candidates who believe in our mission and are looking for one of the positions listed below. We keep quality applications we receive on file and reach out when/if new openings arise that might be a good fit.
- Farmed Animal Caregiver – Brooks, ME
- Equine Caregiver – Freedom, ME
- Dog Caregiver – Brooks, ME
- Barn Cleaner – Brooks and/or Freedom, ME
- Veterinary Professionals – All Shelter Locations
Ideal candidates for paid sanctuary staff positions should have relevant experience volunteering, interning, or working at other reputable sanctuaries, high-capacity shelters, or veterinary settings and have a strong desire to help the organization fulfill our mission. If you are interested in sanctuary work but do not yet have experience, we encourage you to check out Volunteer or Internship opportunities at Peace Ridge or other non-profit organizations to gain experience.