Volunteer Opportunities And Job Descriptions

At Hearts & Horses there is a position for everyone! It may come as a surprise to you that not all volunteers are experienced equestrians. Certain tasks require horse experience, but that is not necessary in many other roles. Many of our volunteers begin with little or no experience, but through hands-on educational opportunities have gone on to become fine horse handlers.

Volunteer Age Limit:
  • Minimum Age with Supervision: 8 years old
  • Minimum Age without Supervision: 14 years old - per PATH Recommendation
  • Minimum Age for Side Walking/Horse Leading: 16 years old
  • 1:1 Adult to Child Ratio for ages 8-14 (Helmet Required)

Barn Team Member: The Barn Team Member assists with the barn cleaning tasks that need to be completed around the facility, as well as horse turn-in and turn-out. Barn Team Member tasks include:
  • Participate in horse turn-in and turn-out. 
  • Clean the stalls, runs, and paddocks, including cleaning waterers, sweeping aisle ways and all concrete areas, and replenishing bedding as directed. 
Side Walker: The Side Walker assists instructors and horse leaders in creating a safe learning environment for riders by supporting riders from arrival at Hearts and Horses until departure. Side Walker tasks include:
  • Greet riders and assist with helmet fitting.
  • Aid instructor and horse leader during mounting, riding, and dismounting.
  • Maintain safety in the arena.
  • Walk beside the rider to provide stability assistance as needed.
  • When appropriate, support instructor by relaying directions to the rider.
  • Follow instructor directions inside and outside of the arena.
  • Aid instructor in setting up the arena for class and clearing the arena after class.
Horse Leader: The Horse Leader takes responsibility for the horse before, during, and after a class. Horse Leaders will ready the horse for class, lead the horse during class, put the horse away after class, and correctly put away tack and equipment. Horse Leader tasks include:
  • Groom and tack horse as directed by instructor.
  • Aid in mounting by leading the horse to the appropriate site.
  • Lead the horse for the rider as specified by the instructor.
  • Maintain safety in the arena by keeping horse at a safe distance from other horses, people, fences and other objects.
  • Follow instructor directions inside and outside of the arena.
  • Take the horse back to the appropriate stall or pasture after un-tacking.
  • Work as a team with staff and volunteers.
***All volunteers must pass a Horse Handling Assessment prior to volunteering.

***Volunteers who are interested in positions that involve working directly with horses (i.e. horse leader or side walker) must be able to physically react with agility and swiftness to maximize safety of the rider and control of the horse. 

Camp Counselor Teen Leadership Program: This program provides motivated teens the opportunity to gain leadership experience and be a positive role model as a camp counselor for children who are enrolled in our camp programs. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age with extensive horse knowledge. Click here for more info!

Office Support: We are always looking for volunteers who can p
rovide support as needed for 
cleaning duties (such as dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, taking out trash, etc.), administrative duties (such as mailings, photo copying, filing, word processing, answering phones, data processing, fundraising, and special events), and landscaping duties (such as weeding, watering, planting, etc.).

Other Ways To Help: Since Hearts & Horses is primarily a volunteer organization, if you have any special skills and talents, please let us know – you never know what help we might need.

Some of these include:
  • Accounting & Legal Support
  • Fundraising & Computer Skills
  • Facility Repairs & Maintenance; General Contracting
  • Artistic Work & Photography
  • Serving on Advisory Boards or Committees
  • Musical Skills & Entertainment
  • Public Relations
If you have any questions or want to learn more about volunteering, please e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@heartsandhorses.org.

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