SOUGHT: Professional Volunteer: Director of Operations, Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary, Rainier, Wa

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ORGANIZATION: Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary


If you are a retired professional and are seeking an involved volunteer position with a growing non-profit animal rescue organization, read on.

The Sanctuary Director of Operations will play an integral leadership role on the Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary team, as an experienced people manager and animal care provider.

Working with Executive Director, Kelly Lapham, your 2 major areas of responsibilities and opportunities include:

  • Managing the operations of the Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary team, (supervising 50 plus volunteers).

  • Overseeing our animal care and rescue programs, to ensure quality life-long care for the 100 animal rescues at our highly accredited Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary in rural Rainier, Washington.

Your Commitment

  • 1-year commitment
  • 15-20 hours per week with a willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the role. Work at a Farm Sanctuary can be uncertain and chaotic at times!


  • Manage animal care and Sanctuary volunteers.
  • Management of animal care schedules and charting, health checks, feed and supply ordering, and database.
  • Taking on regular animal caregiver shifts.
  • Training and supervising animal caregivers.
  • Scheduling vet visits and animal transportation.
  • Researching new treatment options for various conditions.
  • Working with veterinarians to develop treatment protocols, etc.
  • Training volunteers and mentors, insuring adherence to animal care protocols and safety.
  • Developing, maintaining, and executing procedures and policies for safe, responsible rescue, travel, and on-site care.
  • Expanding and overseeing intakes.
  • Ensuring the safety and life-long care of each resident at the Sanctuary.
  • Working with humane educators and docents to ensure the use of accurate stories and information.
  • Develop safety and security protocols for the sanctuary and ensure these protocols are practiced by the sanctuary volunteers and communicated with visitors.

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Representing Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary at community events and with our veterinary partners.
  • Giving occasional tours of the Sanctuary.
  • Assist with the Executive Director in planning for and maintaining the Sanctuary budget.
  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships with other Sanctuaries


  • Previous animal experience is required.
  • Minimum two years management experience.
  • Minimum two years’ experience at animal care facility.
  • Excellent time management and communication skills.
  • Reliability and attention to detail is essential.
  • Strong organizational skills: proven ability to manage multiple priorities and projects in fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to work well with variety of people.
  • Team player and able to monitor and report on all sanctuary volunteers’ duties
  • Reliable and dependable.
  • Positive attitude, heck yea!
  • Commitment to Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary’s animal care policies and organizational programs and goals.
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.

Additional Experience Sought

  • Animal Sanctuary and managerial experience.
  • Experience with large animals is a giant plus.


  • Part-time (volunteer) position
  • Reports to the Executive Director
  • Work schedule varies; regular weekend and holiday availability required
  • Occasional evening hours required
  • The job requires significant physical work
  • Occasional travel may be required to assist with transport for animal adoptions or rescues.

Note: Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary is funded by donations. We are an all-volunteer team, even the Executive Director. All money raised goes directly to the animals and the operation of our 10-acre property, housing more than 100 rescued animals, for life.

CONTACT: For more information on this opportunity, and a personal interview, please contact:

Kelly Lapham, Executive Director

Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary

Office Phone: 360-446-0294


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About Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary


12020 123rd Ave SE, Rainier, WA 98576, US

Mission Statement

Our goal is to rescue, rehabilitate farm animals and to educate and inspire the public about their care and welfare. We provide a lifelong sanctuary for our adopted animals with veterinary care, proper feeding, environment enrichment and love. At the same time giving people who might not have had contact with farm animals a hand on experience. We offer learning programs for children and teens, helping them to connect and build emotional and mental well-being through the human- animal bond. You can directly apply at


Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary started in 2014 with two horses from the kill pen, it has since grown and evolved from there. We are located in Rainier, Washington on 10 beautiful acres of farmland nestled in Thurston County. We are a farm animal sanctuary that provides a lifelong home to the animals in residence.

We do not adopt out any animals.

Many of the animals are not considered adoptable due to age, nature of injuries, psychological and emotional trauma. This is their last chance for a home, where they are loved, cared for and are allowed to be happy individuals.

We receive the animals through other animal rescue agencies, the sheriff's department, abandonment and owners that are no longer able to care for their animals.

We are making a difference in the community through education and awareness. Our Vision and mission guide us in everything we do and how we will continue to proceed in the future.

Besides being a farm animal sanctuary, we are an educational learning center- teaching the public about the social and ethical responsibility of animal ownership. We do this thru educational tours, hands-on-learning, and by hosting professionals who are experts in their field- come and speak. We believe that the human-animal bond is crucial to to mental health and well-being. These animals that were once unwanted are able to teach us about love, empathy and so much more.


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12020 123RD AVE SERAINIER, WA 98576




  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-year commitment 15-20 hours per week with a willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the role.  Work at a Farm Sanctuary can be uncertain and chaotic at times!

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