Our Orland, CA, location offers regular volunteer positions in our shelter department. Please note the minimum age requirement for all positions is 18 years of age unless otherwise noted. This location also offers monthly work parties and has limited availability for private group work parties. Individuals with an interest in volunteering professional skills (e.g. carpentry, accounting, landscaping, etc.) are also encouraged to apply.
Volunteer Farm Assistant
Time Commitment Required: 1 six-hour shift; recurring commitment encouraged
Experience Requirements: No experience required.
Age Requirement Exceptions: Volunteers ages 12-17 will be considered but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Responsibilities: Assist with barn cleaning and other grounds maintenance projects that are determined daily according to our greatest and most timely needs. Farm chores and projects may include, but are not limited to, barn cleaning, gardening, fence repair, painting, and raking. These chores are not glamorous and may be physically demanding and/or repetitious; however, every task assists us with carrying out our daily mission of rescuing, protecting, and caring for farm animals in need.
Qualifications: Ability to work in all weather conditions, ability to perform strenuous physical labor (ability to assist with heavy lifting preferred), commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s goals and programs. No animal experience necessary. If you have any special skills such as carpentry, gardening, plumbing, etc., please note on your application.
Specifications: All farm assistant volunteers must attend an orientation before volunteering at the sanctuary. Once orientation has been attended, farm assistant volunteers may volunteer on days that suit their schedule as long as a Farm Sanctuary staff member has been notified in advance. Preferred volunteer shift begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.
Volunteer Shelter Assistant
Time Commitment Required: 1 full day shift per week for a minimum of 3 months.
Experience Requirements: Minimum of 20 hours as a Volunteer Farm Assistant in the past year.
Responsibilities: Assist with various tasks including shelter laundry, shelter hospital cleaning, feeding and helping to care for animals who are current residents in the hospital area, animal monitoring projects, collecting eggs, cleaning animal bowls and troughs, and other tasks as assigned.
Qualifications: Ability to work in all weather conditions, ability to perform strenuous physical labor and heavy lifting, willingness to follow detailed Farm Sanctuary work protocols, commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s goals and programs. Previous animal care experience preferred but not required.
Specifications: All shelter volunteers must attend an orientation before volunteering at the sanctuary. Volunteers must commit to at least 1 shift per week for a minimum of 3 months; longer commitments are preferred. Shelter shifts begin at 7 a.m. and end at 4 or 5 p.m.