Opportunity Details

Animal Care Volunteer

Are you ready to do more with your love of animals? Muck out barns? Assist with running tours? Educate the public at events? Socialize with animals?  If so, we’d love to have you! Join our Animal Place volunteer family today!

Location: 17314 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949

Volunteer Job Description: The Animal Care Volunteers assist in the care of 350+ animals (pigs, chickens, cows, turkeys, sheep, goats, rabbits, donkeys) at the sanctuary under supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator and the Animal Care Team. Animal Care Volunteers assist with barn cleaning, meal prep, socialization and grooming of the animals. Volunteers will be scheduled alongside an Animal Place staff member.


  • Passionate about working for and with farmed animals
  • Good animal behavior and observation skills
  • Strong communication and listening skills
  • Able to follow detailed instructions
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Able to work outdoors in hot & cold weather conditions (average high is 95-105F) 
  • Able to lift 10 pounds and perform manual labor
  • Work well with a variety of people


  • Cleaning duties: learn how to maintain animal quarters for potbellied pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, and rabbits
  • Maintaining shelter areas: learn what is involved in maintaining the animal care component of a sanctuary (i.e. storing feed, moving bales of straw and hay, doing laundry, sorting produce, scrubbing feed and water bowls, cleaning perches).
  • Socialize with goats, rabbits, sheep, chickens, and pigs.
  • Groom and feed the animals

Hours/Days: 3 hour shifts in the morning, ideally 9:00am-11:30am. You can sign up for one or two  shifts or make it a weekly routine!

How to Apply: Send email to Volunteer@animalplace.org describing your interest in this volunteer role and your availability.

Requirements: Must commit to at least 2 shifts per month

Benefits: Hang out with rescued farm animals! Know you are helping to keep animals happy and healthy while also keeping their homes clean!


Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

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Volunteers needed through 12/31/2025
grass valley, CA 95945
Animal Place Volunteer Coordinator

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