If you love animals and want to make the world a more compassionate place for all living beings, consider applying for an internship at Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

We’re looking for passionate and talented people to intern in the areas of animal care, outreach and special events, fundraising, business, and educational programs (including Camp Kindness and Compassionate Cuisine).

Internships at the Sanctuary offer the unique opportunity of working at one of the country’s leading farmed animal sanctuaries. Other potential benefits of an internship include:

  • Learning from and interacting with our animal residents
  • Working with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Gaining experience for future employment and life
  • Making professional contacts and references
  • Invitations to special events
  • Potential for academic credit

Shared housing is available for those who are accepted for a full-time internship

Important Notes

  • Internships are unpaid positions
  • Typical internships last a minimum of two months and require a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week (minimum hourly commitment varies by intern position)
  • Candidates should be opposed to animal cruelty in all forms, and support our overall mission
  • Vegans and vegetarians are encouraged to apply
  • Position Availability

Internships are available year round, and positions are filled on an ongoing basis as applications are received. Summer positions fill quickly, so if you’re interested in these months, please apply early.

Employment Policy

Catskill Animal Sanctuary is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply. We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy status, or sexual orientation.

Current Internship Positions

The Building and Grounds Intern will assist staff members with a range of tasks while learning fence installation and repair, grounds maintenance, small machine and tractor operation and maintenance, basic carpentry skills, and the day-to-day operations of a farm sanctuary. This position is fast paced, physically demanding, and requires someone willing to work in all weather conditions.

Note: This is an unpaid position.

  • Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Fence installation and repair
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Small machine operation and repair
  • Basic carpentry
  • Other tasks and duties as needed

Qualifications:

  • Dependable
  • Comfortable working around large farmed animals, including horses, cows, and pigs
  • Commit to a minimum of 1 month part time, 2 months full time
  • Understand the philosophy and mission of Catskill Animal Sanctuary
  • Ability to perform physical labor and repeated lifting, up to 50 pounds
  • Flexibility and openness to a multitude of tasks
  • Available to work between 16 and 40 hours per week
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions, including hot, cold, rain, and snow

Benefits:

  • Learn from and interact with our animal residents
  • Invitations to special events
  • Work with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Gain experience beneficial for future employment and life
  • Make professional contacts and references
  • Potential for academic credit
  • Shared housing available on Sanctuary premises for full-time interns

To Apply:

Please email the Catskill Animal Sanctuary volunteer coordinator at intern@casanctuary.org with the following:

  • Position title in email subject line
  • Resume, attached
  • Cover letter, either in the email body or attached, describing what you hope to get out of this internship
  • Three professional references, with email addresses and phone numbers

The Outreach Department at Catskill Animal Sanctuary is responsible for raising awareness of the organization’s emergency rescue work and innovative educational programs, increasing stakeholder engagement, and overseeing special fundraising and educational events, including Cocktails & Cow Tales; our annual fundraiser in New York City; Shindig, our onsite summer festival; and Gobble & Groove, our onsite Thanksgiving-season celebration. Interns provide support in a variety of ways.Note: This is an unpaid position.Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Representing the Sanctuary at vegan/vegetarian food festivals, animal rights and environmental conferences, and other networking events
  • Helping to plan and execute on- and off-site special events
  • Assisting with research projects and data entry
  • Delivering Sanctuary literature to community centers, libraries, cafes, yoga studios, vet clinics, and other locations
  • Performing other tasks and duties, as needed

Qualifications:

  • Ability to skillfully communicate the philosophy and mission of Catskill Animal Sanctuary
  • Knowledge of the sentience and suffering of farmed animals, and the benefits of vegan living
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with other interns, volunteers and staff
  • Excellent research skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Outgoing, friendly and personable
  • Enjoy interacting with diverse groups of people
  • Available to work a minimum of 10 hours a week, possibly including some weekends and evenings, for a minimum of 8 weeks

Benefits:

  • Learn from and interact with our animal residents
  • Invitations to special events
  • Work with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Gain experience beneficial for future employment and life
  • Make professional contacts and references
  • Potential for academic credit
  • Shared housing available on Sanctuary premises for full-time interns

To Apply:

  • Please email Michelle Alvarez, Director of Outreach and Special Events, at michelle@casanctuary.org with the following:
  • Position title in email subject line
  • Resume, attached
  • Cover letter, either in the email body or attached, describing what you hope to get out of this internship
  • Three professional references, with email addresses and phone numbers

Animal Caregiver Intern

The Animal Care department at Catskill Animal Sanctuary is responsible for the overall health and well-being of our animal residents. Interns in this department are crucial to the daily functioning of the Sanctuary. From cleaning stalls, barns and shelters to grooming, feeding and watering the animals, interns work daily with our Animal Care team to provide life-enriching care for the hundreds of animals we shelter. This internship provides a unique opportunity to learn the day-to-day operations of a farm sanctuary, as well as the proper care of farmed animals.

Note: This is an unpaid position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Cleaning of stalls, barns and shelters
  • Feeding and watering animals
  • Animal grooming
  • Assisting with animal health checks
  • Kitchen tasks, including washing dishes and chopping produce
  • Laundry
  • Restocking of farm supplies, including straw, hay and shavings
  • Other tasks and duties, as needed

Qualifications:

  • Willing and able to care for, learn about and engage with our animal residents
  • Understand the philosophy and mission of Catskill Animal Sanctuary
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions and meet animal care schedules
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with other interns, volunteers and staff
  • Ability to perform physical labor and repeated lifting, up to 50 pounds
  • Flexibility and openness to a multitude of tasks
  • Available to work a minimum of 16 hours per week for a minimum of 2 months
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions, including hot, cold, rain, and snow

Benefits:

  • Learn from and interact with our animal residents
  • Invitations to special events
  • Work with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Gain experience beneficial for future employment and life
  • Make professional contacts and references
  • Potential for academic credit
  • Help provide lifesaving and life-enriching care to hundreds of farm animals
  • Gain unique experience related to farmed animal care and the basics of running a sanctuary
  • Shared housing available on Sanctuary premises for full-time interns

To Apply:

  • Please email the Catskill Animal Sanctuary volunteer coordinator at intern@casanctuary.org with the following:
  • Position title in email subject line
  • Resume, attached
  • Cover letter, either in the email body or attached, describing what you hope to get out of this internship
  • Three professional references, with email addresses and phone numbers

Catskill Animal Sanctuary is seeking culinary interns to support our signature vegan cooking program, Compassionate Cuisine, designed to inspire people to adopt a vegan lifestyle through opportunities connecting with our animal residents and learning how to prepare delicious vegan recipes. This is a powerful opportunity for someone who is vegetarian or vegan, loves food, enjoys interacting with the public, and wants to experience what it’s like to be part of a thriving animal sanctuary with an urgent mission. Culinary students and avid home cooks are encouraged to apply.Note: This is an unpaid position.Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with cooking classes and demonstrations, most often working directly with one of the chefs but sometimes independently
  • Engage visitors in conversation while distributing samples, answer questions about food being offered, and serve as an enthusiastic representative of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Compassionate Cuisine, and vegan living
  • Assist with kitchen and cooking demonstration setup, breakdown and cleanup
  • Assist with dishwashing and other kitchen duties, as needed
  • Maintain high standards of cleanliness and adhere to food safety requirements in all food preparation areas
  • Support chefs in the preparation of food for occasional events and group visits, as needed

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and passionate about a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle
  • Knowledge and passionate about food and cooking
  • Self-directed and able to work with little to no supervision
  • Strong team player
  • Outgoing, friendly and personable
  • Enjoy interacting with diverse groups of people
  • Transportation to and from Sanctuary
  • Available to work part time for 15 to 20 hours per week on Saturdays, Sundays and, occasionally, holiday Mondays, typically from 10 AM to 5 PM

Benefits:

  • Gain knowledge about vegan cooking
  • Learn from and interact with our animal residents
  • Invitations to special events
  • Work with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Gain experience beneficial for future employment and life
  • Make professional contacts and references
  • Potential for academic credit
  • Shared housing available on Sanctuary premises for full-time interns

To Apply:

  • Please email Sara Boan, Compassionate Cuisine Chef, at sarab@casanctuary.org with the following:
  • Position title in email subject line
  • Resume, attached
  • Cover letter, either in the email body or attached, describing what you hope to get out of this internship
  • Two professional references, with email addresses and phone numbers

The Development & Community Engagement department at Catskill Animal Sanctuary is responsible for advancing revenue, deepening relationships with existing supporters, and engaging, exciting and empowering individuals, businesses and community members in support of the Sanctuary mission. Interns in this department interact with donors and potential donors, and must be enthusiastic and helpful. They also prepare communications in support of our campaigns and community engagement activities, help organize special events, provide general administrative support, and complete data entry. This internship provides a unique opportunity to learn the day-to-day business operations of a farm sanctuary and prepares the intern for a career in nonprofit and advocacy organizations.Note: This is an unpaid position.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in organizing and managing fundraising campaigns, such as Valentine’s Day, March Madness, and Cocktails & Cow Tales, our annual fundraiser in New York City
  • Interact with donors and potential donors
  • Create special events materials and communications
  • Facilitate a development and/or fundraising project
  • Assist with campaign data analysis and database management
  • Manage relevant correspondence with funders, coordinating with appropriate staff members as necessary
  • Aid Mollie Didio, Sponsorship Coordinator, with distributing Sanctuary animal photos and updates to sponsors
  • Provide general administrative support, as needed

Qualifications:

  • Understand and able to effectively communicate the philosophy and mission of Catskill Animal Sanctuary
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with other interns, volunteers and staff
  • Flexibility and openness to a multitude of tasks
  • Available to work a minimum of 8 hours per week for a minimum of 2 months
  • Ability to work non-standard office hours on weekends or evenings for special events
    Prior experience in fundraising a plus but not required

Benefits:

  • Hone your skills in nonprofit fundraising and advocacy
  • Learn from and interact with our animal residents
  • Work with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Gain experience beneficial for future employment and life
  • Make professional contacts and references
  • Potential for academic credit
  • Shared housing available on Sanctuary premises for full-time interns

To Apply:

  • Please email Mollie Didio, Sponsorship Coordinator, at mollie@casanctuary.org with the following:
  • Position title in email subject line
  • Resume, attached
  • Cover letter, either in the email body or attached, describing what you hope to get out of this internship
  • Three professional references, with email addresses and phone numbers

Spend your summer at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, helping children connect with our 300 animal residents, each other, and their inner sense of compassion! The Counselor Intern assists with Camp Kindness and CK Teens, weekly day programs for children ages 8 through 16 that focus on fostering compassion for all living beings. This internship provides an opportunity to work at a unique summer program that encourages children to learn about the plight of farmed animals as well as how they are similar to humans, and explore more compassionate choices. Activities include time with the animals, making food, providing animal care, games, activities, and discussions. Interns in this role are crucial for providing a safe and fun environment for the youth we serve.Note: This is an unpaid position.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete the pre-camp training on the Sanctuary, animal residents, compassionate communication, safety procedures, and more
  • Assist educators in leading activities and supervising children
  • Facilitate connections between children and the resident animals of the Sanctuary
  • Ensure children have a positive, fun and educational experience
  • Help with morning setup and afternoon cleanup of the program room
  • Assist with food preparation and distribution during snack and lunch
  • Other tasks and duties, as needed

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children ages 8-16, or a subset of those ages, in a formal or informal group setting, such as summer camps, classrooms, parks, youth groups, etc.
  • Understand age-appropriate information and methods of communication for children of various ages
  • Comfortable working with animals
  • Willingness to learn about and engage with our animal residents
  • Understand the philosophy and mission of Catskill Animal Sanctuary
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions and meet schedules
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with other interns, volunteers, and staff
  • Available for training and preparations
  • Available for all four weeks of the program, Monday through Friday for 7 to 8 hours per day, from July 1 through August 9, and up to 40 hours per week
  • Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Training in First Aid and/or CPR a plus but not required

Benefits:

  • Help inspire youth to make compassionate choices
  • Learn from and interact with our animal residents
  • Invitations to special events
  • Work with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Gain experience beneficial for future employment and life
  • Make professional contacts and references
  • Potential for academic credit
  • Shared housing available on Sanctuary premises for full-time interns

To Apply:

  • Please email Lauren Barbieri, Youth Program Manager, at lauren@casanctuary.org with the following:
  • Position title in email subject line
  • Resume, attached
  • Cover letter, either in the email body or attached, describing your experience with children and what you hope to get out of this internship
  • Two professional references, with email addresses and phone numbers

New Leaf is a free international program that connects people with trained mentors for individualized support to help them commit to vegan living. The New Leaf Intern will work on important projects to support, develop and strengthen this exciting new program. This internship is a part time (10-20 hours/week), remote position that can be performed from home.Note: This is an unpaid position.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with research and outreach projects
  • Assist with the enhancement and updating of program materials

Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Word, Excel, and Google Docs
  • Knowledge of the sentience and suffering of farmed animals, and the benefits of vegan living
  • Excellent research skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with other staff
  • Available to work remotely 10 to 20 hours per week

Benefits:

  • Contribute to an important program supporting veganism worldwide
  • Invitations to special events
  • Work with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Gain experience beneficial for future employment and life
  • Make professional contacts and references
  • Potential for academic credit

To Apply:

  • Please email the Catskill Animal Sanctuary volunteer coordinator at intern@casanctuary.org with the following:
  • Position title in email subject line
  • Resume, attached
  • Cover letter, either in the email body or attached, describing what you hope to get out of this internship
  • Three professional references, with email addresses and phone numbers

The tours program at Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a first point of contact for many of the Sanctuary’s visitors and supporters. Interns in this department are essential to the implementation of critical programs aimed at creating positive change in the world for farmed animals and humans alike. An incredible opportunity for the animal advocate in you, an internship with the tours program provides invaluable training in speaking compassionately, truthfully, and effectively on behalf of other beings.Note: This is an unpaid position.
Responsibilities:

  • Complete the comprehensive tours communication training
  • Work with Kaden Maguire, Tour Programs Manager, to create educational content and exhibits that promote awareness about the plight of farmed animals and the value of veganism
  • Assist with projects and tasks related to tour operations, as needed
  • Respond in a timely manner to communications from programming staff

Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to communicate interpersonally and ‘presentation-style’ with diverse audiences
  • Knowledge of the sentience and suffering of farmed animals, and the benefits of vegan living
  • Understand and able to effectively communicate the philosophy and mission of Catskill Animal Sanctuary
  • Hard-working and dependable
  • Detail-oriented
  • Resourceful and able to work independently
  • Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback
  • Available to work at least 2 months
  • Experience in teaching or presenting to groups a plus but not required

Benefits:

  • Hone your communication skills as an activist
  • Learn from and interact with our animal residents
  • Invitations to special events
  • Work with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Gain experience beneficial for future employment and life
  • Make professional contacts and references
  • Potential for academic credit
  • Shared housing available on Sanctuary premises for full-time interns

To Apply:

  • Please email Kaden Maguire, Tour Programs Manager, at kaden@casanctuary.org with the following:
  • Position title in email subject line
  • Resume, attached
  • Writing samples, attached (welcomed, but not required)
  • Cover letter, either in the email body or attached, describing what you hope to get out of this internship
  • Two professional references, with email addresses and phone numbers

The Development & Community Engagement department at Catskill Animal Sanctuary is responsible for advancing revenue, deepening relationships with existing supporters, and engaging, exciting and empowering individuals, businesses and community members in support of the Sanctuary mission. The Grants & Analysis Intern primarily assists the Sanctuary’s Grants Specialist & Analyst with researching and identifying grant opportunities, preparing grant applications and reports, entering and reviewing program data, and preparing data reports. Interns will also play a role in community engagement (e.g., special events), as needed. This part-time internship enables individuals to develop valuable skills and experience in several aspects of the grant procurement process, program evaluation, and the day-to-day business operations of farm sanctuaries and nonprofit organizations.Note: This is an unpaid position.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review and summarize grant opportunities using specified criteria
  • Review and contribute to grant applications, proposals and reports
  • Assist with donor acknowledgement communications
  • Enter program evaluation data
  • Assist with data management and analysis
  • Assist with preparation of reports on program outcomes
  • Assist with community and/or fundraising events

Other tasks, as needed

Qualifications:

  • Understand and able to effectively communicate the philosophy and mission of Catskill Animal Sanctuary
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with other interns, volunteers, and staff
  • Comfortable with online research, standard computer applications (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, etc.), and working in multiple applications simultaneously
  • Ability to accurately and concisely summarize key findings from a large amount of information
  • Conscientious and dependable, with strong attention to detail
  • Strong proofreading and writing skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Available a minimum of 8 hours per week for a minimum of 2 months

Benefits:

  • Hone your skills in grant writing and analysis
  • Learn from and interact with our animal residents
  • Invitations to special events
  • Work with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Gain experience beneficial for future employment and life
  • Make professional contacts and references
  • Potential for academic credit
  • Shared housing available on Sanctuary premises for full-time interns

To Apply:

  • Please email Lesley Johnson, Grants Specialist & Analyst, at lesley@casanctuary.org with the following:
  • Position title in email subject line
  • Resume, attached
  • Writing samples, attached (welcomed, but not required)
  • Cover letter, either in the email body or attached, describing what you hope to get out of this internship
  • Three professional references, with email addresses and phone numbers