Volunteer Farm Assistant

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Farm Sanctuary

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.

Time Commitment Required: 1 six-hour shift; recurring commitment encouraged

Experience Requirements: No experience required.

Age Requirement Exceptions: Volunteers ages 12-17 will be considered but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Responsibilities: Assist with barn cleaning and other grounds maintenance projects that are determined daily according to our greatest and most timely needs. Farm chores and projects may include, but are not limited to, barn cleaning, gardening, fence repair, painting, and raking. These chores are not glamorous and may be physically demanding and/or repetitious; however, every task assists us with carrying out our daily mission of rescuing, protecting, and caring for farm animals in need.

Qualifications: Ability to work in all weather conditions, ability to perform strenuous physical labor (ability to assist with heavy lifting preferred), commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s goals and programs. No animal experience necessary. If you have any special skills such as carpentry, gardening, plumbing etc., please note on your application.

Specifications: All farm assistant volunteers must attend an orientation before volunteering at the sanctuary. Once orientation has been attended, farm assistant volunteers may volunteer on days that suit their schedule as long as a Farm Sanctuary staff member has been notified in advance. Preferred volunteer shift begins at 8am and ends at 2:30pm.

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About Farm Sanctuary


PO Box 150, Watkins Glen, NY 14981, US

Mission Statement

Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy.


Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at http://www.farmsanctuary.org or by calling 607-583-2225.

Advocacy & Human Rights


We'll work with your schedule.


3100 Aikens RoadWatkins Glen, NY 14891



  • Farming
  • Animal Care / Handling


  • Group


  • Must be at least 12
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 six-hour shift; recurring commitment encouraged
  • All farm assistant volunteers must attend an orientation before volunteering at the sanctuary.

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