This is your chance to join a rapidly growing sanctuary for farm animals and help create a kinder world! We are seeking a full-time Animal Care Manager. As a new position, the job and its specific duties may evolve over time. This means that the right person could grow in any number of directions within the organization as it grows.

The Operations Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for all aspects of animal care, including:

  • Leading, managing, and overseeing caregivers:
    • Ensuring that animals are lovingly fed, watered, and cared for
    • Ensuring meticulous barn and stall cleaning
    • Teaching, ensuring adherence to, and maintaining animal care standard operating procedures and related documentation
    • Setting schedules for animal care, night shifts, and on-call staff
    • Teaching caregivers how to identify and address common health and behavioral concerns
    • Teaching caregivers how to build relationships, communicate with, work around, and stay safe with animals of various species
    • Ensuring that all documentation, such as individual animal health records, daily logs, and med sheets are completed daily
  • Managing veterinary emergencies
  • Conducting regular health checks on each individual animal
  • Ensuring regular preventative care and maintenance such as deworming
  • Conducting night shifts and being on call on scheduled nights
  • Ensuring that barns, animal care portions of house, and grounds are kept organized, clean, and tidy at all times
  • Coordinating veterinary care, including making appointments, transporting animals, discussing all care decisions with executive director, and implementing treatment plans
  • Coordinating and managing hoof trimming, sheep shearing, equine dentistry, and similar appointments
  • Placing feed and hay orders
  • Communicating with Facilities Manager on maintenance needs for buildings, fences, grounds and pastures
  • Training, and managing animal care volunteers
  • Conducting training and drills on fire prevention and disaster preparedness
  • Leading tours and helping with events
  • Advocating for veganism
  • Creating and maintaining records for each individual animal
  • Managing and staying within budget and timelines
  • Regularly contributing content for social media and website
  • Direct animal care as needed

This is a dirty job involving heavy physical labor. It is also intense, emotionally challenging work. The Animal Care Manager will work weekends and some holidays, and may be asked to stay at the sanctuary overnight to care for the animals.

Qualifications:

  • Committed to and passionate about Indraloka’s vision and values
  • Experienced in caring for rescued farm animals
  • Able to carry 50 pounds or more
  • Able to work outside in every weather extreme
  • Happy working in solitude, but also comfortable working with others
  • Disciplined
  • Cooperative
  • Gentle
  • Compassionate
  • Kind
  • Reliable
  • Consistent
  • Able to work independently
  • Able to understand and precisely follow oral and written directions
  • Extremely observant and able to notice and communicate subtle changes in animals’ appearance and behavior
  • Able to fix and sometimes build things
  • Terrific with humans, and will enjoy giving tours and helping out with events
  • Open-minded and willing to learn (even when new information contradicts previously held beliefs)
  • Committed to personal responsibility
  • Organized
  • Motivated
  • An excellent communicator, both orally and in writing
  • An excellent listener, and one who listens more than speaks
  • Able to skillfully manage individuals and a team
  • Able to work in a busy and ever-changing environment
  • Calm under pressure
  • Effective advocate for veganism and compassion
  • Committed to environmental responsibility

This job includes significant physical work, including but not limited to:

  • Regular exposure to common food allergens (nuts, soy, and seeds) and bees or wasps
  • Repetitive motions such as cleaning stalls
  • Standing, sitting, or walking for hours or whole shifts at a time
  • Repeatedly lifting 75 pounds or more
  • Working outside in all weather conditions
  • Being agile and quick in order to work safely and well around large, agile, quick animals

Additionally, candidate must have a valid driver’s license, pass criminal history, child abuse, and FBI clearances, and be willing to work long hours including weekends, some holidays, and some overnights, although the usual workweek will be an average of under 50 hours. Modest salary and benefits are negotiable based on experience. On-sit housing is available.