Volunteering is a great way to meet people, network, learn new skills, gain insight, grow personally, and positively influence your community. After a volunteer’s interests and strengths are assessed, he or she completes a training program and is assigned tasks and asked to maintain a reliable schedule.
We have a few primary needs for volunteers:
We care for more than 100 animals daily. Animal-care specialists attend to our rescued animals' needs for food, water, and cleaning. Most volunteers in this position commit to at least one four-hour shift per week. (Must be 18 or older.)
Volunteering as a youth mentor is a great way to make a difference in a young person's life. Youth mentors assist children and teens with animal- and farm-maintenance chores as well as spend fun time with their buddy interacting with the animals. Youth mentors are encouraged to consistently model positive, kind, humane interaction with animals to help their buddy build empathy and other emotional skills. Youth mentors commit to two hours per week per child they mentor. Schedules are matched individually with the volunteer's and youth's availability. Mentoring appointments are primarily outside of school hours. (Must be 18 or older.)
SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS
Our Summer Camp program is a significant funding source for our youth mentoring and humane education programs, and offers the opportunity for typical children to enjoy time on the farm. Summer Camp counselor volunteers spend time leading fun activities during our horse and farm camps, and maintaining a presence as positive role models. This is a great opportunity for teens to get involved during their summer breaks. We ask for a commitment of at least one full day (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or two half-days (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) per week over the summer, though some teen volunteers spend several days per week with us. (Must be 14 or older.)
We get a lot of requests from younger teens and children wanting to volunteer to help take care of the farm and animals. In order to be as accommodating as possible, we have set aside Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon as a youth volunteer opportunity. We will have adult volunteers present to teach, guide, and supervise. Youth should be willing to follow directions, get dirty, and work hard. Youth volunteers will be doing animal-care tasks and general farm-maintenance tasks alongside adult volunteers. Youth must arrive and be picked up on time. After their first sample day, they are asked to commit to a regular schedule, either every Saturday or every other Saturday. (Must be 9 or older.)
While providing the benefits of volunteerism, our internships are hands-on learning opportunities for students to develop skills in experiential, nature-based programs working with animals and children. Interns are invited to work alongside and under the supervision of experienced staff to provide meaningful, educational activities and mentoring to our youth participants. Full- or part-time internships are available. If desired, interns may participate in events for the general public and/or fundraising, and receive academic credit where applicable.
Internships in our equine and farm-animal areas generally run four sessions per year, corresponding to academic quarters. (Schedules may be customized to meet institution requirements.) A certificate is awarded upon completion.
Please e-mail us or call 360-878-7730 for more information.
Volunteer Application here!
Internship Application here!