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Farm Sanctuary Shelter Facilities Assistant in Watkins Glen, New York

Shelter Facilities Assistant NY1354191

Watkins Glen, NY
Job Description: Shelter Facilities Assistants are crucial members of a team of farm staff who are tasked with ensuring our sanctuary residents have safe and healthy living environments. Responsibilities focus primarily on barn cleaning which is critical to the health and well-being of the animals in our care. This position is a great fit for individuals who enjoy physical labor in an outdoor setting.

Responsibilities and Duties

Cleaning large animal and small animal shelter housing barns. Barn cleaners are assigned daily cleaning responsibilities for a full, 8 hour daily work shift day. Cleaning procedures include

Scraping, sweeping, and scrubbing pen and barn floors
Raking out all bedding straw in barns
Scrubbing perches, nest boxes, feed and water pallets
Scrubbing walls and gates
Dusting and cleaning fixtures, including lighting and fans
Cobweb dusting barns
Cleaning hospital barn walls and flooring
Moving/spreading compost
Snow and ice removal or treatment in animal enclosures

In addition to these tasks, Farm Assistants assist with other facilities responsibilities including but not limited to:
Grounds maintenance/landscaping work (mowing, weeding, trimming, planting, gardening)
General snow and ice removal
Large farm animal feeds
Building maintenance (painting, supporting maintenance staff)
Working with volunteers
Other facilities team projects as assigned

Qualifications: should have a strong desire and ability to work outside and perform strenuous manual labor. Facilities Assistants are vital team members of our shelters, where providing quality living environments for the sanctuary residents is the number-one priority.

Reliable and dependable
Able to work in all weather conditions
Able to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting up to 60 lbs. regularly; team-lift heavier amounts regularly
Ability to complete all barn cleaning schedules as assigned
Team player. Able to work well with a variety of people
Pitch In attitude, demonstrating flexibility and willingness to help team members as needed.
Previous work or volunteer experience in a role with similar physical demands strongly preferred.

Previous farm or work experience at animal care facility helpful
Farm animal handling experience and skills (large and/or small animal)
Farm equipment knowledge and ability to drive tractors helpful
CDL and/or experience driving with large animal trailers helpful

Farm Sanctuary is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability or age.

All interested applicants are required to complete Farm Sanctuary Employment Application.

Please go to the following site and fill out the on line application